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Protest vs Illinois's #1 Anti-Gay Bigot This Saturday Night!

GLN permalink 10-22-2009

Peter LaBarbera, the man behind Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, is having his annual benefit this Saturday night. This is only the latest incarnation of his decades-long campaign against equal rights:

– as a former reporter for the right-wing “Mooney” paper The Washington Times of the creepie Rev. Sun Myung Moon cult

– as an operative with Concerned Women for America, a group dedicated to opposing equal rights for women

– as Executive Director of the Illinois Family Institute, an outfit labeled a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center (LINK)

– and now with his Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

With his breathless "undercover" reports about Chicago’s International Mr. Leather and other events, LaBarbera's obsession about gay sex has become legendary in political circles. His "activism" would be laughable if it wasn't also dangerous -- LaBarbera was the principal proponent of the two failed attempts to get anti-gay initiatives on the Illinois ballot.

*** Appearing last year on the far-right Matt Barber program with lunatic legislator Rep. Sally "homosexuals are worse than terrorism" Kern of Oklahoma, he said that the gay lobby "threatens America and threatens children."

*** Addressing the increasing pogromist atmosphere against LGBT people in Uganda, he said "At AFTAH, we preach Christian mercy and have denounced Talibanesque capital punishment for homosexuals in countries like Iran. But we also believe that if states and localities here in America (and governments abroad) wish to ban sodomy, they have every right to do so..." Sorta like saying, "We oppose Herr Hitler's violence against Jews, but his laws are okay."

*** Talking about John Berry, the head of the federal government's Office of Personnel Management, he said "So, what we have is sort of a subversive -- if you could call it that -- homosexual activist, and now he's going to have an even much more visible and powerful role at OPM, which is a very powerful job in Washington."

On Saturday night we will be addressing LaBarbera's hate speech with our own 1st Amendment-protected speech.

We'll be at:

The Christian Liberty Academy
502 Euclid Avenue
Arlington Heights
6:30 PM – Saturday, Oct. 24

For those coming from the Chicago, we’ll be taking a commuter train to the protest. Please meet us in front of the Ogilvy Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison, at 5 PM SHARP (just look for the PRIDE FLAG) – cell phone contact 312.543.7552. The "Christian Academy" is a short walk from the Arlington Heights train station.


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