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Peter LaBarbera scapegoating gay men for the Penn State tragedy

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It was bound to happen. I was hoping that it wouldn’t but in hindsight, I shouldn’t have been surprised.

Someone from the religious right is now blaming gay men for the Penn State tragedy, where Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant coach is charged with 40 counts of child sexual abuse.

Peter LaBarbera of the hate group Americans for Truth had this to say:

. . . how many boy victims of homosexual predator Sandusky will end up believing that being homosexual (“gay”) is “who they are”? How many will struggle with sexual identity issues? And how many will be told by LGBT advocates and liberal-minded people just to “accept being gay” as “who they are” because they were “born that way”?

. . . There IS a long history connecting homosexuality to pederasty, and a disproportionate link between homosexuality and pedophilia: why else would so many child molestation victims be boys when only 1-3 percent of the population is homosexual?

LaBarbera has a long history of demonizing gay men for even the most trivial of things, but today is probably the lowest he has ever stooped.

Now some may ask why am I publicizing LaBarbera’s comments. He obviously wants some type of attention and now I am giving it to him.

This is true. But what LaBarbera said warrants attention. Some of us may scoff at his words but we would be wise to remember one thing. In a subtler form, the slanderous notion that gay men want to harm children has been used by organizations – i.e. the National Organization for Marriage – in efforts stop marriage equality.

In a less subtle form, this lie formed the building blocks of fear and hatred which led to that awful bill in Uganda and subsequently the brutal murder of activist David Kato. His murderer was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison.

So yes, LaBarbera’s word warrant attention, but not in the way he desires. LaBarbera’s words deserves attention as a shining example of hatred and ignorance encased in a mindset so blind that it refuses to acknowledge truth.  A mindset masked in religious demagoguery and extremism in its most nauseating form.

To whit, there is no link between homosexuality and pedophilia. None whatsoever.

And this is backed by the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Child Psychiatrists and the Child Welfare League of America.

LaBarbera, on the other hand, has no expertise in this area. He has no degrees and has done no research.

He doesn’t even cite any studies.

In layman’s terms, LaBarbera is talking out of his pudgy ass.

What LaBarbera seems to be doing is speaking from an internal pathological need to smear gay men.

The scandal at Penn State is volatile and out-of-control and that is highly understandable. Children have been harmed, quite possibly psychologically scarred for life.

What we all need to do here is pray for them as well as guard our own children against those who would prey on their innocence.

What we don’t need to do allow ourselves to be exploited by someone who doesn’t give a damn about anyone or anything but his own personal prejudices.

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37 more reader comments:

  1. Opposite sex child molesters outnumber same sex offenders by a huge margin. LaBarbera should do his homework before he opens his hetero fuck hole.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 4:52pm
  2. It was going to happen of course!! “Gays have no morals and the downfall of society”. Yes, heterosexuals NEVER molest children or do anything immoral….crazy!

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 4:52pm
  3. Homosexuality and pedophilia have nothing to do with each other!

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 4:52pm
  4. Of course. It always seems to happen that our people get the blame for everything!

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 4:53pm
  5. Purely a act of desperation from the religious right to attack a segment of the population. This guys a nutcase anyways

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 4:54pm
  6. inevitable. someone needs to read the defintions of “homosexual” and “pedophile”.
    there is a notable difference between the two.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:00pm
  7. For lack of a better word to sum up my rage, bullshit!

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:05pm
  8. Seriously?? We really don’t need this right now. -_-

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:10pm
  9. I am just so sick of this… This CRIME has NOTHING to do with homosexuality… The idiot that raped these boys is a monster!

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:13pm
  10. look at all the idiots they apparently produce!!!!….example: students protesting the firing of Paterno who allowed the pedophile to keep his job…..PSU is just another example of kids raising kids!

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:15pm
  11. That Peter LaBarbera should be put in jail for such lies!

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:19pm
  12. ….I am a fan of sports, and this sickens me…..it is all about endorsements and football!!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:20pm
  13. If we’re going to go down this road, I could point out that Sandusky and Paterno are both longtime, very vocal Republicans.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:21pm
  14. Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway…That’s Rediculous! If he paid attention, at all, to Sexual Abuse Statistics, he’d know that it’s mostly about control, etc, and NOT about sexual preferance! Mr. L, and people like him, need to spend their time & energy on the REAl problem: sexual abuse, and stop making things up!

