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“My mother knew I was gay, and performed an exorcism on me in an attempt to cure me.” …
Before going any further, please read the following and view the videos Eric James left behind: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/281542/20120113/eric-james-borges-gay-teen-trevor-project.htm?cid=5
Eric James Borges was a real human being: a young man with great potential and much to offer civil society, as opposed to the self-serving bigotry and hate promulgated by people such as Fischer, Perkins, LaBarbera, and other so-called “Christian” leaders. Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed gays and marriage equality both “threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.” No doubt Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins, and Peter LaBarbera would agree. They’re wrong. Fanatical, hate-based religion is the real threat to human dignity and the future of humanity, just as it’s always been.
Just look at history: the Inquisition and wholesale slaughter of indigenous peoples in the New World, the Salem Witch hunts, slavery and segregation, September 11, 2001. Look at the world’s “hot spots” today and you’ll find dogmatic religion behind virtually every conflict. Gays and marriage equality are not a threat to humanity and civilization. Fanatical, dogmatic religion is. In this country, purveyors such as Fischer, Perkins and LaBarbera hide behind the First Amendment in order to spew their venom and inspire other to do their dirty work. In Islamic countries such as Iran, theofascists are more overt in their murder of gay teens: “Shocking New Photo Released in Hanging of Iran Gay Teens.”
It’s no secret that the antigay Christian Right’s most often quoted “psychologist,” discredited Paul Cameron, advocated killing gays decades ago:
At the 1985 Conservative Political Action Conference, [Paul] Cameron announced to the attendees, “Unless we get medically lucky, in three or four years, one of the options discussed will be the extermination of homosexuals.” According to an interview with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Cameron was recommending the extermination option as early as 1983.
Of course, most antigay “faith-based pro-family” leaders distance themselves from such outright murderous statement, preferring instead to run workshop to teach children as young as 14 to target gays:
Submitted by Kyle on July 19, 2010
Last month we noted that Peter LaBarbera's Americans for Truth would be hosting a three-day training conference for anti-gay activists featuring a who's who of the most hostile voices in the movement, including LaBarbera, Robert Knight, Ryan Sorba, and Matt Barber.
Today Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid, who shares a LaBarbera-level hatred for gays, has now been added to the list of instructors, which explains why he is now writing glowing columns about the conference warning that it is our only hope of save America from its "moral suicide" as gays seek to kill themselves and everyone else …
AFTAH is launching a Truth Academy on how to fight the “gay agenda.” … Adults and young people alike are encouraged to sign up for this much-needed effort to organize the pro-family forces in America. The issue is just as important as the massive debt and deficits that are threatening to financially bankrupt the nation. The cost to attend the AFTAH Truth Academy is only $99 for students, $199 for adults, and $299 for couples.
Perhaps the kids and other attendees that participated in LaBarbera’s workshop were treated to the “Christian” music of You Can Run But You Can’t Hide, the frontman for which is Bradlee Dean:
Bradlee Dean, the frontman of a Christian rock band in Minnesota called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, recently said that Muslim countries that execute LGBTs are “more moral than even the American Christians,” plus some mouth-foaming about gays engaging in abominations and child molestation. …
So what’s the Target connection? Well, Bradlee's ministry received money and support from Tom Emmer, an anti-gay Minnesota Republican running for Governor. And Tom Emmer's campaign got a boost from Minnesota Forward, a PAC running TV ads on his behalf. And Minnesota Forward got $150,000 -- which amounts to about a third of all of their donations -- from Target.
So, to follow the money: Target gave $150,000 to Minnesota Forward, which bought TV ads for Tom Emmer, who says “I believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman,” and who hangs out with a guy who thinks killing gays is moral. …
Muslim countries that execute gay teens are “more moral than even the American Christians.” How does one respond to American “Christians” who call for – or sanction – the coldblooded murder of fellow citizens? How does one respond to people like Peter LaBarbera and other so-called “pro-family leaders” whose sole purpose in life seems to be to inspire hatred and bigotry?
Click here to see how another “Christian” leader, Larry Adams of Cross Bearer Ministry in Indianapolis, Indiana, thought loving, committed gays should be dealt with. This bible-thumping, “good Christian” wants to get out the nooses and hang gay couples… in the name of “God,” of course.
Fischer, Perkins, LaBarbera, Benedict XIV, Dean, Adams, and all those who pervert spirituality to damn and condemn others cannot be held responsible legally for the death of young gay American teens such as Eric James. But morally, they’re as guilty as sin. And they know it…