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03/03/2009

LaBarbera wants Falwellian history to rePete itself

by Jeremy Hooper

Peter-LaBarberaWith the GOP somewhat lost in the wilderness, far-right activist Peter LaBarbera is continuing to shop for the smallest, most gay-unfriendly, most faith-based tent he can find to house the party. This from One News Now:

More than half of the nearly 9,000 conservative activists at CPAC last week in Washington were under the age of 22. Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, says most of the young people he surveyed at CPAC were against the legalization of same-sex "marriage," but notes there was a lot of confusion about the issue of homosexual civil unions.

"Some people thought civil unions were just something you have to give the gay activists," he points out. "Others thought it was a real compromise and didn't realize how close it was to same-sex marriage and how it actually advances the same-sex marriage agenda."
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"I think they feel that they have to do something for these gay unions. We have to bring it back to the behavior, the unhealthiness of the behavior, but also the entire gay agenda," he adds. "How the gay agenda threatens religious freedom [and] how no libertarian should be for this agenda because this is an agenda which crushes the freedom to disagree with homosexuality."
Young conservatives misled on homosexual issue [ONN]

Yes, Pete -- let's talk about the "unhealthy behavior" that is legally-recognized monogamy. If you want that to be the national conversation, then we'll totally go there with ya, buddy. We'll talk about how removing the bars, shames, and stigmas will decrease sexual health hazards for EVERYONE. And we'll talk about how giving gay kids the message that they can grow up, date, and marry just like everyone else (if they so choose) will decrease the sort of marginalization that sometimes leads to poor choices.

The reality is that America, while not fully on the marriage equality page (the only page we LGBT folks will ultimately accept), are moving in our direction with every passing 18th birthday. If the GOP wants to stay relevant in the 21st century, they will find a way to adapt to this actuality, not hold on to the "culture war" talking points that have so thoroughly lowered their party's social issues discourse for the past three decades! That may sound harsh to folks like Peter, who have made a career out of trafficking anti-gay rhetoric. But for those who care about America, its ideals, and ALL of its people, the religious right's thirty-plus years of attacks on anyone not like them have been far more hurtful than anything we could possibly say in response.

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Your thoughts

So is Peter trying to bring back gerbils, blood and pedophiles ala Paul Cameron?

Posted by: a. mcewen | Mar 3, 2009 11:43:18 AM

All of the video footage that I have seen from CPAC has been more suggestive of a demographic which is still old fat white guy, rather than LaBabs contention that half of them were under 22 (fat white guys??) .

Posted by: Dick Mills | Mar 3, 2009 1:12:44 PM

So at CPAC (most extreme conservative wing-nuttiest of the rightwing kooks), most of the kids support Civil Unions? And some even support marriage?

Well then give it up Peter, you've lost. You can talk about Folsom St. Fair and pig-sex parties and peculiar sex practices until you sound like an obsessed fetishist, and you still are going to lose.

Equality is coming and there's no one left of the young folks to champion bigotry and discrimination.

Posted by: Timothy | Mar 3, 2009 3:03:05 PM

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