The other day failed Allstate employee Matt Barber took to the radio to explain that gay teens kill themselves because they know they’re immoral. It was a horrific statement, even for an awful person like Matt Barber, but on balance, it wasn’t that surprising; as the Religious Right loses more ground, their statements become more and more extreme as they try to fill the space left by supporters who have died or grown-up. Anyway, Matt ran into the warm arms of his BFF Peter [no link, you know where it is if you want to find it] for an interview on the subject and decided to dig the hole deeper. Note the way he blames his unproven, unprovable idea of a deity for the fact that he’s a prejudiced bigot:
PL: In the past couple of days you’ve been under tremendous assault from homosexual activists and other liberals for some comments you made on Liberty Counsel’s Faith & Freedom talk radio program about bullying, the tragedy of teen suicide and homosexual sin. Tell our readers about that.
MB: Yeah, this has given us a teachable moment. 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.
White supremacists sort of feel that way too, but there’s a lot of heritage overlap between white supremacists and fundamentalist straight supremacists. But no, we’re visceral and loud because your ideology is killing kids. The real kind, as opposed to the “kids” you fight for, which are more “blastocysts that provide cover for your hatred of women and the poor.” But you’re correct, Matthew, when you say that you’re nothing/nobody.
PL: What specifically did you say to bring down such hate?
I merely repeated what God’s objective truth about sexual sin has always held: That heterosexual fornication, to include adultery, is sin and that homosexual behavior is always immoral and unnatural. Scripture is unequivocal on these points throughout both the Old and New Testaments. So, essentially I said nothing new.
Here’s where they lost their collective noodle: I also pointed out how the pro-sin movement is cynically manipulating the very real problem of childhood and teen bullying – something anyone with a heart is opposed to – in order to push, with a ‘Trojan horse strategy,’ a radical pro-homosexual, anti-Christian agenda. On this, there’s no debate. This is evil. When you shine light on evil those who love darkness will scurry for the shadows and blindly shoot arrows into the light.
No, you said that gay kids are killing themselves at least partially because of the “natural shame” they feel, because they are immoral and gay. Kids, some of whom are as young as twelve. Wayne, permission to say what I really want to say? Because believe me, I’m mincing words.
These ‘anti-Christ’ activists seek segregationist legislation
The funny thing about wingnuts is that they use words that don’t even make sense, but that they know sound good to their idiot followers, and they never get called on it within their own echo chamber. “Segregationist” legislation? Go back to your thesaurus, ye softening former boxer.
that exploits bullying, which can and unfortunately sometimes does occur against kids who self-identify as ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.’ They promote these propagandist ‘LGBT’ laws to the exclusion and detriment of other classes of kids who are perhaps even more frequently bullied and in larger numbers: Overweight kids and racial minorities come to mind. This blatant discrimination betrays the true agenda: pro-homosexual indoctrination, pure and simple.
Uh, no, it’s simply that we’re the ones who support bullying legislation that protects all kids for all reasons, while fundamentalist wingnuts want to retain the freedom to spiritually bully gay kids with their unfounded assertions about “sin” and the “afterlife.”
Regrettably, there’s no way to catch and stop all bullying. But what we need – and largely have – is general, inclusive bullying protections for all kids, to include those who may struggle with sexual confusion. What we must not have is legislation that discriminates against children in order to push a radical sexual relativist agenda. It’s really disgusting to watch homosexual activists hijack the issue of bullying and the tragedy of teen suicide to push their own selfish, decidedly immoral political agenda.
It’s really disgusting to watch fundamentalists “care about kids” in much the same way a pedophile does. Note, though, that Matt only wants to protect kids who “struggle with sexual confusion.” In Fundie Idiot Land, all kids who are gay struggle with it, whereas in reality, if a kid is brought up with real human love and support, they don’t tend to “struggle” the same way. But note that Matt doesn’t include healthy, happy gay kids under his idea of anti-bullying protections. Just the ones who “struggle.” I guess the happy, healthy ones deserve what comes to them, isn’t that right, Bam Bam?
PL: On the topic of teen suicide. You had comments there as well?
Right, as you know I’ve never been one to mince words or sugarcoat things.
Goes right to your thighs, I know…
That’s how God hardwired me.
God made gay kids gay and Matt Barber a poorly constructed bigot. Got it.
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.
Which is a completely f*cking unfounded assertion! There is NO evidence for this suggestion! My god, the things that fundamentalists will tell themselves to uphold their ridiculous anti-reality worldview.
Objective truth is objective truth.
Yes, it is. Find some and get back to us. No, not in your old wizard book, dude. In the next section he expounds on his Bible stuff, none of which can be proven in any way, and all of which the actual scientific evidence speaks against, so we’ll skip that time-wasting crap.
PL: Tell us about the hate-mail and death threats.
MB: Yeah, there’s been quite a bit of that too – a lot of hate mail; calls for my assassination; people saying they hope my children die, etc. Listen, this stuff is par for the course with the ever-‘tolerant’ secular-left. Of course the death threats have to be taken seriously, but with the rest of it; you just have to let it roll-off like water off a duck’s back. I don’t take it personally because I’m not really the target. They’re not so much angry with me. Really, they’re just angry at God.
Whiiiiiiine. I don’t even believe him, since he’s such a known liar. If he’s getting “death threats,” then we obviously condemn that strongly, because both gay kids and Matt Barber should be able to live their lives free of death threats. But no, rest assured that people are angry with you, because your ideology verifiably hurts people and creates the climate where gay kids [and adults] are bullied, abused and all too often attempt or complete suicide because they feel they have no hope.
Put that objective truth in your pipe and smoke it.