LaBarbera Award Winner: Rick Scarborough

Jim Burroway

July 19th, 2007

I think I’ll inaugurate a new award, called the LaBarbera Award. It will be awarded on an as-earned basis for the most outrageous, offensive, malevolent, crazy, excessive — you get the picture — statement or claim. (Paul Cameron is ineligible; otherwise nobody else would ever get a chance to win.) I thought about naming it for Fred Phelps, but he’s in a class all by himself.

So to kick it off, I’m pleased to give the first LaBarbera Award to none other than Rick Scarborough for saying that your failure to oppose hate crimes legislation will leave the “blood of martyrs” on your hands:

Mark this down; the day that this law becomes federal statute, the open persecution of major conservative broadcast ministries like Focus on the Family and D. James Kennedy will begin, and it will not end until it arrives at a church near you. If you want to avoid having the blood of martyrs on your hands, then join tens of thousands of other Americans who still hold to the truths of God’s Word and click here to send a message to your senators and President Bush that you do not want this legislation. Finally, please click here and make the largest contribution you can to Vision America Action, our 501C4, to assist us in fighting this battle. [Emphasis mine, hyperlinks removed.]

He not only won the first LaBarbera award, Scarborough earned bonus points for recruiting martyrs for a fundraising appeal. Classy.


July 19th, 2007

Brilliant. I think we need a design for the new award. If I were any good at graphics, I’d help.

I would suggest a giant figure of a money changer in a temple.


July 19th, 2007

Exactly who are these martyrs and why are they bloody?


July 19th, 2007

Wait, I thought these conservative broadcast ministries were already being persecuted. Or at least that’s the impression some of their broadcasts have left me with.


July 19th, 2007

Well now, how come Rick Scarborough didn’t crow about repealing EXISTING hate crimes legislation?

The Right is whining way too much about extending these protections to include the GLBT community. It makes me start wondering if, eventually, their plans had indeed involved encouraging violence. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time.


July 19th, 2007


The “Right” doesn’t have a ‘sexual orientation’.

If they did they would have no problem with anyone being protected under the term.

Lynn David

July 20th, 2007

If Paul Cameron is exempt from consideration due to his overt adeptness in the field, then why not name the award after him?

Willie Hewes

July 20th, 2007

Excellent stuff, but yeah, you should have a graphic for it. I’m not a graphic designer or anything but I know my way around photoshop and I could try to make something.

As Peter LaBarbera is also Porno Pete, maybe it could be an angry man pointing at a big dildo. Or just a big dildo with an angry-man face. Uhh… OK, maybe not. Let’s brainstorm!

Jim Burroway

July 20th, 2007


Cameron is in such a class by himself, I may reserve his name for a different award for dramatic distortion of data and studies.


I like the idea for a graphic. Although I’m photoshop-challenged, keep the ideas flowing. And keep them relatively clean. (Sorry, no dildos. :-) )


July 20th, 2007

What I always find sadly humorous is that when need be, we GLBT folks are just a small minority, you know the 3% or the population thing. But when it comes to forwarding the right’s agenda, we are a huge Goliath out to destroy their tiny David.

You just can’t have it both ways.


July 20th, 2007

How ’bout a manually operated moral compass, or one that always points to supremacy.

Timothy Kincaid

July 20th, 2007

Perhaps a combination of a cross and a dollar sign?

Emily K

July 20th, 2007

the “Blood of Martyrs?” As in, Muslim Terrorists tell their soldiers that they will be justified in their bloody martyrdom by getting 72 virgins in heaven?


July 24th, 2007

[UNHOLY] Rev. Rick Scarborough of Lufkin, Texas based Vision America is the perfect choice for your award.

His latest Crusade of Hate is attracting pitiful response/attendance.

Lufkin,Tx kickoff -300 Crusaders (his hometown)
Houston, Tx -180 Crusaders (largest SBC church in the state)

He is an religious nut extremist of the worst kind. He pays himself several hundred thousand dollars via his nonprofit Vision America and numerous affiliated websites (all with handy donate now pages)

He thinks it is OK to bring a gun to church, he opposes stem cell research despite the death last year of his 24 year old marathon runner daughters illness. His rallies attract even nuttier homobigot cultist preachers like WN Otwell of East Texas, he thinks Tom Delay is a Saint.

Assclown of the year – Rev.Rick.

The Martyrs are the suicides and hate crimes victims in the GLBT community – their blood is on the hands of these extremist wackos who call themselves preachers.

Unchristian. Unconscionable. Mean Spirites fools.

exposevisionamerica -Exposing the Gospel of Hate of Rev. Rick Scarborough of Vision America, Inc.

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