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03/25/2014

Even Peter LaBarbera's own movement is leaving him

by Jeremy Hooper

Having entered this "culture war" back when the most hostile anti-LGBT voices were still getting White House invites, it's remarkable to watch the opposition movement wake up to our changing world, shocked by how quickly its leaving behind their discriminatory worldview. Longtime anti-equality activist Peter LaBarbera, whose own career trajectory (i.e. DC orgs like FRC and CWA——> state org, the Illinois Family Institute——> independent activist whose work his own movement's power players barely acknowledge) is like a human embodiment of this drift, puts it this way:

World Vision’s sellout is part of a disturbing trend in evangelicalism to capitulate in the Culture War over homosexuality–while the pro-LGBT lobby only ramps up its advocacy of sexually immoral laws and corporate policies. The WV decision comes just days after Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy chose to censor himself by declaring that his public defense of natural marriage was a business “mistake.” Cathy vowed to stay out of the marriage debate, reportedly after listening to the counsel of friends—including homosexual activist Shane Windmeyer, whose organization, Campus Pride, advocates for homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism on college campuses. [AFTAH]

Of course what Peter sees as "sellout" is really self protection. It is becoming less and less okay to be anti-LGBT. Thankfully! At long last! We are moving toward a world where what one of the last "acceptable" biases is not acceptable at all.

And organizations like World Vision and companies like Chick-fil-A are starting to realize it. Even if they hate the fact that ours is becoming a world that fairly accommodates LGBT people, more and more outfits that do business with the public are coming around to reality. And it's not going to stop. There is no turning back.

Peter LaBarbera and his cronies fought hard for their vision of America. They lost.

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