Thursday, December 12, 2013

Peter LaBarbera blames Jamaican lgbts for their own persecution

Editor's note: It's a rare two post day on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters due to the fact that today's news briefs will be pre-empted. After reading this post, pan down to read how Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association undermine complaints about the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Apparently the criticism due to his Jamaican trip is getting to Peter LaBarbera.  It was reported this week that LaBarbera recently attended a conference in that country in which he advised folks there to fight to retain the laws against sodomy (called "buggery laws). These laws form the building blocks of anti-gay oppression in Jamaica. In part, LaBarbera said:

I do not stand with my government. I’m a patriotic American, but I do not stand with the current United States government in its promotion of homosexuality and gender confusion. But I do stand with the Jamaican people … I pray that you will learn from our mistakes and from lessons of history and avoid the inevitable moral corruption and health hazards and the danger to young people that come from capitulating to this sin movement that calls itself gay. It is almost now can be predicted with 100 percent accuracy, if the law is a teacher: If you take down this law, it will only lead to more demands. Appeasement does not work.

LaBarbera received lots of deserved criticism, particularly from pro-lgbt sites and blogs, not only because of his rhetoric, but also how his rhetoric can be used to fuel anti-gay violence in Jamaica. Jamaica is unfortunately known for its homophobic violence. According to Truth Wins Out:

Just this year, a gay man was stabbed to death, after which his home was set on fire while the body was inside. The article also reports that the week prior, a mob tried to attack a man they perceived as gay. The month before, a gender-nonconforming teen was “chopped and stabbed” to death. Those are just incidents that happened between July and September of this year. In 2006, Time Magazine labeled Jamaica “the most homophobic place on earth,” and for good reason.

In a post on his Americans for Truth webpage, LaBarbera sought to minimize the idea that his rhetoric could cause further violence against Jamaican lgbts. 

He claimed that according to a 2012 article by a British journalist, violence against gays in Jamaica is perpetrated by other Jamaican gays:

This victim mongering copies a tactic that LGBT activists have used in the United States for decades to advance their agenda. (Think Matthew Shepard, who was allegedly murdered “because he is gay”; later it was learned that his murder was linked to his reckless lifestyle, including drug dealing.) Even worse, many times American homosexuals have staged fake “anti-gay hate crime” hoaxes to burnish their status as victims needing to be protected from (religious-motivated) “hate.

 . . .  A personal note: having just returned from a visit to Jamaica to take part in a pro-family conference put on by JCHS, I did not witness any “hatred”  or violent attitudes toward homosexuals. What I did see was a group of sincere, dedicated Christians who love God and are fighting the best they can not to have decadent Western (and American) sexual mores and LGBT laws imposed on their small nation. We must expose and rebut the insidious lie of LGBT activists everywhere that imputes “hate” to those who merely disagree with granting “rights” based on disordered, sinful sexual behavior.

It is my usual custom to refute the stuff put out by folks like LaBarbera but this time, I don't think I  need to.When I refute anti-gay claims, my partial intention is to demonstrate just how hypocritical and underhanded they are. But in this case, I think LaBarbera has done my job for me.

It's pathetic that LaBarbera travels to a country known for anti-gay violence, uses rhetoric to exploit this violence, and then try to fool us all with one googled article.

The violence perpetrated against gays in Jamaica is real, it's nasty, and it's perpetrated due to hatred and evil wrapped in the false cloth of Christian piety.  If LaBarbera needs googled sources to prove this, then I have plenty for him.

As it stands right now, he isn't fooling anyone but himself.


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