Peter LaBarbera Joins Stephen Bennett In Ex-Gay Cat Fight

Culture wars are hell.

Jim Burroway

June 20th, 2007

Battle lines are being drawn in the ex-gay cat fight. In one corner, we have Exodus International president Alan Chambers, who questioned the ex-gay party line when he said, “By no means would we ever say change can be sudden or complete.”

In the other corner, we have Stephen Bennett, who demands that Alan Chambers clarify his remarks.. Bennett is now joined by Peter LaBarbera, who calls Alan to task for straying from doctrinal purity [Emphasis LaBarbera’s]:

There are many people – perhaps due to the “weirdness” of homosexuality (after all, this is a lifestyle whose advocates now proudly embrace the moniker “queer”) – who would have us focus incessantly on the “cause” of homosexuality and the “feelings” of homosexuals. They have come to sympathize with people caught up in homosexuality’s embrace in a way that drives them to become de facto apologists for “gayness” – more suspicious of pro-family groups engaged in the uphill fight against homosexual activism than they are of the homosexual activists themselves. (I would put Grove City College psychology professor Dr. Warren Throckmorton, who has emerged as a “Switzerland” of sorts in the culture war over homosexuality, in that camp.)

…But the far more important issue for people trapped in this sin, and especially for our nation’s youth, is that this destructive sinful behavior can be changed and must never be defended by anyone who claims allegiance to a holy, Almighty God. We know Alan Chambers would never do that, but by stepping into this semantic morass and publicly denying “complete change” for practicing homosexuals – in the face of wonderful Christian testimonies like Steve Bennett’s and Dennis Jernigan’s – he inadvertently helped a “gay” lobby that is obsessed with defending the indefensible.

Truth is, despite his good intentions, the “gay” activists will never be Alan’s friend unless he abandons God’s moral law and throws up a rainbow flag in complete surrender.

LaBarbera is being his usual hyperventilating self. I don’t expect Alan to throw up a rainbow flag anytime soon. But this does go to show how quickly some anti-gay extremists will turn and eat their own whenever they see their unquestionable assumptions challenged.

As Alan is finding out, culture wars demand absolute fealty to the party line. Anything less, and you risk lending comfort to a “decidedly evil movement.” Either that, or you become Switzerland, which I hear is quite lovely this time of year.

See also:

Stephen Bennett: Say It Isn’t So!
Stephen Bennett: Alan Chamber’s Got Some Explainin’ To Do
Peter LaBarbera Joins Stephen Bennett In Ex-Gay Cat Fight


June 20th, 2007

Oh puh-leeze, Peter. “Culture War” my ass. It’s nothing but a moneymaking scheme and a fleece-the-public scam decorated with some of the most creative fantasized prose I’ve ever seen come out of a jaded professional propagandist’s keyboard.

It’s sad enough that there are actually people in this country who are motivated by fear and hatred, because it gives his little dance party its finger sandwiches. But what is truly pathetic is how he exploits the most remote fears in a human being to get a few coins dropped into his purse.

At some point Porno Pete is gonna have to wake up and realize that the real “culture war” is over how many lies he can still peddle as the “truth” before people close their wallets in embarassment.

Christine Bakke

June 20th, 2007

Yeah, I’m all with Doc Throck. I’d love to hang out in Switzerland for a while…


And people wonder why Alan or other leaders don’t say what they really feel, or why they play a lot of semantic games. If they really were honest…or tried to articulate their real feelings (which often aren’t as black and white as others want them to be)…this is what they get.

It’s like when John Paulk stepped into Mr. P’s – he was suddenly ridiculed and disowned by anti-gays and gays (er, I mean weirdos) alike.

It’s an unenviable position, for sure. Doesn’t mean I agree with what they say or do, but they are humans after all, just like me. And I hear they put on their pants one leg at a time, too, but that’s unconfirmed. ;)


June 20th, 2007

You know I cannot remember if it was Sun Tzu or Clausewitz that famously said if your enemies are fighting amongst themselves, get out of the way and let them finish. I’m rather enjoying this because Barbera & Bennett are showing their true characters for the whole world to see. Think it’s time to pop the corn and watch the show…

Jim Burroway

June 20th, 2007


You’re right. The thing is, these things that Alan has just been quoted as saying are things he’s been saying for at least a year that I know of. It’s just that now he’s become more willing to say it in front of a broader audience. I applaud him for it. It was a brave thing for him to do.

