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10/05/2010

Enough is indeed enough, Mr. LaBarbera

by Jeremy Hooper

LabarberaIt's pretty telling that professional anti-gay person Peter LaBarbera has spilled not one drop of ink on the rash of suicides that have plagued America's psyche for the past week or so, yet does choose to say "enough is enough" to the Human Rights Campaign for reacting to the same:

Enough is enough...No shame: HRC and other homosexual groups are exploiting the tragic suicides of sexually confused kids to attack religion: http://www.hrc.org/14955.htm.

Gay Lobby Group Human Rights Campaign Exploits Suicides to Attack Mormon Church [AFTAH]

The HRC "attack" in question is in regards to Mormon leader Boyd Packer's comments about same-sex marriage being among "Satan’s many substitutes and counterfeits for marriage" and homosexuality being "impure and unnatural." It doesn't take a particularly aware person to see how and why negligent comments like Mr. Packer's foster a climate of mental anguish for LGBT youth. So HRC, being a group that focuses on such negligence, said as much.

But now Peter, a grown adult who quite literally spends his every waking day making life harder for LGBT people, is saying that he's the one who's had enough?!? And he, someone who exploits gay lives and loves for a living, is accusing gay activists of exploiting these tragic suicides?!? That's kind of like a fist blaming an ice pack for its handling of a black eye. Except, you know -- with actual human lives at stake.

It's obvious why Peter would be so sensitive to this topic. But the reality is that his daily manifestations of insensitivity are even worse than Mr. Packer's comments, if for no other reason than the sheer volume that he churns out. It's just that Packer has a bigger and more persuasive platform, thus meriting a heightened concern and larger response. But pro-equality responses, be they to Peter or the Mormon leader, are nothing close to "exploitations." The pro-fairness community's reactions are more like heartbroken pleas from a vulnerable group who sees such a good and decent and peaceful world for us all to share, if only certain people would stop exploiting personal faith interpretations, junk science, misinformation, and antiquated stereotypes for the sake of votes, filthy lucre, validation of their own heterosexuality, or some other form of personal gain. Enough = way more than enough.

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*SEE ALSO: Alvin McEwen: Peter LaBarbera calls recent suicide victims 'sexually confused' [HB&HM]

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