The Peter’s Free Speech Hypocrisy

Peter LaBarbera, the virulently anti-gay leader of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, says that a public school should be able to punish a student merely for speaking out in favor of marriage equality. OneNewsNow, the AFA’s “news” organization, reports:

According to KTLA.com, Joe Abell, assistant principal at Fullerton Joint Union High School in California, has apologized for disqualifying Kearian Gertz for making statements in support of homosexual “marriage” during last week’s Mr. Fullerton Pageant.

When the student was asked where he sees himself in ten years, he responded, “I just want to be able to sit on the couch by the person I love and happily proclaim that we’re married. Hopefully, ten years from now I’ll be able to do that, if ‘gay marriage’ is legal.”

Though the school has acknowledged that Gertz’s comments did not violate any school rules, Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) points out that officials should represent the parents’ say-so.

“Parents through their school officials have the right to affirm their moral beliefs,” he asserts. “If advocating for sodomy-based ‘marriage,’ so called, is extremely controversial in the eyes of the parents, especially at a public venue, they should have the right to make that policy known. In other words, it doesn’t seem to me it’s a pure … free speech issue.”

If you reversed the situation, LaBarbera would be throwing a massive fit about free speech. But since he disagrees with the view expressed, it’s okay for the school to censor it.

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  • http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    They’re calling it “sodomy based marriage” now. I assume that “gay” doesn’t have the ick factor it used to. Way to keep it classy.

    I’m even willing to ignore that heterosexuals commit sodomy all the time. The birthday blowjob and cunnilingus on Valentine’s day, in the very least.

    Okay, I’m not willing to ignore it. I can’t stop thinking about it, actually.

  • matty1

    “If advocating for sodomy-based ‘marriage,’ so called, is extremely controversial in the eyes of the parents, especially at a public venue, they should have the right to make that policy known.”

    I agree any parent who wants to stand up in public and say they think this is controversial should be free to do so. What does that have to do with preventing the student from speaking?

    Also sodomy-based marriage, really? Does Peter have a missionary-position based marriage?

  • d cwilson

    LaBarbera must subscribe to Bryan Fischer’s belief that the First Amendment only applies to white Christians. All others are allowed to speak only because Christians are being generous.

  • MikeMa

    @matty1

    Peter has a master-slave marriage I’m sure.

    As for the sodomy-based moniker, does that mean Petey will approve of lesbian marriage? Nah, didn’t think so.

    The really interesting thing is the vast amount of recorded material saved in this fight relative to what is available about the interracial marriage fight 40 years ago. When kids today grow up they will have these object lessons on how to be a bigot and an asshole preserved in huge quantities. I hope the idea of being wrong and backward and hateful preserved forever moves progressive ideas forward faster in the future.

  • dingojack

    Really Peter? Do lesbians have ‘sodomy based’ marriages too? How do you know this? Been peeking through windows again?

    Dingo

  • http://denkeensechtna.blogspot.com Deen

    “Parents through their school officials have the right to affirm their moral beliefs,” he asserts.

    Does that include parents who actually support their gay kids?

  • hunter

    I was about to ask why anyone bothered to ask LaBarbera about it, then realized where the story came from.

    Which sort of snaps it all into focus: LaBarbera was such a failure that he was booted out of the Illinois Family Institute (which he founded) after he failed to gather enough signatures on an anti-marriage referendum to even submit the petitions. So of course it’s organizations like the AFA that are going to be quoting him.

    Oh, and for reference, “sodomy-based marriage” is the new buzz phrase, according to whatever baby hate group in Maine is spearheading their efforts there.

  • John Hinkle

    Deen@6

    “Parents through their school officials have the right to affirm their moral beliefs,” he asserts.

    Does that include parents who actually support their gay kids?

    Naw. It’s like dcwilson said, what he really means is Christian parents. Non-Christians are barely human. They probably aren’t even citizens.

  • http://rockstarramblings.blogspot.com/ Bronze Dog

    hunter:

    Oh, and for reference, “sodomy-based marriage” is the new buzz phrase, according to whatever baby hate group in Maine is spearheading their efforts there.

    I’m now reminded of an Eddie Izzard routine. “I want to put babies on spikes!” Much pantomiming ensued.

    Does that include parents who actually support their gay kids?

    Naw. It’s like dcwilson said, what he really means is Christian parents. Non-Christians are barely human. They probably aren’t even citizens.

    Don’t forget, as we all know, Christian parents who support their gay kids aren’t True Christians. You know, like the ones who married as equal partners out of love for each other aren’t True Christians, either.

  • Skip White

    “According to KTLA.com, Joe Abell, assistant principal at Fullerton Joint Union High School in California, has apologized for disqualifying Kearian Gertz for making statements in support of homosexual “marriage” during last week’s Mr. Fullerton Pageant”

    If you can’t make statements supporting gay marriage at the MR. FULLERTON PAGEANT, where can you make them?

  • interrobang

    For extra lulz on the subject, check out Pam Spaulding’s ongoing writings on LaBarbera at Pam’s House Blend. She refers to him as “Porno Pete” because of his inordinate fondness for “intelligence-gathering” forays into the leather-daddy scene. Guy’s got more issues than a full run of National Geographic.

  • Michael Heath

    I’d be interested in hearing Clarence Thomas extemporaneously weigh-in on this.