MIAMI BEACH – Californians Against Hate founder Fred Karger has requested the Justice Department investigate George Alan Rekers, the rabidly anti-gay figure who vacationed in Europe with a male prostitute.
Karger noted that Rekers is a founder of the Family Research Council (FRC) along with James Dobson, and has raised countless amounts of cash to fuel the anti-gay movement. Tony Perkins heads the FRC.
“I wonder just how much this trip cost? Let’s see 10 days in Europe, first class all the way. I’d estimate at least $1000 per day for hotel and meals – Europe’s expensive + business class air fare for two, another $15,000. That adds up to a lot of money,” Karger said in an e-mail.
“Wow, wonder how all the hundreds of thousands of small donors to the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family feel about paying exorbitant fees and salaries to George Alan Rekers that he used to fly a male prostitute and himself to Europe for 10 days?”
Karger pointed out that Perkins has been trying to persuade Republicans to pour money into the FRC coffers.
“FRC head, Tony Perkins just last month attacked the Republican National Committee on CNN and in a press release, and suggested that RNC donors instead give money to his Family Research Council. Will Perkins now turn down contributions to his tainted organization?” Karger wrote in the e-mail.
“It sounds like these ‘leaders’ should not be bashing, belittling, and demonizing gay people. They will hurt the people closest to them.”
Karger also took issue with Rekers’ stance against gay adoption.
“Rekers is a father and supposedly a Foster Parent, and he has been the leading advocate against gays and lesbians being allowed to adopt in Florida and Arkansas. How dare he judge others? Just another in a long line of religious-based hypocrites,” Karger wrote.
“Today I sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder to formally request a full and complete United States Department of Justice Investigation of Mr. Rekers and all his activities. The investigation should include but not be limited to the finances and involvement of James Dobson, Focus on the Family as well as and Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council.
“There seems to be a pattern here, and with so many problems around the close associates of James Dobson and Tony Perkins, we need to know the truth.”
Karger’s letter to Eric Holder
May 6, 2010
The Honorable Eric Holder
U. S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Dear Attorney General Holder:
I would like to request a complete and thorough Justice Department Investigation of the reported questionable activities of Mr. George Alan Rekers.
I also seek a full and complete investigation of his past and current associates including James Dobson and his Focus on the Family of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Tony Perkins and his Family Research Council of Washington, DC, an arm of Focus on the Family. All three men are very close.
There have been numerous reports of possible illicit activities. Here are just some of the links to news coverage regarding this scandal:
New York Daily News
Miami New Times
Thank you very much.
Californians Against Hate
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