Monday, October 9, 2017

Leave it LaBarbera to join LGBT rights to gun safety

Peter LaBarbera
Peter LaBarbera is now a frequent contributor to LifeSiteNews which pays him for submissions. On Monday, the ever-erudite LaBarbera offers: “Pro-LGBT ‘conservatives’ are not conservative. They are the worst sort of opportunists.”

And just what sin have these conservatives committed?
New York Times resident “conservative” op-ed writer Bret Stephens is using the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell ruling imposing “gay marriage” on the nation as an example of a “great cause” and potential precedent for repealing the Second Amendment, which guarantees Americans’ right to own and bear guns.

Stephens is advocating for the repeal of the Second Amendment — a cherished “progressive” cause — in the wake of the horrific Las Vegas gun assault that left 58 concert goers dead and hundreds injured.
LaBarbera never really addresses Stephens' piece and is incapable of appreciating more complex political positions. First of all, true conservatives are not theocrats. They respect the meaning of the Establishment Clause as it is plainly written. A religious conservative is not a conservative at all. Imposing biblical values as public policy on the United States by force of law is not what our founders had in mind. As a group they were not excessively religious. Stephens is a Cheneyesque neoconservative and was a “never-Trump”er. His politics are quite complex and cannot be neatly bottled. I have never noticed Stephens to be particularly supportive of gay rights.

Stephens' essay is not satire. He really is advocating for the repeal of the Second Amendment. At the same time he is affirming the right to own guns. He just wants to eliminate the constitutional support for gun ownership. I think that Stephens has some of his facts wrong including a refusal to understand what amounts to the “gun show loophole.” Yet his is a provocative piece that is well written. Stephens knows perfectly well and admits that a repeal of the Second Amendment is all but impossible. It would require a constitutional amendment.

Mr. LaBarbera, however, isn't interested in complexities, nuance or the realities of the proposition. After working up a head of steam he spews:
It is NOT conservative to domesticate homosexual “rights” through faux “marriage” (essentially “playing house,” to quote my late friend and ex-“gay” Anthony Falzarano). In fact, this very recent idea of genderless “marriage” is more radical than the annual June specter of gaudy drag queens and go-go boys dancing down Fifth Avenue in high heels to celebrate “gay pride.” That’s because homosexual “marriage” takes one of the noblest endeavors of life — getting married, staying faithful and raising children to create a natural family — and attaches it to the “crime against nature” (Noah Webster on sodomy), which the Bible calls “detestable” (an “abomination”).
That is so lovingly Peter LaBarbera and a perfect fit for the bigotry at LifeSiteNews. There is so much material to choose from in the instant tirade and I can only read so much of the gibberish that he puts out. At best it is a representative quote.

Wayne Besen has a great piece about Falzarano. Wayne was capable of appreciating the good things about Anthony while loathing his anti-gay politics.

LaBarbera is much more focused on evil LGBT people than on anything to do with the Second Amendment. What he should focus on is restoring the tax exempt status of his hate group, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (EIN: 541829289). The tax exemption was revoked effective May 15, 2015. Apparently Mr. LaBarbera has other priorities.

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