Here’s a headline that’s sure to get attention: “Gay Activists Despise AFTAH Because We Expose their Radical Agenda.”
The AFTAH in question is the Carol Stream-based Americans for Truth about Homosexuality. Peter LaBarbera, the group’s president, posted an item a few days ago on his Web site pertaining to the “attack” to which he and like-minded individuals have been subjected.
The most-recent harassment campaign, LaBarbera said, has come on the heels of AFTAH publicizing its upcoming fundraiser. The banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights.
(Imagine what the conversations will be like from one table to another at a banquet for a group called Americans for Truth about Homosexuality! Not only do you have a group solely dedicated to obsessing itself with what other people do in the privacy of their bedrooms, now you have supporters fueling such a group so it can continue obsessing itself with what other people do in the privacy of their bedrooms. How bizarre is that?)
LaBarbera pointed out that Joe Jervis promoted the AFTAH banquet on his blog, which in part covers gay culture. Jervis urged his readers to buy tickets to the event in order to spice it up. He also wrote that people who don’t want to buy tickets are invited to join members of the Gay Liberation Network at their protest of the banquet.
Jervis noted that Matt Barber will be at the event promoting his new book, “The Right Hook: From the Ring to the Culture War.” The blog posting also publicized the phone number to make a reservation for the fundraiser.
Here’s where the trouble really begins. LaBarbera said that gays have been making harassing phone calls to the Concerned Women of America member who’s been taking reservations.
I certainly don’t condone harassing phone calls, no matter how much you differ with someone’s opinion. There’s a way to register your opposition of someone’s viewpoint, but pestering someone with repeated calls isn’t an effective manner to accomplish this.
LaBarbera, however, overreacts a tad to the way Jervis publicized the information. LaBarbera has the woman’s name and phone number on a few of his Web posts, even the one where he’s objecting to Jervis publicizing this information. Is he the only one authorized to promote the event?
He also contradicts himself when he claims that some people lied when leaving bad reviews of Barber’s book on Amazon.com. LaBarbera indicated that people couldn’t have read the book yet because it won’t be released until Nov. 3.
In the same post, however, LaBarbera said that signed copies of the book obtained in advance of its release will be available at tomorrow’s AFTAH banquet. So how does LaBarbera know that those who left bad reviews are lying? If AFTAH can get advanced copies of the book, why can’t other people?
And both Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble list the book as being in stock now through their Web sites and available for immediate shipping. So LaBarbera as well as two booksellers have demonstrated that people can access the book in advance of Nov. 3.
LaBarbera falls short in his claim to be exposing the radical gay agenda. The only agenda gay people have in opposing AFTAH is a desire to be looked upon as human beings worthy of equal treatment under our laws, which is our nation’s bedrock principle.
But however misguided their efforts, its AFTAH’s right to publicly state their opposition to homosexuality. In the same vein, it’s the right of gay people to publicly state their opposition to groups like AFTAH.
If gay activists actually show up at tomorrow’s event, it will certainly make for a lively banquet. Bon appétit, mon amis!