Peter LaBarbera - anti-LGBTQ madman 2018
Peter LaBarbera – anti-LGBTQ madman (2018)

On August 16, Peter LaBarbera wrote part one of his anti-LGBTQ, anti-Netflix, anti-Pray Away tirade. LaBarbera promised us a part two titled: “Who are Pray Away’s Traitors to the Truth, and why do we listen to them?” Presumably that did not work out very well. 16 days later Pete has delighted us all with: ANALYSIS: The stars of Netflix’s ‘Pray Away’ propaganda include my former colleagues.

“Colleagues?” Would anyone admit to having been Peter LaBarbera’s colleague?

Furthermore, is batshittery a profession? Is the production of batshit a business? Okay, it’s a cheap shot but LaBarbera warrants nothing more elegant.

I suppose that I am obliged to dig into the drivel (Pete is “as mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore!”):

Here is a rundown of Pray Away’s ‘ex-ex-gay’ apostates—call them Team Traitor—some of whom I worked with before they sold their souls to become a part of the media’s favorite sin movement.

As I wrote, The Peter is pissed. Moreover, who appointed Mr. LaBarbera as the arbiter of what is sinful? Most Christians disagree with him. Jews, too.

The media’s “sin” is providing factually accurate information about LGBTQ people. I did some checking and even WND — crackpot central — only mentioned gay people once in August: “DC Comics turning Superman gay.” (That is wingnutty on so many levels.)

Later on “Dr.” LaBarbera expresses his distaste for science:

“Prejudice of, and discrimination against, LGBTQ people requires conversion therapy to be credible.”

“Conversion therapy” is one of those loaded, elastic terms (like “transphobe”) that gay and transgender activists throw around to further their totalitarian, anti-Christian agenda. In this case, the LGBTQ narrative, dutifully repeated by the media, is as follows:

  1. Lasting change away from homosexuality is impossible (unless, of course, you’re transitioning from gay or lesbian to another “queer” identity like “non-binary” or “pansexual”); and
  2. any effort to help someone overcome unwanted homosexual desires or gender-confusion is so harmful that it should be banned by the state.

Aside from the fact that LaBarbera is indulging in a form of “straw man” logical fallacy, the above represents what all of his noisy rhetoric is about.

Prejudice of, and discrimination against, LGBTQ people requires the belief that conversion therapy works. Conversion therapy (or “pray away the gay”) is intended to serve as proof that sexual orientation and gender identity are choices.

“LaBarbera must discredit the science or accept the fact that his life has been a waste of time and energy.”

Therefore, it is imperative for someone like Peter LaBarbera to defend the practice. LaBarbera’s raison d’être, for decades, is anti-LGBTQ bigotry. The prejudice becomes more difficult to promote once the truth is known. The truth, according to science — not the media — is that conversion therapy is futile and harmful.

This is particularly true regarding gender identity conversion efforts. The practice is so toxic that, according to science, it causes a lifetime of adverse mental health consequences.

Noticeably absent from Mr. LaBarbera’s diatribe is a cite to any science which supports the use of conversion efforts. There is a reason for that: There is none. Undoubtedly
LaBarbera would claim that science strives to be politically correct. LaBarbera must discredit the science or accept the fact that his life has been a waste of time and energy.

“Neither man has published peer-reviewed research to a respected academic journal to provide evidence that conversion therapy is safe and effective.”

Noting that the former conversion therapy practitioners admit (in the film) that they were deceptive in service to religion, Mr. LaBarbera coughs up a substitute for the science. The problem is solved with a series of rhetorical questions as argument ad hominem:

  1. If they were lying and deceiving then, are they lying and deceiving now?
  2. Why should we take these reverts seriously, especially as authorities on truth?
  3. Is it fair to assail the “harm” of ex-gay therapy and counseling without consulting their leading defenders for balance: mature former homosexuals like Joe Dallas and David Pickup, who stayed the course and have benefited from, and helped others through, these practices?

