Thursday, May 6, 2010

God and Gays, Rekers and "rentboys"

Two items on the Bible and homosexuality have come across the Eat the Bible news desk in the past few hours.

The heavily contested Biblical argument against homosexuality boils down to about six verses (out of more than 31,000 total). At random, one comes from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians: "Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers--none of these will inherit the kingdom of God" (6:9). Here, sodomite = homosexual. It's been a rough couple of days for two men who take Paul at his word:

London's Daily Telegraph reports that this past weekend, a Christian street preacher was arrested and held for seven hours after publicly professing that the Bible calls homosexuality a sin. Holding forth on a thoroughfare in the city of Workington, the man was arrested and charged under the Public Order Act. That legislation--enacted in 1986--was originally conceived to rein in drunken soccer hooligans, though it does curb some forms of hate speech. Christian leaders in the U.K. worry that the arrest sets a frightening precedent.

On a related note, it was recently revealed that Christian anti-gay activist George Rekers just returned from a ten-day European vacation during which he was accompanied by a male prostitute he ordered through (I wish I could make this stuff up.) Rekers, who co-founded a "gay cure" organization with Focus on the Family's James Dobson, claims on his Facebook page that he was just spending time with sinners--a la Jesus--and that the "rentboy" only came along to help him carry heavy luggage. Wow.

I'm in the Bible business, not in the anti-gay-activist satire business, so I'll let Stephen Colbert do my heavy lifting.

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  1. The cliche response to this scenario, that we'll soon be debating over dinner, is: how can people like this live with themselves? What goes on in the mind of someone with that much self-hate? Or, more clearly: WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?

  2. You should check out this documentary:

  3. That said, there is some merit IF (and it's a big IF) Rekers is telling the truth. It's not unheard of for people to hire a prostitute for the night in order to spend that time going through the Bible.
    I'd be interested in what the baggage boy has to say about the trip...

  4. The Miami New Times interviewed the escort yesterday; "Lucien" confirms sexual contact between himself and Rekers. Here's the link:


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