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05/03/2011

Let us go on record: We *totally* knew Matt Barber's anti-gay work was a joke/an act/hysterical

by Jeremy Hooper

On Monday, Matt Barber "joked" that Osama Bin Laden was surely surprised "to find that his 72 virgins were leathermen from San Fran's Castro Dist." Now this man, a dean at the largest evangelical college in the world, is shocked -- SHOCKED! -- that some people didn't like his act. And so he Matthew a new label for his hecklers:

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So wait, it Matt finally admitting he's actually a parody of a religious firebrand and that his whole anti-LGBT career's been performance art? Because we've always expected that announcement to come, we just thought he'd take a more prominent bow than Twitter can offer.

Well Matt, if you are coming out, let us be the first to say: "Good show, old boy." You might have had some people going, but by the time you used the phrase "San Francisco values" for the seven thousand and sixth time without it being a reference to budget-priced Rice-a-Roni, we definitely got in on the joke.

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Reminder of some of Matt's "humor": 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.

A really Shecky, this cut-up.

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