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keithapm's Avatar Comment 1 by keithapm

Religion - sexual repression - hypocrisy


Nasty little triune isn't t it? Yet it seems to be a rather pervasive one. It's a wonder that most religious people fail to recognise it... Oh wait, it's not. That's one triune even Christians won't accept, and they've a history of accepting even the most daft ones...

Updated: Wed, 05 May 2010 20:23:17 UTC | #467002

Philoctetes                                        's Avatar Comment 2 by Philoctetes

Surely everybody knows that homophobia is a sign of a gay still in the closet

Wed, 05 May 2010 22:05:45 UTC | #467045

Ivan The Not So Bad's Avatar Comment 3 by Ivan The Not So Bad

Looks like Rekers is following the example of Sir Norman Fry – a fictitious Conservative politician portrayed in the Little Britain comedy series:


Wed, 05 May 2010 23:00:22 UTC | #467056

Crazycharlie's Avatar Comment 4 by Crazycharlie

Philoctetes hit the nail on the head @ comment #467045. 

 If you hear someone making a noise condemning homosexuality your first thought should be, ' Ok, what's this guy hiding, he must be in the closet.'

Thu, 06 May 2010 01:52:43 UTC | #467094

Cartomancer's Avatar Comment 5 by Cartomancer

I was going to make some rather throwaway and salacious comments on this article (largely inspired by the less than noble thoughts aroused in me by that link to, I will admit). But since I had to actually get commenting here re-opened by posting on another thread, it seems awfully petty to do so. So instead I'll just comment on how sad it is that an awful lot of the most vicious and virulent homophobia in the world today is actually perpetrated by self-hating gay people. Not just the religious right, but also in other such homophobic subcultures as the American hip-hop scene and far-right fascist groups.

It strikes me as peculiarly depressing and unpleasant that these kinds of cultures can turn gay people into the staunchest engines of their own oppression, thereby generating the most potent threats from the material of their own victims. It's almost like the way Tolkien's orcs were created from the broken, tormented and tortured elves held captive by Morgoth - made into spiteful and hideous creatures, who produce nothing beautiful but turn their cunning and artifice only to harming and destroying others.

Updated: Thu, 06 May 2010 02:14:22 UTC | #467098

Alternative Carpark's Avatar Comment 6 by Alternative Carpark

But look at my hopes, look at my dreams, the currency we've spent...

Thu, 06 May 2010 02:39:19 UTC | #467103

ramfallsathiest's Avatar Comment 7 by ramfallsathiest

Cartomancer-  Love the orc segue. Who's golom? Razt? Or is Razt  Sauron? Or is he the emperor out of Star Wars?

Anyhoo- This guy is to be pitied. To be denied of your sexuality by yourself must be some straightjacket.

This guy should be applauded for at least not giving up on his true self.

He is a hypocrite though. Maybe we should have America's 10 most wanted hypocrites list.    

Thu, 06 May 2010 06:43:08 UTC | #467157

Ivan The Not So Bad's Avatar Comment 8 by Ivan The Not So Bad

xstevex said:


He is a hypocrite though. Maybe we should have America's 10 most wanted hypocrites list.  


It's been done:

 I guess an update is now needed.

Thu, 06 May 2010 07:39:43 UTC | #467167

satanslittlehelper's Avatar Comment 9 by satanslittlehelper

this is the funniest reply yet to the whole scandal, truly epic and sleazy.

If You’re One of America’s Greatest Anti-Gay Crusaders, Does a Little Trip to Spain With a Rent Boy Really Make You Gay?

Updated: Thu, 06 May 2010 09:59:47 UTC | #467173

at3p's Avatar Comment 10 by at3p

His excuses are even funnier. Check out the latest Colbert Report ( can't find on youtube, try torrent ).

