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LaBarbera: ‘Every Coming Out is a Tragedy’

Last week Robin Roberts, the widely beloved Good Morning America host, came out of the closet by casually mentioning her longtime girlfriend. Naturally, the bigots are throwing a tantrum over it. The deranged Peter LaBarbera slams her for it, saying that “every coming out is a tragedy.”

He went on to crank up the outrage to 11:

“The homosexual so-called marriage movement is evil,” LaBarbera said. “We need to do what Reagan did with communism, we need to come right out there and say: this movement attaching the God-ordained good of marriage to an abomination which is homosexuality, calling that marriage, that’s evil, it’s an evil movement.” He went on to claim that “the homosexual so-called marriage movement has become a huge platform to corrupt children” as its message “corrupts the minds and the souls of young children.”

It may be bitter cold outside, but LaBarbera’s outrage warms me a little. I bask in the glow of aggrieved bigots.

Comments

  1. daved says

    It’s truly amazing how hateful these “loving” Christians manage to be. Hate the sin, and hate the sinner even more, just for good measure.

  2. noastronomer says

    In this winter chill it makes me feel warm inside to know that the bigots are pissed about something. Maybe there is a god after all?

  3. says

    There must be a bakery somewhere (in San Francisco’s Castro district?) that makes fabulous “Coming Out” cakes complete with a marzipan closet door topper.

    I just wish whatever little red-haired boy punched Petey in the nose in grade school had used a baseball bat.

  4. RickR says

    “Every coming out is a tragedy”

    I’ll give him this- he’s managed to correctly identify what his (and other bigots’) “problem” is.
    The only reason that the political landscape is changing favorably for gay people is that so many of them have made themselves visible to friends, family co-workers etc. It’s a lot harder to get behind a political movement to demonize and oppress people when those people are your friends, family or co-workers and not some abstract “other”.

    So yeah, every coming out IS a tragedy- for the bigots.

  5. tsig says

    These people really believe that the spoken or written word has actual power, that making sounds somehow affects reality, it’s scary to realize that a majority of humans believe curses and will happily hang you for witchcraft if not for the law.

  6. Synfandel says

    Every coming out is a tragedy, because staying in the closet is so wonderful for everyone.

  7. Randomfactor says

    Every coming out is a tragedy because it reminds others that they, too, are free if they wish to be.

    A tragedy for those who want them in chains. And closets.

  8. says

    “Every coming out is a tragedy” because he refuses to come out himself. Seriously, he obsesses about gay sex — specifically gay FETISH sex; he is particularly fascinated with International Mr. Leather weekend in Chicago — far more than any gay man I know.

  9. Doug Little says

    International Mr. Leather weekend in Chicago

    Go on…

    Oh it’s a modelling competition, sounds like a blast. I’m sure he has no problem with body building/shaping competitions, I wonder if it’s the addition of more clothes that he is up in arms about.

  10. sigurd jorsalfar says

    We need to do what Reagan did – force teh Gays into an unwinnable arms race, and tell Ellen DeGeneres “Ms DeGeneres, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!”

  11. jamessweet says

    I think this is great, as it so deeply undermines the “love the sinner, hate the sin” lie. Honesty is a tragedy? Just keep talkin’, Pete.

  12. John Pieret says

    Oh, and those other “loving” Christians, Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner, suggested that, if the Rose Parade could have a float where a same sex marriage took place, there should be one where gays were being stoned to death (maybe with stones just made out of flowers and flower pedals).

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/swanson-buehner-wonder-why-rose-bowl-parade-didnt-include-float-gay-person-being-stoned-deat

    And then there was this:

    Later in the broadcast, Swanson said that the gay community is “coming after Christians” and will have them “burned at the stake.” He described the fight as a “battle between good and evil,” warning “Christians will be destroyed by the other side” unless the government begins to “prosecute homosexuality, especially public acts of homosexuality.”

    Because, of course, the government will stand by as people are burned at the stake while it won’t let them stone homosexuals to death.

    And, of course, all marriage ceremonies are public sex acts … which makes churches pretty steamy places with all those public heterosexual sex acts going on.

  13. says

    Corrupt children how? By not teaching them that the way they are is evil? By not automatically inheriting the hatred and bigotry of their parents? By suggesting they treat people who are different than them with compassion and kindness?

