The Matt Barber Hypocrisy (and befuddlement)

Matt Barber’s looney “letter to homosexuals” is both too boring to deal with, and too interesting a peek into the fetid minds of the NO GAYS! movement that it must be explored. Really, this man is just a hypocrite beyond belief.

So, at this blog site, http://maser-media.org/WordPress/?p=4386&cpage=1#comment-4571 (that’s the link to my two comments there,) which I don’t really follow but I know of because of an internet buddy who posted something to facebook which I saw, and then went to. It’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen. Some apologetic mush about how he not only “Loves homosexuals” – but wants us gone! Yes, love’s us so much just wants us to disappear. I don’t think he really cares how. I know he and some of his friends have called for our incarceration, forced indoctrination, expulsion from the land of our birth and outright genocidal execution. Wonderful folks to have “loving” you, indeed. Ahem. Go see www.goodasyou.com for the compendium of violence & mush that these people put forth.

Mr. Barber says “professional homosexuals” – while quite ignoring the fact that he is one hell of a professional heterosexual — still, my heavens, professional homosexuals, yes — which I suppose are more gay than us mere “practicing homosexuals” no doubt – we will mock him and reject his words, eh? I dare say that 100% of all gay people across the entire globe will mock him and reject his words. His words are so silly it’s hysterical in every sense of the word. The man is beside himself in his self-appointed highness to dictate to his fellow Americans what is right and good and shall be allowed, and whom shall be forced to obey and when they shall remove themselves from the body politic. Fine fellow, this Mr. Barber, who admits to his own whatever, his hedonism in his no doubt irrationally exuberant youth, has now taken it upon himself to tell us our faults and how to rectify them. Yes, well, you are just being silly. For when 10’s of millions of people tell you the same thing – and you insist we are all wrong, I dare say you are out of your ever loving mind. Here, let us look at some of this stuff. Which, in many ways, “It merits little more than a yawn and an eye roll.” I mean, really, get a grip Mr. Barber, and admit your purpose – the elimination of gay people, professional and amateur included. My comments in italics.

>>An Open Letter to Homosexuals

By Matt Barber

I write this not to professional homosexuals.

Hahaha – we used to all be practicing homosexuals, now we’re to be divided into professionals and amateurs, I suppose.

That is to say, not to members of the well-funded, politically powerful homosexual activist lobby. Which are funded by the amateur homosexuals indeed, and quite a few practitioners of the evil art, which seems to be wholly unknown to Mr. Barber. Just where does he think the professionals get their money?

They will mock and reject my words outright.

We all will, dumbo.

They will twist and misrepresent what I say to further their own socio-political agenda.

Yes, well the right to be left alone, and to have our version of religion and the American dream and be free and independent individuals beholden to no force by religion or government is apparently not to be allowed. So any defense of ourselves by any one of us, professional or amateur, is of course twisting and misrepresenting the man’s words, I’d guess. Which is quite a persecution complex. Not to worry!:

That’s fine. It’s to be expected. It merits little more than a yawn and an eye roll.

Yes, the man is just yawning himself to death already, no doubt. And his eyes must be rolling so much they’re a child’s top at this point. I mean, really, could this man truly ignore millions of us mocking and rejecting this one man every time he opens his mouth really be that obtuse and not realize that we simple refuse to agree with him? Is he that blind to the reality that Americans actually have the most marvelous ability to agree to disagree and live amongst each other in astounding harmony? And what does he do, this ungracious man? Why, he chastises me, and hurls malicious falsehoods. How odd.

Instead, I write this to my fellow travelers in life – average, ordinary people, male and female, young and old – who happen to call themselves “gay.” I write this out of obedience to God.

Oh, so now I’m a fellow traveler? Yikes. Nothing like being in the left wing of the political scene with this man. I dare say, many a communist was a fellow traveler – and I never considered myself a fellow traveler with anyone as silly as Matt Barber. Truly, he’s the very sort of man I have sought to avoid in my life. He’s the very sort of person who if I had the unfortunate moment of meeting him I would scurry away with a few pleasantries, for as Americans who disagree we should be cordial, and forthright in our reasons for not wanting to comport with any fellow such as Mr. Barber. Why, the man is a whacko who insists I follow him, traveling right behind his large tuckus, kissing all the way, for he has listened to God! Yes, well, people who talk to imaginary people I do avoid. Even that Harvey the Rabbit play spooks me.

