LaBarbera: Gay People Just Like Nazis, Communists

The incredibly virulent anti-gay bigot Peter LaBarbera, in an extraordinary display of a total lack of self-awareness, compares gay people to communists and Nazis because they have to recruit and indoctrinate children at a very young age to perpetuate themselves.

“Homosexual activists know that they have to change the minds of young people, like all radical movements. We saw this under the Communists, under Hitler,” LaBarbera said. “This is a movement that directly threatens kids.”

After blasting parents and teachers who accept LGBT children, LaBarbera lamented that schools “will never bring in an ‘ex-gay’” to address students “because then kids can see that homosexuality is not about who you are, it’s about what you do, and if you can practice homosexuality you can leave homosexuality, you can leave it behind with the help of Jesus Christ.”

I have two words for you, Peter: Sunday School. Three more: Vacation Bible School. Seriously, a fundamentalist Christian is pretty much the last person on the planet who ought to be making communist and Nazi comparisons on the basis of indoctrinating children.

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  • matty1

    LaBarbera: Gay People Just Like Nazis, Communists

    Fixed that for you

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    Indeed. If not for the indoctrination of children, there would be no religion. Also, too, had he not been indoctrinated as a child, LaBarbera would not be a Christian and would not hold factually untrue and inhumane beliefs.

  • daved

    Given that ex-gays are essentially non-existent, how can every school bring one in?

  • John Pieret

    Don’t forget private religious schools and all the teachers and coaches and administrators in public schools who are more than happy to slip a little indoctrination into tax-funded schools and the simple peer-pressure exerted when, in some parts of the country, 90% or more of the kids around you come from essentially the same faith.

    Indoctrination is the lifeblood of conservative religion and the reason they are hemorrhaging young people now is that the internet has opened their eyes to other beliefs and ideas.

  • eric13

    He’s just staking out an early lead for this week’s Brian Fischer award.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    You know, LaBarbera says something along these lines pretty much every day. Really, it’s gotten to the point that all Ed really needs to do is post a headline, “LaBarbera Says Something Stupid,” then simply post a link in the message body. That would allow those who want to talk about him an opportunity to do so, while leaving the rest of us with more screen real estate.

    Just sayin’.

  • D. C. Sessions

    So if there wouldn’t be any gays without indoctrination, where did the first gay come from?

    And (think about this) — how attractive did the heritage have to be to continue to (and grow!) despite persecution to this very day?

  • dugglebogey

    I don’t think we need to bother Dr. Freud for this one. His name translates to “The Barbera” for chrissakes. Not just “A Barbera, THE, Barbera.”

  • Doug Little

    I have two words for you, Peter: Sunday School. Three more: Vacation Bible School

    You missed two more, Jesus Camp.

  • davek23

    So, was it a Nazi or a Communist who said “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man”?

  • Michael Heath

    It’s my understanding that nearly all Christians abuse children by lying and indoctrinating them, not just fundamentalists. Them and evangelicals are merely the worst.

    Christians do this by framing their beliefs to children as absolute truth. This comes at children in many forms: song, vocal and written rituals – especially public prayers, Sunday School, sermons, witnessing, “counseling” etc.

    As a society we have a long ways to go when it comes to confronting the evil foisted on children by Christians, let alone behaving in a way that eradicates or least minimizes such abuse. Of course the most effective method would be for parents to choose to become ‘nones’ prior to having children.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Michael Heath says: Christians do this by framing their beliefs to children as absolute truth. This comes at children in many forms: song, vocal and written rituals – especially public prayers, Sunday School, sermons, witnessing, “counseling” etc.

    .

    “This world is not my home,

    I’m just apassin’ through.

    My treasures are laid up

    somewhere beyond the blue.

    .

    The angels beckon me from

    Heaven’s open door,

    And I can’t feel at home

    In the world anymore.”

    .

    And so on. One of the favorite songs of the young ones in the church I grew up in (Southern Baptist). When I had occasion to think of it again years later, I found it horrifying. It teaches that the “real” world is reached only after death, that only Jesus (an imaginary person) is your friend, that reality is only for tolerating until release. It’s true that I found my childhood much like a prison sentence, and was released upon graduation from high school when I left that smothering and degrading atmosphere.

    .

    They lost me when they let me read books.

  • grumpyoldfart

    A song I remember from Sunday School:

    1 Hear the pennies dropping,

    Listen while they fall,

    Ev’ry one for Jesus,

    He will get them all.

    Refrain:

    Dropping, dropping, dropping, dropping,

    Hear the pennies falls;

    Ev’ry one for Jesus,

    He will get them all.

    2 Dropping, dropping ever,

    From each little hand,

    ‘Tis our gift to Jesus,

    From his little band. [Refrain]

    3 Now, while we are little,

    Pennies are our store,

    But, when we are older,

    Lord, we’ll give thee more. [Refrain]

    4 Though we have not money,

    We can give him love,

    He will own our off’ring,

    Smiling from above. [Refrain]

  • theguy

    “LaBarbera lamented that schools ‘will never bring in an ‘ex-gay’ to address students ‘because then kids can see that homosexuality is not about who you are, it’s about what you do'”

    Well-meaning schools (as opposed to those run by fundie fuckwits like LaShitera) will not bring in any “ex-gay” people, partially because most are abstinent or bisexuals, but mostly because the “ex-gay” movement is about hurting kids, contrary to LaShitera’s projection.

  • http://wanderinweeta.blogspot.com Susannah

    “Oh, be careful, little hands, what you do,

    Oh, be careful, little hands, what you do,

    For the Father up above,

    Is looking down in love,

    So be careful …”

    And on, with eyes, tongue, feet, ears. They missed genitals.

  • dingojack

    This is a movement that directly threatens kids.” – LaBarbera.

    *ahem*, or even.

    Dingo