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Liberty Counsel’s Barber: Non-Discrimination Laws Lead To Bestiality, Anarchy

January 03, 2013 12:36 pm ET by Carlos Maza

How ridiculous does the Liberty Counsel need to get before Fox News stops treating it like a source of serious legal commentary on LGBT issues?

In a a column for WorldNetDaily titled “A Politically Incorrect Guide To ‘Sexual Orientation’,” Liberty Counsel Action’s Vice President Matt Barber presented  a laundry list of extreme anti-LGBT horror stories about the dangers of providing basic legal protections to LGBT people:

First it was “LGB” – liberal shorthand for “lesbian, gay and bisexual.” Then they added a “T” for “transgender.” That’s cross-dressing. You know, fellas like 45-year-old Clay Francis (aka, “Colleen”).

Mr. Francis enjoys macramé, long walks on the beach, wearing lady’s knickers and showering fully nude with 6-year-old girls.

Because it’s illegal to “discriminate based on the basis of gender identity,” and since it’s the only “tolerant” thing to do, this brave bellwether of the persecuted LGBT victim-class has secured the “civil right” for him and other men to fully expose themselves to your daughter in the locker room at Olympia, Washington’s Evergreen State College.


But to make sure they didn’t miss anyone, pooh-bahs over at Child Corruption Central added a “Q” to the “sexual orientation” mix. In case some fifth-grader in Ms. Adamsapple’s health class gets the urge to “taste the rainbow” (and I don’t mean Skittles), the catch-all term “questioning” was tacked on.

Gotta meet those recruiting quotas.


In today’s frenzied struggle for unfettered sexual license cleverly couched as “civil rights,” we shouldn’t be surprised, then, that oppressed peoples representing all form of “sexual orientation” are lining up for their slice of “equality” pie.

Yes, even, um, animal lovers. According to a recent report by Florida’s Gainesville Sun, for instance, “Lawyers representing a Marion County man accused of sexual activity with a miniature donkey have filed a motion asking a judge to declare the Florida statute banning sexual activities with animals unconstitutional.”


Predictably, polygamists and incestuous siblings are now clamoring for so-called “marriage equality” based on [Lawrence v. Texas]. At this rate, there’s little doubt they’ll get it.

Once our culture decides, as a matter of course, that all morality is relative, all bets are off. Once we determine, as a matter of law, that people are entitled to special privilege because they subjectively define their identity based upon deviant sexual proclivities and behaviors, moral, legal and cultural anarchy are inevitable. [emphasis added]

Barber’s anti-LGBT screed isn’t exactly groundbreaking as far as right-wing bigotry goes. Plenty of anti-gay hate groups have been spouting this kind of baseless, nonsensical propaganda - the bathroom myth, the recruitment myth, the slippery slope - for years.

But Barber isn’t just a member of some fringe anti-gay group. He’s an attorney for the Liberty Counsel (and vice president of its lobbying arm, Liberty Counsel Action), a group that bills itself as a serious legal organization. Liberty Counsel regularly litigates on behalf of extreme anti-LGBT clients -- a job that lands the groupfrequent appearances and mentions on Fox News. Instead of recognizing the group’s penchant for fact-free fearmongering, Fox has treated Liberty Counsel – and Barber, by extension – like a source of credible legal commentary.

This isn’t the first time Barber has made inflammatory comments about LGBT people, either. Most recently, he referred to the “gay lobby” as an “insatiable beast” and claimed that “ex-gay” therapy is useful for helping victims of child molestation.

Setting aside his explicit anti-LGBT bias, Barber’s wildly inaccurate policy analysis should raise questions about Liberty Counsel’s credibility as a serious legal organization.Unfortunately, those questions will likely never be asked on Fox.


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