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06/03/2010

As long as Focus tips the Barber, it's their credibility that will be cut

by Jeremy Hooper

We've had conversations with Focus on the Family staffers about the "pro-family" movement's more markedly extreme voices, and the reasons why they should not given them credence. Positive conversations, in fact. Conversations that seem to "get it."

Unfortunately, they FOtF staffers are still doing it. This from Focus on the Family's CitizenLink:

Matt Barber, dean of Liberty University, said gay activists are putting on the pressure.

"President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid," he said, "have signed off wholesale on every demand of the extreme special interest groups pushing this homosexual agenda."

President Proclaims Gay Pride Month [Focus on the Family]

So why is Matt among the most extreme? Well, just off the top of this writer's head: There was the time Matt said that gay male relationships constitute "one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love’”; the time Matt called President Barack Obama an anti-american enemy; the time he accused Obama and Barney Frank of being anti-religious bigots; the time he suggested there are "sinister motives" in the Obama White House; the time he agreed with TVC's Andrea Lafferty that homosexuality is "among a litany of...sexual deviances" that include things like sex with an amputee's stump and sexual behavior involving feces and urine; the time he likened pro-equality progressives to Fred "God Hates F*gs" Phelps; the time he referred to marriage equality advocates as "purveyors of evil"; the time he compared gay unions to marrying a house plant; the time he said Ellen Degeneres "guides her many adoring housewife fans into rebellion against God's divine and explicit natural order"; etc., etc.

Focus on the Family's Jim Daly might be trying with all of his might to soften FOtF's image in these days post-Jim Dobson. But as long as his troops keep quoting their movement's harshest -- and staffers like Bruce Hausknecht keep applauding the same -- the only thing that will become "nicer" is our own ability to connect these anti-gay dots!

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*Holy crap balls: The audio version is even worse! Matt trots out his favorite "uncompromising human biology" line:

(click to play audio clip)

**UPDATE: Right Wing Watch has more: Barber: Obama Is Helping to "Perpetuate Perversion"

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