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Open Letter To Gay Teens From Matt Barber: ‘You Are Not Gay’

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Matt Barber has a message for LGBT teens: you are not gay. Simple, easy, just ignore the very core of  your being, just ignore who you are, just know that you are not gay.

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Barber is one of the most outspoken, anti-gay members of the radical religious right and one of the most-public employees of the Liberty Counsel and Liberty University.

READ: Barber: Pro-Choice Is Satanic, You Have ‘Blood-Covered Hands’ And ‘Stench Of Death’

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 – 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 – your identity – 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.

Here is 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 – you are a sinner.

Barber also wants these “not gay” teens to know:

Homosexual behavior is always wrong – demonstrably and absolutely wrong.

Period.

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 the Southern Poverty Law Center should consider naming him his own certified anti-gay hate group.

READ: Gay And Straight Teen Suicide Attempts Higher In Conservative Regions

“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 – 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.

You’re just a means to an end.

They may have convinced themselves otherwise, but they don’t care about you. They don’t love you. They can’t. Their version of “love” is built on lies. It’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:

“I don’t write this letter to hurt you. Know that I don’t judge you. How could I? I hurt with you,” and then, he adds, “The 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 ‘choice’.”

He added:

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.

Lovely.

And on World AIDS Day last year, claiming that AIDS is the “suffering of sin” for LGBT people, Barber linked to an iconic 1990 image of a dying AIDS patient.

Barber has also said 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.

One month before the November presidential election, Barber 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.”

In August, via Twitter, Barber attacked an inclusive LGBT designation: LGBTQITSLFA, calling it an “ever-growing alphabet soup of sexual perversion.”

And last June, Barber wrote another open letter, this one to “homosexuals.”

In, “An open letter to homosexuals,” Barber told gay people they are going to hell, their “lifestyle” is causing them an emotional and spiritual death — not to mention an early physical death — and called gay pride “sin pride,” called homosexuality an “abomination,” 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, Barber said “President Obama has called Jesus a ‘liar’” by invoking His name in support of gay marriage, and called it “heresy.”

And if that’s not enough documentation of who Matt Barber is, GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project notes that Barber:

Has said that gay male relationships constitute “one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love’”

Has called President Barack Obama 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.

Indeed.

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Virginia School Districts Furious After Youngkin Flip Flops on Promise to Allow Local Boards to Decide Mask Mandates

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For months Virginia’s incoming Republican governor has been promising he would neither mandate masks in schools nor ban school districts from requiring them.

“Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) will not outlaw local COVID-19 mandates when he takes office in January,” reported the far right wing website Daily Wire back in November.

Local ABC affiliate 8 News, also in November reported, “Youngkin won’t try to block local mask, vaccine mandates like other Republican governors.”

Glenn Youngkin was sworn into office on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

Business Insider reports that on Saturday, after Youngkin was sworn into office, he “signed an executive action that banned schools from requiring that students wear masks to stem the spread of COVID-19, instead allowing parents to decide when their children wear masks during the school day.”

Youngkin’s first act as governor was to sign eleven executive orders. Among them: effectively banning any mask mandates in schools across the state, by allowing parents to opt-out for any reason or no reason.

In other words: flip-flopping on his promise.

Youngkin is using his Lt. Governor to threaten angry school districts. Fox News’ John Roberts:

Pundit and political analyst Bill Scher:

Youngkin made a big deal over the weekend claiming schools have to “listen to parents” and if they oppose his mask ban they aren’t listening to parents.

Gov. Youngkin is the one not listening.

In poll after poll after poll after poll Virginia parents make clear they support mask mandates in schools, and Virginians overall support mask mandates, period.

 

 

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Top Democrats Renew Call to End Anti-Gay Blood Ban as Red Cross Announces First-Ever National Shortage Crisis

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Last week the Red Cross issued its first-ever warning of a blood shortage so dire it is calling it a “national crisis.” In response 22 top Democratic Senators signed a letter urging the FDA to once and for all end the ban on men who have sex with men donating blood.

The nearly four-decade old ban was instituted during the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis. In 2015 the FDA reduced the complete and total ban to one where gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men could donate blood if they had abstained from sexual activity for one year. In 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic raged, threatening blood shortages, the FDA moved to a three-month prohibition.

“If the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, life-saving blood may not be available for some patients when it is needed,” warns the Red Cross, citing a 34 percent drop in supply, CBS News reports.

“Any policy that continues to categorically single out the LGBTQ+ community is discriminatory and wrong,” the group of 22 top Democrats, led by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), say in their letter. “Given advances in blood screening and safety technology, a time-based policy for gay and bisexual men is not scientifically sound, continues to effectively exclude an entire group of people, and does not meet the urgent demands of the moment.”

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‘Unprecedented’: Trump Tried to ‘Exert Extreme Partisan Influence Over the Census Bureau’ Docs Reveal

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The Trump administration tried to exert tremendous influence over the 2020 Census, which is now being used in a nationwide redistricting program, often handing Republicans even stronger gerrymandered congressional districts and in some cases attempting to dissolve districts of Democratic members of Congress, while eliminating some majority-Black districts.

Then-President Donald Trump was directly and possibly “illegally” involved, as The Brennan Center for Justice, NYU Law School’s nonprofit public policy institute, reports. The Trump administration also worked directly with an anti-immigrant group that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of nativist hate groups, a “think tank” devoted to anti-immigration efforts, and with an individual known for “promoting voter suppression efforts.”

“The Trump administration attempted to exert extreme partisan influence over the Census Bureau,” The Brennan Center reveals . It filed multiple Freedom of Information requests with at least ten federal agencies and was forced to sue the Trump administration when it unlawfully refused to produce the requested documents.

The Brennan Center adds that “career Bureau officials pushed back at those attempts. An email among senior officials at the Census Bureau from September 14, 2020, discusses the Commerce Department’s ‘unusually high degree of engagement in technical matters, which is unprecedented.'”

“Other records suggest that the Commerce Department planned to have Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross [photo, above] make personal calls to Republican state governors to urge them to provide state administrative records to the Census Bureau to ‘enhance the frame from which citizenship status is determined.’ (The Brennan Center did not uncover evidence that Commerce planned to make similar calls to Democratic governors.)”

Citing a “a complete lack of public transparency,” The Brennan Center reports “President Trump issued a memo in July 2020 stating that he would illegally attempt to remove undocumented populations from the apportionment count due at the end of December 2020.”

The Trump administration collected or attempted to collect an unprecedented amount of personal data targeting usesrs of welfare programs from dozens of states: “28 states had entered into agreements to share Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) records with the Bureau, 21 to share Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) records, 30 to share Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) records, and three to share driver’s license data.”

Our FOIA records show Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, emailing directly with Secretary Ross in December 2019. The Center for Immigration Studies is an organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-immigrant hate group that “has a decades-long history of circulating racist writers, while also associating with white nationalists.” The email also refers to a call from Secretary Ross.

The Center for Immigration Studies was founded by eugenicist and white nationalist John Tanton.

“Commerce Department employees were also engaging with the anti-immigrant Heritage Foundation,” The Brennan Center adds. “An email chain shows a Commerce Department official putting political appointee Nathaniel Cogley into direct contact with Heritage’s Hans Von Spakovsky, an individual the Brennan Center has previously flagged for his extensive background promoting voter suppression efforts.”

 

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