Peter LaBarbera Wants To Kill Gay People

Jim Burroway

January 21st, 2010

Peter LaBarbera… and he wants to get a Christian professor who thinks that is a bad idea fired. He also admits that he has no idea what Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill would actually do, but apparently thinks it can’t be all bad.

Those are the highlights of Peter “Porno Pete” LaBarbera’s latest broadside, who thinks that no one has the right to condemn Uganda’s effort to legislate LGBT people out of existence:

Folks, I\’ve been trying to avoid the Ugandan “Culture War” on homosexuality because I figure we\’re busy enough with our own here in the USA. But that hasn\’t stopped American homosexual activists and fellow travelers like Professor Warren Throckmorton of the “evangelical” Grove City College from insinuating themselves into the Ugandan situation. …

…Tell me: does Uganda have something to learn from Christian “defectors” like the opportunistic Prof. Throckmorton — who is now a de facto promoter of homosexuality as normal, natural and healthy while ostensibly still claiming some sort of “Christian” mission at GCC? (Grove City College boasts in evangelical circles that it is “authentically Christian” — an advertising claim of diminishing accuracy the longer it abides likes of Throckmorton.)

And from there, LaBarbera goes on to urge his dozens of readers to harass Grove City College into firing Dr. Throckmorton over his efforts to prevent innocent people being killed in Uganda or thrown into prison for the rest of their lives.  (When it comes to Ugandan prisons, is there really any difference?)

In typical LaBarbera fashion, he fired off his missive without having a clue about what the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill would do. Most amazingly, he even brags about his ignorance:

Nope. What we\’re seeing here is sheer Western activist arrogance. … I haven\’t yet studied the proposed Ugandan legislation but I agree with Bob Knight\’s analysis below — and AFTAH is clearly on record opposing draconian penalties for homosexuality like those imposed by jihadist Islamic radicals.

No Peter, arrogance is going off half-cocked without knowing what you’re even talking about. But them that’s exactly par for the course. It’s just good to see that for once you admit it.

Okay, so Peter doesn’t want to see gay people tortured with electric drills and surgical glues before they are killed. Good to know. But other than that, what does he support?

We have posted the full text of the proposed bill here, and with that we have a challenge for LaBarbera — a challenge that we will issue to anyone who criticizes those who condemn the bill. What parts do you disagree with, and which provisions do you think are a grand idea?

  • It expands the definitions for homosexual acts, making conviction easier. Current law requires evidence of penetration. The new law would expand the definition of homosexual activity to”touch(ing) another person with the intention of committing the act of homosexuality.” Touching itself is defined as “touching—(a) with any part of the body; (b) with anything else; (c) through anything; and in particular includes touching amounting to penetration of any sexual organ. anus or mouth.”
  • Affirms Uganda\’s lifetime imprisonment for those convicted of homosexuality.
  • Defines a new crime of “aggravated homosexuality” for those who engage in sex with someone under the age of 18, who are HIV-positive, who is a “repeat offender” (so broadly defined as to include anyone who has had a relationship with more than one person, or who had sex with the same person more than once), or who had sex with a disabled person (consensual or not). The penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” is death by hanging.
  • Requires anyone arrested on suspicion of homosexuality to undergo HIV testing to determine the individual\’s qualification for prosecution of “aggravated homosexuality.”
  • Criminalizes “attempted homosexuality” with imprisonment for seven years.
  • Criminalizes “promoting” homosexuality with fines and imprisonment for between five and seven years. This overly-broad provision would criminalize all speech and peaceful assembly for those who advocate on behalf of LGBT citizens in Uganda . It would also criminalize any attempt to repeal or modify the law in the future, as those moves could also be seen as “promoting” homosexuality.
  • Criminalizes “aiding and abetting homosexuality” with seven years imprisonment. This provision could be used against anyone extending counseling, medical care, or otherwise providing aid to gay people.
  • Criminalizes the act of obtaining a same-sex marriage abroad with lifetime imprisonment.
  • Adds a clause which forces friends or family members to report LGBT persons to police within 24-hours of learning about that individual\’s homosexuality or face fines or imprisonment for up to three years.
  • Penalizes people who run “brothels” with five to seven years imprisonment for renting to LGBT people. However, it defines a brothel as “a house, room, set of rooms or place of any kind for the purposes of homosexuality” instead of the more normal definition of a place where commercial sex work takes place. Anyone\’s bedroom would be a “brothel” under this definition, placing landlords and hotel owners in jeopardy for renting to LGBT people.
  • Adds an extra-territorial and extradition provisions, allowing Uganda to prosecute LGBT Ugandans living abroad.
  • Voids all international treaties, agreements and human rights obligations which conflict with this bill.

The ball’s in your court, Peter. Do you have the balls to answer?

Click here to see BTB\’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.

Evan Hurst

January 21st, 2010

OOOH, he’s gonna have to retroactively nominate you for his Gay Hatorade award, Jim.

And yeah. I posted on this early this morning. He had been strangely silent on the issue, and today, as usual, just plunked a random keys on the computer and hit “post” without knowing what the hell he was talking about. Unfortunately, he views Robert Knight as a trustworthy source, and Knight’s piece on the issue was one of the most hate-filled, dishonest screeds I’ve seen this side of Uganda.

a. mcewen

January 21st, 2010

In front of Congress, Robert Knight referred to discredited studies which he had to know were inaccurate. That says it all about him.

David Farrell

January 21st, 2010

Peter LaBarbera accuses Warren of being opportunistic? Now that takes some nerve.

Richard Rush

January 21st, 2010

LaBarbera said: I haven’t yet studied the proposed Ugandan legislation but . . .”

He is lying. This is a guy who has literally made a career of persecuting gay people, and surely he thinks about all things gay all the time. So it is simply not credible that he doesn’t know what is in the Ugandan bill. He is just creating some wiggle room for himself in case he gets some heat for his blase attitude. Then he can issue a statement saying he wasn’t aware of just how draconian it is, and that the punishments are perhaps just a tad more severe than necessary.

I believe that people like LaBarbera and Scott Lively were salivating when they first heard about this legislation. Finally, a nation was actually doing the right thing. We already know that they want us to be classed as criminals, as proven when the Christianist crowd flooded the SCOTUS with amicus briefs in the lead-up to the Lawrence v. Texas case, and then went on bitching after the decision. So the only real question is what do they think the penalty should be.

Lynn David

January 21st, 2010

It’s rather obvious that when anti-gay hatred is behind anything anyone says that people like Lively, LaBarbera, Knight, etc., will immediately accept it as truth. They believe each others’ lies and revel in them because it fits their view of the gnosis of the Bible.

LaBarbera specifically brought this up when he said, “I stand corrected if Prof. Throckmorton …. can show me anything resembling “sexual orientation” in the Bible as this concept is currently understood and posited in academia, the media and society.” Yes, the Bible is the last word concerning all states of being human. So why isn’t LaBarbera demanding that pscychologists and psychiatrists quit their work entirely and go back to casting out psychotic demons?

Bill S

January 22nd, 2010

Because if they start casting out psychotic demons, he’d be the first to go?

Michael R

January 22nd, 2010

Perhaps Peter should refresh his memory of Proverbs 18:13:

“He who gives an answer before he hears,
It is folly and shame to him.”

Ben in Oakland

January 22nd, 2010

The Little Peter is veryu much like a stopped clock. Even when he is right, it is for the wrong reasons.

And he is right. The US has no business lecturing Uganda about homosexuality. We only got rid of our last fourteen sodomy law statutes 7 years ago. We think nothing of holding up gay people’s participation in civil society to popular referendums where the only certain thing is a barrage of lies by the guardians of morality, and the silence of our elected leaders to oppose thosel ies. Christian defectors: so many of them long ago defected from what Jesus had to say about loving one another, doing unto others, and judging not.

And on and on and on.


January 24th, 2010

It’s one thing to turn a blind eye to injustice… that’s bad enough. But to criticize those who oppose injustice… now that’s just plain messed up! Can you imagine someone criticizing those who try to rescue potential victims from muggers and rapists? Where does one get the energy and time to disrupt one’s day just to criticize defenders of human rights… I’m sorry, I just dont get it. This dude is just as twisted as Bahati.

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