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04/23/2007

Matt Barber: He just seems so...aggressive

by Jeremy Hooper

 Good As You Images  Good As You Images Img4297E7C83Ba21 1-1-1It's no secret that we find the extremely anti-gay Matt Barber to be a liability-in-waiting for the Concerned Women For America. And for just a brief example of the type of sentiment that makes us think him to be a burden to any conservative organization seeking credibility, just consider this aggressive bit from his latest article (highlighting our own):

Imus' comments were racist, sexist, reprehensible and extremely unfair to those extraordinary young women who are mostly just kids. Their fathers and brothers are no doubt itching to take the "I-Man" out behind the woodshed for a not-so-tender lesson in "how to properly respect the fairer sex."

Suggesting that people handle a situation with violence? How righteous. But you see, that's just it -- Mr. Barber just seems to have a sort of aggression in him that could literally lead to a physical scuffle at any point of time. While most on the "pro-family" side of things come across as if they consider themselves morally superior and unquestionably right, Barber presents himself like the schoolyard bully of the conservative movement. We monitor loads and loads of pro-family rhetoric and argument, and Barber is literally the only one with whom we would not agree to have a private conversation, out of a semi-genuine concern for our own safety.

Call this writer a namby-pamby pacifist if you wish, but I would simply never suggest in my public discourses that anyone at any time should take someone behind a woodshed for a bout of implied violence. My mind simply does not go there!

But then again, CWA did say of Barber upon announcing his arrival: "Matt's years as an undefeated heavyweight boxer trained him for the ruthless fight he would endure as a result of standing up for his beliefs." Perhaps they simply forgot to tell him that this "culture war" is not actually fought with brute force.

Sappy-Headed Schmos [CWA]

*Semi-related Video: Matt boxing:

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Your thoughts

What gets me about this is not the violence angle, which is its own thing, but rather the whole "I bet the men-folk are seething at the slight to their li'l darlins." Because clearly they wouldn't, or can't, stand up for themselves. Ah, folksy mysogyny.

Posted by: zurvan8 | Apr 23, 2007 8:01:41 PM

Zurvan8: That's absolutely another angle, and one which we considered. It's especially enraging considering this is the Concerned WOMEN For America we're talking about.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 23, 2007 8:21:38 PM

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