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Oct 21 2013

Scarborough, LaBarbera Want to Sue The Gay

Religious right pastor Rick Scarborough had a discussion with deranged bigot Peter LaBarbera and his Tea Party Unity group and came up with what might be the single dumbest idea in history. He wants to file a class action lawsuit against The Gay. Seriously.

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.

Yeah, that would last about a millisecond in court. But by all means, waste your time on it.

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  1. 1
    matty1

    I was not aware that people chose to become gay as a result of advertising by companies selling gayness. Thank you for educating me Mr Scarborough. Now one more question, what colour is the sky in your universe?

  2. 2
    criticaldragon1177

    #1 matty1

    Good question. What color is the sky in his universe?

  3. 3
    Modusoperandi

    Fox is now telling the stories of black conservatives…

    Well, sure. Sometimes a show runs short, and…

  4. 4
    cswella

    Class action lawsuit against Christians for spreading the stupid?

  5. 5
    cptdoom

    It’s easy to make fun of this crap, but it still pisses me off, because it’s a slap in the face to the LGBT community that waged a very lonely war against HIV for many years in the 80s. The LGBT movement did not, as Scarborough and LaBarbera want to believe, promote HIV infections by promoting LGBT equality. On the contrary, it was the LGBT community that raised the first alarms about the epidemic, organized systems and programs to keep AIDS patients fed, housed and treated when their own families and employers abandoned them, and got the word out about safer sex and way to minimize risk. To this day, every gay bar I’ve ever been in still offers free condoms.

    The real tragedy in our community is that younger gay men, who did not live through the plague years and experience the horrendous losses, are simply blasé about HIV, so their infection rates are going up. Too many of them see it as a minor inconvenience – “I’ll just take the medications,” they think – rather than the enormously challenging chronic condition it has become.

  6. 6
    Modusoperandi

    Also, a class action suit? Come on! Shouldn’t it be a citizen grand jury?

  7. 7
    beezlebubby

    I used to wonder if it was just my perception, but this really solidifies it for me. Yes, they are getting dumber. Dumber by the minute.

  8. 8
    Mr Ed

    #1 matty

    Really, I’ve got six sets of steak knives and a $100 gift certificate at Walmart for just sitting through a 90 minute presentation. You can go as often as you like. I hear it is Federaly funded

  9. 9
    Gregory in Seattle

    Crimeny. Not only are they not bothering to try and sound sane any more, they have embraced their delusions and willful idiocy.

  10. 10
    unbound

    I guess this should be viewed as progress. Suing the gay is an improvement over beat up the gay…

  11. 11
    Modusoperandi

    Mr Ed “#1 matty Really, I’ve got six sets of steak knives and a $100 gift certificate at Walmart for just sitting through a 90 minute presentation.”
    Really? My complementary package was full of glitter. I thought The Gays might have used it as a packing material but, nope, just glitter.

  12. 12
    Doug Little

    statistically now even the Centers for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer

    OM Fucking G.

  13. 13
    exdrone

    It’s too bad that lie detectors are not admissable or reliable. It would be interesting to see the results from taking the affidavits from these “happy” ex-gay witnesses for this class action lawsuit.

  14. 14
    sqlrob

    He can’t do this. Didn’t he read the EULA?

  15. 15
    Ace of Sevens

    All that happens with these class-action suits is the lawyers get rich and the straight people get a coupon for $10 off their next haircut.

  16. 16
    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    ‘come on, tell these stories, these wonderful stories of happy men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle.’

    Yes, tell these stories about the tormented, broken men and women who have convinced themselves that hating a part of themselves and repressing it for the rest of their lives is ‘leaving’ the ‘homosexual lifestyle’ in a meaningful sense. Come on! Do it! People love to hear that shit!

  17. 17
    eric

    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…homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer…

    If these two have seriously explored this idea, that must mean they both think they have standing. And if you’re likening this case to lung cancer sufferers who were long-time smokers…

  18. 18
    Cal

    Wait, who exactly would this class action lawsuit be against? Is there a Phillip Morris equivalent out selling “the gay”.

  19. 19
    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    This reminds me of when I was a nerdy adolescent (now I’m a nerdy “adult”), bullshitting with my friends, wondering, “wouldn’t it be cool if we could fly? (or) “see in the infrared”, (or) “breath underwater”, etc. We’d do a mental random walk, not taking it seriously, just making a lot of speculations based on something that wasn’t real in the first place. I really don’t think that they themselves believe that a lot of what they say is true, they’re just saying what they’d like reality to be.

    The problem is that they’re being given a platform for this, and people’s natural inclination when they see or hear authority figures on a public venue like TV or radio is to think that these positions are well-researched and truthful. The low-information viewers of Faux Noise and listeners of this talk-radio crap don’t know that it is crap, and don’t care because it meets with their pre-existing biases. And the speakers, like my friends and I when we were BSing together, just want to convince the listeners that their positions are logical and reasonable.

    The difference is that we never expected anyone to really believe it, and we certainly didn’t expect to benefit from the BS. These guys do.

  20. 20
    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Oh, and who would get served with the lawsuit? Is there a Gay Administration that controls/speaks for “Teh Gay”?

  21. 21
    alanb

    Yeah, that would last about a millisecond in court.

    You’re just saying that because you’re a shill for Big Gay. How much are they paying you, Ed?

  22. 22
    chilidog99

    What about bisexuals? Are they only half liable?

    And the poor transvestites, do they get left out again?

  23. 23
    RickR

    Bringing a lawsuit against an abstract concept? Sure, that’ll work!

    While you’re at it, why not a lawsuit against “liberalism”?

  24. 24
    dugglebogey

    Can lesbians sue heterosexuals? They are less likely to catch aids than straight people, so don’t they have a case too, by this twisted logic?

  25. 25
    dugglebogey

    And smoking is still legal, as of this writing. You can’t sue someone for “being a smoker.”

    Dumb-asses.

  26. 26
    jnorris

    There can be no lawsuit against The Gays because the sheriff’s office doesn’t have the address to the Secret Gay Fortress of Evil and therefore cannot serve the legal papers.

  27. 27
    mojave66

    @cptdoom #5: THIS. EXACTLY. The religious right should be sued for criminal neglect instead. Unfortunately, it’s just as idiotic a tactic as LaBarbera & Scarborough’s proposal.

  28. 28
    conway

    I don’t see why we can’t sue Gay. We declared war on Terror, didn’t we?

  29. 29
    Karen Locke

    “Yeah, that would last about a millisecond in court.”

    Not quite, Ed. Court time includes the judge rolling on the floor laughing.

  30. 30
    howardhershey

    And here I thought that the right was against frivolous law suits, especially those by people who have been harmed by quacks, doctors, big and small businesses? Maybe I misjudged their seriousness of purpose.

  31. 31
    mikee

    If they could sue “The Gay” then one would assume it would be possible to sue “The Ignorance” or “The Bigotry” that this lost espouse.

  32. 32
    danrobinson

    @22 chilidog99

    I’m a bisexual transvestite.
    they can’t sue me cuz I don’t exist.

  33. 33
    eric

    @18, @20, @23 – I just got off jury duty where the suit was against “a fictional John Doe.” That is literally how lawyers from both sides referred to the defendant. What that really meant was, if “John Doe” lost, the plaintiff’s insurance company would have to pay for all their assessed damages.

    So the lack of an actual person or definable movement causing them harm may not be as big a barrier as you think. If they could prove damages (they can’t), what this would likely mean is that their health insurance would be required to pay for whatever the jury considered reasonable compensation and associated health expenses.

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