LGBT People apparently not human enough to actually be hurt by hurtful comments
“You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I’m homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.”
Lots of bloggers have already commented on the original story, and on Hardaway’s two apologies. I frankly tend to stay away from larger stories, just because my voice becomes a squeak in a sea of voices.
But do I care pretty deeply how ex-gay and ex-gay affirming organizations respond and comment on LGBT folk.
A bit ago I stumbled accross a Concerned Women for America (CWfA) press release on Hardaway’s anti-gay rant — three-quarters of the press release centered on quotes by Culture and Family Institute Director Matt Barber. The paragraphs with quotes by Mr. Barber read as follows:
“Hardaway’s comments are both unfortunate and inappropriate,” said Matt Barber, CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues. “They provide political fodder for those who wish to paint all opposition to the homosexual lifestyle as being rooted in `hate.’ It’s important to note that Hardaway’s words represent the feelings of Hardaway. His words do not represent the feelings of the vast majority of people opposed to the homosexual agenda.
“It’s perfectly natural for people to be repelled by disordered sexual behaviors that are both unnatural, and immoral,” said Barber. “All too often those behaviors are accompanied by serious physical, emotional, and spiritual pitfalls. However, the appropriate reaction is to respond with words and acts of love, not words of hate. Jesus Christ offers forgiveness and freedom for all sinners, and that is the heart of the Gospel message.
“Thousands of former homosexuals have been freed from the homosexual lifestyle through acts of love. Hardaway’s comments only serve to foment misperceptions of widespread homosexual `victimhood’ which the homosexual lobby has craftily manufactured.”
So let’s be clear, this statement is an ad hominem attack on LGBT inviduals as a class of people. Barber attacks the sincerity of LGBT people as a group in the framework of his ‘victimhood’ comment.
Reading Mr. Barber’s comments, I’m left with this feeling that he doesn’t believe any LGBT people are actually insulted by Hardaway’s comments, but believes instead that LGBT people are disingenuous folk only interested in using the Hardaway quote as a means to create a “craftily manufactured” response — specifically and only to further the Homosexual Agenda®.
It’s almost as if Barber and the CWfA don’t believe LGBT people aren’t human enough to actually be emotionally hurt by hurtful comments … or is it even an “almost” thing?