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Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber: AIDS a metaphor of ‘God’s love for gays’

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs for the anti-gay organization Liberty Counsel, marked World AIDS Day with a tweet on Friday declaring that AIDS is a metaphor of “God’s love for gays,” with a link to a photograph of a young AIDS victim on his deathbed.

The image linked to is a 1990 photograph published by LIFE magazine of a young man, David Kirby, dying of AIDS.

Barber’s tweet called it a moving photo of “sin” and “the pain of a father.”

The vehemently anti-gay Liberty Counsel devotes much of its time fighting against rights for LGBT people, opposes same-sex marriage, civil unions, and adoption by gays, supports banning gays and lesbians from serving in the U.S. military, opposes efforts to prohibit employment discrimination against gay workers, and opposes “the addition of sexual orientation, gender identity or similar provisions into to hate crimes legislation.

Matt Barber

Barber’s follow-up Tweet: “Another day of angry liberals, homosexual activists and atheists telling me I’m not a good Christian. I’ll take the endorsement…”

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40 more reader comments:

  1. and your hardening arteries and obesity is your gods way of saying you are a glutton.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:03pm
  2. this moron is using superstitions to be mean!and what about all the people in Africa where in 38states there’s the death penalty ,life imprisoment for homosexuality,torture etc is that the love of ”God” as well?cos most straight people have the virus as well!what a moron and a nasty piece of work this man is!

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:05pm
  3. Don’t be a dick, John.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:05pm
  4. WHAT AN ASSHOLE! WHAT A LOVE! ONLY GAYS GET AIDS? WHAT AN IGNORANT!

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:06pm
  5. He’s a twisted man, probably another closet case.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:08pm
  6. SICK. He’ll have his judgement day.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:09pm
  7. Who knew Liberty Counsel had such a Director — one did not think that they did “cultural affairs?”

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:10pm
  8. When you’re blinded into unwavering obedience to a long-dead idea, empathy kind of flies out the window.

    Or, more aptly put, he’s an asshole.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:11pm
  9. What a POS! Thinking that only “GAYS” get aids is like still thinking the world is flat! He should be sterilized to help contain his ingnorance.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:11pm
  10. who cares what that fucked up Jesus freak thinks – stop promoting gay bashing – Barber & Liberty Counsel are tyrannical theocRAT terrorists who should be arrested by The United States Department of Justice for inciting violence against American citizens.

    QUEER SPRING DECLARATION
    I DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE AUTHORITY OF HETEROSUPREMACIST APARTHEID

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:12pm
  11. Evil. That is the only word I can think of to describe this man.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:12pm
  12. Wow….how ignorant. God gives homosexuals aids?!? Speechless!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:18pm
  13. - I’d say his claimed deity is a sadistic hypocritical sociopath and needs some serious professional attention….but then again, as the saying goes, man creates God in his own image.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:20pm
  14. This sick individual should have his tongue cut out, and his lips sewn shut, and his fingers cut off so he can never ever talk, or communicate ever again!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:21pm
  15. And for those that think he’s a closet case…. PLEASE who in their right mind would want that???!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:23pm
  16. That shows quite simply that his “god” is nothing more than a Demon in Disguise. May the Judgement that he casts on others return and be cast upon him and his false deity.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:26pm
  17. If that is the case, how does he explain cancer, heart disease and every other debilitating condition that impacts every human on the planet? The wages if sin?

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:26pm
  18. well that’s one fucked up way to say “I Love You”, to gays OR straights.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:33pm
  19. Why do we still promote homophobia? I don’t understand why we give them gratification by posting their hatred. We know he hates us, we don’t like it, but isn’t there way more important things we could be talking about?

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:50pm
  20. God does not like ugly…

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5:53pm
  21. I’ve long thought that if God had created a gay “plague” that it would only have been so He could see how His people would treat its victims. Many of His followers failed the test.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:10pm
  22. Don’t be an “arse” senau Danny!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:38pm
  23. Does this mean God doesn’t love lesbians, seeing as how we are the lowest risk group? Damn, I thought God loved me:-)

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:44pm
  24. Sigh…..I lost a friend and her 3 year old to AIDS.. She was not gay, nor was her baby. I am sick to my stomach…

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:47pm
  25. I’d like to open a can of whoop ass on him!

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:54pm
  26. God will judge him. I can’t wait to see the look on his face when he is told that what he thought was service to God was actually hatred and bigotry.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 7:05pm
  27. So that must mean Breast Cancer is a metaphor of God’s love for Women? Glad we cleared that up.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 7:34pm
  28. He’s such a jerk! Most people in the world at large with HIV are straight. His god must want everyone infected.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 7:52pm
  29. If this is true then god loves some babies more than others.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8:13pm
  30. Why is his tweet NOT surprising?! I’ve gotten into arguments on Liberty Counsel’s FB page, in which the ignorant asshat behind the comments spread similar hateful rhetoric against LGBTQ. What is surprising is that Liberty Counsel has yet to be designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. How much longer must this hateful garbage continue?!

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:10pm
  31. poor guy!

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:26pm
  32. Typical.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:28pm
  33. I wonder what he thinks about cancer… And diarrhea…

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:01pm
  34. Idiot!

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:21pm
  35. I want to beat this piece of shit with a pipe.

    Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:53pm
  36. God: ” You know nothing of my work!”

    Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3:13am
  37. these organizations are FULL of sexually repressed and oh-so-in-the-closets!

    Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 9:14am
  38. As a Minister this is Shameful. He is Shameful!

    Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 11:31am
  39. wot a twat

    Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 5:23pm
  40. Whereas the picture – a VERY moving picture of Christ

    Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 5:30pm