And I just “happen” to call myself “gay”? Hahahaha! The word was used by Eleanor of Aquitaine back in the 1180s with her gay son Richard the Lionhearted. Egad, Mr. Barber is way down on his English skills. Certainly he lacks civility to so offhandedly dismiss a word I might use for myself by his own constant use of the Greco-Latin hybrid created in Germany in the 1890s. I use an 800 year old English word, he uses some new thing from a foreign land? Yawn and eye roll indeed. Pray tell, Mr. Barber, am I wrong for occasionally calling myself a “sissy”? For after all I did have a penchant for saying I was a Sissy for Sarah, and still using “sissy smooching.” Is this word in English first recorded in the 1200s not to be used either for us, um, sissies? And perhaps we should all steer clear of “queer” – first recorded for us queers in the 1350s – should that word be denied us too? And certainly “Faggot” should be avoided – for that word from the 1450s is really just too nasty. No doubt too, Ye Olde Homosexuale Lobbiyest or something was hard at work in the King’s hall in Medieval Englande to get the Christians of the time to stop burning us amateur homos at the stake.

Ah, well, thank you Mr. Barber for deciding for us that some perfectly fine old English words are not to be used. And from the very language of the nation in which we live, too. They are now to be dismissed by you alone as mere “happenings” because of your fetish for the oh so erudite “homosexual.” A word you bandy about, with your ever loving concentration on “Sex” – you are a sex fiend indeed, Mr. Barber. You admit as much a bit further on, let’s look:

It is my hope and prayer that you will consider what I have to say and take it at face value. My intentions are pure and my motives upright. If I can plant the seed of truth in just one person, and that seed begins to sprout, then I consider this letter a success.

Alas, sir, you lie. Your intentions are not pure and motives upright – you have repeatedly called for the most heinous treatment and condemnation and elimination of your fellow Americans – you are quite clear that you do not want me as me traveling with you at all on the ship of state. What a fine person, perhaps, but a liar nonetheless.

I pray that you are that person.

Unanswered, sorry.

What I write may offend you. It may even infuriate you. But I hope it makes you think. Know this: Your friends have lied to you. Christians do not hate you. We love you intensely. We love you because of who you are, not because of what you do or because of who you think you are.

Oh, it doesn’t offend, I yawn. Egad, I’ve heard this mush for decades. It hasn’t changed. What makes you think you’re the first one to think up this crud? It doesn’t infuriate me, it saddens me to think that an allegedly intelligent man is still so obtuse to simply openly admittedly refuse to listen to a word I say. I tell you you are wrong – you tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about. And yet, we’re talking about me – and you claim to know me – and I’m wrong. That, sir, is an audacity that is beyond me. Sorry. (eye roll, don’t forget the eye rolling dullness of what you say, sir.)

Anybody who wants me dead and gone and doesn’t care how, and tells me I’m a liar, and tells me that I’m simply deluded about my own self, and also insists and joins in with others who insist that I’m evil, sick, demented, and a threat to society, children, families, the nation and civilization itself simply can’t “love” me – and it if isn’t “hate” well it certainly is “fear” of monstrous proportions. I tell you your worries are unfounded, and I prove it by living the quiet life – and you tell me I’m hellbent on destroying the place. Well, sure, not “hate” – no – let’s call it a “fantasy ridden paranoia.” Yes, that will do.

Still, to love someone and to lie to them is to hate them – especially when that lie inevitably leads to a tragic and hopeless end.

Well, not only have you lied, right here in your letter, but you lie by calling me a liar about who I am. And you are calling for my tragic and hopeless end by calling for my incarceration for the rest of my life. Really, now – are you really such a mush head?

If you have a loved one, blindfolded and running full speed toward cliff’s edge, do you not yell, stop! Would you not run after them, even tackling them if need be to prevent them from plummeting to certain death? What would we think of the person who said: “Keep running; all is well.”

Yes, well, here we agree – mon dieu! – and here I am, trying to yell to you “STOP!” – for you are so blind and running for the cliff of genocide and abject stupidity I can’t imagine that you can’t see what you are doing. You are just wrong. And you have to know it, don’t you? And yet, to drum up your own millions of dollars as one of the “members of the well-funded, politically powerful fundamentalist Christian activist lobby,” you certainly do work hard. Why, I heard tell that your own university was awarded some $150 million, at least, of taxpayers money – oddly, gay taxpayer money – yes sirree bob – Mr. Barber I dare say you are living on gay folks bucks – money taken by our government which wants to mess with us and is oh so worried about us – and gives it to you – to fund your efforts to get rid of us. Why, sir, I do submit, I’m paying for your efforts to wipe me off the face of the earth. Talk about being an amateur eh? You professional lobbyists swarm like locusts at the gov’t teat – and we poor schnooks not only have our money taken and given to you, but we have to raise still more to pay our professionals to stop you from your genocidal ways.

