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Barber: Gays Want To Use Gay Marriage As Weapon Against Religious Free Speech

by David Badash on November 15, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,Marriage,News,Politics

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Matt Barber says that gay people don’t really want to get married, rather, they merely want to use same-sex marriage as a weapon against religious free speech. Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs with Liberty Counsel and an Associate Dean with Liberty University School of Law — both very closely related to the infamous Jerry Falwell — claims that a “minuscule” percentage of gay people actually want to get married. Which, of course, explains why we’re ll working so damn hard to get the institution of marriage extended to same-sex couples.

Barber, who last month called President Obama “a white-hating, communist, Black Nationalist,” and said that “Obama’s fake ebonics accent is as creepy as any of his hateful race-baiting,” apparently believes in his oh-so-”Christian” way, that the world revolves around him and his faux Christians.

Amusingly, one must ask, if the LGBT community were so intent on curtailing Barber’s freedom of speech, why would there be so many of us — LGBT and progressive journalists and bloggers — repeating all his stupid comments every time it’s a slow news day?

Barber, in this video, says that “same-sex marriage, from a political and legal application is being used as a weapon against free speech, against freedom of religious expression… and I believe that is by design.”

Barber claims the “intent behind the push for same-sex marriage is not that homosexual activists want the white picket fence — as I’ve often said, they want to tear down the white picket fence and the way to do that is to radically de-construct the institution of marriage, to use same-sex marriage as a weapon against religious liberty.”

“We see that a miniscule minority of homosexuals actually engage in, enter into a so-called same-sex marriage. A tiny percentage.”

Of course, Barber is wrong. Totally wrong.

Tell Matt Barber that those 18,000 same-sex couples who married in California between June 16, 2008, when it became legal, until November 5, 2008, when it was banned, thanks to Prop 8.

18,000 couples. five months.

Tell that to the 8200 dame-sex couples who married in New York City — just New York City — during the first year that marriage equality became legal.

And even if same-sex couples don’t want to marry, it’s none of Barber’s business. Just because I don’t want to burn the U.S. flag, or travel to Mississippi, I have the legal, civil right to do so, and that’s what we’re talking about: civil rights, equal, for all.

Thanks to Right Wing Watch for the video

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Sharon__from_WI November 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

This fool has a radio show to spout his views on the public airwaves. How is his (or that of any other religious wingnut) speech being restricted or would be in the face of legislation supporting gay marriage?

Monroe94102 November 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Too little, too late, bigot! You had your chance in a federal court of law to unpack your regurgitated Kellog's corn flakes. Your team of pious weasels failed, miserably, where it mattered, so look in the mirror if you can stomach it. I can't wait for the SCOTUS to annihilate your precious marriage bans, and you can't do a god-damn thing about it, bigot.

OldDaveNJ November 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

My first exposure to Matt Barber was a piece he wrote about how the American Psychological Association promotes pedophilia. I dug into the "facts" he used to support his claims and found them to be blatantly false. Not just distortions or spin, but outright false. And given his legal and academic background, I have no doubt he knew they were false. This is clearly more of the same. Liberty U. should be deeply embarrassed by his lack of regard for the truth, but unfortunately I think they actually support it.

James_M_Martin November 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Mind you, these are people who think the Constitution is a Christian document and who fund phony pedants like David Barton to rewrite history and push the anti-critical thinking movement, arriving hand-and-had with the church-state separation myth movement. These folks like to turn truth on its head by putting euphemistic spin on their warped concept of the First Amendment which simply does not protect them so they can monopolized certain civil rights. They confuse the organized religion version of marriage as something sacred — by law — when in fact some queer people have been kept completely at a distance. Their longtime companion lies in I.C. and they are denied entrance, forced to fade into the background while laughing heirs arrive to claim the corpse.

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