NARTH Responds to Rekers' Eurotrip With a Non-Response (Updated)

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George Alan Rekers
By now, you've likely read about George Alan Rekers, the luxuriously mustachioed Christian fundie and co-founder of the Family Research Council, whom we caught coming home from Europe with a young male escort. Rekers claims his ill health necessitated hiring the boy as a luggage handler -- or high-price bellboy, if you will -- for ten days in Madrid and London.

"He was very good as a travel companion. He did carry my luggage and that sort of thing."  Rekers said in a phone interview. "He is very good at that." His excuse is fast becoming a punch line. Dan Savage wants "Whatever Lifts Your Luggage" integrated into the English lexicon.

Yesterday, Rekers switched his PR tack and told a blogger that his strapping travel assistant doubled as a male Mary Magdalene. He took the boy to Europe, Rekers said, to show him Jesus -- with whom Rekers compared himself. The Christ wined and dined prostitutes, so why shouldn't Rekers?

Oddly, he didn't mention ministering to the boy when he spoke to us before the news broke. In fact, a few days ago, he pooh-poohed the story in an email.

"It is surprising to hear that the focus of your article is the trip I took to Europe in which I had simply hired [the man] to carry my luggage as a travel companion... That fact is not the least bit newsworthy."

Much of the global media apparatus seems to disagree. Despite his prediction of non-news-worthiness, the story is getting coverage in the Times of London, the LA Times, Salon, Slate and New York Magazine, among many other outlets. It's causing a bit of an international tizzy.

And rightly so. Rekers is a board member at NARTH, an organization that claims it can "cure" gay people. Come into their rehabilitation program guiltily craving cock; leave loving Christ and vagoo. In a blog yesterday, Rachel Maddow joked that the cure doesn't seem to have taken with Rekers. We have no proof Rekers is gay, but hiring a twink to see Europe with you is considered a giveaway among mere mortals -- Christ-like figures excepted.

NARTH has been mum on Rekers' Eurotrip until, apparently, today. Ted Braun, a commenter on our article, says he emailed NARTH and got this purported response from one of the org's email answerers:

Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 7:05 PM To: Ted Braun Subject: Re: Please Advise

You have as much information as we do. Before this released we didn't have this much information. All we had was a simple accusation that he was with a "rent boy" so that was all we were able to talk about with him. His answers (as well as his demeanor) showed that the story wasn't exactly as it seamed [sic]. There are certain accusations that would and wouldn't surprise certain people about others. This comes as a complete surprise as Dr. Rekers is not only very old and in very poor health, but also very nice and soft spoken, so until we have further information or proof of this incident it remains rumor and speculation.

The Rekers expose is far from rumor and speculation. Rekers admits going to Europe with the boy, and the boy admits they met over Rentboy.com -- a site that is as transparently gay as, well, George Rekers' moustache.

How much longer are NARTH and the Family Research Council going to duck the story? Their silence is unlikely to endure, now that Rekers' story has been featured on the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, and Jay Leno's Tonight Show.

NARTH and the Family Research Council need to quit playing coy. Is it policy to procure gay boys from Rentboy.com, and pay them to carry luggage and learn the Gospels on all-expenses-paid tours of the Old World? Do NARTH and the FRC recommend this approach?

-- Penn Bullock and Brandon K. Thorp

On Friday they denied issuing the statement, but issued one that said they take the accusations seriously.

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Jennifer
Jennifer

It's sad how judgemental gay people are. I thought gay people were supposed to be happy? What so many mean-spirited and bitchy comments about someone you know nothing about?

Philipemo
Philipemo

"Dr. Rekers is not only very old and in very poor health, but also very nice and soft spoken,"

...so he couldn't be gay, could he?

janiceinthemountains
janiceinthemountains

Again? This situation seems to keep repeating itself. And what venom Rekers has spewed over all these years, and now this? Figure it out, Rekers. Sounds a lot like the Roy Ashburn situation in California - men who deny their homosexuality and then actively fight against homosexual issues. Does this happen with women also? I can't think of a female case, only with men. Fascinating. Hopefully someone will do a nice study of this.

WrongfulRight
WrongfulRight

"Didn't Rekers ADOPT a boy? And if he is gay, the law of Florida WHICH HE HELPED TO ENACT makes his fatherhood ILLEGAL!!!" true point

Everything screams GAY about this guy. If its not the catholic clergy, then its some other organized religion (and yes, nondenominationals, you ARE organized)

I am SO TIRED of all the wolves in sheep clothing out there! And dont believe for a moment that just because a so-called christian misuses the bible, his wrongs will nullify the words in it. Clearly, the "God against homosexuality" has outted this man.

Strepsi
Strepsi

Dear Miami New Times -- thanks for your excellent reporting! Now:

1) From this quote, can you please send to the newswire the following headline: "NARTH calls age 61 'very old'" -- that ought to endear them to the average media publisher.

2) Didn't Rekers ADOPT a boy? And if he is gay, the law of Florida WHICH HE HELPED TO ENACT makes his fatherhood ILLEGAL!!!

That is the real story now.....

Scott
Scott

Wasn't this Rekers guy with Tony Perkins for a few years?

Todd
Todd

Rekers' name IS still on the Family Research Council website, and I'm the dame that can prove it!

Seymourhiney
Seymourhiney

Searching for former students that had sex with, or performed other sexual acts with the good man.

The two young men at the Portman in London/would like to get your story.

marcus
marcus

"He took the boy to Europe, Rekers said, to show him Jesus"

I'll bet....

frank burns
frank burns

There are just too many possible jokes here, I can't pick which one to write.

hughman
hughman

"This comes as a complete surprise as Dr. Rekers is not only very old and in very poor health, but also very nice and soft spoken"

yeah, because "nice and soft spoken" men NEVER do anything bad nor are they ever gay. HAHAHA!! if it wasn't apparent before, it's now obvious NARTH has lost any grip on reality.

Ricardo
Ricardo

FYI, the Family Research Council DID respond -- within 24 hours they deleted all references to Rekers from their website; he previously had been prominently mentioned as one of their "founders." Why was this action done so hastily? Did the FRC have additional info on Rekers?

Jeff
Jeff

"Their silence is unlikely to endure, now that Rekers' story has been featured on the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, and Jay Leno's Tonight Show."

Oh, it's already ended. Google Rekers' name and watch new stories pop up by the minute -- all over the world.

simon8
simon8

We no longer accept idiots talking nonsense--particularly hypocritical, lying, nasty pieces of work like Rekers. The hard comments are in response to his offensive opinions. He has a First Amendment right to his view. We have a First Amendment right to ridicule him and call him to account for his lies and hypocrisy.

At other times, most queer folk are very nice, like others we only bare our teeth when we are messed with.

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