Thu, 06 May 2010 10:15:28 UTC | #467204

TheRationalizer's Avatar Comment 11 by TheRationalizer



Who next?  Ray Comfort did look at that banana quite intensely, didn't he? :)

Thu, 06 May 2010 10:52:21 UTC | #467214

God fearing Atheist's Avatar Comment 12 by God fearing Atheist

Sexually f*&cked up? A gay masochist who likes to inflict pain on himself and all his chums?

Hypocritical little toad!

Thu, 06 May 2010 13:17:05 UTC | #467249

KRKBAB's Avatar Comment 13 by KRKBAB

This article is a nice little humorous nugget- courteousy of the christian right. I thouroughly enjoyed it.


Thu, 06 May 2010 17:44:30 UTC | #467309

KRKBAB's Avatar Comment 14 by KRKBAB

This article is a nice little humorous nugget- courteousy of the christian right. I thouroughly enjoyed it.


Thu, 06 May 2010 17:44:38 UTC | #467310

KRKBAB's Avatar Comment 15 by KRKBAB

It is, however, pretty sad and even tragic that this character (whom I do not pity at all, considering the damage he's done) has contributed to actual anti-gay legislation. That is definitely NOT funny.


Thu, 06 May 2010 17:47:13 UTC | #467311

Rikitiki13's Avatar Comment 16 by Rikitiki13

Re: Cartomancer's excellent point - I remember reading somewhere an analysis of St. Paul which made some very good observations.  Mainly that in his writings, Paul very much seems a self-hating, homophobic, misogynistic, closeted-homosexual.  And this is the guy whose teachings the Catholic church (and other x-tians) tout as being the 'word of god'.  Sure, you betcha.

Updated: Thu, 06 May 2010 17:51:13 UTC | #467312

Robotocracy's Avatar Comment 17 by Robotocracy

Satanslittlehelper - I'm pretty sure is a poe. Look at their other articles.


On a separate note, what a strange, sad world of hate and self-loathing people like Rekers must live in.  So many of the people who try to persecute homosexuals the most turn out to be gay themselves.  A pattern?

Thu, 06 May 2010 20:12:58 UTC | #467345

Mr DArcy's Avatar Comment 18 by Mr DArcy

Well at least this preacher followed the good ol' capitalist tradition of paying for services rendered, unlike those Catholic perverts.


No doubt his God will decide whether or not he's a sinner. See you in the Lake of Fire, preacher!

Updated: Thu, 06 May 2010 20:24:20 UTC | #467347

Jay Cee's Avatar Comment 19 by Jay Cee

Love the picture of the two hotties. Atheism and hot men are a great combination. Am I the only one would love to see the atheist 'calendar' featuring New Atheists and more? All profits to the foundation.



Thu, 06 May 2010 20:54:14 UTC | #467350

Ivan The Not So Bad's Avatar Comment 20 by Ivan The Not So Bad

Jay Cee (comment #467350) said:

Love the picture of the two hotties. Atheism and hot men are a great combination. Am I the only one would love to see the atheist 'calendar' featuring New Atheists and more?

I can do you Mormons if that's any help:

"Click to enlarge" LOL.

Thu, 06 May 2010 21:22:02 UTC | #467353

philipcfromnyc's Avatar Comment 21 by philipcfromnyc


Professor George Rekers would have us believe that he is an innocent man, who in no way engaged in a sexual relationship with a young man who he hired to accompany him on a European vacation.


Yeah -- right!



Let us examine the facts.  Rekers hired a gay male prostitute – a person who at least earns an honest living, which is one hell of a lot more than can be said of people such as Rekers, who specialize in stirring up hatred of gay Americans through organizations such as the thoroughly discredited “National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality” (NARTH) and the viciously homophobic “Family Research Council” (FRC) (Rekers sits on the board of NARTH and is a co-founder of the FRC) – from the web site named, to accompany him on a 10-day vacation in Europe!



