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05/21/2013

Matt Barber accuses distraught New Yorkers of 'politicizing' gay man's murder

by Jeremy Hooper

Last night, thousands of distraught New Yorkers took to the streets to rally/protest against the violent turn that has gripped the Big Apple during the month of May. The powerful and peaceful rally also included victims and families of the slain. It was heartfelt, powerful, and needed. I was there.

But according to one of the most rabidly anti-gay voices in American politics, the whole thing was just an attempt to "politicize"

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[Matt Barber]

This is truly vile behavior. A man is dead in an act that everyone admits was a hate crime. Gay New Yorkers are truly scared that they could be next in what feels like a targeted crime spree. People showed up, came together, and stood up for peace because it is a commonality that should unite us through our political differences.

And this Virginia resident who makes a career off of rhetorically bashing LGBT people has the nerve to accuse us, the actual victims of a form of hate violence that we know stems from overheated rhetoric, of "politicizing" a bona fide tragedy? This is truly a new low, Matt Barber.

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**Addendum: I can't even fathom saying the same thing in reverse. If Christians were targeted because of anti-gay beliefs, I would not be demeaning their rallies for peace and/or protests against violence—I would be joining them.

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**UPDATE: To be fair, Matt did initially condemn the murder:

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[Matt Barber]

That should be a given. It's a shame he had to follow it up with such nasty disregard for the heartbroken.

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