Monday, January 17, 2011

"I'm innocent. You've got to believe I'm innocent." - Richard M. Nixon

So when you finally reach out to your rabbi after a few days of emotional hell, and he tells you that you should turn to an organization like JONAH, ask him if there is a moral or ethical dilemma in the fact that neither JONAH nor NARTH are actually legitimate counselling organizations.  In fact JONAH is headed by a known and convicted felon, while NARTH, the organization that JONAH derives its strength from is nothing more than a right-wing Christian organization.

Do they even realize who they are getting involved with?

It gets better.  Read on.........

Dr. George Alan Rekers has resigned from his position as sitting board member of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), following allegations that he received erotic massages from a male prostitute.

Rekers, an anti-gay activist for decades, took a 10 day European vacation with a male escort he met on the gay site, Rent

20 year old Jo-Vanni Roman (called in his work, “Lucien”) is a gay escort who says they met through the explicit website

Rekers denied the accusations, claiming he he hired Roman to help carry his luggage while he recovered from surgery. He said he only found out Roman was an escort partway through the trip, and tried as a Christian minister to turn the youth from homosexuality.

NARTH's Response to the media scandal:

In response to the media scandal, begun by the Miami New Times, and later picked up by the Miami Herald, FOX, CNN, MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show, Anderson Cooper, and many others, NARTH has posted the following on their official website:

"I am immediately resigning my membership in NARTH to allow myself the time necessary to fight the false media reports that have been made against me. With the assistance of a defamation attorney, I will fight these false reports because I have not engaged in any homosexual behavior whatsoever. I am not gay and never have been." --George A. Rekers, Ph.D.

NARTH has accepted Dr. Rekers' resignation and would hope that the legal process will sufficiently clarify the questions that have arisen in this unfortunate situation. We express our sincere sympathy to all individuals, regardless of their perspective, who have been injured by these events. We also wish to reiterate our traditional position that these personal controversies do not change the scientific data, nor do they detract from the important work of NARTH. NARTH continues to support scientific research, and to value client autonomy, client self-determination and client diversity.

By the way, if you go to the "rentboy" site, there is no way that you can confuse this.

Be well.

Saul David


Lisa said...

I know it's really late to mention this to you, but this weekend, there's going to be a shabbaton for GLBT Orthodox Jews. I thought you might want to mention this to your son and/or your readers.

Anonymous in Teaneck said...

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Saul David said...

Dear Anonymous,

I kinda like the black background so I tweaked it a bit..went from black to gray. Is that better?


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And I love the blog

El Rey of Sunshine said...

NARTH is not a "right-wing Christian organization". NARTH is composed of a group of psychologists from varying religious backgrounds. In fact, I was seeing an Orthodox rabbi psychiatrist associated with NARTH and JONAH. He was very compassionate and understanding, and he helped me a lot.

With an issue like homosexuality, there are various, traditionally-minded religious groups involved such as Catholics and Mormons, but NARTH's focus is about psychology, not religion.

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