FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

The Reverend and the Rentboy

by SAUL LANDAU

I laughed when 61 year old Reverend Baptist minister George Alan Rekers got outed after his most excellent European vacation with a 20 year Rentboy.com. “Anti-Gay Activist Cavorts With Male Hooker,” the headline might have read.

Rekers,  co-creator  with James Dobson of Family Research Council with Reverend James Dobson in 1983, denounced homosexuality as a sin, and advocated conversion-therapy. He says he tried to convert the rented “Lucien” to straighthood (Jo-Vanni Roman, 20, who advertised the size of his member).

Claiming post-surgery back problems, Rekers supposedly needed a Rentboy to lift his luggage. On April 13, however, a Miami New Times reporter photographed Rekers lifting his own suitcases at Miami Airport baggage claim while his handsome companion looked on.

Rekers claimed he didn’t know “his traveling companion’s profession when he hired him to accompany him on a 10-day European vacation… to help him carry luggage.”

“Lucien” appears on a website “devoted to connecting gay escorts with clients.” Rekers claimed he “counseled the lad on methods of curing gayness, and the importance of becoming a Christian.”

The Rentboy told CNN’s Randi Kaye he received “$75 a day plus expenses to travel with him [Rekers] for two weeks in April to London and Madrid.” His services included daily, nude “sexual” massages to Rekers who, Rentboy says, loved the naked touching, but showed no interest in sex.

Ultra right Family Research Council members who Rekers helped incorporate in 1983, removed references to him from their website.  Rekers’ “expertise” on gay issues brought him a $140,000 fee for testifying in favor of against Florida’s gay-adoption ban.

In 2008, Reverend Ted Haggard also got outed and then ousted by The Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals (30 million people), when the media revealed Teddy had engaged in the very satanic vices he had condemned in his sermons.

A gay drug-dealing hooker said Haggard had paid him for kinky activity including the use of naughty drugs. Haggard, previously featured in the documentary film, “Jesus Camp,”warned adoring young Christians: “We don’t have to debate about what we should think about homosexual activity. It’s written in the Bible.”

Haggard got fired as preacher at the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, but not before he played a key role in turning out “the evangelical vote” for God’s candidate (Bush).

The married father of five confessed to his congregation: he was “guilty of sexual immorality.” Mike Jones, the masseuse, said Haggard had paid him for sex for more than three years. Mike also sold Ted crystal meth for “booty bumping,” or “keistering,” which Wikipedia described as anal drug-taking methods that increase “sexual pleasure.”

Unlike stodgier geezers, Pat Robertson, James Dobson and Rekers, the boyish Haggard related to young Jesus adorers. Like Elmer Gantry, however, Haggard, when caught acting in the very ways he had described as sinful, took the slithering mode of escape. He did a “Bill Clinton”: “I did not have sex with that man – just routine massage.” He admitted to buying but denied using methamphetamines. Sure, he just got a massage — of his you know what by someone else’s sphincter – or visa versa.

Haggard used his enthusiasm for the pure Christian life to convert young people. Hopefully, they have since absorbed from his “outing” an important lesson on true Christian principles. Haggard took two weeks of Christian cure and is now normal – according to him – and counsels others who have strayed as he did.

In August 2007, the pious and devoutly anti-homosexual Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig got busted for playing footsie with an undercover cop in the toilet stalls at the Minneapolis airport.

Pathetic and hypocritical? Reverends and Senator stood for heterosexuality uber alles and for using Christ to cure those who suffered from the homosexual disease.  Did they so loathe their inability to exert power over their most loathsome impulse that they then projected self-hatred toward others with similar impulses?

The far right’s quest for power relies on convincing its public of its candidates’ noble Christian principles. “Family values” conjure visions of a happy and prosperous parents attending church with smiling, obedient children who practice abstinence, join the armed forces, serve their country, sing the national anthem and salute the flag.

Family values also means converting homosexuals; not letting them marry or adopt. Problems arise when the these apostles of virtue emerge as kinky-winkies, like millions of just plain “sinners.”

