Edge Los Angeles reports
on the predictable grousing by anti-gay fanatic Peter LaBarbera against ABC News for its recent coverage of the exposé of Bachmann & Associates by Truth Wins Out:
"Folks, it sure didn’t take long for the liberal media to go into Christian-bashing mode against GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann," LaBarbera posted following the July 11 news report.
Going on to call the ABC News segment "comically biased," LaBarbera lambasted the program for seemingly taking the side of Truth Wins Out, and went on to call the organization " ’Focus on the Failures’ because their nonsensical argument seems to be that since many practicing ’gays’ fail in their quest to change, transformation away from homosexuality is a myth.
"Incredibly, ABC even went so far as to title its piece ’Pray Away the Gay at Bachmann Clinic?’ - recycling TWO founder Wayne Besen’s mocking and bigoted attack-slogan for the idea that people can overcome homosexual desires through faith in God," LaBarbera wrote. "Shouldn’t it have occurred to Ross to sit down with and interview a SUCCESSFUL former homosexual like Janet Boynes..." ?
In his comments to EDGE, Besen dismissed the idea that Boynes is a spokesperson for any genuinely "ex-gay" individuals.
"Janet Boynes is a fraud," Besen stated bluntly. "She misrepresents herself as an ’ex-lesbian’ when she has always been actively bisexual. She is a former drug-dealing thief, habitual liar, bar brawler, and crack addict who allegedly found Jesus.
"I find it quite interesting that, according to her book, she was up on stage preaching about ’ex-gays’ while she was still living with a woman and had not actually changed," Besen added. "It shows an intense thirst for the spotlight.
Speaking of which, a local "ex-gay" evangelist named Sharon Kass, who periodically sends me emails trying to save me from homosexuality, sent a message to the GLAA Forum this morning saying, "Tip: Ex-gay science is real. PC 'gay-affirmative' is not." Then she provided URLs for the latest in "ex-gay" quackery: www.narth.com, www.gaytostraight.org, and www.peoplecanchange.com. I replied:
You are a fanatic and "ex-gay" science is a proven fraud. You offer nothing
but rhetoric and links to anti-gay websites. If you were serious you would
refute Wayne Besen's book on the subject, but you can't so you just keep
repeating the same falsehoods. You are fooling no one. No one here has any
interest in pretending to be straight. God made us gay. Yes, sure, you can
easily just deny that, but we are speaking the truth and you are lying.
Also, we are exercising our American birthright to the pursuit of happiness
while you are obsessively opposed to our rights. You, therefore, are the
offending party. Go mind your own business.
The growing numbers of Americans affirming gay equality are very real, and
you're obviously not happy about it. So you just deny it. That looks weak to
Kass replied, "You're deep in denial, Rick," and added, "Obama and Romney are both trying to use you. Wake up." I have only limited interest in plumbing the mind of Sharon Kass, but I'd love to know what Barack Obama or Mitt Romney has to do with the question of my being gay and self-affirming. If she means that politicians in general use people, well, that works both ways. I personally have no use for Mitt Romney, who has been all over the map on virtually every issue. President Obama has a far better record on gay issues. He is not perfect, and I have had occasion to criticize him, but he is the best president on gay issues so far. That doesn't mean we should be satisfied. We work with our allies and challenge them to be better; but effective advocacy for change consists of more than sitting back and taking potshots at politicians. We have to participate in creating change, not wait for a savior to arrive and do it all for us.