LaBarbera: Phelps is a plant of the Left
“Politically and culturally speaking, Phelps and his protesters serve as a crude caricature of pro-family traditionalists who oppose the normalization of homosexuality. Fred makes an easy target for the media and secularists who are tempted (partly by their own prejudices) to paint any opposition to “gay rights” as hateful. For this reason, I have sometimes wondered if Phelps and his lawyerly clan are ‘gay plants.’ “
— Peter LaBarbera, undercover homosexual lifestyle investigator and executive director of the Illinois Family Institute
Leather-boy is really losing it. As if we’d be able to plant someone that effective. He’s upset — justifiably so — that Fred Phelps is picketing the funerals of soldiers killed by IEDs (covered here on the Blend). However, in his attempt to deflect any possible association someone might make between his unhinged group of whackjobs to Phelps’s, LaBarbera turns matters into a call to cure homos with “ex-gay” ministry. From the IFI newsletter:
Fred Phelps’ curious message is hardly Christian, and only fuels societal bigotry toward those who espouse genuine Biblical views on social issues like homosexuality and abortion. Of all the potential targets for their protests, they have chosen funeral services where the bereaved are mourning the loss of loved ones. It is hard to conceive of a more inflammatory presentation of a false Gospel than his.
…From a Scriptural standpoint, Phelps has denied a pivotal, historic Christian truth: that homosexuals, like anyone struggling with sexual sin, can repent and turn from their behavior (lifestyle) with the help of a loving God. By denying the reality of redemptive change as experienced by countless thousands of men and women who once practiced homosexual behavior or identified as “gay”–but have since left that lifestyle–Phelps rejects the Christian ideal that Jesus Christ can set people free from their besetting sin (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 below).
By denying change for people caught up in homosexuality, Phelps denies the love and power of Jesus Christ Himself–a cruel message that is as “hateful” toward homosexuals as any of his preposterous signs. (For the record, we consider the “gay” theological construct that says homosexuality is a “gift from God” as similarly cruel in that it turns the Creator’s moral law on its head.)