All is not well, and you know it. On this path, “it” decidedly does not “get better.” It only gets worse. You will fall and you will die – perhaps not physical death, straight away – but certainly, an emotional and spiritual death. Homosexual activists, “progressives,” Hollywood, the media, academia and popular culture are telling you to keep running.

Hahahaha! Why, sir, the more you speak up the more we win. We shall enjoy the yawning and eye rolling for quite a while still, I’m sure. You, fundamentalist activists, “progressives for Christ,” perhaps, and your extensive broadcast networks and network access (come now, you’re on every TV channel in the land,) and you there in your university, too, very academia itself, and you pushing your brand of the diversity of the popular culture in the most diverse nation on earth, you keep telling me to run somewhere else. And well, I’m not listening – so now what?

I’m yelling, stop!

Hey, I’m yelling, stop! Too. Suggestion: Why don’t we both just stop – you stop bothering us, we’ll stop defending ourselves. And by your own admission, you started this. Why, you quote 2000 year old books even! We only got a 60 year deal going. You go first, eh?

Your lifestyle – homosexuality – is always and forever, objectively and demonstrably wrong. It is never good, natural, right or praiseworthy. If you have “gay pride,” you have “sin pride.” Although homosexuality is not the only sexual sin, it is, indeed, sin. Scripture is unequivocal on this fact throughout both the Old and New Testaments.

My lifestyle is, if I recall you correctly, just like yours – a fellow traveler, I think you called it. So, now I’m faced with – am I your fellow traveler with vast similarities, or am I now in some “Lifestyle” so different that it needs to be identified as “homosexuality”? See, I told you we had nothing in common and would best get along if we never met. Still, you do have this eye rolling habit of launching your face into mine – and that sort of bothers me.

And, though you profess to love me – I’m just so bad that I’m always bad and never good? Sir, that is just insulting to my intelligence. Who the hell asked you? Where do you get off coming to me and saying such uncivil unChristian words? You are low, sir, just low. Beyond “Mock” and to “Scorn.” And frankly, I don’t believe your scripture, as you call it. I don’t care that you believe it – as much as I don’t care if you believe the grass is blue and the sky green. That is your business. But you have no right to come to me and say such things. Those are, sir, fighting words, amply covered by Supreme Court precedents. Why, if you walked up to me and said such a thing in person I would be within my rights to bop you on the nose. The sheer gall of it is astounding. Frankly deserving far more than “mocking” which you care not of. It deserves a thrashing, perhaps even literally. Fair warning, don’t ever say that to me in person.

But this reality is manifest beyond the pages of Scripture. Unnatural behaviors beget natural consequences. So-called “homophobia” is not responsible for the fact that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-in-five “gay” men and adolescents in major cities across America have been infected – through bad behavior – with HIV/AIDS.

Your stupidity knows no bounds, does it? Since there is no “count” of gay men – because there are only self-serving guesses no one has an earthly clue as to the real number – and it is essentially illegal to even count it by the Census Bureau from which the CDC would get its population data – ergo, it is utterly impossible to get any such figure as “one-in-five” “homosexual” (hey, let’s play the put the quotes on the word we don’t like game, right? Egad, it’s high-schoolish with you, isn’t it?) Meanwhile, it is well know that virtually 99% of lesbians are never HIV positive. Does that mean by your calculus that lesbians don’t do “bad” behavior? Hmm. I won’t even get into the “major cities” discussion, like which are and are not.

Sin is responsible.

Yes, well, all those child birth problems must also be the wages of sin, I’m sure.

In almost every category – disease, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide – those who call themselves “gay” live and die with consequences that have nothing gay, in the true sense of the word, about them.

Ah, the true sense of the word, eh? 800 years of gay meaning “Gay” and your still stuck on the rather normal English matter of two words spelled the same coming from two different sources – sort of like a witch’s spell and spell a word, and a fainting spell and a spell of bad weather all come from different sources. So dense is your obfuscated brain that this is beyond you. How many times does it take, sir, for you to grasp this? Meanwhile, your list of problems is laughable because no doubt the hordes of those who call themselves “straight” with problems such as “disease, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide” are not so in the true sense of that word, eh? Tend your own fellow travelers first, and leave us on the other ship alone, thanks.

Is this you? Be honest.

It ain’t me man. But, sir, you answer your own question with a whopping big “YES!” – yes, you’re a friggin’ sex, booze, drug and Lord knows what fiend – well, sir, tend thyself – you need help. And frankly I didn’t really need to know.

And the rest of this is just his faith – with which I will not quarrel – I quarrel with his insistence on not only telling me his faith, but insisting that I follow his faith – or else he will try to get my own government to come after me, as they did in times past.

