Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber - what a character, and a pretty vile one at that. This essay by Bam Bam — that’s his self-proclaimed moniker from his past-life as a a professional boxer — is outlandish. It’s also entertaining because you can imagine the spittle of rage on his lip as he taps it out on the keyboard.
“In what amounts to a sort of soft racism, this mostly white sexual anarchist faction has disingenuously and ignobly hitched its little pink wagon to a movement that, by contrast, is built upon the genuine and noble precepts of racial equality and humanitarian justice.
Indeed, that Barack Obama and the NAACP would align themselves with a militant, immoral lobby that literally takes “pride” in arrogant rebellion against biblical principles is, perhaps, what’s most troubling about this inexplicable political misstep.”
Barber renders LGBTs of color invisible in order to make his point that somehow Big White Gay put a spell on the NAACP’s leadership in order to make the civil rights organization support marriage equality. Of course the complexion of the LGBT community’s leadership is sadly quite monochrome, and thus it makes it easy for Barber to take this tack. But he knows full well there are plenty of LGBT voices of color out there; it’s an inconvenient truth for this particular belching of homo-hate. And never mind the small detail that social justice has no color.
His “concern” for the black community rings so hollow that I’m pulling out a tiny violin.
Herein lies the ongoing rift between the NAACP leadership, its rank and file and the African-American community at large. By recently joining with President Obama to endorse counterfeit “same-sex marriage,” the NAACP leadership betrayed the very constituency it presumes to represent. It blundered its way directly into conflict with the vast majority of African-Americans.
Indeed, by throwing their collective weight behind such extremist, San Francisco-style social engineering, both the president and the NAACP have exposed just how out of touch they are with the rest America – particularly African-Americans. (Consider, for instance, that in 2008, over 70 percent of black voters supported Prop. 8, California’s natural marriage-protection amendment.)
By backing the absurd, oxymoronic notion of so-called “same-sex marriage,” the NAACP leadership has allowed itself to be played by “the man.” (In this case “the man” is the mostly white, “progressive”-elite establishment.)
Did he really say that? “Played by ‘the man‘“? Back that ish up. Why do I have the feeling that in another day and time, Barber would have been protesting the desegregation of public schools, citing Scripture to justify his cause? Who, pray tell, is he fooling?
He’s another example of a bigoted figure that exists several rungs of credibility below Beltway-types like Tony Perkins of the certified hate group Family Research Council. Bam Bam’s problem is that his entertaining, grotesque prose and reputation as a homo-obsessive (like his soulmate Peter LaBarbera) that he’s not on any producer’s speed dial for “balance” when the networks need an anti-gay perspective. Anyway, I think Jeremy Hooper of Good As You summed up Bam-Bam’s professional anti-LGBT career quite well.
Well let’s look at some of what he’s put on record. There was the time Matt said that gay male relationships constitute “one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love’”; the time Matt called President Barack Obama an anti-american enemy; the time he accused Obama and Barney Frank of being anti-religious bigots; the time he suggested there are “sinister motives” in the Obama White House; the time he agreed with TVC’s Andrea Lafferty that homosexuality is “among a litany of…sexual deviances” that include things like sex with an amputee’s stump and sexual behavior involving feces and urine; the time he likened pro-equality progressives to Fred “God Hates F*gs” Phelps; the time he referred to marriage equality advocates as “purveyors of evil“; the time he compared gay unions to marrying a house plant; the time he said Ellen Degeneres “guides her many adoring housewife fans into rebellion against God’s divine and explicit natural order”; the time he called Google “satanic” for supporting marriage equality; the time he accused gay-friendly media outlets of trying “to make the absurd appear reasonable and normal.”
But back to his WingNutDaily screed. Barber goes on to cite The Coalition of African-American Pastors” (CAAP), led by Rev. Bill Owens (see Alvin’s earlier post on it), which has a history of anti-gay activism, as the voice of the black community.
The black community is having none of it. A group of leading African-American clergy called “The Coalition of African-American Pastors” (CAAP) has called on both President Obama and the NAACP to honor their pledge to represent the interests of the black community instead of radical white special interests.
…“More than anything, this is an issue of biblical principles, and President Obama is carrying our nation down a dangerous road,” continued Owens. “Many African-Americans were once proud of our president, but now many are ashamed of his actions.”
Please. President Obama is probably going to rack up ~95% of the black vote regardless of his (or the NAACP’s) stance on marriage equality — and that includes blacks non-supportive of marriage equality. [Whether that support deserved is another question and conversation; a constituency that devoted is going to be taken for granted; Obama should be worried about black turnout in November.]
That unwavering support is what burns Barber’s @ss. He’s a proponent of the National Organization for Marriage’s official strategy of attempting to drive a political wedge between blacks, Latinos and LGBT communities. Of course there is a big credibility problem with this, as Rev. William Barber of the NC NAACP pointed out so well:
The real insult to the Civil Rights Movement is that same regressive ultra conservative tea party type folks suing to overturn the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which many historians consider the most important achievement of the Civil Rights Movement, re-segregate and rob our public schools of valuable resources, block workers’ rights to organize, force us all to get photo ID’s to exercise our right to vote, cut back on the time to vote, and repeal the Racial Justice law, now somehow think the sons and daughters of the Civil Rights Movement can’t see through their Trojan Horse trick.
Keep on trying Bam Bam, it’s not working.