Call me a cynic, but whenever I hear of someone, or see someone, who is virulently anti-gay, I suspect they are probably, secretly, getting some same-sex action on the down low. Usually, my suspicions are not far off the mark.
Take today’s news as an example. Leading anti-gay activist Dr. George A. Rekers, who sits on the board of the “ex-gay” outfit the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), and is a founder of the Family Research Council along with Dr. James Dobson, has been caught taking a male prostitute, whom he found on Rentboy.com, on a European vacation.
As the Miami New Times points out, this isn’t someone Rekers would have just stumbled into meeting. Rekers would have had to search Rentboy.com thoroughly to find his “travel assistant” whom they’ve dubbed “Lucien:”
Then Rekers must have performed a search. Did he want a “rentboy,” a “sugar daddy,” or a “masseur”? In what country? And what city? If Rekers searched for a rent boy in Miami, he would have found approximately 80 likely candidates. He must have scrolled down the first page, past the shirtless bears and desperate ex-models, and on to page 2. There, at last, was Lucien.
As these things go, once the cat is out of the bag – the excuses start flying. When the New Times first contacted him about it he told them he didn’t know Lucien was a … um, man of the night … until halfway through the trip. Then, he blamed recent medical problems that required him to hire a young, nubile, hunk to carry his bags for him.
”I had surgery,” Rekers said, “and I can’t lift luggage. That’s why I hired him.” (Medical problems didn’t stop him from pushing the tottering baggage cart through MIA [airport].)
It seems Rekers can’t keep his stories … well, straight. After no one seemed to buy those excuses, his latest one, to blogger Joe.My.God through Facebook, is that he simply hired Lucien so he could witness to him:
If you talk with my travel assistant that [sic] the story called “Lucien,” 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.
And Jesus often healed by laying on of hands, but I’m not sure this is what he had in mind.