October 17th, 2012
02:11 AM ET

Bible Belt Christian pretends to be gay

Timothy Kurek talks to HLN's "Evening Express" team about why he pretended to be gay for a year.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Christianity

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  1. yeahItsMe72

    Christianity... ruining lives for 2000 years and counting.

    October 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  2. Poncho's raincoat

    You can "pretend" to be a superhero of your choice and of course not actually be one. You can't "pretend" to be gay for a year and not actually be gay. Gay is gay in short.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Interloper

      He sure looks happy in the photo pretending to be gay

      October 28, 2012 at 1:49 am |
  3. dinaanid

    I created two people (children) but I would never expect them to worship me and pray to me. And I sure as h3ll wouldn't make them burn for eternity if they didn't. What kind of love would THAT be?

    October 21, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • KJC

      One thing to consider – you (and no human) is worthy of worship or able to hear/answer prayers. So no, that would not be loving to ask your children to worship you. But you can agree that whatever you did, you would want it to be what is best for your children. In that sense, God also wants what is best for his kids, and knowing that he is the greatest thing there is in the world, he is therefore right to ask for us to follow him. It's not a selfish thing that God is asking – He actually knows that worshiping and loving him will ultimately most satisfy us. God knows he actually IS worthy of worship, answers prayer, and loves your children so much he died for them. That's not the same as a human being wanting to be worshipped.

      October 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • HockeyKid

      Let me ask you this, dinaanid: as you watch your child walk toward a busy street, do say "take my hand," and then keep them from walking into certain doom? That's what God did for us–though we are unable to save ourselves from sin, He reaches to us and provides that salvation. Just as a child is incapable of saving himself from the world's dangers, and must rely on the parents' "saving power", if you will, so we are incapable of saving ourselves and must rely on God.

      October 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Joel

      KJC, if God loves life, why does he condone murdering disobedient children in Deuteronomy? How can God answer prayers and give us free will?

      October 24, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  4. Chris Wittwea in Exeter

    as len davey says
    we are all a little bit gay and in denial

    October 20, 2012 at 5:39 am |
    • jmans


      October 21, 2012 at 6:05 am |
    • jmans

      This is EXACTLY why you should NOT vote republican. They can't think outside of the bible. If they do, they get scared that they might be going to a warm place. religious voting is way more devastating than voting on the economy. If we were in a great depression because of the democrats, I still would not vote for republicans who think that government should be run based on bible quotes.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:10 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    October 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Demigod Vadik, CA

      Mentally speaking, atheism is the healthiest thing for a kids brain...

      ...no nonsense about burning bushes in the desert ant talking snakes...

      October 20, 2012 at 2:05 am |
    • jmans

      Really? Praying to something invisible, but you are convinced he exists is healthy? Which god are you praying for? Many many religions exist. When people pray, they are really just trying really hard to convince themselves that god exists because they are too cowardly to face the facts of life. There is no god. I can prove it scientifically. Without even discussing evolution.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:48 am |
    • jmans

      This is EXACTLY why you should NOT vote republican. They can't think outside of the bible. If they do, they get scared that they might be going to a warm place. religious voting is way more devastating than voting on the economy. If we were in a great depression because of the democrats, I still would not vote for republicans who think that government should be run based on bible quotes.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:09 am |
    • .

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      This troll is not a christian..

      October 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!_

      October 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Interloper

      I also believe in prayer..but in matters of the state,there is separation of church and state for good reason

      October 28, 2012 at 1:47 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • jmans

      Just like religious people, repeating themselves does not make it true.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:49 am |
    • Poncho's raincoat

      Taking charge of your life and acting when a situation arises is what changes things.

      October 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Joel

      Actually it doesn't. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/31pray.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

      Teaching children to be self loathing, intolerant, and blindly accepting of ideas for which there is no evidence is unhealthy.

      October 24, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Rick L

      Prayer is dialog with the almighty, and DOES change things. Sometimes God works through doctors, so it is often times prayer and medical that is used to heal a person.

      If you are in grave sin however, you will NOT be heard. Those of you who mock God are not in fellowship with the Lord, so YOUR prayer doesn't do much.

