Gay Rights Ruin Religious Liberty, Apparently

Posted: November 30, 2013 in homosexuality, religion
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Peter LaBarbera. That’s a name I recognized immediately, but it’s one that I have not yet used in this blog’s previous 170+ posts, surprisingly. As such, allow me to introduce him to you. Right Wing Watch currently has 274 stories about him. Their current top post ’bout him? Peter LaBarbera Wants to Stop the Gays from Ruining Thanksgiving! Beyond that, we have LaBarbera claiming that gay-rights Christians are inspired by Satan, homosexuality is used by Satan’s “Earthly Minions” to undermine the Catholic church, and perhaps one of my more favorite recent ones, homosexuality is a “masculinity defect” (I’ve met gay guys who are MUCH more masculine than any straight man I’ve met).

You might notice that these are all gay-related. That’s because Peter LaBarbera is part of the “Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.” President of it, in fact. AFTAH describes itself as “dedicated to exposing the homosexual activist agenda.” It was also a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization until it was stripped of that status for failing to file the appropriate paperwork. It is listed as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Alrighty, with that background into the man behind this latest WND column, it is entitled, “‘Gay’ Power vs. Religious Liberty;” it appeared in WND’s “Whistleblower Magazine.” It starts out as one might expect based on that introduction:

There is a war between homosexual “rights” and Americans’ religious and First Amendment freedoms – and the “gay” activists are winning.

The “zero-sum game” is how homosexual activist law professor and Obama EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) appointee Chai Feldblum describes the legal battles between modern “rights” based on homosexual “orientation” (read: behavior) and the traditional American principle of religious liberty.

“Gays win, Christians lose,” Feldblum said, predicting homosexuals would win most of the legal contests. She is proving to be correct, as the news for Americans with traditional values gets worse by the year, due to rapidly escalating homosexual and transgender activist power in the legal, cultural, political and corporate arenas.

He proceeds with many cases of gays being mean and oppressing the religious. Things like “Hawaiian B&B forced to “accommodate” lesbians despite owner’s religious objections,” “Wildflower Inn in Vermont pays settlement to lesbians and shuts down wedding reception business,” or “SPLC lawyers target JONAH, a Jewish group that helps men and women overcome homosexuality.” Stuff similar to what I’ve covered in this blog in the past, where really the only freedom they are losing is the ability to deny service, as a public accommodation, based on their religious bigotry. I don’t think it’s even worth going through the ridiculousness of his “article,” like how he equates sexual orientation with behavior.

I suppose one of the only good points about this is that, surprisingly, as with numerous other crazy columnists, this one, which was posted a day and a half ago, does not appear to have been widely read considering the 4 ratings (3.5/5 average) and only 13 comments. All of the comments are fairly religious and anti-gay in nature, so not worth mentioning.

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