Frankly, sir, I shall not return to those times. You may profess your faith – I don’t care, I don’t mind, and if it keeps you from killing someone or yourself, by all means, be faithful as you wish – but don’t call for my genocide because I don’t follow your faith – that’s Un-American. – here’s your faith – be honest with yourself – you insist I follow your faith or else. Well, too bad for you. Now you got my dander up. I’m now a professional I guess, rather than the amateur you hoped to berate into following you. BTW, you need some Dale Carnegie lessons. Here, his faith:

At least be honest with yourself.

Scripture admonishes: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). This does not simply mean physical death, but something far worse: spiritual death.

Yes, hell.

I know from which I speak. I am no better than you. I, too, once lived a lifestyle of sexual sin. Not homosexual sin, but sexual sin nonetheless. As a young man I did not treat God’s daughters as He intended and, instead, engaged in a lifestyle of selfish womanizing and fornication.

The wages of sin in my life was death – spiritual and emotional death. I was on your same path.

Oh, I dare say no — he was certainly not gay — didn’t “choose” to be “evil” to the core — only did stuff. 

But by His grace, I was offered and accepted “the free gift of God.” I, instead, was saved and given “eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Do I still struggle with sin? Of course. Every day. We all do. We are fallen. We are sinners.

Still, Christ’s gift to me was forgiveness, redemption and life everlasting. My friend, that gift is available to you as well.

Snatch it up. Please.

During the Awakening 2011 – a national conference held, that year, at Liberty University – I was visiting with a young woman from the hard-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). I liked her. I loved her, in fact, in the way her heavenly Father, Christ Jesus, loves her and has enabled me to love her. I think of her and pray for her often.

In recent years, the SPLC has taken to smearing Christian organizations that defend the biblical sexual ethic as “hate groups.” After visiting for a while, I asked this young woman if she really believed that we Christians hate homosexuals. To my surprise she admitted that we do not. “But the things you say are sometimes hateful,” she added.

Indeed, truth is hate to those who hate truth.

The truth is that you have immeasurable value. You are a beautiful, unique, priceless human being. The very Creator of the universe, in the person of Jesus Christ, took such an interest in you that He meticulously wove you together in your mother’s womb. He loves you with a love that no human can fully grasp. Still, this is true not because of your so-called “sexual orientation,” but, rather, in spite of it.

You are valuable and worthy of love because God created you in His image. If you define your identity based upon sexual temptations and behaviors your Creator has called sin – an “abomination” – then you are not fulfilling the purpose for which He created you. In so doing, you have become the sum total of your sins. You are in rebellion against God and you know it.

He made you to know it.

Yes, the activists tell you to take “pride” in your “sexual orientation,” but you don’t feel pride. You feel ashamed, and so you try, in vain, to numb the shame with more of the very behavior that causes it. You will never fill the void you feel with drugs, alcohol or more sexual acting-out. These things only expand your emptiness.

This last statement is so nasty, so stupid, so wrong, so insulting I can’t even imagine a decent human being uttering it. It’s a pitiful attempt at psychoanalysis without any training – and without ever having met the patient.

And by the way, sir, we gay folks are not proud we’re gay – we’re proud we survived the onslaught of people like you.

Christ alone can fill the void.

And He will.

I talked to Christ sir, he tells me to love my fellow man, treat others as I wish to be treated, love my neighbor as myself, and mind my own business. You have abandoned all His precepts by simply choosing to be the arbiter of what God knows and wants. Which is quite a bit of hubris I can’t muster. Though I do know that pride goeth before the fall. Fear not, reality shall catch you. I shall offer you succor as you reach the promised land of love for all as Jesus commanded. You don’t have this – you have a sort of money-changing in the temple holier than thou attitude that is quite disturbing.

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1 Comment

  1. I found Matt Barber’s “An Open Letter to Homosexuals” WND commentary column to be an interesting peek into the misconceptions of the writer as to both Christianity and homosexuality. The Bible has been consistently misinterpreted for centuries by so-called “Christians” with an anti-gay bias.

    As just one example, take the discussion of the right to marry, in a Christian context. The fact that in a marriage between opposite-sex spouses, “the two become one flesh” does not take one bit away from the fact that in a marriage between same-sex spouses, “the two become one soul,” as described in 1 Samuel 18, where David and King Saul’s son Jonathan get married (and later, David also marries Saul’s daughter Michal, becoming Saul’s son in law a second time). The relationship is woven into the passages from 1 Sam. 18 through 2 Sam. 1.

    Every single biblical passage that Mr. Barber might claim as showing homosexuality to be sinful can be interpreted differently – there is no incompatibility between homosexuality and Christianity, and homosexuality does not have to be interpreted as being sinful, or disordered.

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