It's Not That You're Homophobic...

It's that you think I'm stupid:


This week, it was reported that George Alan Rekers, a professor at the University of South Carolina medical school and a co-founder of the Christian-right Family Research Council, hired a man from the gay escort service Rentboy to accompany him on a 10-day trip to Europe. The story broke in the form of a lengthy, smirking report in the Miami New Times, which arbitrarily gave the escort the name "Lucien." A statement has since appeared on Rekers's personal Web site, saying that Rekers "requires an assistant to lift his luggage in his travels because of an ongoing condition following surgery."

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"If you talk with my travel assistant that the story called 'Lucien,' you will find I spent a great deal of time sharing scientific information on the desirability of abandoning homosexual intercourse, and I shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him in great detail."
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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