HopeTracker| Early last month, a small group called the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) sent a letter to the nearly 15,000 school superintendents in the U.S., stating that most adolescents who experience same-sex attraction at age 12 no longer do by age 25, and warning that prematurely labeling them could lead some “into harmful homosexual behaviors they otherwise would not pursue.” The letter also stated that homosexual attraction and/or gender confusion “can respond well to therapy.” via WSJ
This letter is considered particularly hypocritical by many, in view of recent events surrounding one of the key minds behind the letter and ACP.
Take note that the ACP is not the far larger American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) — which is the group you’re probably thinking of — its own publications that urge acceptance of gay, lesbian and bisexual youth. In fact the ACP was founded in response to the AAP’s refusal to negate positive parenting by homosexuals.
To clarify some confusion, it’s important to point out that AAP has 60,000 members and ACP about 200, writes the WSJ. Writer Melina Beck artfully sidesteps the current controversy around George Rekers, alleged as one of the authors of the letter circulated to school superintendents.
Rekers, a fundamentalist minister and co-founder of the Family Research Council, agrees that he was recently on a 10-day getaway with a male prostitute that he ‘purchased’ on Rentboy.com. Rekers denies claims of sexual contact in the form of highly-erotic, below-the-belt massage and says he was only doing God’s work on this private mission to save the homosexual prostitute.
Rekers, a key figure behind the “homosexuality can be cured with therapy” movement was paid $120,000 by the state of Florida, in his testimony against allowing homosexuals to adopt children.
Rekers also testified on behalf of the state of Arkansas. A two-year legal battle ensued when Rekers billed the state for $165,00, more than the state wanted to pay. In the end, Rekers received a $60,000 settlement, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
In both Florida and Arkansas, the judges dismissed Rekers’ testimony as too ideological to be credible. Yet he is behind a letter going out to the superintendents of America’s schools.