'He's Bringing Great Sadness
to Our Home'

Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry talks about his gay son.

BY: Interview by Paul O'Donnell

 

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Do you think there's public interest in the story beyond what he has already told?

I have no idea. I'm not going to assume there isn't. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Knowing him, do you think his motivation is purely money?
Motives are known only to God. Behaviors are weighable by us.

In your piece you contested Jamiel saying that he later returned to the Roman Catholic Church, though he rejects papal authority and teaching on family issues. One would almost read that as a defense of those dogmas and those teachings.
I am not Roman Catholic. I have a deep respect for the Roman Catholic Church and I'm a student of Roman Catholic theology. For me the issue was that it was disingenuous, that it was deceitful. It was Out magazine's effort to drag the Roman Catholic Church into this debate.

When you say this has generated sympathy for you, what form has that taken?
I've gotten hundreds of emails and lots of phone calls.

You say Jamiel's teen years were "a mix of happy times, half truth and a double life," and his behavior grew worse in college. What are you referring to?
I'm not going to undress my son in the media. It's been a very downhill spiral for him.

"It's a self-abusive, self-destructive sexual addiction."

Hasn't he been working alongside you for much of this time?
No.

Didn't he spend time with you in Vermont?
We were only together in Vermont for a couple weeks at most. He dropped out of college to do that, against my wishes.

When was the last time you saw him?
About a week ago. I'm in Florida, he's in Charlotte. I drove up to talk to him, as a father to a son.

Did he inform you that this was coming out?
He did but he didn't tell me the nature of it. He told me it wasn't about me, it was about him.

 

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