As you probably know, a scandal has rocked the State House after the Indianapolis Star received emails from a male prostitute, or perhaps just a male homosexual looking for anonymous sex or brief companionship. The man had advertised in Craigs List under men seeking men. The young man, Kameryn Gibson, 18, received a request from State Representative Phil Hinkle, 64, to meet him in a hotel for $80 for “a couple hours of your time” and a tip of $50 or $60 “for a really good time.”
When the young man met with Rep. Hinkle at the hotel, something happened to frighten the kid. It may have been that Hinkle told him he was “a lawmaker” which might have spooked the boy with the impression that he was set up for a police sting. Gibson tried to leave, and Hinkle allegedly panicked, grabbing him, offering him more money, an Ipad and blackberry cell phone if he would stay and remain quiet. Hinkle is married and has a family.
There is something deeply disturbing about a man of that age pursuing a boy (or girl) young enough to be his son (or daughter) or grandson (or granddaughter). We live in a sex-saturated society that seems intent on sexualizing young people. Those cultural messages are obviously impacting even the highest, most respected leaders among us.
Rep. Hinkle needs to resign. I am not sure why it took several leaders 24 hours, rather than 24 minutes after this story broke to call for Hinkle’s resignation. Why he has not done so yet, unless these charges are totally false, is unknown. . . but after all, it is not really his fault. It is yours!
This is the implication from the head of the Indiana Stonewall Democrats, a homosexual activist group. Here is what she said, "This is almost a textbook example of what happens when someone is not allowed, by either community attitudes or by personal conflicts, to be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity.” In other words, it is the fault of a society, which still adheres somewhat to traditional values. Even more bizarre, if only Hinkle had been open about his pathologies, his grotesque sin would seemingly be just fine.
It should be no surprise that hard-core homosexual activists (as opposed to individuals) first blame conservative values rather than the alleged act described here. The attraction between men and boys is probably not as surprising to them as it is to us. Researchers Karla Jay and Allen Young reporting for The Gay Report found that 73% of homosexuals surveyed had at some time had sex with boys aged sixteen to nineteen years of age.”
This aspect of homosexuality has long been present and promoted in the gay subculture particularly in magazines, novels, and books. Helmut Graupner writing in The Journal of Homosexuality claims, “Man/boy and woman/girl relations without a doubt are same-sex relations and they do constitute an aspect of gay and lesbian life.” (One homosexual author, Daniel Tsang, went so far as to write, “Boy lovers are not the child molesters. The child abusers are parents who force their staid morality onto the young people in their custody.”)
In 2002, Paula Martinac wrote an article entitled Mixed Messages on Pedophilia Need to Be Clarified, for the Washington Blade, a major homosexual magazine, in which she criticized the ease at which her community accepted and even glamorized such behaviors between adults and young teens. “When some gay men venerate adult-youth sex as affirming while simultaneously declaring ‘We’re not pedophiles,’ they send an inconsistent message to society. The lesbian and gay community will never be successful in fighting the pedophilia stereotype until we all stop condoning sex with young people.”
I know the six-term State Representative Phil Hinkle somewhat and such a detailed accusation was a shock to me and to all political observers. This is a very sad story. Our prayers should be that this exposure causes repentance and restoration for the legislator and his family. Now, more than ever, we need legislators of the highest moral caliber.