crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
I don't know about Peter LaBarbera. It's obvious that he feels just a bit jealous over the attention focused on Massachusetts, otherwise he wouldn't have felt the need to go so far off the deep end in the newest hot mess of a post on his webpage entitled:
In this piece, LaBarbera is defending another column written by fellow religious right member (and Paul Cameron enabler) Robert Knight. That piece attacked The New York Times for daring to question Uganda's wisdom in pushing the bill which criminalizes people for simply being gay.
LaBarbera, of course, felt the need to add his comments to Knight's already hateful column:
Folks, I’ve been trying to avoid the Ugandan “Culture War” on homosexuality because I figure we’re busy enough with our own here in the USA. But that hasn’t stopped American homosexual activists and fellow travelers like Professor Warren Throckmorton of the “evangelical” Grove City College from insinuating themselves into the Ugandan situation. (Sadly, Warren has lost his faith in the ability of God to radically change homosexuals through Christ, and now busily works — even in Uganda! — to promote the faithless and disheartening message that most “gays and lesbians” cannot change their basic “orientation” . . .
Here’s the question I keep asking myself about the Uganda controversy: just what is it that qualifies the United States of America to lecture the Ugandans about homosexuality? Is it our public policy that enshrines immoral sexual behavior (oops: “sexual orientation”) and gender confusion (er…”gender identity and expression”) as a “civil right”? Is it our homosexual “marriage” laws that make a mockery of this divine institution (laws about which Prof. Throckmorton is curiously silent)? How about our pro-homosexuality educational propaganda in K-12 schools that corrupts young students’ minds in the name of “tolerance”? Or the 24/7 “gay bathhouses” and sex clubs that proliferate in urban centers across the United States to facilitate quick-and-easy (and anonymous) deviant sexual hook-ups? (“Come to America: where you can have all the safe sodomy you want! Discounts for students (no joke) and free condoms available for your perverted pleasure!”)
Again with the “gay bathhouses” and “sex clubs.” If I were one for innuendo, I would definitely ask why is LaBarbera so consumed with talking about “gay bathhouses” and “sex clubs.”Why doesn't he ever talk about heterosexual sex clubs and swinging groups?
I'm not saying that LaBarbera is gay. I'm just trying make a point about how this man consumes himself with stigmatizing the lgbt community.
His ramblings always read like a Nazi propaganda film on Jewish people. They are no different than a racist skinhead reading off distorted FBI statistics to claim that African-Americans are more violent than whites.
His reliance on fear stories about gays, deviant sex, and the harming of children is no different than ugly lynch mobs conjuring up stories of black men raping white women in an attempt to justify their crimes.
Earth to Peter – if you can just stop the obsession over gay sex for a second, let me give you a few facts.
The Ugandan anti-gay bill is draconian. No one in their right mind would defend it. Among other things, it punishes people with life imprisonment or death for simply being an lgbt.
It forces family members and friends to “inform on” lgbts as if they are criminals.
It unfairly and inaccurately connects the lgbt orientation with pedophilia.
It stigmatizes lgbts and causes them to fear for their lives.
You ask what qualifies America to lecture Uganda on homosexuality but a better question is why would you as a Christian defend such a bill?
By your mindboggling defense of this bill, you (and Robert Knight) justify every name that the lgbt community has given you including “bigot,” “liar,” “hater,” and especially “hypocrite.”
From time to time, you pepper your anti-gay website with Biblical quotes celebrating holidays like Christmas and Easter.
You claim to cling to the Bible as if it's your refuge and strength, but it's obvious that you have been paying so much attention to the supposed verses about homosexuality that you have forgotten the verses which talk about how you should treat your fellow man.
And you probably didn't even read the verses about “love.”
Regardless of how you feel about homosexuality or how you obsess about naked gay men, you can't justify any defense of this bill.
True Christians don't defend genocide.
But frankly Peter, I don't know what you are.
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