      You want to change things- why dont you open the FIRST atheistic hospital? i thought not. How would that benefit you?

      October 25, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • jj

      I was a devout Catholic for most of my life. I am now a devout atheist.

      My prayers were certainly not answered in my Catholic life, and since I don't pray, they don't come true in my non-believing life.

      If the belief is that God doesn't pay attention to those not in accord with him than why is it that all folks, regardless of religious belief die during disasters? By your logic, the Christians should be saved while the atheists perish. I have yet to see any evidence of this.

      October 31, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  7. Hannover

    He 'pretended' to be gay for a year because he IS gay! No one would do that just for research unless he was really curious what a penis felt like inside him. What a tool.

    October 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Demigod Vadik, CA

      So what??!!!

      October 20, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • Interloper

      A little late to the discussion..however u are so right

      October 28, 2012 at 1:47 am |
  8. WillieLove

    If you dont believe the Bible ...I darn you to ....
    And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Phil the Love

      Holy Blasphemy Holy Spirit.

      Blow me with that ghostly mouth Big Daddy..

      October 19, 2012 at 4:31 am |
    • mendrys

      "If you dont believe the Bible ...I darn you to ...." you must be referring to h3ll, as in I dam you to h3ll. You would?....Do you really have the power to send people to enernal pain for not believing in a book? Which version of the Bible are you talking about? There are many translations and many interpretations of key passages to boot. You may want to clear up a few things with your pastor/priest. Something about using a name in vain or something being a sin......

      October 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • acheptler

      More FEMA camps now!

      October 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  9. WillieLove

    Jesus loves you no matter who you are! No one is perfect, and every person come short of the glory of God.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Phil the Love

      Do they come short because He's so tall?

      October 19, 2012 at 6:48 am |
    • saggyroy

      Jesus loves us – but will send people to hell and let them suffer? God makes us in his own image – imperfect?

      October 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Poncho's raincoat

      Jesus may love gays but his daddy's book says to kill them.

      October 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  10. Evangenital

    That guy is a flower in spring time. Gay!

    October 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • pockets

      Yes your right, this book called the bible is nothing but nonsense. Actually I don't believe that people can comprehend it. Its rabble and gabble. Woo Woo. That is why men make a living telling people what a verse actually means, because people can not understand it, so these charlatans tell them. Like filling a blank mind with garbage, Garbage in garbage out. Like Pastor Eddie.

      October 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  11. lolo

    He was not pretending, in actuality he has gay tendencies and does not know how to handle it. These so-called Christians are so full BS.

    October 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  12. Rebel4Christ

    This is so stupid. This world is falling to sin! Ya know how ya tell if its god or its just your imagination? When it is different than everybody else's opinions!!!

    October 18, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Observer

      The world has been "falling to sin" for thousands of years. Nothing new.

      October 18, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • A Frayed Knot

      "Ya know how ya tell if its god or its just your imagination? When it is different than everybody else's opinions!!!"

      Yeah, he'll be the one telling you to throw your baby off a bridge because it's possessed by "Satan"... and everyone else is telling you "Nooooooooooo!"

      October 18, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • Missy

      "Ya know how ya tell if its god or its just your imagination? When it is different than everybody else's opinions!!!"
      So, which is it? Are the lone voices crying in the wilderness expressing God's opinion, or human? Look at the examples of the prophets and Jesus who all stood alone bringing God's true message to the crowds, and the powerful. This man is following their example.

      October 18, 2012 at 8:11 am |
  13. hippypoet

    faith in god...meaningless if you don't believe but more importantly, delusional!
    why is having faith worn like a badge of honor and its measured by the amount of devotion you have for whatever you have faith in or for? faith is belief in something illogical, illrational, and not probable like it is GOING to happen or is real beyond a shadow of a doubt....how is that healthy? how is that something worth teaching – FROM BIRTH – thats brainwashing by the simpliest standards – how is this a good thing?

    you'd think if god was truly the god spoken of then faith would be unneeded and belief a thing of the past – yet – people will believe whatever they wish no matter the proof or lack there of and its truly sad to consider that this delusion type mass brainwashing is going on right now and has been for over 2000 years...please don't let the time in which this sm.ut has been around make you think its worth its wieght in salt – i bid Lot's wife its not – in ALL early man stories from around the globe people have created GRAND stories about the start and end of times – its that simple. its a story that has been with us since we started talking and asking questions...however, the time has come since we can now answer many of the very same questions that required a god in the past with science, a bigger question arises...are people truly this willing and wanting to replace reality proven by testible science with a fantasy? wt.f is wrong with people? faith – a mental handycap.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Anybody know how to read?

      How much sacrificing does this science god require? Can it ever declare, 'It is finished.'?

      October 18, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Separation of Church and State

      Best comment i have seen in a while... it's precisely why we have "religous wars"...simple belief wars...faith wars... violence in the name of God-but really just violence in the name of whatever doctrine your parents decided to embrace....i asked a few Catholics and Jews in my office various theological questions over the course of a month and was amazed at 1. how little they actually have studied it 2. how they just spit out small pieces of sunday school 3. what a lack of curiosity they have 4. how rational people generally become totally irrational when you question their beliefs.... look at smart people– they will investigate all the possibilities... hey, i believe in some form of higher being, a grand creator of this wonderful universe–it probably encompasses all the great ideas out there...most of which don't embrace killing and persecution...do we use so little of our brains that we don't look at these issues with some sort of real reflection ? just knee jerk reactions?.".i am a true believer!!!" its not enough-!!!- we will crush each oher througha total lack of love and understanding- catholics hating protestants-jews hating muslims– hindus hating...i dunno, whomever...one big bowl of hate sprinkled with some pompous belief that ones religous bias is better than anothers... its insane!!!! ( BUT " there' still time to change the road you're on ..." ) Ask yourself: is the Taliban any different than Orthodox Jews? Evengelicals any better than Catholics? they all think they have the answer...the answer is in your heart and in your minds....the answer is unversal love and forgiveness--thats what the long haired guy was preaching 2,000 years ago.... forget ALL the stuff people, learn to breath and give back to society–to your community–help everyone!!! and SMILE....

      October 18, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • KJC

      Niether the existence of God nor the non-existence of God can be proven. Therefore, both require faith. Both those who believe in God and those who don't should question their assumptions and ask what gives them so much faith in the existence or non-existence? Ultimately, you cannot prove 100% either way, so you should ask yourself what does the preponderance of the evidence point to? I would suggest Tim Keller's, "The Reason for God" for anyone curious about what sort of evidence there might be for God's existence.

      October 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  14. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    "Pretends" he he he.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Louis

      Hey, why be that way? I'm no fan of conservative Christians, but ones making the effort to turn away from that particularly stupid mindset are a good thing, aren't they? Why discourage them?

      October 18, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  15. Anybody know how to read?

    I didn't play the vid. So when is Carny News Network going to give us the rest of the story?

    October 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Even if you watch the video, there's not much here.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  16. Moby Schtick

    The producer of this piece should be fired. Look, dumbazz, you have to give people a "hero" within a context that connects to a larger context that connects to the viewer consumer.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  17. t3chn0ph0b3

    What an odd video.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  18. STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

    Boy abuse and being gay is holy tradition of hinduism, pagan ism, besides, hindrance of incest to follow hinduism, racism as some thing of a holy nature, hindu pagan Christianity draw's it's root from.
    Teddy- Tallahassee

    A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune. Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations. The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to these gods or goddesses, either to appease them or to ask favours of them.

    Disgusting. Where are the human right people??????

    Charimonov Caminsky
    With such "Dark Age" culture still in existence in India how can the world be healthy and the neighbors prosperous. India poses a grave danger to the world and its deities and leaders set a bad example. Mahatma Gandhi, a pedophile, needs to be exposed and tried posthumously for his child molestation crimes just like the Penn State crowd Sandusky et al. Gandhi's statutes need to be knocked down everywhere they have been put in USA. The hindu deities need to be shattered and trashed. Disgusting figurines of ugly and scary looking characters with demonic personalities. How can hindu children grow up mentally stable looking at such atrocious representations of evil in its most heinous form.
    to learn truth about hinduism, denial of truth absolute and a crime against humanity, please visit limitisthetruth.com

    October 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • George Patton

      Good send Kali Goddess muslim countries, let her it all terrorists.

