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07/25/2008

Audio: Pete takes pride in devaluing our families

by Jeremy Hooper

 Good As You Images 200807171705-1Peter LaBarbera ventured down to the San Diego Pride parade, where he was surprised to find so many children. And upon seeing all of the young ones in his midst, he, like any reasoned person, looked inside himself and said of the situation: "GREAT! This is fantastic! Gay people have come to such a place of acceptance that they can have their own families and live in peace. And so rather than cast a sweeping condemnation of these gay-headed families and what they are being 'exposed' to at this multi-faceted celebration filled with people from all walks of life, I'm going to go back and report on how lovely it is that children of the next generation are able to celebrate alongside the LGBT community. This will help them to come up knowing gay people as decent human beings rather than as the maligned, demonized beings that past generations were taught to see them as!"

Oh, wait a minute -- no. He didn't say that. At all. Not even a little. True to typical LaBarbera form, he instead jumped at the opportunity to condemn gay parenting, gay pride, and gays in general. Rather than take the time to get to know some of these families and start to understand that they are as filled with love as any other, he instead chose to imply that gay families are more frightening than "The Addams Family." Where he could've chosen to view the push for a gay-inclusive Boy Scouts as a positive that would help young gay boys feel more accepted and respected in this world, he instead determined that this push for scouting inclusivity is going to warp the poor little minds of the nation's young people. And instead of going on some outlet like NPR and holding an intellectual discussion on the topics of pride parades and parenting, he instead went on the Concerned Women For America's audible bully pulpit and said all this:


(If audio doesn't load for you, you can listen to it here)

And yet WE'RE the ones who take "cheap shots," Pete?

**AUDIO SOURCE: "Gay" Pride and Parenting [CWA]

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Your thoughts

There are just so many things wrong with this interview. The interviewer asked what would happen to these kids growing up exposed to this sort of thing?

Here's what will happen if children of gays grow up in an environment that celebrates homosexuality:

Kids won't feel ashamed of their parents.
Kids won't feel ashamed of themselves.
Kids will learn that the world is made up of all different kids of people and they ought to be judged by their own accomplishments and failures and not those of one group.

I talk about the horrible of effects of growing up with a closeted gay parent all the time in my blog. Children should not have to be ashamed of who their parents are or whom they love.

Posted by: Jen | Jul 25, 2008 11:23:07 AM

"gay families are more frightening than "The Addams Family."

I'd consider that a COMPLIMENT! The Addams Family was a cool show!

WAY much better than "Beaver Cleaver", who LaBarbera wants everyone's family to be more like - but the Cleavers were dorks.

"Gee Paw, gee whillikers!"

What a fucktarded family.

Who would YOU rather be neighbors with?

Posted by: Scott | Jul 25, 2008 3:40:18 PM

Scott -

If it were up to me I would love to live next door to the Clevers and the Addams with the Seavers and the Munsters down the block.

In the perfect world all kinds of healthy families should be respected.

Posted by: Alonzo | Jul 25, 2008 4:31:35 PM

He just wandered down to the pride parade, eh. And Larry Craig just has a wide stance and Bob Allen was just afaid.

Posted by: Ed | Jul 25, 2008 5:12:22 PM

The Cleavers AND Seavers....BOTH on the SAME BLOCK?!?!?!

OK, as long as we can also move in the Tanner family.

AND the Manson family - so they can dispose of all 3 for me!

Best thing is, I'd get my longtime wish: the head of Kimmie Gibler, delivered right to my doorstep.

Posted by: Scott | Jul 26, 2008 1:04:21 AM

Could only stand to listen the first half, but my favorite line:

(paraphrasing Pete)"One of the most shocking things I saw was a 10 year-old girl stamping people's hands as the went in and out of the festival."

Truly shocking!

Posted by: GayMormonBoy | Jul 26, 2008 11:41:07 PM

Poor Pete, the only danger to children are people like him.

Posted by: Patrick B | Jul 27, 2008 12:08:04 AM

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