Rekers initially stated that he hired the rent boy because he had a back complaint and needed somebody to handle his luggage for him!  Yes, I can see that – were I a heterosexual man dedicated to stirring up hatred of gay persons, condemning and trying to prevent the enactment of gay marriage and civil unions, and were I in need of somebody to carry my luggage for me due to medical reasons, the very first place I would look to for a porter would be a web site named  advertising the services of gay male prostitutes (excuse me, “escorts”)!  Upon returning from his 10-day romp with the rent boy, Rekers was photographed carrying his own luggage while the rent boy stood in the background, carrying nothing.

Rekers then changed his story – he ostensibly had hired the rent boy so as to be able to preach to this (barely legal) young man about the error of his ways, and to “save” his soul from eternal damnation!  (Come to Jesus, son!)



This is grotesquely reminiscent of the fate of the erstwhile poster boy for the “ex-gay” movement, John Paulk, who worked for the FRC opposing homosexuality until he was photographed by a gay activist desperately trying to leave a gay pickup bar (Pete’s) on DuPont Circle.  Paulk had been there for more than an hour, chatting up another male patron and asking for sex, before the activist arrived with his camera, .  When questioned by his FRC handlers about his dalliance at this watering hole, Paulk first claimed that he had needed to use the men’s room.  When it was pointed out to him that there were any number of rest rooms he could have used at other establishments much more conveniently located, Paulk changed his story and claimed that he was merely “curious” about the “lifestyle” that he had supposedly left.

This was too much even for an organization as mendacious and depraved as the FRC to stomach, and Paulk was thrown out, neck and crop, in disgrace, losing his job with the FRC and fading into ignominious obscurity.



When all is said and done, what emerges from this sorry imbroglio is a portrait of a self-hating closet case who is prepared to go to any lengths, regardless of the extent to which he insults the intelligence of his handlers at the NARTH and the FRC, to lie, obfuscate, and disguise the fact that he hired this young man (whose eight inch endowment was prominently advertised on the web site in question) for the purpose of having sex – period.



The only speculation still worth addressing is whether this man, who is utterly bereft of any redeeming social value, was the "top" or the "bottom" in this sordid relationship.  And the only sympathy worth bestowing on anybody should be reserved for the young man who had to shut up and pleasure this disgusting piece of slime for 10 whole days and nights.






Thu, 06 May 2010 22:13:15 UTC | #467366

Bonzai's Avatar Comment 22 by Bonzai

This gives hate the sin but love the sinner a completely new meaning. :)

He could have said he was just going undercover to do some research on the gay lifestyle so he could combat it more effectively.


Fri, 07 May 2010 04:51:17 UTC | #467417

Wuht2Ask's Avatar Comment 23 by Wuht2Ask

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Fri, 07 May 2010 14:30:27 UTC | #467474

HolyPinkUnicorn's Avatar Comment 24 by HolyPinkUnicorn

Well, at least they weren't doing meth, or the 'rentboy' was under 18, or he was giving/receiving spiritual guidance in some sleazy motel--the closeted Christian hypocrites are evolving!

Fri, 07 May 2010 16:18:46 UTC | #467514

Q Jordon's Avatar Comment 25 by Q Jordon

I hope Mr. Rekers enjoyed having this Rentboy carry his bag for him. I am sure the fact the was a gay escort service has any bearings on the fact that Mr. Rekers is anti-homosexual.

Everyone needs a job, and one can only imagine what job was performed outside of "bag" carrying.

Updated: Sat, 08 May 2010 19:14:34 UTC | #467846

lesmwill's Avatar Comment 26 by lesmwill

"No man can show one face to himself and another to the public without becoming confused as to which may be true." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sun, 09 May 2010 03:38:46 UTC | #467943

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Sun, 09 May 2010 14:59:28 UTC | #468054

besleybean's Avatar Comment 28 by besleybean

Sometimes it's just nobody elses business.  But hypocrisy is another thing...

Mon, 10 May 2010 16:21:58 UTC | #468479