Peter LaBarbera
Another photo of Peter (“Porno Pete”) LaBarbera looking profoundly stupida

Hate Group Leader Peter LaBarbera is at it again. Now he wants to demonstrate that Jews are as homophobic as he is — with a bit of help from Breibart. Before regurgitating something from Breitbart LaBarbera should have the good sense to check its accuracy but Pete is not long on intellectual curiosity. Accordingly he writes: “Rabbis Blast Trump Re-nomination of LGBTQ Activist Chai Feldblum to EEOC.” Then, quoting from Breitbart:

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), the largest rabbinic public policy organization in America, observes in a press release sent to Breitbart News that Feldblum, the architect of former President Barack Obama’s radical LGBT agenda, “cast the deciding vote when the EEOC teramed it ‘unlawful sex discrimination’ to limit locker and shower facilities to those of a single biological gender, and has consistently shown a disregard for religious rights.”

Coalition for Jewish Values is an assumed natme for Project Genesis in Baltimore Maryland. Project Genesis is minuscule. 2016 revenues were $117,000. Assets at the end of 2016 were $34,000. There are scores of larger, similar organizations. For example, LaBarbera lives in the Chicago metropolitan area. In 2016, the Chicago Rabbinical Council had revenues of $4.5 million, ending the year with assets of $3.3 million. The Chicago council is also involved in legislative issues and community relations (in addition to a host of other services).

The point is that before claiming that any organization is the largest of its kind, one needs to determine the basis for the claim.
Breitbart has repeatedly demonstrated that it will print just about anything, regardless of accuracy, if it bolsters its point of view.

I should mention that we have financial informtation because Project Genesis complies with the law and files its tax returns. LaBarbera’s Americans for Truth About Homosexuality has not filed its returns and had its tax-exempt status revoked in 2015. LaBarbera seems wed to the proposition that there is a different set of laws for conservative Christians because his little hate group is not registered in conformity with the Illinois Charitable Trust Act. But I digress.

As for the statement of CJV, it is also factually flawed. For example:

In 2012, Feldblum was part of the EEOC when the US Supreme Court unanimously rejected its position, which Chief Justice John Roberts characterized as claiming “that the Religion Clauses have nothing to say about a religious organization’s freedom to select its own ministers.”

That is true but misleading. They are referring to Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC. While the case was decided in 2012 the underlying activity of the EEOC dates back to 2005 — five years prior to Feldblum’s appointment to the EEOC. In other words, the EEOC began this case under the George W. Bush administration.

I had a dialog with Rabbi Menken back in November (I cannot recall why). I doubt that he would want to be associated with a hate group whose bigoted leader believes that we are all destined to Hell for not accepting Jesus Christ as lord and savior. After 6,000 years of oppression we Jews have learned a thing or two about persecution. We tend to be accepting of people as they are. There are exceptions of course.

Having said that, I am reminded that Mr. LaBarbera is an exception as well. He does not represent the views of a majority of Christians in the United States.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.