Oh he’s not gay, he’s just a creepy, homo-obsessed, founder of a hate group.
Peter LaBarbera (or Porno Pete as he is known on the streets) has achieved a certain level of fame in the LGBT community because in his unending desire to destroy the gays, he has exhibited an obsession with man-on-man sex. There is a long list of examples, but most of them involve him going “undercover” at leather bars or taking in the sexual freedom of the Folsom Street Fair.
Most of the time Porno Pete is treated as a crazy fringe provider of comic relief, but the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is not laughing. They have officially listed LaBarbera’s Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) as a “hate group.”
This designation is an important step in putting the anti-gay industry out of business. AFTAH may seem like a pathetic one-man operation, but the reality is that Peter has the respect of many hard-hitting anti-gay players and his boyfriend best friend is rising anti-gay star Matt Barber. Barber bridges the gap between the super crazy anti-gays and the socially acceptable anti-gays. He is Director of Cultural Affairs for the influential Liberty Counsel and he serves as Associate Dean for the Liberty University School of Law, but he is also a board member of AFTAH.
Barber has weighed in by calling the Southern Poverty Law Center bullies for going after Porno Pete instead of Focus on the Family or the Family Research Council. Well Mr. Barber, SPLC provides the “hate group” distinction to organizations that “have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” So, one can only hope that any and every organization that takes the money of hard-working Christians and uses it to attack gay and lesbian families is classified as what they are –- a hate group.
Sound extreme? It’s really not. If the Family Research Council didn’t pump so much money and energy into anti-gay causes, perhaps the anti-gay hate crime rate would go down, and if American ex-gay ministries didn’t exist, then Uganda wouldn’t be deciding whether it is OK to imprison and kill their gay population. The actions of these organizations breed hatred and intolerance and they should be held accountable.
Being designated as a hate group doesn’t seem to phase AFTAH. Matt Barber and others have contacted Porno Pete to offer him congratulations on the designation. Barber says it actually “confers an honor.” If they are “honored” to be in the company of the Ku Klux Klan and every Neo-Nazi and Holocaust Denial group in the country, then we most definitely have our work cut out for us.
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