The answer to questions one and two is that there is no evidence in support of the proposition that conversion therapy is safe and effective. Therefore, the individuals in Pray Away are more likely to be honest and authoritative now compared to then.

Furthermore, they had an incentive to be deceitful (possibly self-deceitful) when they were practitioners of conversion therapy. The have no incentive now do admit that they were wrong. If anything, they have a disincentive to admit their mistakes.

The answer to question three is that Pickup and Dallas are neither credible nor authoritative. Neither man has published peer-reviewed research to a respected academic journal to provide evidence that conversion therapy is safe and effective. Moreover, they are competing with peer-reviewed research. Therefore, they are obliged to support their claims with evidence-based research.

“LaBarbera, once again — without providing any proof — is implying that conversion therapy is actually ‘helping’ people.”

Just to sum it up, the individuals in Pray Away have a disincentive to admit their errors. Pickup and Dallas have an incentive to posit success with no proof whatsoever.

Making shit up does not manufacture a valid argument:

Pray Away cynically conflates secular, psychoanalytical talk therapy with Christian and church counseling that helps people overcome same-sex desires and gender confusion.

LaBarbera referenced (only a couple of paragraphs prior) David Pickup. Pickup postures as a licensed “psychoanalytical talk therap[ist].” Furthermore, LaBarbera is claiming that religious counseling is effective while offering no evidence whatsoever in support of his argument.

Discredit the film by discrediting the community?

The film is a made-to-order tool for fanatical, intolerant LGBTQ activists who—rather than civilly debate their religious-minded opponents—are using their immense, accumulated political and media power to ban them from helping strugglers live sexually moral lives in line with their faith.

The Peter will never triumph in a debate. There is no link between supposedly evil activists and the film that he does not like. Moreover, LaBarbera, once again — without providing any proof — is implying that conversion therapy is actually “helping” people.

“[LaBarbera]: ‘Christian ex-LGBTQ ministries continue to flourish …’ What metric supports that claim?”

The simple fact is that the film sets out to discredit conversion therapy. The film does so through un-incentivized personal testimony. And that drives LaBarbera even crazier than he already is.

Apparently there is a religious duty to promote bullshit:

… it is our duty as Christians to call out their LGBTQ lies and self-centered theology, which diminishes Christ, elevates sinful feelings over Scriptural truth, and misleads sinners by promoting a false, LGBTQ-positive version of Christianity that denies the hope of the Gospel.

First of all the above is irrelevant. Secondly, LaBarbera keeps making accusations without offering evidence. Supposed “scriptural truth” is not objective truth.

Indulging in another rhetorical question:

Why doesn’t Pray Away tell Jeffrey McCall’s amazing life story?

Pray Away’s treacherous “ex-ex-gays”—like their new allies on the Sexual Left—hate that Christian ex-LGBTQ ministries continue to flourish despite the implosion in 2013 of Exodus International, the one-time “ex-gay” Christian umbrella group that was taken down under the subversive “leadership” of Alan Chambers.

The film does include one faithful Christian, former homosexual/transgender Jeffrey McCall, who is leading a new effort …

The simple answer is in the form of a question: How is Jeffrey McCall’s story relevant?

Jeffrey McCallAbout five years ago, McCall looking very cisgender/heterosexual was promoting MAGA-Trump. How far back do we have to go to verify that he was ever gay or trans?

Furthermore: “Christian ex-LGBTQ ministries continue to flourish …” What metric supports that claim?

LaBarbera concludes:

Here is a rundown of Pray Away’s “ex-ex-gay” apostates—call them Team Traitor—some of whom I worked with before they sold their souls to become a part of the media’s favorite sin movement.

What motive do the participants have to do anything other than displaying contrition? Moreover, even if all of that is true it is irrelevant to the safety and effectiveness of conversion therapy.

Mr. LaBarbera offers no evidence to support any of the arguments he makes.

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.