Alex Blaze

Barber to Hardaway: This is how we do it

Filed By Alex Blaze | February 17, 2007 11:51 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media
Tags: Concerned Women for America, John Amaechi, Matt Barber, tim hardaway

Matt Barber of the Concerned Women for America has released a statement concerning Tim Hardaway's comments concerning John Amaechi's coming out. It's just special:

Hardaway's comments are both unfortunate and inappropriate. They provide political fodder for those who wish to paint all opposition to the homosexual lifestyle as being rooted in 'hate.' It's important to note that Hardaway's words represent the feelings of Hardaway. His words do not represent the feelings of the vast majority of people opposed to the homosexual agenda.
Which reminds me of Amaechi's own response to Hardaway:
I'm actually tempted to laugh. Finally, someone who is honest. It is ridiculous, absurd, petty, bigoted and shows a lack of empathy that is gargantuan and unfathomable. But it is honest. And it illustrates the problem better than any of the fuzzy language other people have used so far.
Fuzzy language? Sorta like the next paragraph in Barber's statement:
It's perfectly natural for people to be repelled by disordered sexual behaviors that are both unnatural, and immoral. All too often those behaviors are accompanied by serious physical, emotional, and spiritual pitfalls. However, the appropriate reaction is to respond with words and acts of love, not words of hate. Jesus Christ offers forgiveness and freedom for all sinners, and that is the heart of the Gospel message
Yes, you read correctly. Barber says, in the same statement, that Hardaway's comments are both nonrepresentative of the anti-gay movement and the natural response of the people in that movement. You can't have it both ways!

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Amaechi's right. Hardaway's response was so direct that it left no mistake as to his actual feelings. Whenever we hear about so-and-so a legislator or the president or some anti-gay person talking about protecting the family or their values or whatever, we should pull out Hardaway's statement and read it as a translation. Because none of their arguments make sense without accepting the subtext of heterosexual supremacy.


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