crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
On Monday, the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber made an absolutely ridiculous (even for him) comment that young lgbts are committing suicide because supposedly “they know they are committing a sin.”
Needless to say Barber got some negative pushback – which he richly deserved – for such an irresponsible comment.
Yesterday, he tried a little pushback himself. According to People for the American Way's Religious Right Watch, Barber spoke with another favorite religious right pet of mine, Peter LaBarbera, and proceeded to wax Biblical about the so-called wages of sin and homosexuality:
You know, scripture says ‘woe to those who call evil good and good evil.’ When homosexual activists and other ‘progressives’ in the pro-sin movement are exposed to biblical truth, their reaction is invariably visceral and loud. There’s ‘nothing new under the sun.’ This ‘kill the messenger’ strategy is age-old and knee-jerk. These folks, as a matter of course, call evil good and good evil. Of course their gripe isn’t with me. I’m nothing. I’m nobody. Their problem is with their Creator, the natural order and the fallen state of mankind. They’re just lost.
… Right, as you know I’ve never been one to mince words or sugarcoat things. That’s how God hardwired me. I also shared my opinion that many of those caught-up in the homosexual lifestyle intuitively know that such conduct is sin – that it’s both immoral and unnatural behavior. Objective truth is objective truth. God has written His laws on the hearts of every man, woman and child. We’re all spiritual beings created in the image of our sovereign Lord. We are also all sinners. Scripture says that not one of us is righteous. When we sin, we create separation between ourselves and God.
God’s word also says that when we sin sexually, it’s particularly egregious because our bodies are the temple of Christ. This separation from God – a natural result of sexual sin – can lead to depression and even despair. It’s a no brainer. I pointed out that such despair and inner conflict can logically be one factor that might contribute to teen suicide. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to witness, but it’s a very painful reality.
In reality, I doubt many of us in the lgbt community have a problem with Barber. I for one love it when he runs his mouth. All the better for me to paint him as the personification of the religious right – seemingly organized and moral, much moneyed and highly connected. But in the very core of all of that “perfection” is a dark pit made up of deception and lies; naked hatred and foul homophobia.
So you will forgive me for laughing just a little. Okay a lot. It's always amusing to me how some folks blame God for their hatred and call out Scripture to cover up their own homophobia. “Don't blame me,” their mantra always seems to me.” Blame God.”
Yeah right. I'm sure it was God who led Barber to make ugly, vindictive remarks about members of the lgbt community, such as calling the transgender community “she-males” like he did in this tweet:
February 23, 2011: Today’s Army: Trannies, drag queens & she-males, oh my! http://tinyurl.com/6kcrssb
Or making uncalled-for remarks about our gay and lesbians fighting soldiers:
And I'm sure God is behind his constant and noticeable mentions of gay sex. I mean let's not forget his ruminations about anal intercourse – which shows he had obviously given it some thought:
That's right. The fact that Barber is a rabid homophobe who obsesses about gay sex is all because of God. If this is the case, it would prove one thing – God has a seriously warped sense of humor.