Sunday, May 16, 2010

Brilliant Column from the Miami Herald...


Leonard Pitts  perfectly sums up the sad saga of  George Rekers, 

Exerpts below, you can read the whole colum at  -  Joe My God

Dr. George Rekers: One man's road to hypocrisy and betrayal

He purported to cure homosexual urges. But if that were possible, you'd think he'd have started with himself.
Put yourself in the shoes of the teenager, bewildered and frightened by these feelings he or she is not "supposed" to have, feelings of sexual attraction to people of the same gender. You try to deny them, try to ignore them, try to suppress them, but they will not go away. You are all alone, isolated behind a secret that presses down on you like weights, a fear of rejection that haunts you like ghosts.
And here comes Dr. Rekkers telling you that you are abnormal, telling you that you are bad, telling you he can cure you, as if you had a disease like measles or the flu. Then, in his off hours, after he's done curing you, he's trolling rentboy.com looking for young men to handle his, ahem ... baggage.
That's more than hypocrisy, more even than self-loathing. It is a betrayal of one's own, a sellout of the most vulnerable. And what's sad is not just that a George Rekkers would do this, but that ours is a culture that would encourage and reward such duplicity in the first place.
He purported to heal homosexuals? One is reminded of an injunction from the book of Luke: "Physician, heal thyself" (4:23). Rekkers would be wise to heed that advice.
Homosexual urges are the least of his afflictions.
Leonard Pitts Jr. is a columnist for The Miami Herald. His e-mail address is: lpitts@miamiherald.com. Leonard Pitts will be chatting with readers every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT on www.MiamiHerald.com.

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