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Apr 07 2014

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Matt Barber

The Bryan Fischer award is given to those who display a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of their own worst sins. I’m pretty sure Matt Barber has won this one before but he deserves it again for this column explaining why he calls gay rights activists “homofascists.”

Many Christians have been warning for years that the radical homosexual activist lobby is made up of Christian-hating fascists who are in rebellion against both God and nature, who are hell-bent on criminalizing Christianity and pushing to the fringes anyone who publicly acknowledges natural human sexuality and the age-old, immutable institution of legitimate marriage as created by God.

Sadly, many people, even many Christians, think that I and others are using hyperbole when we refer to this sexual anarchist “LGBT” movement as “homofascist” or the “Gaystapo.” I hope you’ll think again. It’s time to wake up and smell the impending anti-Christian persecution. It’s fully at hand.

BarbWire contributor Laurie Higgins, commenting on the Washington Examiner story below, summed it up well in an email tonight:

CEO and co-founder of Mozilla (and inventor of JavaScript) Brendan Eich is forced to resign because of his $1,000 donation to Prop 8 six years ago. So, I guess it’s semi-official: American citizens who believe marriage is inherently sexually complementary cannot work in America–not even in their own companies. First Amendment: R.I.P.”

No, she didn’t explain it well. It has absolutely nothing to do with the First Amendemnt, which only protects against the government punishing you for your speech. And do you know what happened here? Other people exercised their free speech rights to criticize Mozilla over this and they caved in to the pressure. That’s called a boycott. You know, the kind Barber and the rest of the Christian right demands every single day against companies that are insufficiently anti-gay for them. So I’m sure he’ll be calling himself a “Christofascist” from now on, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

When those he opposes use boycotts to pressure companies, that’s “homofascism.” When the Christian right does it, it’s Godly people exercising their unalienable right to speak their mind. Bryan Fischer will be so proud of him.

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  1. 1
    Chiroptera

    Heh. The right is crying because their boycott some time ago against JC Penney didn’t work out so well.

  2. 2
    Jeremy Shaffer

    I thought this was how that free market capitalism the conservative are always going on about was supposed to look like.

  3. 3
    dugglebogey

    I didn’t realize that supporting Prop 8 automatically made you a Christian.

    I participated in this “boycott” by uninstalling Firefox on all my computers, and I don’t remember a single thing anyone said about Eich’s religion. I don’t believe it was ever mentioned.

    Eich lost his job because of his ACTIONS. Period.

  4. 4
    Kevin Kehres

    Dear Matt Barber: There is a difference between discrimination and evaluation. I suggest you learn it.

    Regards.

  5. 5
    Synfandel

    I just learned that anarchism and fascism are the same thing. I’ll have to ask for a refund on my Political Science degree.

  6. 6
    vmanis1

    I too switched away from Firefox because of this, though to be honest, I hadn’t gotten as far as switching my email from Thunderbird when Eich resigned.

    We don’t actually know the reasons why Eich’s resignation was requested. Certainly, having a CEO who has a reputation for involving himself in controversial issues is not good for a company, especially one that is struggling the way Mozilla is. And since Mozilla is a non-profit, with strong support from center-left types, the particular issues and candidates Eich had supported were not a good fit for Mozilla’s customer base and its staff. Furthermore, there may be other non-political factors: the skill set that makes a CTO outstanding emphasizes a lot of technical factors (and Eich’s JavaScript work is outstanding), while a CEO must display leadership, and must be prepared to be seen as a symbol of the company. Given the strong dissatisfaction at least some Mozillan’s felt at his appointment, perhaps the Board simply decided that he wasn’t a good fit for that position.

    Meanwhile, of course, except for OkCupid and, I think, another company, there was no organized boycott. Nobody, not the HRC, not GLAAD, nor anyone else, campaigned for Eich’s firing. It appears to have been a genuine grass-roots revolt. Mozilla saw that with Brendan Eich as its CEO, it was in for a world of trouble.

    That’s my reading of the situation, which strips it of the political lenses that everyone from NOM to Andrew Sullivan seems to be viewing it through. Announcing that your newly-appointed CEO was in fact the wrong choice is humiliating to that person (and Eich appears to have taken it hard) is not a punishment, it’s just the kind of thing that happens in front offices.

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    Synfandel

    …Christian-hating fascists…who are hell-bent on criminalizing Christianity and pushing to the fringes anyone who publicly acknowledges natural human sexuality…

    The biggest threats to ‘natural human sexuality’ are the fundamentalist monotheistic religions that want to regulate all the fun out of it.

  8. 8
    vmanis1

    s/Mozillan’s/Mozillans/

    I should know better.

  9. 9
    Sastra

    So I’m sure he’ll be calling himself a “Christofascist” from now on, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

    Damn right he won’t — raven has a copyright on that one.

  10. 10
    John Pieret

    When the Christian right does it, it’s Godly people exercising their unalienable right to speak their mind.

    Like what they did to World Vision … except they were holding deprived kids around the world as hostages when the “homofascists” were holding a bit of computer code hostage.

  11. 11
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Homofascist? Feminazis? Librul media bullies censoring opinion from noble, compassionate conservatives*?

    What do these all have in common and how can anyone ever say them with an, (*ahem*) straight face?

    “Homofascists” jackbooting their way to the horrible situation of, erm, letting people marry who they love be happy.

    “Feminazis” goose stepping and invading internationally towards the dread thought that women be treated as actual equals free to live and do as they please to nearly everyone’s benefit including us males?

    Librul media trying to silence the Rightwing ranters how? By just y’know being right or somethingand offering a reasoned alternative to hate?

    Dafuck? Really rightwingers? (Massive eyeroll.)

    Anyone using any of those expressions or senses is really self-refuting and showing themselves to be utterly without a clue and most likely full of bigotry bile. And that’s gotta be obvious even to them hasn’t it? No?

    * Now there’s a word I’ve not heard in a long time. Or seen in reality, pretty much ever.

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