No, Gary: Peter, gay 'non-starters' and discrimination have *everything* to do with *any* FOtF discussion!
Despite Focus on the Family's Tom Minnery giving his initial comment on the subject to Peter LaBarbera EXCLUSIVELY, his colleague Gary Schneeberger is criticizing this writer for mentioning P.L. in connection with the group's repudiation of their past comments on gay SCOTUS nominees. This from a Focus on the Family Facebook site focused on reaching millennials:
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Okay, (a): Yes, both Peter LaBarbera and Gary Glenn did in fact bring about this new public statement. Sure, they might have delivered if someone else had asked first. But the fact remains that Peter and Gary dug for it, and Peter and Gary were granted it.
(b) It really doesn't matter who or what elicited the comment. The fact remains that Focus on the Family is now on record calling certain judges "non-starters" simply because they were born to love in a certain way.
(c) If FOtF wants to distance itself from LaBarbera, then they can issue a clarification. But while Peter has sent around a press release applauding the organization, Focus has let it all go out unchecked. Their comm. guy saying that P.L. "has nothing to do with this discussion" is patently false. Peter, to his credit, is the one who CREATED this current discussion!
(d) Millennials, like all people, deserve to know these kinds of things about FOtF. Because regardless of the topic at hand (This millennial outreach is currently focused on sex trafficking), the fact remains that shunning LGBT people is at the heart of Focus on the Family's mission (even if they call it "love."). Schneeberger may say that he has ADD. His employer has ascribed FAR WORSE afflictions to me and my family (i.e. suggesting that I have a "homosexual problem")!
Game = On.
**UPDATE: Schneeberger says he actually meant that Peter has nothing to do with the discussion on sex trafficking, not with the SCOTUS discussion. So it looks like he's not trying to distance the group from LaBarbera -- he's just trying to distance Focus on the Family's demonstrably discriminatory work from their other goals.
Not gonna happen. Can't happen. Shouldn't happen!
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