  14. says

    @Doug Little #11 – For many years, LaBarbera would attend IML (which is held on Memorial Day weekend in Chicago) “under cover” and take lots and lots of photos. Over the next six months, he would post these photos to his “Americans for Truth about Homosexuality” website alongside rambling diatribes about “those dirty, filthy gays! Look at what they do! Just look!!” Then he would attend the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, on the weekend of the last Saturday of September, and take another six months worth of dirty pictures to post on his site. Then IML again, year after year after year. That is why his nickname is “Porno Pete.”

    I believe he stopped doing this some time in 2010, mainly because he was becoming an extreme embarrassment to his own movement. Supposedly, though, he still goes to IML and Folsom and still takes lots and lots of pictures, which he keeps on a thumbdrive for private viewing.

  15. matty1 says

    @17 This from 2009 suggests LaBarbera was getting some negative reaction from the other attendees, which may be why he stopped publicising his part in the event. It also reveals his preferred fetish is a biohazzard suit, which I find more than a little disturbing.

  16. Randomfactor says

    “burned at the stake.”

    They always think we’ll treat them as they treated others.

    We’re more CREATIVE than that…

  17. D. C. Sessions says

    If the last few weeks are any indication, he’s in for a very bad 2014.

    For the first time ever I had several ski/snowboard injury patients over the holidays identify themselves and their SS companions as “partners” when filling out paperwork. A few of the other patrollers blinked, but you could see them get rebalanced and carry on with an “oh, got it.” And this is in antediluvian Arizona.

    So, yeah. LaBarbera is right about one thing: every time someone comes out, his world changes a little more.

    Suck it up and deal, Peter.

  18. John Hinkle says

    He went on to claim that “the homosexual so-called marriage movement has become a huge platform to corrupt children” as its message “corrupts the minds and the souls of young children.”

    What, does his rage cause redundancy syndrome? Reminds me of Bush Jr. (paraphrasing): No doubt about it it’s hard. It’s hard work. And everybody’s working hard. Sometimes we even have to stay past five o’clock.

  19. sigurd jorsalfar says

    @modusoperandi – This just in. The Duck Dynasty Dood is totally cool with lesbians – as long as they are hot and he gets to watch (he can totally understand why someone would want to do *that* to a hot chick) – but if not, let ‘em burn in hell!

  20. Robert B. says

    Apparently people like this still have the power to say things that hurt me. Good to know, I guess. Maybe I should know better than to read a post like this when I’m already having a bad day.

  21. lancifer says

    The battle is already lost and all that is left, for the opponents of equal treatment for LBGT people, is to grumble and moan to each other.

    The tide has turned and even most conservative Christians know it.

  22. Ichthyic says

    Oh, and those other “loving” Christians, Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner, suggested that, if the Rose Parade could have a float where a same sex marriage took place, there should be one where gays were being stoned to death (maybe with stones just made out of flowers and flower pedals).

    frankly, I’m all for it. Let the bigots of CA put money in for a float that does just that. Make it VERY clear who is supporting it and donated money to it, so it can be read out loud, live, on every major broadcast station as this float parades down the street.

  23. dingojack says

    So sayeth ‘porno Pete': “We need to do what Reagan did with communism…”

    What – threaten to outlaw them forever and to start bombing in five minutes?

    Dingo
    ——–
    Actually Pete you are playing out a version of the East/West conflict. Trouble is, you’re playing the USSR.

  24. says

    dingojack, no. Like Reagan, they’re planning on spending billions developing Gay Wars; a missile/laser/satellite system designed to shoot down incoming homosexuals before they can hit and destroy our Family Values.

  25. had3 says

    Can you come out, go back in, and come out again and cause 2 tragedies? Is it a logarithmic progression of tragedies resulting in a Big Bang?

  26. Robert B. says

    Yes, I know, Modus, and I’m glad there are people like you making fun of them. Probably next thread I’ll be making fun of them. This one just took a bad bounce.

  27. says

    Robert:

    If it helps at all, you might try thinking of Petey singing, ‘Every Coming Out is a Tragedy’, to the tune of Monte Pythons, “Every sperm is sacred”.

  28. jakc says

    I dunno. “Every Coming Out is a Tragedy” sounds more like the title of a Raymond Carver story than a Monty Python song.

  29. dingojack says

    So Peter LaBarbera thinks that “every coming out is a tragedy.”? Is this guy suffering from an untreated case of agoraphobia?
    ;) Dingo

  30. laurentweppe says

    Maybe there is a god after all?

