May 6, 2010

Fanning the Flames

Christian right leader George Rekers takes vacation with "rent boy"
George Alan Rekers, a founding member of the Family Research Council with James Dobson and Amandi Nicholi Jr., was caught returning home from a European vacation in mid-April with a young man he hired on
More on this story, much more at Towleroad. The Colbert Report is right on top of things, and it makes me wonder if he knows about the alleged nature of Jesus' and Lazarus' relationship, or perhaps just a lucky joke:
Said Colbert: "That's why good Christians should always ask themselves, WBWJR — What Boy Would Jesus Rent" Colbert also showed off his new rent boy cameraman, Julian (below).

The sex scandal revelations among the clergy continue. And this latest one... a Southern Baptist minister, famous for his political activism against homosexuality is “caught” by the press in the most ridiculously obvious of affairs. He all but pasted a sign on his back saying “Catch me”!

George claimed to be capable of “curing” homosexuality, which in the Fundamentalist way of thinking is not so much a disease, but a “demon”. A man is possessed by the “demon of homosexuality”, and that’s why he can be cured of his affliction (they say), all it takes is an “exorcism”. So here we have a minister who is “fighting the good fight” against the “demon of homosexuality”, and who somehow becomes “possessed” by the very same “demon” he is fighting against? One who chooses a boyish male prostitute from “” who the press “whimsically” decides to call “LUCIEN”? What, did the editor nix “Damien” as being over the top?
“I’d like to propose another trip to Rome, Italy, for a week or more," Rekers wrote in an email dated March 21 obtained by New Times. "This is so exciting to have a nice Travel Assistant and traveling companion! Wow! I'm so glad I met you."
Ah yes, let’s specifically go to ROME and hang with our good friends, the child-molesting Catholic clergy, who interestingly enough are busy revving up their own demon exorcising program.

While the blogosphere may crow about this kind of thing, frankly it makes me uneasy. To the laity, it makes homosexuality out to be some kind of terrifying demon that is able to corrupt even George, the most valiant of their dragon slayers - something lurking and preying upon their church leaders and their children. Indeed, there are more than a few of the devout who may haps, have secretly and shamefully felt a same-sex stirring in their loins... the devil works his wicked ways even among the faithful, they tell themselves late at night, as they delete their browser history.

My inner conspiranoid wonders if George is a merely another closet case homophobe, or was he set up, or was he some kind of “mind-fuck bomb”, deliberately planted and set to go off within the religious right? Before you answer to yourself, check out the strange case of “Hockey Kid Mikey” - another bomb that went off late April, this time in the middle of gay teenagers.


Anonymous said...

I gave up worrying about how things like this will be received among the Fundies. Their minds are closed, sealed, locked! I think revelations like this help those who might marginally support our cause but need a little push. And I think they help anyone in the GLBT community who might have religious hang-ups.

Michael said...

Good point. I guess I need to let go or something.

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