Conservatives War With Gay Blogger, Call FBI Over Comments
Not on him, exactly -- on his commenters, some of whom made what these conservatives take as menacing statements, which they think should be treated as terrorist threats.
"[Peter] LaBarbera [of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality] has attacked me intermittently over the years," proprietor Joe Jervis told us, "but this is his most furious attempt to shut me down"...
It started when JMG encouraged his readers to book seats at the anti-gay Americans For Truth About Homosexuality annual banquet, presumably as a prank. "Homosexual Hate Site Targets AFTAH Staffer for Phone Harassment," responded Americans for Truth.
The October 24 banquet passed without incident, though there were some protests outside: Illinois Review claimed "gay activists lined the street," then reproduced a pictured of about seven people with P-flags. "It's about to get just a little harder to be a Christian in America," keynote speaker Matt Barbour of Liberty Counsel told the banqueters.
That seemed to be that until Monday, when Americans for Truth reported "Homosexual Activists on 'Joe.My.God.' Blog Warn of Gay 'Domestic Terrorism' against Pro-Family Leaders including LaBarbera, Gallagher... Gay writer says 'well-organized terrorism' against pro-family leaders is 'just what we need.'"
A careless reader might think Jervis had made the remarks, but AFTAH was referring to JMG commenters, who said things like "Maybe a bit of well-organized terrorism is just what we need," "Will someone please give me a gun?" and "There will be radicals who will begin to hunt down haters like LaBarbera and Gallagher" vis a vis anti-gay crusaders Peter LaBarbera and Maggie Gallagher.
Americans for Truth added, "The pro-family Christian defense organization Liberty Counsel has contacted the FBI regarding the threatening posts." LaBarbera told us that Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber had indeed called the FBI.
JMG said the comments "don't pass the laugh test as a 'terrorist threat,'" but nonetheless removed the post and asked his readers to notify him of any comment "that you feel incites to violence," and requested, "please don't post anything, even in jest, that you wouldn't mind saying in a signed letter to your local newspaper."
The story ascended today to the popular conservative site World Net Daily, which said "'Gay' blogger calls church-bomb threat a 'joke,'" quoted LaBarbera, who said "Fort Hood teaches us" that "when people are talking about violence to pro-family proponents, you have to take it seriously," and reproduced other murderous comments from other pro-gay web sites.
When we talked to him, LaBarbera seemed more concerned with what he portrayed as gay intolerance than with physical harm.