Some things don’t improve with age.Four years ago, the Christian right was having a collective meltdown over the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (S.909). According to various spokespeople,the objectives of the hate crimes law were to give “special rights to homosexuals” and to criminalize Christianity. Despite a mountain of legal evidence to the contrary, the usual suspects were claiming that the goal was to lock up Christian pastors for preaching against homosexuality. As Matt Barber, of Liberty Counsel, put it at the time:
This creates both a sociopolitical and legal environment wherein
traditional sexual morality officially becomes the new racism. Those who
publically [sic] express medical, moral or religious
opposition to the homosexual lifestyle are tagged by the government as
“homophobic bigots” to be treated no differently by law enforcement, the
courts or larger society than the KKK or neo-Nazis.
Oh, such remarkable erudition. Aside from Barber’s grammar and spelling challenges, not much has changed. Now, according to Barber there is a new threat if the Supreme Court strikes down Section 3 of DOMA:
If the federal government puts its official stamp of approval on
homosexual behavior and says that it’s equal to, in every way, natural
heterosexual behavior up to and including marriage, then that officially
pits the federal government against those who hold a Judeo-Christian
worldview relative to sexual morality. We automatically become the
modern day racists.
The simple fact is that Mr. Barber was considered a bigot before the new hate crimes bill was signed into law. Similarly, Barber will be considered a begot irrespective of what the Supreme Court does, or doesn’t do, to DOMA.
What Mr. Barber doesn’t realize is that his incurious constituency, devoid of critical thinking, is in serious decline. Even to Christians, Mr. Barber increasingly sounds like a hyperbolic and illiterate fool. Barber needs some new material. He could always go back to calling us pedophiles.