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04/14/2010

Focus on the Family's Bruce Hausknecht: 'Nice job,' Matt 'one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it love’ Barber

by Jeremy Hooper

So you remember a few weeks back, when Matt "one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love’” Barber was going around connecting Peter LaBarbera's Americans For Truth group (of which Matt is a board member) to a whole host of other mainstream "pro-family" groups?

"But seriously, if [Peter LaBarbera's Americans For Truth About Homosexuality] is a “hate group,” then so is Liberty Counsel, Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, American Family Association, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Roman Catholic Church. Any group that observes and defends traditional sexual morality would have to be labeled such."
-Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber, defending Peter LaBarbera's inclusion on the SPLC's list of "hate sites" *[source]*





*SOURCE: CWA

Well at the time, we suggested that some of these other groups were surely wishing Matt would stop saying things like this. That was based on a number of factors, like personal conversations that this writer has had with mainstream "pro-family" types, as well as the simple fact that Matt and Peter are extremely hyperbolic and prone to such eye-opening flights of fancy. We couldn't imagine that groups like Focus on the Family, who have so clearly made a choice to try to cast a wider net, would appreciate the grouping.

However, we might have been wrong about that. For Matt put similar thoughts into a print piece, in which he used examples like the Southern Poverty Law Center and Rachel Maddow to conclude "that leftists – with their slanderous name-calling, harsh judgments and ad hominem attacks – are, in truth, more like [Fred] Phelps than those they falsely accuse." Matt then posted that print piece to his public Facebook wall. And a certain Focus on the Family staffer logged on to congratulate Matthew on a job well done:

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Matt's Facebook wall [F'book]

And of course this Matt endorsement comes on the same day that FOtF's Tom Minnery sided with Matt's buddy Peter LaBarbera, retracting the idea that a gay SCOTUS nominee might be acceptable.

So okay, FOtf, if you want to align yourself with Matt & Peter Inc., a coalition that refers to homosexuality as "one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love’,” refers to marriage equality advocates as "purveyors of evil," personally attacks people's weddings, compares gay unions to marrying a house plant, personally attacks transgender individuals for no reason whatsoever, publicly mocks a six-year-old girl and her family as a way of making a point about a state's marriage ruling, asks readers to send emails to an underage teenager so that the young gay man might "find and receive godly counsel and escape the clutches of a sin movement that endangers body and soul," writes a whopping 12 posts asking readers to write to Grove City College and demand that action be taken against professor Warren Throckmorton simply because he takes a differing stance, and whose body of beyond-the-pale work (including repeated links to discredited researcher Paul Cameron) has twice attracted the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center, then you all go right ahead. Just don't blame us when too start connecting the dots.

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*It's also pretty funny that Bruce, FOtF's judicial analyst, would congratulate a piece with a blurb that talks about efforts to "bury opposing viewpoints," considering his organization is notorious for shutting out any and all comments on most everyone of their intellectual properties. But not funny "ha, ha," of course.

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