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Religious right leader switches from lying about gays to just plain lying

Maybe the lgbt community is boring the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber.

Or maybe maligning us by describing our relationships as "one man violently cramming his penis into another man's lower intestine and calling it 'love" or going to bizarre detail about our alleged sex habits just isn't getting him enough hits when he possibly googles his name.

Whatever the case may be, in his latest column, Barber doesn't say hardly a word about lgbts. It's a shame, however that he continues his habit of lies and misdirection.

The column is about how there is a so-called groundswell to President Obama's alleged "neo-Marxist, secular-humanist agenda."

Now Barber lists several dubious examples of this, including one which really caught my eye. It concerns the incident where several tea party members made racist and homophobic statements at Congressional leaders:

And so, the mainstream media hit back, latching like pit-bulls to a poodle on iffy reports that Tea Partiers had shouted racist and "homophobic" slurs at black members of Congress and, well, Barney Frank (claims which, as it turns out, were apparently fabricated whole cloth).

Conservative pundit Andrew Breitbart offered $100,000 reward to anyone able to provide video or audio of the alleged slurs. Despite scores of television cameras in the immediate vicinity, no one has produced a shred of evidence.

I guess I latched on to that part of Barber's unintentionally humorous column because it underscores not only Barber's intentional deception but the deception of entities that would print Barber's mess under the guise that it represents "Christian values."

The fact that homophobic and racial slurs were shouted has been backed up by several other reports, including a very detailed one by Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander. This report includes the fact that there is video footage of a derogatory comment aimed at Frank.

It's also convenient that Barber did not reveal that one of the black legislators in question was John Lewis, an icon who was one of  the leaders of African-American civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s. Of course mentioning this would probably ruin Barber's inference that lies were told against the tea party members. After all, who would anyone in their right mind believe - protesters, some carrying signs comparing the African-American president to Hitler or a man who was marched and beaten over civil rights?

One would also question Barber citing Breitbart's challenge of video proof, seeing that for a long time, Breitbart was peddling a video as evidence that the slurs weren't said until the Associated Press pointed out that his proof was inaccurate.

Of course the point is not the slurs or the supposed "neo-Marxist, secular-humanist agenda" (what is that anyway) of President Obama.

The point is just how easy it is to put on the cloth of Christian respectability when one is repeating lying talking points whether it be about President Obama, Congressional leaders, or the lgbt community.