Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Porno Pete soldiers on, hoping for collective amnesia

Peter LaBarbera
Hate Group Leader Peter LaBarbera (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality) extends his thoughts for the new year in a post titled: “AFTAH Never ‘Moves On’ from Telling the Politically Incorrect Truth About Homosexuality.” Of course LaBarbera's truth about sexual orientation is at considerable odds with science but what do those scientists know? LaBarbera is committed to conforming his world to those ancient chronicles of dubious provenance.

He is right in that he never moves on to a productive existence. I don't know how old his kids are but some day they are probably going to be quite resentful.

As you might expect, Pete's prose is also a money-beg. LaBarbera, the honest Christian that he is, told donors for some time that their contributions were tax deductible. Now he says nothing because he is a cynic. LaBarbera knows that people assume that they can deduct their contributions and that AFTAH is a legitimate organization. The lie of omission is an operational necessity. What's a little lie compared to doing God's work?

The truth is that AFTAH has not been a federally tax-exempt entity since May 2015. Its EIN no longer exists. This is the second time that AFTAH lost its tax-exempt status for failing to file its tax return.

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Why would anyone donate money, without a deduction, to an organization so spectacularly disorganized? I am guessing,  by the way, that LaBarbera has not filed personal returns since they are derived from 941s that AFTAH probably doesn't file. If he could file the 941s then he could file a 990-EZ.

I am only going to quote one passage of this verbose tirade. After castigating Right Wing Watch, LaBarbera writes:
Special Note from AFTAH President Peter LaBarbera:

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are enjoying a Happy New Year as we enter 2018 with all its challenges and opportunities!

AFTAH (Americans For Truth About Homosexuality) defends the simple truth that homosexual behaviors are wrong, unnatural, and are not the basis for one’s identity, nor positive “rights” in the law.
You see, there's that “truth” word again from someone who refuses to be truthful about the status of his organization. The truth according to the scientists who have researched sexual orientation is that homosexuality is a natural variant of human sexuality In fact sexual orientation, rather than being binary, is actually a continuum.

LaBarbera's entire argument rests with the notion that sexual orientation is a choice. That is false. Given that variants in sexual orientation are quite natural then the sex associated with those variants cannot be “wrong.” Moreover, allowing discrimination based on sexual orientation makes no more sense than allowing discrimination based handedness: “Lefties need not apply.” How about this? “We only bake cakes for the marriage of two right-handed people!

LaBarbera's proposition is no less absurd because it is based on ancient chronicles written by spectacularly ignorant people. Little things, like Earth not being at the center of the universe and orbited by the sun, should call into question judgments based upon the texts. LaBarbera and like-minded people are indifferent to critical thinking because it would shatter many presumptions.

There are many Christians (most in fact) who do not subscribe to LaBarbera's literalism which is literally idiotic. Most people are a great deal smarter than that.

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