Bigot: We’re Being Pushed Into the Closet

For devotees of irony, this is a good one. Peter LaBarbera, the virulently and viciously anti-gay bigot who founded Americans for Truth (sic) About Homosexuality, is upset that his fellow bigots are being forced into the closet. I hope they at least find it well-decorated.

Conservative talk show host Janet Mefferd invited Peter LaBarbera, the anti-gay activist who heads Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, onto her program yesterday to discuss the controversy surrounding the Atlanta fire chief who lost his job after distributing to coworkers his self-published book that contained denunciations of homosexuality.

According to Mefferd, the fire chief’s firing is a sign that conservatives are now forced to be closeted. She borrowed a line from anti-gay author Michael Brown: “It’s kind of like what Michael Brown said, what they want is to shove us in the closet now.” LaBarbera agreed, lamenting that “homophobia is the new sin, homosexuality is out as the sin.”

Well yes, homophobia is going the way of racism. More and more, bigots have to express their bigotry through dog whistles rather than blunt appeal to prejudice. I regard this as a very good thing, made better by LaBarbera’s ironic whining.

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  • zenlike

    Good news.

  • eric

    “It’s kind of like what Michael Brown said, what they want is to shove us in the closet now.”

    No, we want you to obey the law now. For example, don’t use your public position to distribute ideological literature. Sheesh. Its not rocket surgery.

  • John Pieret

    what they want is to shove us in the closet now

    No, you can go right on being bigoted. No one is going to try to throw you in jail merely because you are bigoted, unlike what happened to LGBT people. It’s just that more and more people will find you just as distasteful as racists and you won’t be allowed (as much, at least) to discriminate against people just because they are gay.

  • bruceh

    I, for one, wish them the best.

  • ZugTheMegasaurus

    No fun in that closet, is it, guys? And you guys are dealing with it in reverse, how’s that for a head trip? We LGBT folks grew up in there, hearing you assholes howling at us through the door. Then we burst out and smacked you with the door when we did. And as much as it sears when you break out into the blinding light of day, it’s so obviously the right way to go. Now you, you who have enjoyed basking freely in the daylight for as long as you can remember, you’re slowly dragging yourselves into the newly-vacant closet we left behind. I wouldn’t recommend it.

    Instead, how about seeing the light outside the closet for what it is? Take off your sunglasses and let it hit you for a minute. Squint and be uncomfortable, knowing that the darkness wouldn’t actually be any better in the long run. When an LGBT person comes out of the closet, it’s stepping into the light, choosing to take pain and happiness together, rather than pain alone. Wanting to go the other direction means that you have no real recognition of what you’ve always had.

  • http://www.thomaswebb.net pinkboi

    I will say though that I do like assholes being clear about their views so I can attack their actual views (so they can’t scurry back under a rug). It’s pretty exhausting keeping up with the latest racist dog whistles.

  • raven

    Shows how impoverished their perversion of xianity is. All they do is get together and hate gay people.

    The bible is way larger than that. According to the magic book you can hate pretty much everybody.

    I’m sure they will move on though. Moslems and atheists are their next frontier.

  • busterggi

    Come on Conservatives, you hate lots of people, not just gays. And at least half of those you hate are imaginary anyways (Reptoids, Learned Elders of Zion, Bilderburgers, etc,) so you don’t even need real folks for targets.

    Now quit whining and don’t worry, you can still act like total dicks.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Why yes. Yes we are. Now get in there and STFU.

  • moarscienceplz

    homophobia is the new sin, homosexuality is out as the sin.

    Golly, you would almost think that the USA is a nation of secular laws instead of a theocracy. That can’t be right, can it?

  • Michael Heath

    [Peter] LaBarbera agreed, lamenting that “homophobia is the new sin, homosexuality is out as the sin.”

    That’s surprisingly insightful on Mr. LaBarbera’s part.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Well yes, homophobia is going the way of racism. More and more, bigots have to express their bigotry through dog whistles rather than blunt appeal to prejudice.

    But also, like with racism, they’ve taken to casting themselves as victim, even going to far as to appropriate the language of the oppression they’ve been meting out. Such as being forced “in the closet”. See also complaints about being “lynched” or “sent to the back of the bus”.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    According to Mefferd, the fire chief’s firing is a sign that conservatives are now forced to be closeted

    Ironically, the bigotry that Mefferd seems to think is required of conservatives, isn’t. It’s quite possible for someone who’s fiscally conservative to be open minded about social issues. My conservative in-laws, who I disagree with vehemently on many issues, are in agreement with me about LGBT, abortion, and the environment. In fact, I really can’t see how they tolerate the social conservatism (= bigotry) of the candidates that they DO support. I guess that they overlook it because of their fiscal concerns, which I would not be able to do.

  • gog

    Me, I wouldn’t treat the outed bigot the way the bigot would treat the outed gay. That is to say I don’t harbor hatred for the bigot, but pity for the darkness inside themselves that would let them so readily hate other human beings, and for something so harmless as being sexually attracted to the same sex. It’s a shame, really.

  • lorn

    Hey … if it is good enough for Tom Cruise; it is good enough for LaBarbera.

  • eric

    Ironically, the bigotry that Mefferd seems to think is required of conservatives, isn’t. It’s quite possible for someone who’s fiscally conservative to be open minded about social issues.

    Its possible, but you won’t be nominated as GOP candidate unless you show proper obesiance to the social conservative causes (i.e., you must be pro-life, anti-civil rights, big on Jesus, etc.). So in that respect, it is required of conservative candidates.

  • hunter

    Hey, Peter — while you’re in there, would you mind pressing my slacks?

  • dingojack

    Say hi to Aslan for me…

    Dingo

  • donkensler

    Peter, darling, until you’ve lived in mortal terror of anyone finding out about you, and have to keep yourself secret from family, friends, and co-workers, you don’t know what the closet is.