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03/15/2011

Audio: Focus on the BULL rather than the 'Y'

by Jeremy Hooper

For the past several days now, Focus on the Family has been working the usual lines about only needing to protect bullied students in the abstract, obviously to sidestep the scrutiny that's deservedly placed upon their organization's nonstop anti-LGBT antics. But now they've upped the ante to a whole new level of subterfuge, using Matt Barber, perhaps the biggest bully in all of the anti-LGBT industry, to speak on this crucial subject:


*AUDIO SOURCE: White House Pro-Gay Anti-Bully Website [FOF]

Same old deception from "ex-gay" advocate Candi Cushman. No surprise there. Overlooking the obvious problem of LGBT-centric bullying/suicide/ancillary problems in America's public schools is pretty much what she does. For a living. For a paycheck.

But as for Matt, who doesn't even work for FOtF? Well let's look at some of what he's put on record. 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"; the time he called Google "satanic" for supporting marriage equality; the time he accused gay-friendly media outlets of trying "to make the absurd appear reasonable and normal"; the time he referred to the Muslim faith as "Satanic";etc., etc. More than just about anyone in the "pro-family" world (with the possible exception of Bryan Fisher), Matt has made the choice to go as personal, as negative, as hyperbolic, and as wantonly hurtful as humanly inhumanely possible. He does this on the daily.

So is bullying a political? YES! Because unfortunately, this nation's politically active social conservatives have chosen to spin reasoned and reasonable solutions to a tangible problem into a supposed slighting of their own "religious freedom." As a movement on this should-be point of non-partisan unity, these folks have chosen self-serving negligence over real world compassion. The game over the reality. Their own careers over a common care. And the worst part: It's not directed at adult activists who are fair game (BRING IT! I can take it!) but rather at the most vulnerable souls to exist among us. Tragic.

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