Creep of the Week: Let’s talk Matt Barber

By: D’Anne Witkowski*/TRT Special

It feels like every time we check the news this month there’s a story about yet another young person taking his or her life in order to escape anti-gay bullying. It’s heartbreaking. And not just for the gay community.

Even Matt Barber of the rabidly anti-gay Liberty Counsel expressed his sorrow: “Anyone with a heart grieves deeply over these needless suicides.”

Amen to that. Hey, we might not agree on everything, but at least we all have something in common: a heart.

Or do we?

“Unfortunately – though not surprisingly – extremist ‘gay’ pressure groups, like the incongruously named ‘Human Rights Campaign,’ Ellen DeGeneres and other liberal activists are shamelessly exploiting these tragedies as a means to achieve their own selfish political ends,” Barber continues.

Wait, is he saying that gays are actually happy about all of this?

“It makes me physically ill to watch as the HRC and other ‘gay’ militants lick their chops and rub their hands together over the tragic suicides of these troubled, sexually confused young men,” Barber says. “Before they were even laid to rest, the radical homosexual lobby pounced leveraging these suicides to demand that government codify each of their extremist, social engineering demands.”

So let me get this straight (no pun intended): bloodthirsty gay militants are actually celebrating the fact that these kids killed themselves because it’s good for the cause?

Oh, I get it – gays don’t have hearts. Only human beings have hearts and Barber clearly doesn’t see homos that way. Because in his world, gays don’t actually exist. They’re just “sexually confused young men” who didn’t love Jesus enough.

“God’s message to young people struggling with same sex temptation or to those who feel the shame that naturally accompanies sexual sin is that suicide is never the way out,” Barber offers. “But there is a way out. It comes first through belief in Jesus Christ, and then through confession of sin; finally, repentance.”

In other words, Barber’s message to gay teens is that they’re yucky sinners who simply need to pray real hard to get the gay out of them. Never mind that being gay isn’t something you can pray away.

But for folks like Barber it isn’t about actual people with hearts. It’s about a sinister and faceless “gay agenda.” And anyway the real victims of this whole gay suicide mess are Christians.

Ellen DeGeneres recently said, “There are messages everywhere that validate this sort of bullying and taunting and we need to make it stop. We can’t let intolerance and ignorance take another kid’s life.”

Barber is kind enough to translate this “from liberalese to plain English” for us: “Public defense of God’s express, self-evident and unequivocal design for human sexuality must be stopped under force of law. Proponents of the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic are murdering ‘gay’ kids with their words.”

Now, I can’t speak for DeGeneres… Oh, what the hell, I will: No, she’s not. She is not saying that, you paranoid, deluded f@#$.

Although now that you mention it, telling a young person who is being bullied for being gay while most of the adults in his life stand idly by that he is broken and should feel ashamed of feelings he cannot control and he pretty much deserves it until he gets right with a god who can’t magically “fix” his sexual orientation no matter how hard be prays sounds like a pretty good recipe for suicidal desperation.

And that isn’t good for anyone’s cause.

*D’Anne Witkowski has been gay for pay since 2003. She’s a freelance writer and poet (believe it!). When she’s not taking on the creeps of the world she reviews rock ‘n’ roll shows in Detroit with her twin sister.

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