Blogger Zack Ford is having an interesting Twitter exchange with well-known anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera and has documented quite a bit of it on his site. He raises an interesting question that I'm sure will cause quite the bit of debate. Can his back-and-forth with Porno Pete actually have a difference?
...I've had my own topsy-turvy experience. I've been having a civil and even respectful dialogue (if you ignore the occasional mocking quotes) with Peter LaBarbera on Twitter.
Readers know I use this blog to challenge religious right rhetoric, and I won't pretend that I didn't start engaging with Peter LaBarbera with the same motive. But, I'm going to give him a little credit: it's actually been a constructive and meaningful exchange, as much as one between the two of us possibly could be. I mean, it's no secret to him that I'm an openly gay atheist, and it's no secret to me that he orchestrates Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, which promotes a lot of dangerous untruths about LGBT identities.
I've found that he can actually engage in civil discourse, a quality that doesn't apply to many of his anti-LGBT peers. We've actually found things we can agree on and jokes we can both laugh at (including GOProud's Chris Barron's regular Twitter updates about his workout routines). Today, Peter actually did me a favor. He noticed that I was debating "NGblog" about the merits of Creating Change and pointed out that it's Nelson Garcia, a fake gay activist with a history of boyloving and pedophilia charges. In fact, Peter went out of his way to call out Garcia's past on the #cc11 hashtag for all to see. He didn't have to do that.
Go check out the back and forth between the two and tell us your opinion. Is it a waste of time? Or can it make an actual difference?