      October 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • CosmicC


      October 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • midwstrngrl

      r u nuts? yep think so

      October 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Dave

      Jesus was a fanny bandit. He LOVED being the center of a 12-man bukake.

      October 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  19. Sam Yaza

    accurding to the the Laffer curve 10% of the population is extremely g@7, and 10% is extremely strait, every one else is B! in some way or another.. me thinks this man protest to much.

    b! is the natural;y way of human kind, and the only moral S3x4@l !d3nt!t7. it true love, regardless of gender / !d3nt!t7.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  20. hippypoet

    i can fly. i had a personal expierence that proves it. i read in a book once that people could fly so that is the proof for you and you just have to take my story on faith that i am not lieing but can infact fly...now, what do you do?

    i must be superhuman if i can really fly, and so i must be a god or at the very least the son of one right?

    now people worship me and pay me to talk to them and teach them stuff....when they ask me to show them how to fly i referr them to books written by me they can purchase describing the topic in detail. When they ask me to fly for them...well it takes me a long time to meditate to get to the frame of mind to do it right, or i could go terribly off course – you wouldn't want that to happen would you?

    then i say something along the lines of "i will return" and then i leave.

    take this on faith –

    i swear to me it happened – that should be sufficient. plus, i never told a lie. i swear. oh yeah i forget to mention that if you choose not to believe in me then your soul goes to hell...why would you wish for that upon yourself? isn't it better to just believe in case it is real? i can fly, follow me and i will teach you how...trust not me but yourselves and your abilities...love yourself and all is possible...i CAN fly, so can you...just believe, have faith, and take that leap!

    October 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Rob-Texas

      Well, get 10 people and let them see you fly. If they really see you fly and believe your are God, they will find it important enough to write down, and then if people care enough to transfer the knowledge becuase what humans are the worst at doing. Then 2000 years later the accounts are still are almost verbatum to what the original people wrote and a large part of the population believes, maybe you measure up. Till then, watch out for cliffs.

      October 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      You're missing the point, Rob. There is no definitive evidence that would cause any rational person to consider one god over any of the other gods believed in by humans. So, in the end, it all comes down to "personal experience." (I believe in my god over other gods because he makes me feel warm and fuzzy and helped me kick my addiction to nail biting and etc..) If it all comes down to personal experience and feeling, then a person may as well say that he can fly.

      October 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Louis

      Criss Angel can not only levitate, but he can walk on water as well. We know that these must be tricks, but imagine people living in the hicks back in the way olden days? They would have been far more easily amazed than we are today.

      Take the "miracle" of the wine. These people needed more wine because they had already used up what was supposed to last for a whole wedding feast. They were drunk then, right? Then, form somewhere beyond the notice of these drunk people more wine materializes and you want to call that something supernatural?

      October 18, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      @ Louis. Yeah, sombody p!ssed in the water and told them it was lemonade.

      October 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Gallifreyan

      Did Rob-Texas really just say the accounts are still almost verbatim? I almost spit water all over my computer monitor I laughed so hard. Those books have been translated so many times and rewritten by people like King James, etc. SO MUCH was lost in translation. Plus you have the "eyewitness" accounts that were written that weren't included that make different claims. Plus you have the fact that most of these "eyewitness" accounts weren't written until decades later... I can't remember the play by play in detail of a month ago, much less years and years ago. I can't remember exact words people used, etc.

      You're living in a fantasy world, Rob. Time to join reality!

      October 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • CosmicC

      Flying is easy. You just throw yourself at the ground and at the last minute you miss.
      Seeing god is easy. You just assume you'll find her and every where you look, there she is.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • Joel

      HAHAHA! Rob, you moron. The first accounts of Christ don't occur until 70 years after his death. They are "written" by people who weren't even born when the events occurred. I'm tempted to ask how you can be a Christian without knowing your own religion, but that begs the question how can you be Christian if you DO know your religion.

      October 24, 2012 at 11:00 am |
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