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Exposing the Children, Oh My!!

Timothy Kincaid

July 29th, 2009

Matt Barber is not exactly an intellectual giant. While some anti-gays present logical, thoughtful, and principled defenses of their ideological beliefs, Matt is a bit more inclined to lean to the hyperbolic and histronic.

Sometimes he’s so illogical and ridiculous that you just have to laugh. His latest, a rant against Home Depot, is one such situation.

Barber is upset that Home Depot sponsors a children’s craft area at Nashville Gay Pride and at pride events in other cities. Here’s a snippet from OneNewsNow:

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel tells OneNewsNow the home improvement store is facilitating the exposure of children to sinful behavior.

“Out of some kind of notion of political correctness and being tolerant, Home Depot is contributing to all of this,” he notes. “They’re contributing to the corruption of children, and they need to answer for that.”

Many parents are already outraged and are taking action, according to Barber. “I would tell parents to go tell Home Depot that they don’t appreciate it and that if they continue it, they’re going to take their business elsewhere,” he adds.

But wait. Exactly what children are being “exposed to sinful behavior?” What children are being corrupted? Is it the children of outraged parents?


There aren’t any children wandering in off the street at Nashville Pride. Unlike, say, Vacation Bible School, events of this sort generally don’t let unaccompanied children wander in.

The only children being “exposed” are those attending with their parents. It is either children of gay parents or of those who support our rights.

As for the parents of children “exposed” at Nashville Pride being “outraged”, they no more exist than the bumper-sticker woman in Pennsylvania.

(hat tip Jeremy Hooper)



July 29th, 2009 | LINK

Aw, look how hard he tries to be relevant.

Christopher Waldrop
July 29th, 2009 | LINK

As a Nashville resident, I’m proud that my little town gets some attention for its Pride Fest. And this just reminds me why I’ll do whatever home improvement shopping I can at Home Depot.

July 29th, 2009 | LINK

“While some anti-gays present logical, thoughtful, and principled defenses of their ideological beliefs”

Uhhh.. who?

Dennis N
July 29th, 2009 | LINK

“Out of some kind of notion of political correctness and being tolerant”

How about out of some kind of notion of not being a dick?

July 29th, 2009 | LINK

As for children being “corrupted” by gay parents, my daughter, writing on my blog “Queering the Church” in response to an item about gay adoption, called her piece “Someone should ask the kiddies” . In this, she stated unambiguously, “Gay parents: I recommend them” .

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