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Wayne Besen responds to 'Porno Pete'

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Parody in the mailbag: Peter’s well-worn Steamworks bathhouse membership card. He has first-hand experience researching the establishment to tell us that it’s “a perversion center where men engage in despicable and dangerous acts with other men.”

Yesterday I posted Illinois Family Institute honcho and “research porn” connoisseur Peter LaBarbera‘s unhinged letter to activist Wayne Besen (LaBarbera’s up late at night thinking about The Homosexual Blogosphere).

Wayne relished the opportunity to respond with Rebutting Porno Pete’s Propaganda. A snippet (you have to go read the whole thing, it’s a slam dunk):

[Peter:] On my side of the issue, we think porn use/addiction is a big problem; hopefully some gays will agree with us, but regardless, the endless effort to portray ME as a gay perv because I try to expose the wrongs of your movement makes about as much sense as saying GLAAD supports the Federal Marriage Amendment because they write about it a lot.

[Wayne:] (Pete we, love the sinner, but you must admit, your sins are a tad weird. What the GLBT community is fed up with is that you brazenly exploit us for political gain with no conscience. You are a right wing lobbyist who bears false witness and uses distorted depictions of our lives to pass hateful legislation. If you cared about fairness, you’d attend a PFLAG meeting or take pictures of gay veterans during pride parades. Why not attend the GLAAD Media Awards or an HRC black tie dinner? No, you just want to slither through the tubs at unGodly hours – in the name of God. What you do Peter, is produce pure, unadulterated propaganda and hate. You have made it difficult for kids in school and torn families apart.

Most disturbing, is that LaBarbera has seen his pet “ex-gays” fail three times in a row – yet he tragically keeps beating this dead horse. First, he backed John Paulk, until I photographed him in a gay bar. Then, he touted Wade Richards – a man he now unfairly attacks. Then, he jumped on the Michael Johnston bandwagon, before I exposed him as a fraud. You would have thought Peter would have learned something by now. But, he has no interest in the facts, even as his tired strategies have repeatedly failed. This is profoundly immoral and unBiblical behavior on the part of LaBarbera.

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