Family Research co-founder and NARTH board member Dr. George Reker might want to stop digging the hole he is in.
The anti-gay activist, former professor, Baptist minister and court expert for anti-gay groups has been dumped by the religious right in the US as quick as you can say caught.
On April 13, the “rent boy” (whom we’ll call Lucien) arrived at Miami International Airport on Iberian Airlines Flight 6123, after a ten-day, fully subsidized trip to Europe. He was soon followed out of customs by an old man with an atavistic mustache and a desperate blond comb-over, pushing an overburdened baggage cart.
That man was George Alan Rekers, of North Miami the callboy’s client and, as it happens, one of America’s most prominent anti-gay activists. Rekers, a Baptist minister who is a leading scholar for the Christian right, left the terminal with his gay escort, looking a bit discomfited when a picture of the two was snapped with a hot-pink digital camera.
Within 12 hours of this information going public The Family Research Council had it’s founder scrubbed off it’s website like he never existed. Pathetic. From the Family Research Council FAQ page:
Q: Who founded Family Research Council?
A – Dr. James Dobson, Gerald P. Regier, and a few other like-minded pioneers first saw the need for an organization like Family Research Council during the 1980 White House Conference on Families. Following the Conference, Dr. Dobson, Jerry Regier, and five other Christian leaders met to discuss ways to make it easier for public policymakers to receive input from scholarly experts who have an appreciation for strong families and a respect for the time-honored truths that undergird family well-being.
Their idea became a reality in 1983, and Jerry Regier became FRC’s first president. The founding board included Dr. Dobson and two noted psychiatrists, Armand Nicholi Jr. of Harvard University and George Rekers of the University of South Carolina medical school.
A US religious right anti-gay crusader gets caught with a 20 year old he hired. It’s getting to the point that is not news any more. It shouldn’t be, it wouldn’t be if these guys didn’t make their living lying. The young male escort (who has been indentified) is showing more class than Rekers. Rekers said he didn’t know the young man he hired off was a callboy. Rekers says he isn’t gay.
Then he says he hires males to help them. No, you can’t make this up. From Joe. My.God:
I have spent much time as a mental health professional and as a Christian minister helping and lovingly caring for people identifying themselves as gay. My hero is Jesus Christ who loves even the culturally despised people, including sexual sinners and prostitutes. Like Jesus Christ, I deliberately spend time with sinners with the loving goal to try to help them. Mark 2:16-17 reads: 16When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” 17On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” In fact, in a dialogue with hypocritical religious leaders, Jesus even stated to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. ” (Matthew 21:31).
Like John the Baptist and Jesus, I have a loving Christian ministry to homosexuals and prostitutes in which I share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them (see I Corinthians 6:8-11). Contrary to false gossip, innuendo, and slander about me, I do not in any way hate homosexuals, but I seek to lovingly share two types of messages to them, as I did with the young man called Lucien in the news story:  It is possible to cease homosexual practices to avoid the unacceptable health risks associated with that behavior, and  the most important decision one can make is to establish a relationship with God for all eternity by trusting in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins, including homosexual sins. If you talk with my travel assistant that the story called â€œLucien,â€ you will find I spent a great deal of time sharing scientific information on the desirability of abandoning homosexual intercourse, and I shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him in great detail.
Just stop. You are the one with problems coming to terms with your identify and dealing with truth. You are the one hiring 20 year olds of closed websites, you are the one peddling psueo-scientific dreck through NARTH, Focus on the Family’s FRC, American College ofÂ Pediatricians (anti-gay front group) and makingÂ a lot of money off fear, politics and religion in the US ex-gay industry. You are the one wrestling with honesty, so just stop already. You join a long dreary line of anti-gay activists who have made their living hurting others while trying to stay in a self-imposed closet.
You are the one with baggage.
Rekers is the second NARTH board member to be found to be less than truthful in the last couple of months. Truth Wins Out:
This is the second NARTH board member to be exposed as a fraud in the past three months. In February, Arthur Abba Goldberg was unmasked as a con artist who had served prison time for bond fraud. Goldberg was also the co-fonder of Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH). Goldberg resigned from NARTH’s board in shame.
Rekers background is here.
Update: I stand corrected. The FRC has not scrubbed Rekers, the website was updated in 2007 from this to this and the FAQ is the same as the cache the day before the Rekers/Rentboy story broke. He is still listed as a FRC co-founder and there are 3 FRC citations for him. NARTH still has his pic up, and has 110 citations for George Rekers, Focus on the Family and Exodus International about 10. Tony Perkins of the FRC said : “I had never heard of Dr. Rekers, so I asked our corporate attorney to review past documents.” Uh huh.
Update: The University of South Carolina has removed George Rekers from it’s webpages.
His escort has gone public with information about activity on the trip, and Rekers told The Miami Herald he is hiring an attorney. Exodus International (Focus on the Family) says the gay community is ‘showing lack of regard’ and the ‘gay community’ ‘seem completely incapable of showing Jo-Vanni Roman any compassion or care.’ Uh huh. Exodus has asked Rekers 20 year old companion to call them because ‘we care’.
And while we are on the subject of anti-gay religious right crusaders – The Call’s Lou Engle trip to Uganda to promote the anti-homosexuality bill (which has been condemned world wide) went just the way he planned it. Perhaps not the turn out expected, but certainly the message. Engle, a New Apostolic Reformation’ apostle/prophet’, was the main speaker at Canada’s TheCry in Vancouver in 2009.
Update: Rekers resigns from NARTH, and wait for it, is undergoing counselling while he works out how to file a defamation suit.