Have you heard the story? It’s practically a made-for-TV movie. Apparently, State Representative Phil Hinkle offered a young man he met on Craigslist (Kameryn Gibson) $80 to help him “relax” in a local hotel room. Kameryn freaked out when Hinkle (a married man) tried to impress him by flashing his government id. (seriously, Hinkle?! You showed him your House of Representatives ID? Was there NO blood left in your brain?)
Determined to make matters worse, Hinkle wouldn’t let his new “friend” leave the hotel room. According to the Kameryn, Henkle grabbed him “in the rear” (such an odd choice of prepositions… I’m not even sure I understand how a person gets grabbed “in the rear”), dropped his towel, and then sat down on the bed… naked.
The rest of the story involves even more idocy – including Hinkle bribing Kameryn to keep quiet by giving him his personal cell phone. Of course, when Hinkle’s wife called the phone, Kameryn felt free to answer… (you can read more about how Henkle’s wife responded here.)
While folks from both sides of the political (and religious) fence may judge men like Phil Hinkle, let’s not forget from whence we came. Didn’t many of us do things we now regret when we were still trying to be “straight?” During those dark days, didn’t lots of us sneak out of the closet long enough to make the occasional bad decision?
Doesn’t the pressure of constantly hiding skew a person’s perspective and judgment?
John Shore – a straight blogger who shows tremendous love to the gay Christian community – has a great perspective on Hinkle’s dilemma:
While Hinkle’s closeted homosexuality may not be sufficient cause for all this horrendousness, it is, I believe, a necessary condition for it. The shameful behavior for which Hinkle is certainly culpable grew from a shame for which he is certainly not. That shame—the great, burning inner shame that every gay and lesbian person is forced to overcome if he or she is ever to claim for themselves the same righteous pride of self that straight people so easily accept as their birthright—should be the shame of everyone who is not today working toward full LGBT acceptance and affirmation. And that holds especially true for Christians, who for far too long have used the Good News of the Gospels to bring nothing but terrible news to homosexuals, who, just like them, want nothing more, and nothing less, than to be loved for who they are.