Matt BarberÂ has a message for LGBT teens: you are not gay. Simple, easy, just ignore the very core of Â your being, just ignore who you are, just know that you are not gay.
Barber is one of the most outspoken, anti-gay members of the radical religious right and one of theÂ most-public employees of the Liberty Counsel and Liberty University.
In his World Net Daily column, “An Open Letter To ‘Gay’ Teens,” Barber says he’s writing “with the purest of aims and with your well-being in mind â€“ physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, both now and for eternity.”
Yes, you may be physically attracted to people of the same sex, but how you act on those attractions is entirely your choice. Who you are â€“ your identity â€“ is not defined by your sexual feelings, temptations or behaviors. The difference between who you are and what you feel or do is as the difference between night and day.
HereÂ isÂ who you are: You are a wonderful, beautiful, precious human being created in the image and likeness of the one righteous and Holy God of the universe.
You are priceless.
But you are flawed â€“ you are a sinner.
Barber also wants these “not gay” teens to know:
Homosexual behavior is always wrong â€“ demonstrably and absolutely wrong.
And while many teens have heard all this time and time and time again — unless they’ve succumbed to suicide, since this is the exact type of rhetoric that creates environments that leads all youth and teens, regardless of orientation, to attempt suicide — he creates such an ugly lie that perhaps theÂ Southern Poverty Law Center should consider naming him his own certified anti-gay hate group.
“That is to say, yes; unrepentant homosexual behavior is disobedience to God,” Barber writes:
If we rebel against God and refuse to repent and ask His forgiveness, then we have chosen our own fate â€“ we have chosen to disqualify ourselves from heaven.
We have chosen hell.
Barber wants to tell LGBTQ teens the “truth,” supposedly, but comes up with this instead:
Adult homosexual activists with a political agenda are using you as a pawn to achieve selfish goals in a dangerous political game.
Youâ€™re just a means to an end.
They may have convinced themselves otherwise, but they donâ€™t care about you. They donâ€™t love you. They canâ€™t. Their version of â€œloveâ€ is built on lies. Itâ€™s devoid of truth.
So if any LGBTQ teen would care to make the mistake of thinking Matt Barber loves them, let’s just remind you of some of the things Matt Barber has said:
In December, Barber wrote a similar open letter about abortion:
â€œI donâ€™t write this letter to hurt you.Â Know that I donâ€™t judge you. How could I?Â I hurt with you,â€ and then, he adds, â€œThe enemy of the world is a liar. He is wicked beyond comprehension. You were lied to. Satan loves death. In the context of abortion, he deceptively calls it â€˜choiceâ€™.â€
Know this about your choice: Yes, you are still a mother. Yes, you have killed your child. And yes, there is forgiveness, love, redemption and healing available through Christ Jesus alone.
AndÂ on World AIDS Day last year, claiming that AIDS is the â€œsuffering of sinâ€ for LGBT people, Barber linked to an iconic 1990 image of a dying AIDS patient.
Barber has also said thatÂ gay people donâ€™t really want to get married, rather, they merely want to use same-sex marriage as a weapon against religious free speech.
One month before the November presidential election, BarberÂ called President Obama â€œa white-hating, communist, Black Nationalist,â€ and said that â€œObamaâ€™s fake ebonics accent is as creepy as any of his hateful race-baiting.â€
In August, via Twitter, BarberÂ attacked an inclusive LGBT designation: LGBTQITSLFA, calling it an â€œever-growing alphabet soup of sexual perversion.â€
And last June, Barber wrote another open letter, this one to “homosexuals.”
In, â€œAn open letter to homosexuals,â€ Barber told gay people they are going to hell, their â€œlifestyleâ€ is causing them an emotional and spiritual death â€” not to mention an early physical death â€” and called gay pride â€œsin pride,â€ called homosexuality an â€œabomination,â€ and operated as if all gay people are drug addicts, alcoholics, and sex-fiends.
Last year in May, after President Obama announced his support of same-sex marriage,Â Barber said â€œPresident Obama has called Jesus a â€˜liarâ€™â€ by invoking His name in support of gay marriage, and called it â€œheresy.â€
And if that’s not enough documentation of who Matt Barber is, GLAAD’sÂ Commentator Accountability Project notes that Barber:
Has said that gay male relationships constitute “one man violently cramming his penis into another manâ€™s lower intestine and calling it â€˜loveâ€™â€
Has called President Barack ObamaÂ an “anti-American” “enemy” who is “determined to destroy America“
Calling Barber’s open letter to gay teens, “particularly reprehensible,” Jeremy Hooper at Good As You posits:
Not sure which I find more eye-opening, Matt’s obsession or his negligence. I do, however, know which is more dangerous.
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Peter Doocy Admits No ‘Concrete Evidence Joe Biden Personally Profited’ From Hunter’s Business
In a report focused on House Republicans’ plan to vote on a resolution to open an official impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy told viewers there is no evidence of impeachable offenses.
“The House Oversight Committee has been at this for years, and they have so far not been able to provide any concrete evidence that Joe Biden personally profited from his son Hunter’s overseas business but they are going to try again with this impeachment inquiry set to start next week,” Doocy, who often criticizes President Biden in White House press briefings, said Friday on Fox News Business.
