Why worry about nuclear war when there are gays out there to fight against?

 

Commentary by D’Anne Witkowski

Peter LaBarbera

As I write this it is April 9, 2018, my birthday. It’s also the day John Bolton starts as Trump’s national security adviser.

Bolton, who was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, really wants to go to war with North Korea and Iran. Like, bad. And now we’ve got him whispering into the ear of the dangerously impulsive and ignorant man we have as a leader. Which should make all of us fear that we won’t make it to our next birthdays.

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And yet, in the face of potential annihilation, there are still people who think that men kissing men is much worse than men killing men.

Spoiler alert: It isn’t.

But such are the concerns of MassResistance.

No, MassResistance isn’t when you pretend you’re sleeping and cannot hear your mom hollering that it’s time to go to church (something I spent much of my formative years doing, which is probably why I’m gay). Rather, MassResistance is a group battling the so-called homosexual agenda. Because priorities.

It’s all the same stuff, and many of the same faces, we’ve been subjected to for decades. In fact, MassResistance just added notorious homophobe Peter LaBarbera to its staff.

“MassResistance has been expanding and we have needed someone of his caliber for a while,” MassResistance President Brian Camenker said April 8.

And what caliber is LaBarbera? Well, he’s the president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, an organization that does everything but tell the truth about LGBTQ people.

“It goes without saying that Pete is despised and vilified by the LGBT movement,” Camenker added.

Which is true! Here I am, vilifying him now: Peter LaBarbera is a villain.

MassResistance prides itself for being different from other anti-LGBTQ groups. For one thing, they’re based in Massachusetts, a den of sin and hellfire ever since they were the first state in the country to make marriage equality the law. There are no signs on the restrooms and you have to get gay-married to own property or vote. Only straight people pay taxes. It’s a real shame (that Bolton will lead us into a war and untold numbers of people will die).

On the MassResistance webpage they brag that they’ve been described as a “hardcore pro-family group.” They are very clear that they aren’t like those mainstream pro-family groups.

“In contrast, rather than being truthful and confrontational, too many pro-family groups are more interested in being viewed as ‘reasonable’ and ‘not extreme,’” it says on the website. So, clearly, MassResistance should be seen as unreasonable and extreme (just like Bolton). Got it.

So extreme are they that they managed to get blocked from participating at the Conservative Political Action Convention this year—even though CPAC is a notorious den of hateful filth—after 2015 remarks Camenker made about LGBTQ people came to light. He said it was totally fine to be “insulting and degrading” toward LGBTQ people because this was a “war” not a “church service”—not to be confused with the literal war/wars Bolton wants to start.

MassResistance was super pissed that the Log Cabin Republicans were allowed at CPAC and they weren’t. LCR, a group that continues to bewilder me, is probably the most milquetoast gay organization in existence. So MassResistance’s hysterical characterization of LCR as a group that “pushes hard to homosexualize the Republican Party,” is, well, hysterical.

So be on the lookout for MassResistance creeps as they pop up in places like public libraries in Texas to fight God’s war against LGBTQ book displays. And Jesus wept (after the earth was destroyed by nukes because Trump wanted to distract from his incompetence and his insanely corrupt administration).

D’Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer and comedian living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski. Creep of the Week is distributed by Q Syndicate.

Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.