CNN to Air Story on Suicide of Former George Rekers Therapy Patient

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Brandon K. Thorp
George Rekers and a young male escort at Miami International Airport in 2010.
Anderson Cooper will examine a "shocking 'experimental therapy' designed to make feminine boys more masculine" on his show at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The story centers around 38-year-old Kirk Murphy, who killed himself in 2003.

His family blames therapy Murphy went through as a young child at the hands of North Miami's George Alan Rekers -- a prominent figure of the Christian right who was taken down last year in a Miami New Times investigation. Reporters Brandon K. Thorp and Penn Bullock also wrote about the abuse Murphy suffered, when he was only known as "Kraig," a code name.

Rekers, who co-founded the Family Research Council, an anti-gay lobbying group, was photographed returning from a 10-day trip to Europe with a 20-year-old "rent boy," who said Rekers was a homosexual who paid him for daily nude massages.

Rekers insisted he paid the man to carry his luggage, but Rekers was photographed by New Times lugging several suitcases while his paid companion stood by. After the story broke, Rekers told the rent boy to cover up the affair and eventually resigned from the board of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, which claims homosexuality is a curable condition.

CNN quotes Rekers in a story today as saying, in an uncharacteristic bout of humanity, "Well, I think, scientifically that would be inaccurate to assume that it was the therapy, but I do grieve for the parents now that you've told me that news. I think that's very sad."

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Troybazza
Troybazza

how so disgusting. We all know the truth. Why are these grown men living such lives that they destroy the so many families and lives of innocent others??  LOOK AT THIS MONSTER   ,IN MY OPINOIN, ITS SO SO UNWANTED AND DANGEROUS. WATCH OUT THERE RE SO MAY MORE LIKE HIM. How many more guys and girls will he ruin???Wait, what about all the sexual diseases that he probably is himself carrying.  So bad, so bad, so bad...

Markus Lastur
Markus Lastur

As a form of treatment, all the major mental health organizations reject ‘reparative therapy’ as both ineffective and potentially very harmful.

The American Psychological Association, in adopting a comprehensive report based upon two years of research, determined that, "...scientific evidence does not show that conversion therapy works."

The American Psychiatric Association says, "There is no published scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of 'reparative therapy' as a treatment to change ones sexual orientation."

The American Academy of Pediatrics says, "[reparative therapy] can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation."

Wayne Besen, who has interviewed hundreds of victims of ‘reparative therapy,’ explains in his book, Anything But Straight, how conservative religious groups use the ‘ex-gay" therapy movement to counter a growing acceptance of gays and lesbians.

Markus Lastur
Markus Lastur

 There is no scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Reparative therapy has as much validity as pen1s enlarger pills. Notice how only religious groups claim to "change sexual orientation". Sorry, but religion is not valid science. Also, most of those groups that claim to "suppress sexual orientation" merely means the gay person represses their sex, not change their sexual attractions. Most studies in fact have disproven reparative therapy, including Spitzers study which was debunked by scientists long ago.

More on Spitzers Reparative TherapySpitzer's study was peer-reviewed, and these were the conclusions "Two years later, the paper was peer reviewed and published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. The publication decision sparked controversy and one sponsoring member resigned in protest. The paper has been criticized for using non-random sampling and poor criteria for success."

http://www.religioustolerance....

trent1280
trent1280

Prof Rev George Rekers is a quack. He has made a career exploiting homophobia. Co-founding Focus on the Family is just a small part of the misery he has caused.

Two years ago, he was exposed as a self-loathing hypocrite, having hired a male prostitute through RentBoy, an online escort service.

Referring to a Florida adoption case in 2008, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Cindy Lederman ruled against the state. In her decision, she said "Dr. Rekers’ testimony was far from a neutral and unbiased recitation of the relevant scientific evidence. Dr. Rekers’ beliefs are motivated by his strong ideological and theological convictions that are not consistent with the science. Based on his testimony and demeanor at trial, the court cannot consider his testimony to be credible nor worthy of forming the basis of public policy." It later emerged that Rekers had been paid nearly $120,000 for his testimony on behalf of the state, which had been solicited specifically by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. 

And now the report of this suicide. There will be more such damage. When anyone is taught to hate who they are, disaster ensues. Professional homophobes like George Rekers and his ilk cannot be trusted with any member of any family. Their extreme religious views distort fact and faith. 

In Rekers' personal case, the truth came out at a Miami airport.Other truths about other homophobes (hello Sen Larry Craig, 'Bishop' Eddie Long, Rev Ted Haggard, State Sen Roy Ashburn) will continue to come out.

What these people do is pitiful, and reckless. They stand condemned as phonies by every decent person in America.

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