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:26pm
  15. Someone needs to shut Porno Pete up. With a fist to his mouth.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:28pm
  16. WTF?? this is crazy!! :/

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:31pm
  17. Well, what do the stats say? My feeling is that it simply isn’t correct that most documented cases of pederasty involve homosexual relations. Someone needs to call him on this – not simply that he hasn’t proven his side of the story, even if it’s relevant.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:35pm
  18. Thats like saying all snowflakes are the same because they are all white.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:39pm
  19. This guy is just ridiculous. Go die in a fire.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:43pm
  20. Now let me understaaa bahahahahahahaha… oh my hahahahah

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:47pm
  21. Makes me sad that my kids will have to deal with the children raised with this thinking.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:55pm
  22. Sadly I was waiting for this. I hope 1 day we won’t have to deal with it and comments like this will be extremely rare and met with shock and disgust by EVERYONE.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 6:35pm
  23. Oh, please.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 6:51pm
  24. I mean does it surprise anyone?? Look at who it is! He’s a lunatic

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 6:59pm
  25. Are we really surprised folks?

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 7:55pm
  26. Most pedophiles are straight men.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 8:16pm
  27. And what’s the excuse for all the straight pedophiles?

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 8:46pm
  28. those fools

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 11:20pm
  29. Keep in mind folks that studies show that a large percentage of pedophiles are indiscriminate of gender when selecting their victims. If this mental midget had any regard for the truth he would already know this. His hate based agenda is clear in my eyes.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 11:45pm
  30. Keep in mind folks that studies show that a large percentage of pedophiles are indiscriminate of gender when selecting their victims. If this mental midget had any cared for or had any regard for the truth, his article would not exist. His hate based agenda is clear in my eyes.

    Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 11:48pm
  31. You SOB May attention to the news it is ALWAYS a Straight man that RAPES children! It is sick and wrong and they are trying to make people believe that Gay men are the pervs, sorry STATISTICS have proved otherwise!

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 3:10am
  32. You stupid, ignorant idiot. The fact that you would even bring in a person’s political standing is just pure ignorance. I grew up with a father who is a convicted child molester and by the way…he’s a democrat. That has nothing to do with anything. Let’s face it they’re either one or the other. This is a terrible crime that steals a childs’ sense of self and it’s so prevalent in society. It needs to be stopped.

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 6:06am
  33. You are right Sandie!

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 7:36am
  34. Mr. Barbaric,
    Sandusky’s married with children. He’s an habitual sexual predator, not a homosexual. Additionally, it’s not 1-3 % of the population that’s gay; that’s just a silly number conservatives toss out to downplay the existence of a minority population. Many people don’t come out of the closet because, well, frankly because of crap like this — the gay “lifestyle” (raise your hand if you detest the use of that word) is blamed when straight, psychologically disturbed people rape little boys and teens. Finally, the disproportionate numbers he’s talking about regarding child molestation are, in fact, completely opposite to what he presents here. The proportion of straight male pedophiles who prey on children of both sexes far outnumbers the proportion of homosexual pedophiles. Stop trying to blend pedophilia and homosexuality as the same damned thing. Science and statistics proved otherwise long ago.

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 9:38am
  35. I can come up with 2 things just off the top of my head that this idiot doesn’t bother to think of (or does but of course would never say) One.. Maybe, if people like him didn’t make being gay so shameful, the boys would have spoke up sooner. Allot of it is shame from just the act it self, but ad on top of that the way gay kids are bullied and how so many make it an ugly thing, that just makes it worse.
    Two.. Convenience.. Pedifiles want the easy rd. as it is which is part of the reason they prey on children. They like the power. Going out and searching for girls would have been allot harder. Yet working where he did doing what he did, he was always around boys. There is nothing to say, had he access to several girls, that he would not have preyed on them as well.

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:26am
  36. I knew this was coming…

    Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 4:08pm
  37. Of course someone would say that. -_-

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 6:30pm