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08/08/2014

Matt Barber's website smugly reassures anti-gay parents

by Jeremy Hooper

In the down-is-up website that rabidly anti-gay activist Matt Barber operates, it's not vulnerable kids who need reassurance and a warm shoulder. No, no—it's the parents who feel that their gay children are broken and are blaming themselves:

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"Neither you nor your psychologist nor your pastor nor your doctor will ever fully know why your kid is attracted to the same sex, but you can know that it isn’t your fault. Yes, you are a sinner and yes, you have sinned against your kids… and yes, you do need forgiveness for that — and you have it fully if you’re in Christ. But don’t blame yourself for their broken sexuality. There are a million different sinful things inside and outside of them (the main three being the flesh, the world and Satan) that have continually worked to shape, feed and further distort their sexual desires. [BarbWire]

Obviously it's no one's "fault," since being gay is not something deserving of blame. That goes without saying.

But just taking the assessment on its face, I find this approach so stunningly typical of the arrogant opposition movement and their smug insistence that they always hold the upper hand. In their eyes, they are never wrong, never culpable, never hostile, never discriminatory— never anything other than better than us, frankly. It's the through-line of their movement. In their preconceived narrative, they've already "won" just be virtue of being heterosexual, conservative Christians. That mindset is a big reason why all conversation around our issues is so damn broken.

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