Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Unwanted Heterosexual Attractions

For anyone coming in late, last week Dr. George Rekers was caught returning from a trip to Europe with a gay male prostitute. Dr. Rekers insisted that he had no idea of his companion's, um, chosen career, and that he had hired the young man to carry his bags on the trip. This is of course, perfectly possible - sort of thing that happens all the time - but in this case I'm doubtful. Especially since the escort was hired from rentboy.com, which is not the sort of site that you might mistake for, well, anything except what it is.

Ordinarily, I would consider this entirely Dr. Rekers' own business, except that Dr. Rekers has a long history as an anti-gay crusader and a proponent of the "ex-gay" movement. He was a co-founder of the Family Research Council; testified as an expert witness to support Florida's ban on adoptions by gay couples; and written a great deal about the dangers of homosexuality. He's also a board member for the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality.

NARTH "upholds the rights of individuals with unwanted homosexual attraction to receive effective psychological care and the right of professionals to offer that care." This is an important stand for them to take, especially if you realize that homosexuality is the second-greatest moral danger of our modern age. (If you don't know what the greatest danger is, then clearly A. you're unsaved, and B. you've been hiding under a rock for the last twenty years or so.)

In fact, the only real problem with NARTH's approach is that it doesn't go far enough. 1 Corinthians 7 is very clear about the requirements for a Godly lifestyle. Any kind of sexual relationship is a distant second to the holy state of celibacy. So, in keeping with this Biblical injunction, I'm starting a new organization. Our goal is to uphold the rights of individuals with unwanted heterosexual attraction to receive effective psychological care.

Please donate money.

I feel compelled to point out that this is not meant as a slap at Christianity in general, but only the curious modern obsession with (and demonization of) homosexuality. As a friend of mine points out, being gay is only a powerfully alluring lifestyle if you happen to find members of your own sex attractive. This goes a long way towards explaining why so many of the really ardent anti-gay activists keep getting caught in precisely that sort of compromising position, I think.

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