'Well he started it,' says this third grade-channeling writer
Americans For Truth's Peter LaBarbera has written a long piece wherein he criticizes those who seem to be getting too much joy out of Jerry Falwell's passing. In it, he staunchly condemns the likes of Pam Spaulding and John Aravosis for chastising the evangelical on the day of his death:
On hearing of the death of Jerry Falwell, I was reminded of an incident that revealed his heart, as a Christian and as a human being. Homosexual activists heaped instantaneous (and horrifyingly wicked) scorn upon this man of God — in a way that only seems to confirm what he said about their movement.
Their sickening behavior also confirms what the Bible says about God giving up unrepentant homosexuals to a “reprobate” (also translated depraved and debased) mind (Romans 1:28)
Peter then goes on to defend Falwell's record, making it sound as if any criticism of Jerry's almost unbelievable anti-gay rap sheet is unfounded. It's all a typical, to-be-expected piece. However, he then closes the whole thing with this statement, which should tell you all you need to know about "hate," why some folks were moved to such extreme anger yesterday, and the nature of "pro-family" judgement:
There is no doubt that this ”gay” movement whose loud voice and overpowering self-righteousness – wielded by a single homosexual or collectively as a counterfeit, “queer” minority — can be intimidating to those who disagree with homosexuality. But the Bible is clear: Jerry Falwell is in heaven today. And the proud homosexuals who speak of hell to mock him will be headed there one day unless they repent and turn away from this lifestyle, as many men and women already have.
Yes, Peter is just in a state of utter disbelief that some gays, lesbians and allies are letting out pent up rage at such a time. You know, those "depraved" and "debased" folks who are automatically hell-bound for choosing to live out their truths rather than to embrace the "ex-gay" sham? Yea, he just doesn't get WHY their angry at someone who, among many other things, blamed 9/11 on gays and called AIDS "God's punishment for homosexuals."
Hmm..can't imagine, Peter!
Look, this writer was not prompted to attack Mr. Falwell's character yesterday. I never attack ANY of our opponents on a personal level, living or dead. It's simply not the way I view the "culture war," and throwing stones are not the goals that I have for this site and this fight. That being the case, I was admittedly uncomfortable with many of the reactions and events that were launched yesterday. However, I fully GET the anger, even when I don't fully support the actions. And if Mr. LaBarbera thought about it from the gay perspective, he would surely GET the outrage, even if he thought it was misappropriated.
But then again, most evangelical Christian Americans probably DO have a tough time understanding what it means to be condemned in ways so unbelievable and unwarranted. Perhaps when someone who has loudly and unapologetically condemned those who judge in ways contrary to Biblical teaching passes away, Peter LaBarbera will have a better idea of the sort of emotions that yesterday's events invoked in some gay folk's minds.
What I had to say on my own blog, still sums up all I care to say.
"Right about now, I imagine that Jerry Falwell is learning the terrible consequences of his hubris, his harsh and unkind words towards others, his disrespect of other humans, and most of all his judging of others.
I believe in Karma, I believe in reincarnation, and right now, I believe Jerry is being ‘born again’ up a cockroaches’ ass."
Posted by: charles French | May 16, 2007 8:31:20 PM
I've been reading your accounts of Mr. LaBarbera's antics for some time now. Good job Jeremy, every gay man needs to know what this person is up to. Not that he personally is any significance, but there are people out there who read his bigoted trash and use that to degrade their own family members or worse...toss them into the street like garbage. A few comments about his praise for Falwell.
1. A man of god? Really LaBarbera? Falwell was a fraud, liar, manipulator of the truth and a racist, homophobic monster who made a living bilking cash from the wallets of gullible people. Much like yourself LaBarbara, you too sir are a complete fraud.
2. Criticism of Falwell has come from all walks of life, care to hear Christopher Hitchens take? Look it up on You Tube, finally someone tells the truth on CNN.
3. Falwell is one of those people responsible for turning a deadly viral infection into a social stigma, setting research behind at least a decade, due to appalling inaction by the US government. The idea he perpetuated was that AIDS was somehow a punishment against people because of who they are. The audacity of that notion is so far from the alleged teachings of Christ, that people deserved to die.
A question for LaBarbera: What do you hope to accomplish by constantly degrading us, our lives, attempting to turn us into non-persons, lying about us, basically, interfering with the lives of people who that you have no business whatsoever doing so? I think you are someone who desperately needs to get a life. Leave us alone!
Posted by: Tim | May 17, 2007 8:06:09 AM
Why is it okay for the Falwell people to tell people with AIDS that its their own fault but not okay for us to be glad we dont have to listen to their shit anymore. Im glad hes dead.
Posted by: Lynn | May 17, 2007 4:02:04 PM
Falwell was quick to stomp on the graves of those who died of Aids, or at the World Trade Center or in New Orleans saying their deaths were the result of the righteous judgement of God. There are no accidents in God's world and no "collateral damage" according to Falwell's ilk. Falwell did not care about the grief of the surviving loved ones, when he was screeching, "I told you so!"
Yet we are to stand silent and be more "Christian" than he was during our suffering. God judgement on Jerry was for the deadly sins of greed abd gluttony. His heart finally exploded after one too many prayer breakfasts of ham, sausage, and bacon.
The colonel had one less chicken to fry and the devil one more rooster to roast the day Jerry bit the bag.
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