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05/06/2010

This Rekers of disingenuity

by Jeremy Hooper

As you might have already seen, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins released this statement in regards to FRC co-founder George Rekers:

A Word from Our Media Center
Yesterday evening, we began to see online "news" accounts of Dr. George Rekers, a reparative therapist for homosexuals, actually being involved with a male prostitute. Some of the stories identified Rekers as being a founding board member of Family Research Council. I had never heard of Dr. Rekers, so I asked our corporate attorney to review past documents. We did verify that Dr. Rekers was a member of the original Family Research Council Board prior to its merger with Focus on the Family in 1987. FRC has had no contact with Dr. Rekers or knowledge of his activities in over a decade, so I can't speak to what he may or may not have done. However, I can say that while it's extremely disappointing when any Christian leader engages in the very activities that they "preach" against, it's not surprising. The Scriptures clearly teach the fallen nature of all people. We each have a choice to act upon that nature or accept the forgiveness offered by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. As leaders, we should do our best to ensure our actions--both public and private--match our professed positions. [
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And honestly, if he were telling the truth about not knowing Rekers (which we seriously question), then that itself is completely unacceptable. Because FRC, the organization of which Tony is president, still runs this as the second item in their organizational FAQ:

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Call me a hard ass, but if I was on the board of a particular organization, I would insist on the organizational head having the most basic knowledge of who founded the damn group! It might come up.

Rekers' connection to FRC does not require a "corporate attorney to review past documents" -- it requires the most cursory of Google searches by the most lay of citizens! Tony Perkins is either (a) being incredibly disingenuous or (b) has proven himself to be unacceptably uninformed about his own employer. Both sides of this so-called "culture war" are right to have questions!

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*Oh, and Tony: Spare us the "news" in quotes. Someone who uses grim reaper pictures to highlight nondiscrimination legislation has forfeited the right to cast stones at others' journalistic ethics!

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