Waymon Hudson

Fundie Peter LaBarbera reads The Bilerico Project!

Filed By Waymon Hudson | September 19, 2008 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Fundie Watch, Living, Marriage Equality, Politics, Site News, The Movement
Tags: Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, book burning, palin banned books, Peter LaBarbera, Sarah Palin

It seems right-wing Fundie Peter LaBarera, the President of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, loves to read the Bilerico Project! The Peter put up a rather twisted article called "Sarah Palin, 'Daddy's Roommate' and the Left's Hypocrisy on 'Book Burning'" which opens with this zinger of a line:


Americans For Truth President Peter LaBarbera today charged liberal activists with rank hypocrisy in accusing GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin of "book burning" because she or her constituents once expressed concerns about controversial books such as Daddy's Roommate in the Wasilla Public Library.

Care to guess where he links back to for "book burning"? Why, my post about the Palin Book Banning Controversy of course. But in true fundie style (and maybe taking a page out of Palin's playbook), it seems that the Peter didn't actually read the post- I never mention book burning at all. So much for being an "American for Truth", eh Peter? I wonder if this is an example of that "truthiness" that the right-wingers are running the McCain/Palin campaign on...

Projectors may recognize The Peter as a big fan of contributor Pam Spaulding, who he calls:

A "vicious anti-Christian lesbian activist."

Looks like I'm in great company, although it makes me sad that I'm just a "liberal activist" in his post. Can't you do better than that, Pete?

The Peter is using my post to jump into announcing the launch of AFTAH's new "Library Fairness Project", which will "correct the severe pro-homosexual book bias in local library collections nationwide." I wasn't aware that public repositories of diverse sources of knowledge could have "severe bias", but then LaBarbera has never been one to make statements based in reality. Like his take on "Daddy's Roommate", the book Palin wanted banned from the Wasilla Library without even opening it. The book has the simple message that "being gay is just one more kind of love", but The Peter goes on another rant about it:

There are other 'kinds of love' -- such as incest, polygamy and open marriages -- but we don't teach them to innocent, impressionable children using one-sided books and euphemisms favored by advocates of these aberrant lifestyles.

That's a whole mouthful of crazy.

So let's give a warm Bilerico welcome to our newest reader and Projector, Peter LaBarbera! You know you must be doing something right when you get the right-wing fundies up in arms!

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My God, yes he's my God, too, Peter, what a hateful man he is...

If it were up to people like him, women would still not have the right to vote, and African-Americans would still be slaves...

People like him always have to have someone to put beneath them, just so they can feel better about themselves, as I'm sure he doesn't like himself anymore than we like him...

And truth? People like him don't know the meaning of the word... it's not about truth for them, it's about pushing their own immorality on everyone else... it's immoral to be so hateful, so dishonest, and so full of discrimination...

He and the John McCain are running the most dishonest campaigns in history...

I think I get to share in the drama. The word burn came from my keyboard. First as a typo, then as a joke on the typo.

I'm sure there's plenty of hate from The Peter to go around, Greg. :)

"Come on baby light my fire. Try to set the night on fire. Try to set the night on fire."

"Paper burns at 451 degrees fahrenheit." - Ray Bradbury -

rick_from_kansas | September 19, 2008 9:14 PM

These people are being seen as more and more extreme in the eyes of society in general. So extreme they have to lie to get their point across to the public to promote their preujudice and hatred. I read a quote in the book "And the Band Plated On": "Prejudice makes prisioners of both the hated and the hater" This man is a prisoner of his own hatred and makes us the GLBT community hate ouselves. We will have to become stronger and stand up to people like LaBarbera in order for us to become stronger and survive.

I'm just wondering if I'm the only one who's gaydar is going ballistic just looking at his picture.I'm thinking he's a Larry Craig fundie you know the type does the Republican mating call dance in the restroom stall.It's okay Peter just take a deep breath and put one foot in front of the other you can do it come on out of the stall.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | September 20, 2008 6:55 AM

I am not an anti-Christian person. I just think that as a young religion compared to so many others they should not take themselves so seriously.

Facist = restrictions on freedom of speech.

I've lived in a nation dominated by a religion(Ireland in the 60's and 70's) and Peter would ahve loved it. Laws dumped by command of Archbishop McQuaid,no divorce, women sentenced by command of a parish priest to lifetime imprisonment in a Church operated workhouse for being at "grave moral risk," contraception banned, books banned, movies banned, governments forced to report to the Archbishop's palace in Drumcondra and forced to resign for wanting to provide medical care to pregnant women and neonates but allowing Protestant physicians to do so, women forced to resign as teachers because they were pregnant and the Church-written and approved Constitution leveraged them to stay home to raise families.

I don't want it back.

Conversely, I took my University education in then recently post-Franco Spain where students and professors were giddy from breathing air untainted by Franco's pro-Catholic conservative fascism. Ideas were debated, not crushed, books were read ravenously, not banned. I leanrned my feminism in Madrid, some of it from surviving members of the Mujeres Libres.

I've watched America tilt reclkessly in pursuit of the ideals and life of de Valera's Ireland of the 30's-70's. I could not imagine that the US, the olderst secular republic on earth, would consider doing so. Yet, every election brings God and Faith in more and more into the life of the state. And every election I have a longing for the kind of celebration of freedom that I experienced in Madrid so long ago.

.........but he can't read it very fast, since he can't move his lips that quickly.