Antibiotic-resistant queer hostility: Barber still afflicted
Homosexual groups and the media set up a mean ol' straw man and took to knocking the stuffing out of him. Conservative organizations were suggested to have claimed the outbreak was "the new AIDS," a "new gay disease" and "the gay plague," all things that nobody I know ever implied.
They mischaracterized a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statement on the controversy as a repudiation of the study (which, of course, it was not). "There is no evidence at this time to suggest that MRSA is a sexually transmitted infection in the classical sense," read the statement. Again, nobody said MRSA was "a sexually transmitted infection in the classical sense" (emphasis added). The study merely found that, as it pertains to certain segments of the "gay" community, it was being transmitted through "high-risk" sexual behaviors.
Okay, here we go:
(a) Yes Matt, people who you do know quite well did imply that this MRSA strain is "the new AIDS." Peter LaBarbera, a man with whom you shared a joint audio chat on the subject of this MRSA scare, quite explicitly linked it to AIDS in his initial piece on the subject.
(b) Gay activists have NOT said that the CDC repudiated the MRSA study. What we have said, Matt, is that the CDC repudiated YOU AND YOUR ANTI-GAY BUDDIES and the way you jumped to use the study to demonize gay sex in general. The CDC issued clarifications, not an all out repudiation. Gay activists have not tried to make it seem any more than that.
(c) Yes, Matt, no matter how you slice it, you DID in fact try to make MRSA sound like a run-of-the mill sexually-transmitted infection. Your initial statement on the matter was this:
"In recent years our culture has adopted a laissez faire attitude toward sexual deviancy. Television shows like Will and Grace glorify the homosexual lifestyle while our children are taught in schools that homosexuality is a perfectly healthy, alternative sexual 'orientation.' 'Stay out of our bedrooms!' we're often commanded by militant 'gay' activists.
"Well, now the dangerous and possibly deadly consequence of what occurs in those bedrooms is spilling over into the general population. It's not only frightening, it's infuriating.
"Citizens, especially parents, need to stand up and say, 'No More! We will no longer sit idly by while politically correct cultural elites endanger our children and larger communities through propagandist promotion of this demonstrably deadly lifestyle.'
If the implication in those words is not one that presents gay sex as an innate breeding ground for infections, then what the hell is it?
(d) There was no straw man set up on our side. You and you buddies set up the medically unsound straw man that painted gays as sick perverts who were endangering the "general population." We replied with reasoned assessments of the situation, which led the researchers, the CDC, and reporters to cut through the desperate anti-gay spin and get to the truth of the matter. We haven't heard even one gay activist discredit that MRSA is a problem; we've only heard them say that it's not a gay-specific problem!
(e) Matt, you clearly are trying to change the conversation on this, because you now see that the public at large is not going to swallow the press releases that you so desperately put out in the last couple of weeks. Hell, even your own team didn't buy your nonsense! Outside of fringe circles (you, Pete, Joseph Farah, MassResistance), nobody on the "pro-family" side resorted to the cheap, unreasoned attacks! And now it seems that you realize the liability that your gun-jumping, disease-linking schtick could be for you, so you are trying everything you can to redirect focus. To which we can't help but say:
**UPDATE: Matt may not think that his rhetoric is presenting this as "the new AIDS." However, for a prime example of how others are swallowing and regurgitating his words, check out this blog post:
The study merely found that, as it pertains to certain segments of the "gay" community, it was being transmitted through "high-risk" sexual behaviors.
Nope. There is NOTHING in the study that makes assumptions about transmission. The "high-risk" claim is bogus... for all Bam Bam knows, the extent of any sexual behaviors (were any present) could have been limited to cuddling.
Posted by: Timothy | Jan 28, 2008 2:03:32 PM
Good catch, Timothy.
Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 28, 2008 2:05:49 PM
A thumbnail biography of Matt Barber:
Matt Barber once trained as a boxing bully,
but it seems to never have satisfied fully
He craved being tough,
but it wasn't enough,
'till finding his niche as a gay-bashing bully.
Matt Barber once worked for Allstate Insurance,
then he got fired for fighting gay tolerance.
He's working today
for Beverly LaHaye
where he's loved for his anti-gay arrogance.
Posted by: Richard Rush | Jan 28, 2008 2:28:05 PM
Yea, Richard, we've always seen a connection between his boxing career and his anti-gay career. He is by far the most aggressive of our organized opposition.
Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 28, 2008 2:31:32 PM
Ugh - when I think of Matt Barber, I get an image of an adult version of Chunk from "The Goonies" obsessing over homosex....a lot.
And then there's the OTHER image, of him at home while the wife is away, secretly dressed in his "concerned woman" gear, polka-dot muumuu, smeared uneven lipstick and all - ranting away about homosex at the computer.
Posted by: Scott | Jan 28, 2008 5:24:22 PM
Matt Barber is slowly wasting his 15 minutes of anti-gay fame.
Really he is a right wing cause celebre who corraled a cushy position that has gone on too long.
He is a religious right version of William Hung. More mistakes like what he did and he wont' last very long.
Posted by: a. mcewen | Jan 28, 2008 8:10:59 PMcomments powered by Disqus