As reported elsewhere, blogger Glenn Sacks wrote a post about his concerns that an organization such as Christian News Wire would issue bigoted, anti-gay press releases by Peter LaBarbera. Sacks describes his own organization, Fathers & Families, this way:
Fathers & Families improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting the child’s right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.
We don’t know much more about Sacks than this at the moment, but many of our readers will be familiar with the extreme vilification of their lives by LaBarbera in his effort to shock others into believing that all gays are licentious, diseased, Godless perverts. In the process, LaBarbera often sends out press releases laced with some pretty crude stuff, all — he would say — in the pursuit of doing God’s work.
A few days ago, livid after the Iowa marriage decision, LaBarbera apparently sent out another of his typical releases. Sacks saw it and wrote a post which basically asked what a otherwise respectable service such as Christian News Wire was thinking when it accepted such rubbish for publication. He noted that others manage to disagree with things like same-sex marriage without resorting to anti-gay bigotry, and invited others to ask CNW this question as well.
LaBarbera cc’d his response to Sacks to a list of those who sympathize with him. This brought about a backlash from some on the list, all briskly responding to the call for his defense. For his part, LaBarbera stayed true to his habits, asking Sacks in McCarthy fashion if he was a homosexual. LaBarbera can’t fathom those who aren’t themselves gay defending such “evil.”
Others sent their own statements to Sacks directly. These are a small sampling.
Janet M. LaRue, Chief Counsel for Concerned Women for America, wrote:
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”…I know Pete LaBarbera. Pete LaBarbera is a friend of mine.
Christian radio host/author Janet Folger Porter wrote:
Peter LaBarbera is the best example of what Christians should be doing…Peter’s comments have been nothing but honest, loving, and courageous.
Scott Lively, author of the Pink Swastika, a book which attempts to link the gay rights movement with the Nazis, wrote the following directed at Sacks:
Who is this uncircumcised Philistine who challenges the army of the Living God?
You obviously don’t have a clue about the role of the homosexual movement in the disintegration of the natural family model in America. Without the “gays’” largely hidden but relentless anti-family social-engineering campaign since the 1940s, there wouldn’t be a fathers’ rights crisis in our land.
In the midst of all this madness, there is the following defense from Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International.
Peter may not always say the right thing, but who one of us does? As Christians I think we ought to go to our brother or sister when we think they have missed the mark before we do a blog post on it…[I am] unalterably convinced that Peter indeed loves sinners and cares about their eternities more than the policies he fights for.
Considering the events of the past month, it is hard to imagine being surprised by anything Chambers could say. Still, this was quite a surprise. After all the silence in response to the violent and potentially deadly mess in Uganda, the prelude to which was attended by Exodus’ own board member, Chambers finally decided to speak up and do so promptly. The occasion is a cc from Peter LaBarbera and his desire to be defended against an “attack” of the obvious.
For those who were not sure about Exodus or their priorities, we would suggest that they are clarifying those every day. They will not speak out against imprisonment or forced therapy of gays in Uganda. They will not boldly disassociate with a man whose mission is to use monstrous distortions to scare tenuous populations into believing that GLBTs were the source of the Third Reich and will rise again to tyranny if not stopped. They won’t speak clearly about their positions on anything of consequence.
But their president will leap promptly to the defense of Peter LaBabera, a man who has earned the nickname “Porno Pete” for his embarrassing obsession with gay pornography and attendance of fringe sexual events – gay and straight.
Hat Tip: Pam’s House Blend