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Matt Barber: It's time for ALL sides to denounce his extreme vitriol!

by Jeremy Hooper

Here at G-A-Y, we prefer to focus on the messaging, not the messenger, and are very reluctant to place definitive labels on individual members of our opposition. We also abstain from using words like "hater" and "bigot," because we see the so-called "culture war" as more complex than that, and we see the labels as counterproductive to what we're trying to accomplish. So the pronouncement that we are about to make is one that we would never take lightly. However, after years of study of the players in this anti-gay vs. pro-gay battle, we have come to what we think is a very fair assessment of one certain individual.

Our declaration? MATT BARBER NOW OFFICIALLY RIVALS FRED PHELPS IN TERMS OF VITRIOLIC ATTACKS ON THE LGBT COMMUNITY! And in fact, considering how honest Fred Phelps is with his genuine, unapologetic "fag-hating' views, we would even argue that Matt Barber is far more damaging to reasoned discourse than Phelps and his Westboro Baptist fellows.

 Good As You Images Picture-28-9 1 1So what sets Matt apart from his conservative fellows? Well, his words are simply dripping in genuine, flat-out HATRED. He doesn't even pretend to want to dialogue, bur rather clearly wants to wound. His hyperbole is so intense, that you can literally feel the abject rage that lives within his heart. Through his tenures at Concerned Women For America and now The Liberty Counsel, he has carved out a bully niche for himself, and he seems to wear the role like a badge of honor. Whereas we would gladly have coffee with almost any of our "pro-family" opposition, and whereas we have had hundreds of perfectly cordial conversations with the same, with Matt we would have a genuine fear of crossing his path in a dark, secluded alley.

Here' consider some quotes from Matt's latest column. Through his cutesy prose (lil' lavender wagons), monolithic castings of an entire group of people, attempts to divide rather than heal, over-the-top labels, and definitive religious condemnations, what comes across to us in these words is someone who genuinely does -- and again, we don't use this word lightly -- HATE us:

"In what amounts to a sort of soft racism, self-styled "queers" have disingenuously and ignobly hitched their lil' lavender wagons to a movement which, by contrast, is built upon the genuine and noble precepts of racial equality and humanitarian justice."
"An illegitimate offspring of the '60s sexual revolution, the newfangled "gay rights" cult is today's postmodern, sex-centric cause célèbre. Its core tenets include, among other things, mandated moral relativism, social androgyny and forced acceptance of a pleasure-based, though demonstrably destructive, lifestyle. Apart from practitioners of "the sin that dare not speak its name," its devotees are in large part institutional fringe elitists confined to blue-state America who almost universally suffer the insufferable pangs of white guilt."
"Like an addict jonesing for a hit, they long for that rush of self-righteous affirmation associated with belonging to something perceived as larger than themselves."
"By drawing artificial parallels between the systematic persecution experienced by blacks over centuries past to the inherent aversion most have toward biologically unnatural, traditionally immoral and objectively perverse sexual behaviors, the homosexual lobby trivializes and diminishes the African-American struggle for civil rights."
"The left's venomous reaction to the passage of Prop 8 has showcased these people for who they truly are. It has removed the sublime mask, revealing an ugly and desperate countenance below. It has exposed the self-proclaimed agents of "tolerance" and "diversity" as the most intolerant, hateful and bigoted among us. It has revealed – as Scripture says of those trapped in homosexual sin – that they are '[given] over to a reprobate mind.'"
"What God has cast asunder, let no man join together."

We are "reprobate mind"-possessing heathens whose "ugly and desperate countenance" has been revealed. Oh, and God has cast us asunder.

Fred Phelps might say it in a more direct manner. But at the end of the day, isn't the message really the same?

Counterfeit marriage and its counterfeit movement [WND]

Complete Matt Barber archive: Matt Barber [G-A-Y]

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Well look where he is spouting his mess. World Nut Daily.

That should tell you that Barber's credibility has been reduced.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Nov 14, 2008 12:23:54 PM

But in all honesty, we must be careful about giving the opposition ammunition against us. Barber listed several incidents that should give us pause. We can't be so angry that we lose our heads. Sorry for the dual postings.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Nov 14, 2008 12:26:53 PM

Let him spew his hate. Let the world see how all of them really feel.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Nov 14, 2008 1:09:30 PM

We've got to keep in mind that Bam-Bam is a close friend of Peter LaBabs. Playmates usually have the same interests and outlooks.

Posted by: Jon | Nov 14, 2008 1:37:55 PM

Wow. There is so much anger and venom in Matt Barber's words that I can't help but to think his rhetoric poisons not only society, but himself.

I work really hard at trying to understand where those who disagree with us are coming from. Nothing in Barber's piece convinces me that he tries to do the same.

Posted by: Fannie | Nov 14, 2008 1:42:23 PM

I really would have thought Peter LaBarbera topped (no pun intended) Matt Barber years ago with being hateful. They both go beyond commentary of gay issues and jump right to painting dark enemy images of gays that ultimately help inspire and motivate violence. They best anyone can do is to keep pointing out their campaign so people can see the gays and lesbians they know and love are nothing like the enemy images they paint of us. People are beginning to see that GLBT folks are their neighbors and family and community members and the not the sorted bunch LaBarbera and Barber try to make us out to be.

Posted by: Joe Brummer | Nov 14, 2008 2:07:31 PM

I'd trust Freddie Phelps before I'd turn my back on Matt - talk about HATEMONGER!!!!!!! I think he "doth protest too much".....although I would be loathe to think he's one of us!

Posted by: tom | Nov 14, 2008 2:23:57 PM

"The left's venomous reaction to the passage of Prop 8 has showcased these people for who they truly are. It has removed the sublime mask, revealing an ugly and desperate countenance below. It has exposed the self-proclaimed agents of "tolerance" and "diversity" as the most intolerant, hateful and bigoted among us. It has revealed – as Scripture says of those trapped in homosexual sin – that they are '[given] over to a reprobate mind.'"

What are we suppose to do roll over and die Matt?

Matt: Yes.

Posted by: Ken R | Nov 14, 2008 2:32:43 PM

Matt's words make me heartsick, but I gotta give credit where it's due: he's a pretty good writer!

Posted by: | Nov 14, 2008 6:15:03 PM

Seriously, anon? I can't get past his flagrant abuse of hyperbole.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Nov 14, 2008 6:34:10 PM

I think anon is just confusing use of multisyllabic words with "good writing." I think it's just Barber attempting to dress up his disgusting ideas with a trip through the thesaurus so that you might be fooled into thinking it represents intelligent discourse. It seems to be working.

Posted by: Andy | Jan 19, 2009 2:34:25 PM

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