|Matt Barber, creator of BarbWire|
It's safe to say that Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association has been partly supplanted as our resident go-to anti-gay activist when we want to dispel the anti-gay right's claim that they don't hate the lgbt community and their homophobic actions are the result of "concern and love."
Granted, we can always count on Fischer to say something outrageous which moves the needle forward towards lgbt equality. But if we want maximum jet propulsion, let's point to Matt Barber and his publication, BarbWire.
Barber, who no doubt considers himself as Barbara Streisand of the anti-gay industry in that he writes columns, is a dean at the extremely conservative Liberty Counsel university, and published one ridiculous book on his anti-gay activism, seems to have outdone himself with the founding of online publication, Barbwire.
According to Barber, he began the publication - which speaks in extreme terms against the lgbt community - because supposedly he is at "war with Satan." Based upon the articles published by BarbWire, Barber seems to really believe this junk:
BarbWire: Obama, Pro-Gay Rights Christians Are 'Servants Of Satan'
BarbWire: 'Al-'Gay'Da' And 'Lezbollah' Terrorists Brought Down Mozilla CEO
Barber: World Vision Has Clearly Fallen Under Satan's Deception
Right-Wing Pundits Call Gay Rights Advocates 'Rainbowshirts,' 'Terrorists' And 'The New Nazis'
BarbWire Blames Gays For Child Rapist’s Light Sentence
BarbWire: 'Gay-KK' Will 'Lynch' Christians BarbWire: 'Don't Negotiate With Queer Terrorists'
BarbWire: Gay Rights 'Has Its Roots In Hell,' Championed By 'Godless Human Minions Of Satan'
BarbWire: 'Homo-Maniacal' Gays Will Put Christians In Cattle Cars
I personally say Barber is half baked and three fries short of a Happy Meal. Others may call him a genius because there is a segment of the population which eats up BarbWire's intense homophobia like pigs at a trough.
Whatever the case may be, I appreciate Barber's oblivious candor.
Those who call Barber a genius for exploiting the ignorance of a segment of the population forget that when some people carry themselves like pigs at a trough, there is always another segment - usually larger than the former - who get quite disgusted at what they see.
In other words, in a backdrop of a world where we are seeing more acceptance (not enough, mind you) of lgbt people and families and a basic understanding of our issues because we are becoming more out and vocal , the last thing the anti-gay right needs is hyperbolic screechings of "Nazis" and "Satan." This screeching only serves to prove our point that those who oppose our equality aren't operating from a religious point-of-view, but one of hatred and fear.
Of course, I doubt that any of this will register to Barber and his minions at BarbWire. Therefore, like Crash Test Dummies, they will continue to bang into the wall of homophobia; a wall they freely created.
Have fun guys. I will be around to point out your ignorance and hatred every time you bang into that wall.
Hat tip to Right Wing Watch for its information on BarbWire.