Wednesday, December 14, 2016

In bizarre LifeSite piece LaBarbera manages to quote someone who might be crazier than he is

Peter LaBarbera
LifeSiteNews goes to the well with “Trump’s new Secretary of State pushed for open homosexuality in the Boy Scouts.” The piece is written by “Porno Pete” Peter LaBarbera. I am not in the habit of writing about LaBarbera. I am more interested in the fact that LifeSiteNews is providing him with a forum.
Rex Tillerson, pushed as former Boy Scouts of America national president for the Scouts to accept openly homosexual boy members—a capitulation that led millions of Americans to abandon or question their support of the youth organization.

The BSA’s embrace of homosexuality was viewed by social conservatives as contradicting the organization’s historic Scout Oath for boys to be “morally straight” and “do my duty to God,” and honor the Scout Law to be “reverent.”
Of course normal, sane people know that gay people are just as moral (or immoral in some cases) as everyone else. There is no correlation of integrity or morality to sexual orientation. Furthermore, there are many religious sects that are not judgmental based upon one's sexuality. This includes most liturgical protestants and Jews.

Things take an even stranger turn when the piece quotes Timothy Birdnow. Birdnow is a Tea Partier and St. Louis property manager who is, well … off — to put it politely. His collection of pieces at the ineptly named American Thinker is slightly nuttier than the spew from WND. Quoting LaBarbera quoting Birdnow (I cannot believe that I am actually doing this):
How is opening an organization that involves young boys in close proximity to open homosexuals in the former's best interest? Will Tillerson next seek to recruit hookers for them? These are boys in their early teenage years, after all, and as such, one must question their self-identification as homosexual. If they do fall into that category, the purpose of an organization like the Boy Scouts is to lead boys away from such things.
Did this guy just equate gay boys with prostitutes? I think he did. Exactly why one would question a teen's sexual orientation is not explained and sexual orientation is not a “category.” And precisely how the Boy Scouts, or anyone else for that matter, would essentially change a boy's sexual orientation calls into question this five-watt bulb's education (in addition to his mental hygiene).

Getting back to LaBarbera, he is wed to the notion that only those companies with low scores on HRC's Corporate Equality Index represent good Christian values. It doesn't seem that LaBarbera has actually worked anywhere of note. He fails to appreciate that the first obligation of corporate leadership is profitability and that diversity is good for business:
Exxon became a part of the corporate “culture wars” as conservatives would go out of their way to buy the politically incorrect company’s gas, while homosexual activists and their liberal allies would consciously avoid Exxon stations.

However, Exxon now has an 85 percent ranking on HRC’s 2017 “Corporate Equality Index,” the organization’s self-serving guide for scoring major corporations on LGBTQ issues and philanthropy. That score is up from 25 percent in 2013.
Meanwhile the good Christian who is so fond of morality and integrity is still on the Internal Revenue Service shit list. Good citizenship is not one of LaBarbera's “values.” If it were, he would meet his filing obligations. I suspect that he owes a boat load of personal income tax if he bothered to file. To make matters worse, Mr. Morality is still asserting that donations to his little nuttery are tax deductible.

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