Barber's Bigoted Psychological Projection

Barber's Bigoted Psychological Projection September 2, 2011

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel engages in one of the most blatant instances of psychological projection you’ll ever encounter:

Barber: I’ve said this before and I’ll say it right now. The sexual anarchist lobby, this radical, militant lobby, wants three things in this order: they want to see those of us who hold traditional values and have a biblical view of sexual behavior and sexual morality; they want to see us behind bars. Absent that, if that doesn’t work, they want to see us discredited, our licenses, my law licenses revoked, unable to teach in schools and so forth. They want us completely discredited and marginalized to the fringes of society. Finally and included in that is the inability, they want to see people like us not able to make a living. And that’s why they’re going after these organizations and they’re using economic terrorism, for lack of a better phrase.

Really, Matt? I don’t know of a single gay rights activist who has ever suggested that Christians should not be allowed to teach in schools. I do know of lots and lots of Christians who have not tried to prohibit gay people from teaching in schools. Sen. Jim DeMint actually used that as part of his platform when running for office a few years ago. And for decades, there actually were such laws.

I don’t know of a single gay rights activist who has ever suggested that Christians should be thrown in jail. But you have personally argued in favor of sodomy laws that put gay people in jail. You’ve even claimed that it was tyrannical for the courts to overturn such laws. Gay people were thrown in jail for centuries, both in this country and in Europe, and it was always justified by quoting the Bible.

I don’t know of a single gay rights activist who has suggested that Christians should not be allowed to make a living. But you have personally argued against covering sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws, which allows employers to refuse to hire gay people. And you yourself have advocated innumerable boycotts against companies, which by your own “reasoning” here would be “economic terrorism.”

Seriously, this kind of projection suggests serious mental problems. I suggest therapy.

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  • tfkreference

    It’s barely September and the strawmen are out!

  • Chiroptera

    Ed Brayton: I don’t know of a single gay rights activist who has ever suggested that Christians should be thrown in jail.

    True enough. On the other hand:

    Matt Barber: They want us completely discredited and marginalized to the fringes of society.

    I think that publicly stating one’s homophobia should be every bit as embarrassing as publicly stating one’s racism. If the only place one can say out loud that gays should be fired from their jobs is in a dark room among the other bed-sheet wearing morons, then that would be a good thing.

  • randomfactor42

    Perhaps Barber deep-down identifies personally with the idea of being punished, ostracized, discriminated against for some aspect of his personality that he’s long denied. It’s cliche’d because it’s so often true.

    Deep down he thinks he’s actually a woman.

    No? Then what’s he doing at Concerned Women for America?

  • Chiroptera

    The sexual anarchist lobby, this radical, militant lobby, wants three things in this order….

    I thought those things were already happening. I mean, what’s all that persecution of and discrimination against Christians that I keep hearing about?

  • mikeym

    I do know of lots and lots of Christians who have not tried to prohibit gay people from teaching in schools.

    Don’t you mean have tried to prohibit gay people from teaching in schools?

  • Scott Hanley

    It’s all happening in that perpendicular universe that the Christian Right inhabits.

  • MikeMa

    I think poor Matty may be responding to a few well publicized incidents to prove is errant points. Dover, PA prevented creationism from being taught. John Freshwater was prevented, at huge cost to himself and the school system, from teaching the bible as science in Ohio.

    The fact that gay activists had nothing whatever to do with either case might not matter. His point might only reflect an infantile level of reasoning where, ‘if someone can do it to us, we can do it to them’. I can hear the ‘neener, neener’ in his thoughts.

    His teaching credentials should be removed. Not because he is a christian but because he is a moron.

  • A biblical sexual morality? Sexual slavery, institutionalized military rape, child rape, and killing the gays?

    Hard not to be in favor of that!!

  • ManOutOfTime

    Sexual anarchists? LOL! Has this guy ever been to rave or a frat party? This focus on 10% of the population is transparent self-enriching demagoguery. Just like anti-choice types would never take on fertility clinics, these phonies would lose all support if they campaigned against straight adultery. Phony assholes – and shame on the media for failing to press them on that score. In a culture awash in heterosexual pornography, “curing” every homosexual would do far less to empower women than would raising the consciousness of us hony misguided straight males!

  • fastlane

    ManOutOfTime:

    LOL! Has this guy ever been to rave or a frat party?

    Yeah, most of them are wearing crucifixes… (I realize that doesn’t mean they are all hardcore xians, but they are probably at least cultural and would say they are xian if asked). =)

    Occam’s Blunt Instrument (Love the ‘nym, BTW):

    What’s not to like!?!

  • John Hinkle

    Matt Barber’s rant was brought to you by… The Evidence Free Foundation, and the letters ‘H’, ‘A’, ‘T’, and ‘E’.

  • Aquaria

    The sexual anarchist lobby, this radical, militant lobby

    :::Snicker:::

    Shiny, shiny mirror

    You know, Matt, most liberals/secularists are very much against things like rape, particularly of children. Unlike a lot of you conservatard fundies.

    When you blithering idiots stop getting caught with little children and with rent boys, then you can talk about sexual anarchy. Not before. M’kay?

    wants three things in this order

    Watch while I pull these lies out of my ass! Open up my sleeve–

    :::Secularist liberal appears, roars, Matt faints:::

    Uh, Matt? How can you put order to something that’s nothing but bullshit?

  • Rieux

    Yeah, there’s some heavy-duty paranoid projection going on in Barber’s piece, but (as Chiroptera indicates) I for one very much do want drooling homophobes like him “completely discredited and marginalized to the fringes of society,” just as far-gone racists and segregationists are today. That doesn’t actually mean revoking his law license or any of the other bizarre consequences he thinks his enemies seek, but discrediting and marginalizing, hells yeah.

  • MikeMa

    With statements like these, Barber marginalizes himself. His area of acceptance shrinks daily just as the KKK’s did years ago.

  • DaveL

    Finally and included in that is the inability, they want to see people like us not able to make a living.

    Matt, if you’re having trouble making a living, it’s because you don’t do anything that actually adds value to the point people would actually pay you to do it. Your plan for earning a living amounts to running the same scam on the same people over and over again for the rest of your working life. They were bound to get wise to you sooner or later.

  • anteprepro

    “They want us completely discredited and marginalized to the fringes of society.”

    Well, yeah. But that’s only because bigoted statements would discredit and marginalize anyone in the minds of a sane public. Is the fact that we wish that we had a society of rational, tolerant, decent human beings who don’t come up with any excuse they can to hate people really supposed to be a mark against US?

  • annp

    Don’t you just love that the program he’s giving this rant on is called “Faith and Freedom”?

    Shouldn’t it be called “Goddamned Fucking Gays, I Fucking HATE You….SHIT!!”

    Faith and freedom. Stupid a-hole, ruining all the great words…I guess next week he’ll be advocating the public execution of homosexuals on the “Peace, Love and Diversity” broadcast from the Ave Maria School of Law’s Center for Religious Freedoms.

    Is it only Christians who don’t care about what they do to other people; what matters is what they call it? Doesn’t he see that the show should be called “Faith or Freedom”?

  • jonhendry

    He’s revealing his fears of what will happen if the gays get “too much power”: they’ll treat him the way he’s treated them.

    Perhaps, deep down, it’s because he knows how he’s “done unto others”, and expects them to “do unto him”.

    Rather than just seeking forgiveness, he’s more concerned with keeping gays in a position where they cannot “do unto him”