It’s incredibly sad to say that it was a brave thing. It shouldn’t have required bravery. But now that we’ve seen the reaction, you can understand why bravery was called for anyway.

Lynn David

June 21st, 2007

Yeah…. but what are Wildmon and Dobson going to come out and say…. they are the ones with some clout. Or better yet, what would Dr. James Holsinger say about all this?

Willie Hewes

June 21st, 2007

I like the way this discussion makes the hard-line ex-gays look bad and the moderate ex-gays look, well, kinda naff, really.

What, so you can’t turn straight, but you can kinda not be so gay and just try to resist the temptation for the rest of your life. Is that something you can ask people to do?

Chambers is doing the right thing. I hope he’ll continue on this path, even if it won’t turn him into an ally. I’m happy if he just stops being an opponent.


June 21st, 2007

Whether one agrees with Peter LaBarbera or not, it is good to see a man express his views openly, proudly, and unapologetically, rather than trying to disguise or conceal them.

Truth in Technicolor

September 11th, 2007

I think it is important to realize that Stephen Bennett is a full blown gay sex addict. Years and years of gay bath houses orgies promiscuity porn all submersed in an ocean of guilt, is not an easy life. Per 12 step programs, once an addict always an addict. Stephen’s plight is one of trying to prove through angry onslaughts, that he is in fact straight, which is impossible. What he doesn’t realize is that it is not the public’s fault. It is his own for not being his true self. He has simply jumped onto the opposing tracks of which he is now trying desperately to reconcile. I would have a professional computer anylist check his computers for gay porn. Stephen suffers from the terrible to’s; he is far to angry far too judgemental and far from being straight.

Timothy Kincaid

September 11th, 2007

Truth in Technicolor,

Do you have any evidence that “Stephen Bennett is a full blown gay sex addict” or that he has “years and years of gay bath houses orgies promiscuity porn”?

This is not a site for unsubstantiated accusations.

Truth in Technicolor

September 11th, 2007

RE Stephen Bennett

Yes, he is a “recovering” sex addict, it is part of his “testimony”. You can read it on his web sight.

Timothy Kincaid

September 11th, 2007

In his testimony, Stephen Bennett does not describe himself as a sex addict, recovering or otherwise.

Although he did describe himself as a recovered drug addict, his sexual experiences seem to be primarily limited to those experienced within the confines of a relationship. I do not see any indication of bathhouses, orgies, or porn.

I have many reasons for distrusting Mr. Bennett and his claims. But at this site we require that you limit your accusations to that which you can substantiate.

Thank you

Truth in Technicolor

September 11th, 2007

You would have to obtain Stephen Bennett’s testimonial tape available on his web sight to hear the entire sequence of Bennett’s personal “struggle” with gay guilt and promiscuous sex over an 11 year span with over 100 gay men. His drug alchohol bulemia and sex addiction to include porn are well documented by his own voice on his own “testimonial” tape. These things I say are not accusations, these are facts. Bennett is not straight. Bennett is a bi-sexual male, and he is a liar, and he is also …. a fraud. And that’s, Truth in Technicolor.

Truth in Technicolor

September 12th, 2007

PS You have to join Bennett’s web sight to obtain past audio tapes and there is a charge for both joining and purchasing tapes. I reviewed his testimonial audio tape over a year ago when it was free to access the library via the web sight.
I do not believe Stephen Bennett is an honest man. I see deceit in his candor, and I hear lies in his orations. I know he hurts America and the constitution for which it stands. By the light of our forefathers, I will do whatever I can to shine light in the heart of darkness.
knowledge is power. Know Thine Enemy. Tough love works. And above all, always be fully informed.

Timothy Kincaid

September 12th, 2007


I have no delusions about Bennett or his integrity. However, keep your accusations (sex addict, orgies, etc.) to things that you are able to substantiate.


Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.


Latest Posts

The Things You Learn from the Internet

"The Intel On This Wasn't 100 Percent"

From Fake News To Real Bullets: This Is The New Normal

NC Gov McCrory Throws In The Towel

Colorado Store Manager Verbally Attacks "Faggot That Voted For Hillary" In Front of 4-Year-Old Son

Associated Press Updates "Alt-Right" Usage Guide

A Challenge for Blue Bubble Democrats

Baptist Churches in Dallas, Austin Expelled Over LGBT-Affirming Stance

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.