Other news outlets this week have also stressed Republicans have come up empty-handed.
The right-leaning news outlet The Hill, reporting on the resolution Thursday, noted Republicans’ current investigation “has struggled to connect President Biden to the activities of his son, and they’ve failed to prove their most salacious allegation — and the one that would be most key for impeachment: that the president accepted a bribe.”
One of the main pillars of Republicans’ allegations against President Biden, the “narrative that President Biden pushed Ukraine to fire its prosecutor to help his son, who served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burimsa, has largely been refuted,” The Hill also reported.
“Republicans have engaged in wide-ranging inquiry into Mr. Biden for months,” The New York Times reported Tuesday, “hunting for evidence to back up their allegations that he corruptly profited from his family members’ overseas business dealings and accepted bribes. To date, they have failed to deliver compelling evidence to back up their boldest claims.”
Watch Doocy below or at this link.
Peter Doocy: “The House Oversight Committee has been at this for years, and they have so far not been able to provide any concrete evidence that Joe Biden personally profited from his son Hunter’s overseas business.” pic.twitter.com/a5N44hIRrQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 8, 2023
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The monthly jobs report released Friday morning is being heralded as “robust,” “upbeat,” and “stronger than expected,” as unemployment again dropped to a near-50-year low (3.7%) while the economy added another 199,000 jobs.
“It’s the little engine that could, and this little locomotive keeps a chugging along…” declared professor of economics and public policy scholar Justin Wolfers.
“So the last three months have seen jobs growth at a very healthy average rate of +204k per month,” he added. “For context: Average monthly job growth from Jan 2000 to Dec 2019 was +87k.”
“If I had asked you a year ago to sketch what you thought a soft landing might look like,” he said, praising America’s post-COVID pandemic economy, “it’s likely you would have pretty much drawn the current economic data.”
On Thursday, Wolfers had discussed the incongruence between what economic data consistently shows about the strength of the U.S. economy, and what Americans are telling pollsters.
“There’s no question people are telling pollsters they’re miserable about the economy. But riddle me this,” he asked, “Why can’t we find evidence of this pessimism in anything other that public opinion polls? Every non-poll based indicator of confidence suggests folks are optimistic.”
Heather Long, The Washington Post economic columnist, offered this view in response to Friday’s jobs report.
“Step back for a minute and look at this US job market,” she wrote.
“4.7 million more jobs than pre-pandemic
Below 4% unemployment for two years
Wages growing faster than inflation
Women (ages 25 to 54) at an all-time high for labor force participation”
Even Fox News was forced to deliver positive comments while reporting on Friday’s monthly numbers.
“Overall you’ve got to look at this report as a big positive,” admitted pro-Trump Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “We’ve got more jobs created than expected.”
Speaking to the former chief economist of The White House National Economic Council under President Trump, Bartiromo said, “Joe LaVorgna, you’ve been saying this, the economy is a lot stronger than anybody understands.”
Watch below or at this link.
it’s time for my favorite Friday tradition — Maria Bartiromo having to cope with announcing another strong jobs report pic.twitter.com/bsOIQToEwe
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 8, 2023
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Rather, he argued, it is part of a deliberate campaign to radicalize and terrify them into loyalty — and part of what’s driving that is a “disproportionality crisis” of the information they are receiving.
““If you go to church on Sunday morning, you are going to be in the word with your pastor for, you know, 30 minutes, maybe 40, 45 minutes, and you sing some songs, and you say the prayers, and then you are out in the world for the rest of the week,” said Alberta. “And for most of these folks, as they’re out in the world, they are marinating in talk radio, in cable news, in social media—all of this information that is aimed at making them angry, fearful, hostile.”
Whereas they may hear Jesus’ message of tolerance, love, and forgiveness “on Sunday morning for 45 minutes, but then for 4, 5, 6, 10 hours during the week, you’re hearing the exact opposite. And it’s that ratio being so far out of whack that I think is really at the heart of the crisis here.”
And that’s assuming they’re at a church that will even give them messages of love and forgiveness in the first place — many pro-Trump pastors, like Greg Locke of Tennessee, have messages that are far angrier.
“[Trump] may not share their views, he may not sit in the pews with them, he may not read the good book like they do, but in some way, that’s his superpower,” Alberta explained. “He is free to fight in ways that are, you know, unrestrained, unmoored from biblical virtue. And that relationship with Trump has obviously evolved over the last eight years. What started as this very uneasy alliance for a lot of evangelicals with Trump has now morphed into this situation where, look, desperate times call for desperate measures. The barbarians are at the gates and we need a barbarian to keep them at bay.” This means that Trump’s increasingly dictatorial rhetoric is a natural outlet for the rage and frustration these evangelical voters are being fed.
None of this is to say that Trump has completely unified the evangelical world. Cracks have appeared in recent months, with prominent evangelical leaders like Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa endorsing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis out of concern about Trump’s electoral viability.
Editor’s note: Tim Alberta is an award-winning g journalist, a staff writer for The Atlantic, and author of “The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism,” and “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.”
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