The new CWA: Does Barber cut it?
We're gonna shock even ourselves when we say this. But ya know, what? Robert Knight (pic.) was quite good at what he did! Not particularly rational, decent, humane, or anything resembling tolerant, mind you; but his skills at disseminating "pro-family" rhetoric and demonizing the gay community were truly top notch. Clear, concise -- he made a worthy adversary in this so-called "culture war"!
So what led us to this epiphany? Well, Mr. Knight's replacement at Concerned Women For America, Matt Barber (pic.), has done his first in-studio chat with Martha Kleder (a regular feature held over from Knight's tenure with CWA), and it's just -- well, lacking. Rather than attack progressive values with the fiery fervor of a rabid pomeranian, Mr. Barber just sort of says "liberal," "radical," and "Pelosi" a lot, as if the words are razor blades that slice his delicate lips at every mention. He adds little to the conversation, instead just sort of riding along on the train that Ms. Kleder's diligently guiding towards "Gays & Liberals Suckville."
He's simply gonna have to step it up if he wants to gain some yardage for his team. After all, if the best he can do while trying to condemn ENDA (The Employment Non-Discrimination Act) is to present a duplicitous scenario such as this...
"Imagine, if you will, a 280 lb linebacker who likes to wear a dress and high heels and lipstick, you know comes to church wanting a job at the front desk as a receptionist and they turn him away because they don't feel that that represents their values or the image that they're trying to hold at that church, under ENDA they could be held accountable for discrimination against that individual."
...he's gonna have to have the skills to sell it! Otherwise, he makes it far too easy for us to simply call attention to the fact that his logic is COMPLETELY BASELESS, as ENDA exempts religious institutions. We would have pointed out the same had Mr. Knight been at the helm; but we know he would have added an extra layer of fallacious smokescreen to make our lives just a little more difficult.
But hey, it was his first shot, so maybe we're being too harsh. After all, it'd be hypocritical of us to act as if we don't understand how difficult it can be for one to find their voice...
What I really wonder is why CWA insists on putting a man in this policy-making position? Does President Beverly LaHaye not think such decisions should be left in the hands of a woman or has she just let a bunch of wingnut men tell her how to run her organizaion? Either way, I expect we'll hear more bleating from those silly, yet concerned sheep.
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