Jim Burroway of Box Turtle Bulletin has already selected the next recipient of the LaBarbera Award — Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) Executive Director Regina Griggs.

She earned the prize for raising the “Christian” persecution bar to new heights, by alleging members of organization were “attacked” at the Arlington, Virginia County Fair:

As happens every year, gay activists disrupted our booth activities. They screamed obscenities, threw our materials from the exhibit table to the ground, insisted we recognize their same-sex “spouses,” demanded that PFOX leave, and hit a PFOX volunteer because he is ex-gay.
One gay man went so far as to hit our ex-gay volunteer because he refused to recant his ex-gay testimony. We summoned a police officer, who ejected the gay man off of the fairgrounds. Our ex-gay volunteer decided not to press assault charges against the gay man because he wanted to turn the other check as Jesus had done.

The homobigot brigade jumped right on it, with Daddy D’s Citizenlink and radio program repeating the story. Fact checking apparently wasn’t an issue for Focus on the Anus.

Jim notes that Ex-Gay Watch’s David Roberts interviewed the vice chair of the county fair, who said the “attack” never happened, It flowed from the active anti-gay imagination of Ms. Griggs. Others confirmed nothing happened.

David Roberts also spoke with two eyewitnesses who worked at nearby booths. Each reported an incident of a heated discussion, but neither of them saw anything physical — no shoving, no hitting, no police or fair officials escorting anyone off the property.

In other words, there is no shred of evidence that anything happened the way Griggs describe it. In fact, all evidence suggests that this is just another one of her many attention-grabbing stunts.

Needless to say, Griggs hasn’t had anything to say about this since this news broke.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding