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Because a toaster would've been too sane

by Jeremy Hooper

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Perilous to my mind, body, and soul? Hell, it's my bank account that he should have really mentioned! These wedding things be mucho costly!

But hey at least my spouse, unlike Mrs LaBarbera, won't have to deal with a lifetime of seeing his husband bizarrely enthralled with a kind of sex that he claims to not desire. So yea -- score one for my couples therapy-less home!

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Your thoughts

Actually he has it wrong. Religion is perilous to mind, body and soul.

Posted by: Tony P | Jun 4, 2009 2:26:03 PM

Wait...did he seriously, out of the blue and unsolicited, email you just to insult you about your marriage?

Of all the things I *could* say about this, all I'm going to say is, didn't this boy's mother teach him any manners? Etiquette?

What a smug and ugly person he is on the inside.

Posted by: zortnac | Jun 4, 2009 2:28:56 PM

...I think that Mr. LaBarbera's email is full of enough patronization to last me about another century.

But congratulations on your marriage. I wish you and your husband all the best!


Posted by: Jordi H. | Jun 4, 2009 2:30:42 PM

"Wait...did he seriously, out of the blue and unsolicited, email you just to insult you about your marriage?"

Yes, he most surely did. This was not part of a larger conversation. And in fact, the only recent place I've even mentioned my upcoming wedding (9 days --Eeek!) was in a comments thread on one of yesterday's posts. I'm assuming that's why he also mentioned Tim Kincaid, a frequent G-A-Y comment contributor.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 4, 2009 2:33:01 PM

Wonder if now would be the time to tell him that my partner is Jewish?

That my ceremony is civil, not faith-based?

That a nun is coming to my ceremony?

That he was never invited in the first place?

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 4, 2009 2:35:30 PM

"..the further you go down this road, the more perilous it will be for you.."

Sounds a bit like a threat to me! Is LaBarBear taking his marching orders from Operation Rescue? Or the Army of God? He looks like his mug would fit perfectly with the rest of those on the most-wanted list, and certainly speaks as one who hallucinates a double-sided conversation with his invisible "friend". Mr. LaBarBear's brain fart will not be MOCKED!

Maybe it's time for a restraining order?

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jun 4, 2009 2:36:52 PM

Yeah you cant be a pro-gay christian, just like you can't be an anti-slavery christian in 1840, or a feminist christian in the 1900s, or a racemixing christian in the 1950s, Christianity as you know hasn't changed its rules or stances on issues one centimeter since Jesus stopped talking.

Posted by: Penguinsaur | Jun 4, 2009 2:37:53 PM

Yea, Dick, I'll have to say that even though I am the furthest thing from a chicken little, and even though I deal with "pro-family" people ALL OF THE TIME (with typically cordial results), this one really takes me by surprise. It's so personal, unwarranted, and meant to intimidate.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 4, 2009 2:39:19 PM

Tell Pete that he's not a real "Christian" unless he follows all the rules. Including, not judging others, and bearing false witness, just to name two. And until he does, he'd be better off examining his own faults instead of the faults that he perceives others to have. I believe there's a bible verse about that too...have him check Matthew 7:5.

Being a self-righteous prig is not a good example for anyone to set, let alone a supposed Christian.

Posted by: Taylor | Jun 4, 2009 2:40:45 PM

Wearing two different fabrics is wrong according to the Bible, but does he send nasty e=mails to all the people who wear a jeans and a wool turtleneck?

The real perverts are all the people who are very interested in who's fucking whom and how.

Posted by: Amy Alkon | Jun 4, 2009 2:42:57 PM

Oh, and a big congratulations on your upcoming marriage. Many, many happy years together.

Posted by: Amy Alkon | Jun 4, 2009 2:44:15 PM

My thoughts here can best be expressed in a quote:

"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

-Mahatma Gandhi

Congratulations Jeremy. I wish you much happiness with your husband.

Posted by: fannie | Jun 4, 2009 2:45:01 PM

The nerve of this asshole to unleash an unprovoked, personal attack such as this is astounding. I hope you and your partner have a wonderful ceremony and a great life afterwards Jerry, and thanks again for all the hard work you do in keeping us up to date

Posted by: dragon88 | Jun 4, 2009 2:53:21 PM

It's a twofer. He managed to insult both of us in one email.

But he did pick up on my nefarious scheme to convert you to my fraudulent pro-"gay" version of (c)hristianity. Bwahahaha. You will convert!!

Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Jun 4, 2009 2:58:18 PM

Poor, poor Peter. He may feel up against it a bit due to all the recent pro-equality marriage rulings. Perhaps this is a way to make himself feel better.

It's like I always say, if people of PL's ilk campaigned even half as hard against other issues like divorce, deadbeat parents, child abuse, etc., then I might be moved to think that his motives are based on Christian beliefs.

But the fact that he predominantly singles out this one thing and attacks people both broadly and individually on it, using Jesus as his fortress of rationalization, suggests to me that he has no idea what Christianity is about.

What Mrs. L must have to put up with.

Didn't realize your marriage was coming up so soon, Jeremy. I'm sure it'll be a joyous occasion, just as mine was a few years ago. I'll give you a piece of advice my aunt gave me and my husband on our wedding day: Take a moment away from everyone that day, and just stop and look around. Try to soak in as much of the details as you can. Because otherwise, it'll pass so quickly you'll barely remember it!

Take care!

Posted by: Christopher | Jun 4, 2009 3:01:49 PM

Well, now. This pisses me right off. It's one thing if it's part of a dialog you've been having with him, but unsolicited, out of the blue email about how wrong your wedding (congratulations, by the way) is? And then to wrap it up with "God bless"?

What a dick.

Posted by: Matt Algren | Jun 4, 2009 3:06:35 PM

As someone born into a Jewish family, I'd like to know if I also have to embrace Christ? Is that simply his recipe for everyone's life?

Posted by: Bruno | Jun 4, 2009 3:10:07 PM

Porno-Pete calling someone self-delusional? *head meets desk* Irony overload.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Jun 4, 2009 3:13:25 PM

To quote Patsy Stone, Pete might dress like a Christian, but the similarity ends there.

Posted by: Bill S | Jun 4, 2009 3:26:04 PM

Maybe Pete was in a bad mood because he couldn't afford tickets to the next leather convention.

Posted by: zortnac | Jun 4, 2009 3:47:23 PM

Let's be fair to Peter and figure that like most Christians he has only read the parts of the Bible that uphold his prejudice against things. He probably hasn't gotten the full scope of the book or the marriage examples set down in it. If he had, he would understand that marriage in the Bible is nothing special. It is full of deceit, polygamy (not actually mentioned as a "sin", btw.), adultery, insect, and other "sins". One good way to get a wife, according to the book, is to rape her and then pay her father and forcibly keep her as a wife. If biblical marriage is "real marriage", they can keep it.

Posted by: Jess B. | Jun 4, 2009 3:53:47 PM

So many things I can say, but it all boils down to, "What a self-righteous jackass!" It's scary to contemplate that kind of mindset, one that must piss into everyone's punch bowl. Dare you to send him a link to your registry. (No, kidding! ;-)

Congratulations! It's kind of a cool feeling, isn't it? The countdown, I mean, not these kinds of unsolicited commentaries.

@ Christopher: I am glad for my straight friends and other bisexual people that LaBarberians do not spend much time on issues like divorce and deadbeat parents. They don't need that kind of intrusion in their lives. Besides, these people think that "child abuse" is raising a child in a way that they wouldn't.

Posted by: GreenEyedLilo | Jun 4, 2009 4:01:56 PM

Statements and letters like this hit home as I too have a wedding approaching http://tinyurl.com/5txynq and coming from a very conservative (Upstate, N.Y.)fundamental born-again radical Christian family, you really have to let things like this fall off of you like the dew on a leaf. You cannot hold someone accountable for knowing calculus when they've never learned algebra. Literalists pick and choose what they want to spew out and we need to rise above this child-like mentality and do our best to love them through it. Where there is love, there is God!

Jason J.

Posted by: Jason J | Jun 4, 2009 4:06:29 PM

This personal email is a start contrast to the public ramblings he posts on his website. He seems a lot more tame and "soft spoken" here than in his obnoxious and overly-hurtful rants in public.

Do you agree?

Posted by: Jake | Jun 4, 2009 4:14:35 PM

Oh what a douche! I'd love to back hand him across the face and say, 'That was for Jeremy!'

There goes my Pacifism Merit Badge.

Posted by: John Ozed | Jun 4, 2009 4:16:48 PM

You should just lie and tell him you're Jewish.


I hope you have an AMAZING wedding, Jeremy!

Posted by: Stef | Jun 4, 2009 4:29:14 PM

Well Stef, there will be a ceremonial glass-breaking, a chuppah, and a horah. And we're vegetarians, so there will be no mixing of meat and dairy. So it won't be *not* Jewish, at least culturally.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 4, 2009 4:33:34 PM

That that ass-hat thinks it's acceptable to comment on the validity of your impending marriage is infuriating. Fortunately, it can turn around on him just as easy: Hey Peter! YOUR bastardization of Christianity isn't real!

How about that?

Posted by: Garet | Jun 4, 2009 4:38:16 PM

"It's so personal, unwarranted, and meant to intimidate." But that's their MO: they want to stick their big noses into our lives and bedrooms and ultimately want us to subscribe to their belief system. This to me is religious persecution: if my faith tells me that I am a perfect child of God, who are these people to say differently and to use our law making system to discriminate against me? There are so many ways to defeat them it's remarkable. What will be satisfying will be all of this documentation of bigotry for future generations to examine and study.

Mazel Tov Jeremy. Have a beautiful day: you certainly deserve it!

Posted by: ZnSD | Jun 4, 2009 4:40:57 PM

ewww. How can anyone think its ok to out of the blue send a mean message like that? I dont care what side it comes from.

Posted by: Pomo | Jun 4, 2009 5:03:32 PM

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