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Matt Barber adds names to Hate Group list

Timothy Kincaid

March 24th, 2010

As we told you, Peter Labarbera’s amusingly misnamed website, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, has been named a hate website by the Southern Poverty Law Center. And while I see this as a reasonable classification for a man whose “religious objection to homosexuality” always seems to be expressed in the vilest terms of contempt for gay individuals, fellow anti-gay activist Matt Barber (who sits on AFTAH’s board) has leapt to the Peter’s defense.

Writing in third person, he declares that this addition to the hate list entirely discredits the SPLC. And besides, AFTAH is no different from a number of other groups.

“It’s a ‘hate group,’ mudslinging good time!” joked Barber. ” Let’s try it on for size. In exercise of the SPLC’s trademark ‘I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I’ criteria for determining ‘hate group’ status, I hereby declare the Southern Pov Law Center an officeal ‘anti-Christian, anti-conservative hate group.’ Try it, it’s fun.

“But seriously,” continued Barber, “If AFTAH is a ‘hate group,’ then so is Liberty Counsel, Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, American Family Association, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Roman Catholic Church.”

Well now, Matt, those are interesting nominations. You’ve given us something to think about.



a. mcewen
March 24th, 2010 | LINK

Matt Barber defending Peter LaBarbera from charges of being anti-gay is Idi Amin defending chosen Josef Stalin from charges of being a dictator.

Paul in Canada
March 24th, 2010 | LINK

‘He’s more unchristian than me, so there!’ LOL Oh my!

Paul in Canada
March 24th, 2010 | LINK

Okay, I can’t resist: Matt Barber defeding Peter LaB from charges of being anti-gay is like: Hitler defending the RCC from charges of moral corruption.

March 24th, 2010 | LINK

Matt Barber defending Peter LaBarbera from charges of being anti-gay is like Enron defending Fox News from charges of dishonesty.

Scott P.
March 24th, 2010 | LINK

Well, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

David Malcolm
March 24th, 2010 | LINK

My response… yup now if only we could get the other idiots to realize that :)

Regan DuCasse
March 24th, 2010 | LINK

Tweedle dum and Tweedle dee…

Lynn David
March 24th, 2010 | LINK

Anyone who has made his livelihood from the degradation of others by the use of falsehoods is the author of a hate group.

March 25th, 2010 | LINK

I just love how he names the Southern Baptist Convention. A group started for the sole purpose of justifying white supremacism with the bible certainly counts as a hate group. As do every other group he listed.

March 25th, 2010 | LINK

I’m always reluctant to name churches in this, but the rest of the groups? You got it, bub.

Richard Rush
March 25th, 2010 | LINK

John said, “I’m always reluctant to name churches in this, . . .”

Why? Churches provide virtually all the enabling fuel that allow those other groups to exist. If the churches (the enablers) all became supportive of us, the anti-gay campaigns of the other groups would collapse.

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