    God made Hell, then realized that unless he invented bigots Hell would just become one huge cattery.

    ***

    Every coming out is a tragedy, because staying in the closet is so wonderful for everyone.

    Every coming out is a tragedy, because the noblemen and women have the duty to keep their bloodlines going and commoners must churn more workers to replace the old ones.

    ***

    We need to do what Reagan did – force teh Gays into an unwinnable arms race, and tell Ellen DeGeneres “Ms DeGeneres, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!”

    You need to do what Reagan did: watch gays wasting ressources in Afghanistan until their Fabulous Empire collapse from the inside then proudly boast that it was all thanks to you.

    ***

    Like Reagan, they’re planning on spending billions developing Gay Wars; a missile/laser/satellite system designed to shoot down incoming homosexuals before they can hit and destroy our Family Values.

    And just like Reagan, the Gay Wars program will be a wasteful con that produces nothing of value but sustain the lavish lifestyle of a few parasitic board members of armament companies.

  31. says

    Every coming out is a tragedy because nobody should have to be “in” in the first place. I’m hoping to live long enough to see a society where nobody feels the slightest need to conceal their sexual orientation. Alas small chance…I’m 59. But I’m grateful to see the general direction in which we are headed. So fools like Matt and Pete become objects of derision. Progress!

  32. matty1 says

    @36 From the sounds of it this case is pretty close to what ‘coming out’ would be in an ideal world, a casual mention of a partner who happens to be same sex rather than a revelation that shocks people. Of course in an ideal world the reactions would be the same as for a similar mention of a heterosexual relationship, people who know the person but not the partner would go “Oh, I didn’t know you were seeing someone” and then move on and everyone else would pretty much ignore it.

  33. dingojack says

    danrobinson – don’t be so sure you’ll never live to see it Attitudes are changing fast, especially amongst the younger generations.
    Dingo

  34. Thumper: Token Breeder says

    “Every coming out is a tragedy… it’s a step of defiance”.

    At least he’s being honest. He hates people coming out because openly acknowledging you’re gay, thus implying you’re not ashamed of it, is defying the doctrine that homosexuality is sinful. The more people deny that, the more people are convinced that their defiance is correct, so the net number of homophobes decreases and Petey boy loses relevance and his power base. I think it’s excellent :) More defiance, people! More!

  35. Thumper: Token Breeder says

    [D]on’t be so sure you’ll never live to see it Attitudes are changing fast, especially amongst the younger generations.

    Hi! I’m Thumper: Token Breeder, a bona fide member of the “younger generation”, and I approve this message.

  36. says

    “So fools like Matt and Pete become UNIVERSAL objects of derision.”

    Sorry, I think that we here at Dispatches and elsewhere on the blogosphere have been deriding those two assholes and their fellow whiners for years, now.

    I saw a great graphic, here:

    http://penigma.blogspot.com/2014/01/hypocrisy-conservative-core-value.html#comment-form.

    showing the Dickdynasty Douchenozzle Daddy with a crawdad and a couple of references to Leviticus.

    Comments are welcome, there. They are moderated but, unless you have consevartourettes (can’t see a fucking teabagger without calling them a fucking teabagger) they’ll get through moderation.

  37. says

    I’ll give him this- he’s managed to correctly identify what his (and other bigots’) “problem” is.
    The only reason that the political landscape is changing favorably for gay people is that so many of them have made themselves visible to friends, family co-workers etc. It’s a lot harder to get behind a political movement to demonize and oppress people when those people are your friends, family or co-workers and not some abstract “other”.

    This.

    One of the big reasons I find it easy to sympathize with LGBT groups is that I’ve been a closet atheist, worried about my job prospects if people find out. We’ve all seen how fundies react with shock and horror to the mildest of atheist groups’ billboard ads. The consistent message they want to send us is, “Shut up!” Their idea of a “good” atheist is one who doesn’t complain, or worse, only speaks up to praise religion and lament their inability to believe in “something greater.”

    It’s the same thing going on here. They want silence because it means they don’t have to think about issues.

  38. says

    “It’s the same thing going on here. They want silence because it means they don’t have to think about issues.”

    I think that they really want the silence because it allows them to not wonder if their fear and hatred of teh GAY (and so many others) is based on anything besides, well mindless fear and hatred.

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