In mid May, another abstinence promoter Congressman — now ex Congressman — Mark Souder (R-IN) got caught shtupping a staffer. Bad image, said Minority leader John Boehner. Souder resigned, blaming Washington for his transgression “against God, my wife and my family.” Like Haggard, he will undergo a quick Christian cure and get forgiven. God who judges me harshly uses different standards for forgiving true Republican believers!

SAUL LANDAU is the author of A Bush and Botox World.

 

WORDS THAT STICK

 

SAUL LANDAU’s A BUSH AND BOTOX WORLD was published by CounterPunch / AK Press.

More articles by:

CounterPunch Magazine

minimag-edit

bernie-the-sandernistas-cover-344x550

zen economics

February 20, 2017
Jordan Flaherty
Best Films of 2016: Black Excellence Versus White Mediocrity
Weekend Edition
February 17, 2017
Friday - Sunday
David Price
Rogue Elephant Rising: The CIA as Kingslayer
Matthew Stevenson
Is Trump the Worst President Ever?
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Flynn?
John Wight
Brexit and Trump: Why Right is Not the New Left
Diana Johnstone
France: Another Ghastly Presidential Election Campaign; the Deep State Rises to the Surface
Neve Gordon
Trump’s One-State Option
Roger Harris
Emperor Trump Has No Clothes: Time to Organize!
Joan Roelofs
What Else is Wrong with Globalization
Andrew Levine
Why Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban?
Mike Whitney
Blood in the Water: the Trump Revolution Ends in a Whimper
Vijay Prashad
Trump, Turmoil and Resistance
Ron Jacobs
U.S. Imperial War Personified
David Swanson
Can the Climate Survive Adherence to War and Partisanship?
Andre Vltchek
Governor of Jakarta: Get Re-elected or Die!
Patrick Cockburn
The Coming Destruction of Mosul
Norman Pollack
Self-Devouring Reaction: Governmental Impasse
Steve Horn
What Do a Louisiana Pipeline Explosion and Dakota Access Pipeline Have in Common? Phillips 66
Brian Saady
Why Corporations are Too Big to Jail in the Drug War
Graham Peebles
Ethiopia: Peaceful Protest to Armed Uprising
Luke Meyer
The Case of Tony: Inside a Lifer Hearing
Binoy Kampmark
Adolf, The Donald and History
Robert Koehler
The Great American Awakening
Murray Dobbin
Canadians at Odds With Their Government on Israel
Fariborz Saremi
A Whole New World?
Joyce Nelson
Japan’s Abe, Trump & Illegal Leaks
Christopher Brauchli
Trump 1, Tillerson 0
Yves Engler
Is This Hate Speech?
Dan Bacher
Trump Administration Exempts Three CA Oil Fields From Water Protection Rule at Jerry Brown’s Request
Richard Klin
Solid Gold
Melissa Garriga
Anti-Abortion and Anti-Fascist Movements: More in Common Than Meets the Eye
Thomas Knapp
The Absurd Consequences of a “Right to Privacy”
W. T. Whitney
The Fate of Prisoner Simón Trinidad, as Seen by His U. S. Lawyer
Brian Platt
Don’t Just Oppose ICE Raids, Tear Down the Whole Racist Immigration Enforcement Regime
Paul Cantor
Refugee: the Compassionate Mind of Egon Schwartz
Norman Richmond
The Black Radical Tradition in Canada
Barton Kunstler
Rallying Against the Totalitarian Specter
Judith Deutsch
Militarism:  Revolutionary Mothering and Rosie the Riveter
Nyla Ali Khan
Kashmir Evoked a Lot More International Attention in the 1950s Than It Does Now
Adam Phillips
There Isn’t Any There There
Louis Proyect
Steinbeck’s Red Devils
Randy Shields
Left Coast Date: the Dating Site for the ORWACA Tribe
Charles R. Larson
Review: Bill Hayes’ “Insomniac City”
David Yearsley
White Supremacy and Music Theory
February 16, 2017
Peter Gaffney
The Rage of Caliban: Identity Politics, the Travel Ban, and the Shifting Ideological Framework of the Resistance
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail