LaBarbera on Treating Sin as a Civil Right

I’m always fascinated by how the Christian right bigots find ways to spin their position in ridiculous and hypocritical ways. Here’s Peter LaBarbera on anti-gay laws in Africa, spinning them as attempts to avoid “treating sin as a civil right.”

African nations opposing homosexuality are standing strong in spite of pressure from the U.S. that they promote the rainbow flag in their policies.

Earlier this year Uganda passed a strong law against practicing homosexuality. The law was rejected by the nation’s high court due to a technicality, but it’s expected to pass on a second attempt. Nigeria has a similar law, and Gambia recently became the latest country to approve one.

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality notes that the U.S. is withdrawing aid from these countries until the laws are revoked. However in Uganda, an estimated 98 percent of the residents voiced support for their president’s refusal to bow to U.S. demands, in spite of the withdrawal of economic aid.

“Just because America has fallen so far that we now treat sin, in this case homosexuality, as a civil right doesn’t mean we have the right to force that on other countries that have more wholesome and biblical values,” LaBarbera tells OneNewsNow.

We now treat sin as a civil right? The list of things the Bible calls a sin that are allowed in this country and always have been is virtually limitless. We don’t imprison people for working on the sabbath, for taking the lord’s name in vain, for not being virgins on their wedding day, for children who are “unruly,” for eating pork or shellfish and a thousand other things. Christian totalitarians like LaBarbera would, of course, love to change those things, but to pretend that we just now started “treating sin” as a right is idiotic.

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  • John Pieret

    The list of things the Bible calls a sin that are allowed in this country and always have been is virtually limitless.

    But GAYHOMO sex is DIFFERENT!!!! Because … ICK!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sastra

    I’ve always been a bit curious over what would happen if other nations made more of a fuss over criminalizing atheism, seeking support not just from Biblical mandates prohibiting ‘sin’ but from the same US Christian conservatives who laud their activities against homosexuals. After all, it can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that polls in the US routinely place acceptance of atheists at the bottom, sometimes lumping us in with criminals and rapists — while acceptance of gay marriage increases. Would this then become their new cause, one surer perhaps of winning over the hearts and minds of more ‘moderate’ Christians?

    I don’t know. But I don’t think I’d bet against it.

  • raven

    The list of things the Bible calls a sin that are allowed in this country and always have been is virtually limitless.

    True. Heresy, blasphemy, and apostasy are death penalty offenses in the bible. And an important civil right, Freedom of Belief and Religion in the USA.

    All xians do the same thing as well. Eating pork, shellfish, or wearing mixed fiber clothing is one of countless pointless rules from the bible that they ignore.

    The fundies ignore all the NT rules about being a benign and good person concerned with the poor and social justice. Peter LaBarbera has got that one down well.

  • hunter

    “Christian totalitarians like LaBarbera would, of course, love to change those things. . . .”

    La Barbera doesn’t care about those things. You can make money off of banning pork or working on the Sabbath.

  • hunter

    Um — should be “can’t make money.”

    Why doesn’t this comment function have an edit button?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Sastra @ # 2: … polls in the US routinely place acceptance of atheists at the bottom… Would this then become their new cause…?

    I can see some next-Pat-Robertson-wannabe giving this a try, but doubt it would work too well: how can you rouse the US public against a group led by white middle-class hetero cis-men who cheer on wars against brown-skinned Muslims and demand women stay in their place?

    Oooh, my stomach started to cramp just from typing that…

  • steve84

    “Sin” is a completely meaningless concept

  • Robert B.

    It’s not just the list, Ed, virtually limitless though it may be. In the United States, we not only have a civil right to many specific sins but a civil right to sin in general, from the establishment clause.

  • smrnda

    Sin has always been a civil right (by LaBarbara’s definition) since religious liberty, according to most monotheisms, is sin.