Thursday, October 17, 2013

A class action suit against homosexuality? Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes!

Religious right spokespeople don't simply live in a bubble. They operate in a broken down rocket ship which they have fooled themselves into thinking has cruise control when it is actually lost in the deepest parts of outer space.

Case in point courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

Rick Scarborough invited Peter LaBarbera to address his Tea Party Unity group today, and the two anti-gay activists discussed ways to somehow file a “class action lawsuit” against homosexuality just like when attorneys general of many states filed a lawsuit against tobacco companies. LaBarbera was also upset that Fox News and other outlets aren’t covering the “wonderful stories of happy men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle,” explaining that he wished there was an ad “of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV.”

 . . .  LaBarbera: We need to work on our conservative, alternate media and say, ‘look, don’t do the pro-gay thing, why don’t you rather step out and support these ex-gays?’ We should encourage Fox News to tell their stories. Fox is now telling the stories of black conservatives because the other media is not doing that, we should all get on Fox and say, ‘come on, tell these stories, these wonderful stories of happy men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle.’

Scarborough: Peter, the whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit. I just wonder if you’ve explored that, talked to anyone about it. Obviously, statistically now even the Centers for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer. And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that. Any thoughts on that kind of an approach?

LaBarbera: Yeah I think that’s great. I would love to see it. We always wanted to see one of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV. But we never really got the client for that.

Even though I know it won't happen, I really wish these folks would actually entertain an inane idea of a "class action suit against homosexuality."

Not only would they lose, but they would lose badly. A perfect example of how they would lose is demonstrated with that ridiculous statement from Scarborough regarding the CDC. The CDC has never made any type of inference of what he alludes to. Ironically, the CDC actually does says that when gays are susceptible to diseases or bad health behaviors, its due to the negative effects of a homophobic society rather than the lgbt sexual orientation.

Just imagine what other lies Scarborough and company have deceived themselves into thinking are facts.

And that last wish from LaBarbera (regarding the hypothetical HIV positive child) is just morbid. But if we played his game, wouldn't there be more evidence to bring a class action suit against the "ex-gay industry" on the grounds he alluded to.

Remember the 1998 campaign to mainstream the ex-gay movement and its star, Michael Johnston:

For those who don't know, this is what happened after the campaign in regards to Johnston:

Any ridiculous notion of a "class action suit against homosexuality" is just that - a  ridiculous notion. I've used many adjectives to describe the religious right, but I would never use the word "stupid." They have neither the guts nor the stupidity to do something so dumb. Not only would it embarrass them but it would totally wreck their credibility.

 To LaBarbera in particular,  the class action suit would probably end up with you still attending subcultural leather events, but you wouldn't be taking pictures in order to demonize the lgbt community. You would most likely be trying to make up the money to pay for your court loss. And that being the case, you had better work hard to make it all up.

 My pimp hand is strong. You get my drift?


BJ Jackson Lincoln said...

The whole ex-gay thing is a sham. There is no such thing as being ex-gay. Some may have been Bi but a truly gay person will always be gay. The reason they hate themselves is because society has been cruel. No one wants these people on their show because it is proven that you can't change your orientation so these people are full is crap. Most will say they were abused as a child or they lived the "lifestyle" of drugs and sex. Most have not been abused and if you choose to indulge in lots of sex and drugs, that's your fault. Being gay does not mean you must live that way. They lie to themselves and to anyone who will listen. Alan Chambers even said it doesn't work.
They want to make it an orientation! They are being discriminated against too! They have yet to say how. Being laughed at is not discrimination.

Patrick said...

I really hope they keep talking about this class-action suit, and get their supporters really fired up about it, before they talk to a lawyer and realize what an stunningly impossible idea it is. I mean really, the mere fact they would say this on air shows how mind-mindbogglingly little they actually understand about our legal system.
It's almost a shame that this idea of theirs is so monumentally dumb it would be impossible for it to make it to a courtroom. I would love to see them go into open court, try to explain the damages that "homosexuality" has done to them, and have the judge completely throw it out as being completely without merit.
The really funny thing is that the reverse would actually have a snowballs chance of getting somewhere. If homosexuals filed a class-action lawsuit against people like LaBarbera and Scarborough, it could actually have some merit to it. The very CDC research that Scarborough cites shows that promoting homophobia has serious and costly health consequences. And the funniest part is that the logical defense against such a suit would be for LaBarbera and Scarborough to admit that so few people listen to them and that they are so ineffective at promoting homophobia that the couldn't possibly be responsible for all the cases of homophobia-related ailments. I know it'd never work, but still fun to think about.

Anonymous said...

And please, please, pretty please, hire Larry Klayman!