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Christian: Let's encourage gays to snuff each other out!

by Jeremy Hooper

You know, it's always annoying to hear how our socially conservative opposition will talk about us in public. But for the really juicy stuff, you have to hear how they talk about us in private.

Picture 2-134For example, Matt Barber recently delivered a speech at the Concerned Women For America of California's "Culture Conference," the entirety of which you can hear below. But before we send you off to listen to the whole thing, we want to first highlight one specific part, as it is really one of the frighteningly anti-gay things we've heard in a long time.

The setup: Matt had used part of his speech to share thoughts on MRSA, bath houses, and all of other typical fear-mongering about LGBT lives, and here is what an audience member had to say in response. A good, Christian audience member, of course:

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Yes, that's right -- he totally conveyed the idea that gays should be encouraged to render themselves extinct. An idea that was met with mucho laughter. An idea that Matt denounced, but only with qualifiers about Jesus (and an admittance that he "shares [the audience member's] frustration" and that he views the reaction as a "natural inclination"). An idea that reveals just what these folks truly want: The disappearance of gay lives and loves, no matter the method.

Dear God, please save us from your most devout followers. And we're starting to wonder if we don't mean that in a more literal sense than we even realize!!

**Here's the full Matt Barber speech:

(**especially listen around the 27:30 mark, when Matt tries to discredit hate crimes against gays while ignoring that in the 2005 data that he cites, there were actually more incidents of assault, robbery, etc. on the basis of sexual orientation than there was on the basis of religion. Oh, and also the part around 33:20, when an audience member -- a retired Santa Monica cop -- refers to out lesbian lawmaker Sheila Kuehl as a "radical nutcase pervert." Or around 35:00, when Matt proceeds to again link gays to MRSA, and even liken the "needed" warning regarding homosexuality to the warning label on a box of cigarettes.)

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Culture Conference 2008 [CWA of CA]

**SEE ALSO: For our take on the Jared Barber/Matt Barber discussion that is central to Matt's speech, see link: The Barbers of Antigay-ville [G-A-Y]

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Your thoughts

Straight people are not pure and perfect. Gay people have to realize this. They also have to realize that these comments are common among straight people.

Posted by: Greg | Mar 7, 2008 6:17:50 PM

Greg: Hopefully most gay people do realize this. But "impure and imperfect" is different than "in active possession of the idea that gays should be encouraged to rid the planet of their kind."

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 7, 2008 6:24:03 PM

There is no ridding the planet of us, there is a new gay born every 4 seconds. They tried it with AIDS, but we got smart and spread it to the straights. We will throw it back because we are fierce bitches, do not fuck with us!!

Posted by: Ty | Mar 8, 2008 6:18:13 AM

This must have come up at some point, but as I haven't heard anything on it recently, I think it bears pointing out. Isn't it a little strange that a group calling itself "Concerned Women For America" has a man as its spokesperson?

Posted by: Morry Campbell | Mar 8, 2008 6:52:23 AM

Is Matt Barber a woman????????

Posted by: Capecawder | Mar 8, 2008 11:02:43 AM

I keep wondering where all these lesbian bathhouses are. I've never seen one or heard of one; anybody got any leads?

Posted by: bls | Mar 8, 2008 9:39:08 PM

As a straight person, fromn a conservative area of the country, I'd have to say that this kind of statement is usually common only among militant homophobes. My close friends, even my friends who are homophobic to a smaller degree would never advocate what Barber says.

Posted by: Piper | Mar 9, 2008 6:11:29 PM

How, exactly, is this "dangerous lifestyle" being "foisted upon our children?" I know there are drug dealers luring children with candy, but gays? Is there a single gay person who claims it was foisted upon them? bizarre-o. paranoia. ignorance. fear. sad. And I'll never understand the christian right. The Jesus I was taught about would have embraced gays. Hell, for that matter, at a time when most people married in their teens, he was a 33 year old single, childless Jewish man. Hellooo?

Posted by: coffeeyogurt | Mar 9, 2008 8:21:57 PM


And this "speech" is coming from somebody who's best buds with a gay pornographer (Babs) - who I'm sure is his supplier of material to watch when the wife's away. It's obvious, this "concerned woman" knows more about homosex than most gay men.

Posted by: Scott | Mar 10, 2008 5:53:01 PM

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