As we found out earlier this year, the only thing George Rekers is really “good at” is hiring male escorts to “lift his luggage” on European vacations. Apparently Focus on the Family is still too enthralled with the talking points his “work” provides them, so they’d like it if you didn’t make a big deal of the fact that they’re still using George Rekers as an expert. Alvin McEwen has the goods, in a larger piece about FotF’s tacit support for bullying in schools:
[T]he most egregious error in Cushman’s piece, and it’s an error that says a lot not only about her mindset but that of Focus on the Family, is the following:
According to the medical and psychological experts writing in the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexual Problems, “The consequences of choices made with the advantage of developmental maturity are preferable to those consequences resulting from decisions made impulsively, in the absence of adequate knowledge, or without the moderating benefit of maturity. The latter choices will, of course, be imperfect, but the former regularly result in personal and social consequences that are painful, destructive, and not fully reversible.”
And just who are these experts? A quick look at the endnotes tells us the following:
Lundy, M.D., M.S., Michael S. and George A. Rekers, Ph.D., Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology. “Homosexuality: Development, Risks, Parental Values, and Controversies,” Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexual Problems, Ed. George A. Rekers, New York: Lexington Books, 1995, p.290.
You read that right. Our “beloved” solicitor of “luggage lifters,” George Rekers.
And that, dear readers, is how little shame Focus on the Family has.