Mike Jones became relatively famous last year when he outed Ted Haggard, the founder and leader of the New Life Church and president of the National Association of Evangelicals, a married man, father of five. Jones a former Denver escort revealed that he had had regular sexual encounters with Haggard over a period of 3 years.
Jones made a reappearance in the news last week when the Idaho Statesman published a story about several men who claimed they had sexual encounters with Larry Craig, the senior US Senator of Idaho. "Jones said a man phoned to make an appointment, not giving his name. The man, whom Jones later recognized as Craig, then arrived at a studio apartment on Sherman Street in downtown Denver. Craig asked whether Jones followed politics but then quickly changed the subject. "When I said, 'Yes,' he said, 'Oh, gee, it's cold outside.'" Jones said he immediately deduced from his client's odd response that he was servicing a politician. Craig removed his coat and dress shirt, leaving his T-shirt, slacks and shoes on when he climbed onto Jones' massage table. Craig asked that Jones be naked. Craig undid his own zipper and masturbated while performing oral sex on Jones. When Craig finished, he paid Jones $200 in cash and left." Craig's staff released a statement saying that Jones was only trying to push the sales of the book about his experience with Haggard. I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall was published in June and ranks #236,532 in Amazon.com books. But nothing can push the book sales...
I Had to Say Something contains a lot of interesting insider information on the activities of male escorts, and on their clients. But when Jones starts to make assumptions as to what his clients are feeling, or thinking, etc. the narrative becomes dull: "Ever since high school, I could tell what a man's story was just by looking in his eyes." "I guess I was still trying to bring him out of his shell. Even though I new that might never happen, I thought I could still make him feel like the sexiest man on earth."
The outing of Haggard is totally unacceptable, whatever the reasons he gave to justify it. It is not by outing shameful homosexuals that the cause of gays will be advanced. The fact that Ted Haggard is a very unattractive individual does not make Mike Jones any better. It is wrong morally because no one has the right to judge how someone is living his homosexuality, even if there is a total hypocrisy between his actions and his discourse. "Ted was not like my other clients. Many, if not most, were hypocrites to some degree. We can all be hypocritical, if you think about it. The difference for me was that Ted was a very powerful hypocrite." And it is wrong professionally, but of course at 49, his career as an escort was behind him. It is disgusting, and one wonders who is the most hypocritical.
Which brings me to two discoveries I made recently through the reading of the New York Times. Two casual examples of hypocrisy and stupidity.
The Boys Scouts of America prohibits membership by anyone who is openly homosexual.
The US is still (since 1987) one of only 13 countries that bans HIV-positive individuals from entering the country. The other countries are Armenia, Brunei, China, Iraq, Qatar, South Korea, Libya, Moldova, Oman, The Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. Nice company! A new regulation for the HIV-positive individuals who wish to apply for a waiver has been recently proposed by the Department of Homeland Security. It would make waives more difficult to obtain.