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  1. Master Adrian 5 Apr 2013, 11:21pm

    Indecent and a perversion….. says a man with the name LaBarbera…. If that isn’t a perversion AND a indecency to the core……

    Anyway, showing a straight kissing couple would be decent and normal hey mister Labarbera?
    Sure, as long as the labels of normality stick…. You forget that a magazine is about NEWS and what is in the news (in case you’ve missed it…)?


    Thus….. it covers the covers and the front-pages!

  2. Please understand that Peter LaBarbera (known variously as “the Peter” and “Porno Pete” for his extensive collection of gay porn —
    reasearch materials” he calls it) is just noise. No one pays attention to him. As head of the Illinois Family Institute, he couldn’t even get enough signatures to file a petition for an advisory referendum against same-sex marriage. (Yes, you read that right: not enough signatures to even file the petitions.)

    I would worry too much about anything he says about Time Magazine — or anything else.

    1. Well said Hunter. He is of zero significance and probable depends on the LGBT community making him into a personality. Unless he has been on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC etc, or has a congregation, he is a nobody and not worth the attention. He is a nobody, and a madman.

  3. “US radio host….”


    1. In the U.S haters like LaBarbera start non-profit organizations which allow them to collect contributions and make obscene paychecks off the misery of gay people. Then when they become well known, they become radio hosts. Either way they are making money off homophobia. Look at the cutsey named Maggie Gallagher – NOM took in slightly over $1 million in it’s first three years and she put slightly over $300,000.00 straight into her pocket! These non-profit organizations are not regulated – and they should be.

      1. These extremist organisations must be very grateful that PN goes out of its way to seek out every hateful comment in every obscure broadcast and give them endless free publicity.

        Sometimes I think I might just as well give up on PN and read the Mail and the Telegraph… :-(

  4. Put it in your pipe and smoke it.

  5. Gene in L.A. 5 Apr 2013, 11:49pm

    Peter LaBarbera is certainly entitled to his opinion, but I consider it an outrage and a perversion that he says it in public, where children can hear his one-sided, bigoted propaganda.

    1. Gene – Do you really believe that someone is entitled to have an opinion that calls gay people perverted? That’s not freedom of speech – nor freedom of thought – it’s the freedom to hate. And even though there is nothing I can do about what a person thinks, I certainly wouldn’t condone him by saying he’s entitled to his opinion. I mean, would we encourage children to forge that kind of opinion early on? And certainly children are entitled to their opinion. When someone say something hateful, I don’t make excuses or validate their “entitlement” – I ask straight out, why is it that they say what they say-

      1. Freedom of speech/thought means anyone’s entitled to their opinion… and, as the delicious counterpoint, anyone else is entitled to debate and challenge those opinions.

        1. Yes Marianne, freedom of thought is a wonderful thing…until a person ACTS on that thought. And when people like LaBarbera call gay people perverted, it becomes hate speech – empowering punks who listen to the hate speech to walk down a dark street following a gay kid home and doing physical harm to the gay person. So let’s celebrate freedom of thought – but let’s not be too quick to celebrate the freedom of speech of a bigot. Because if you do encourage freedom of speech of a bigot, I’m going to think that you place a premium on your freedom of thought…above…the freedom of a gay person to live their life without fear of being harmed physically, and if that’s the case, then you lose me. After all, it’s acting out on freedom of thought – unchecked – that allowed the Nazi party to flourish. And make no mistake about it – LaBarbera and his breed – are the equivalent of Nazis, to gay people.

          1. In the US, speech has pretty strong protections — we don’t have laws against “hate speech.” There are limits — incitement (which has to be direct), sedition (and again, it has to be direct), defamation of character (which has to involve an actual accusation), and the like — someone has to be directly injured. Regrettably, “creating an environment” is not one of the limitations. If it were, most of the professional gay-bashers here would be out of work. (As would every other professional bigot.)

            Although it’s worth noting that both LaBarbera’s former employer, the Illinois Family Institute (which I believe he founded before being forced out for being incompetent) and AFTAH, are listed as hate groups, which unfortunately doesn’t have any legal weight.

        2. Unfortunately Marianne, in the US and England, there are much better laws to protect religion and religious people than there are for gay people.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Apr 2013, 12:03am

    This from a man who has arguably the largest collection of gay porn in America, claiming he went to gay venues to get first hand evidence of what gay sex is all about and presented it to his followers. He also claims it is for ‘research’ purposes.

  7. Petra la Barbera with his jazillions of gay porn photos and videos thinks he’s straight ……yeahh …..

  8. Why does the media pay attention to this moron? The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated LaBarbera’s group as an anti-gay hate group. Stop quoting the a**hole and giving him press-

  9. Liam the God 6 Apr 2013, 1:31am

    So, no issues with young people being killed by a random nutter with a Semi-Automatic rifle, but Heaven Forbid they see two people showing affection for each other!
    I think they need a crash-course in RELATIVISM!!

  10. Hey Mr LaBarbera if you don’t like whats happening in this world you can always elect to remove yourself from it. Just try dropping out through your own fundamental orifice.

  11. Meanwhile a spokesperson for the “Truth about Religion” called the actual sexual abuse by priests of children in their care an actual perversion.

  12. Jock S. Trap 6 Apr 2013, 9:24am

    If only these nasty bigots would channel their hatred into good the world could be a far better place to live.

    Instead they chose to mock love and stability because their own perverted mind just wants the right to see us as sex starved animals, so they can continue their vile hatred and discrimination.

    Fact is they see that we commit just the same as anybody else and that threatens their bigoted beliefs.

    It’s just disgusting!! It serves no other purpose than to show hatred. How is the better for society?

  13. Stupidity:- the only real perversion left among the human race.

  14. “Americans For Truth About Homosexuality”. Run by liars, interesting.

  15. Americans For Hate Speech About Homosexuality

  16. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Apr 2013, 12:15pm

    Chances are, he’s probably another closet case, just like our Keith, the troll who is addicted to gay sex, incest, polygamy, bestiality and on obsession with the penis and where it goes and doesn’t go. Aside from their compulsive addiction to gay sex, they all have one other thing in common, i.e. religion.

  17. So this guy is concerned that kids will see images of love and is not concerned about them hearing the hate that he is spouting. Doesn’t sound very Christian to me.

  18. PinkNews needs to update their photo oF Peter Labarbara. The photo they’re using doesn’t show what the ravages of years and years of hate have done to the man. That photo is probably 15 to 20 years old.

    Here’s a more recent shot that is more accurate:

  19. An age of sexual corruption - not liberation! 6 Apr 2013, 2:43pm

    Now I am a Christian and I do find homosexual acts perverse, but I also find overt public displays of affection offensive. No one should be ‘snogging’ in public. Intimacy is for married men and women – in private! I am a single man and I behave like it. Single. I try to keep lustful thoughts about women from my mind, too, which can be hard with all the images everywhere now – but it’s wrong to think about women who are not married to me. I know a life of celibacy would be hard and so I do sympathise with Bible-believing Christians who are attracted to men and can’t get married and lead celibate lives – they are truly devoted! And of course those who give into temptation sometimes are forgiven. But God’s word stands and it must be obeyed.

    1. Corruption, not liberation 6 Apr 2013, 2:45pm

      Sorry – I sympathise with Bible-believing Christians who are attracted to the same sex – this I what I meant, not just men.

    2. What a sad life! There is so much pleasure and joy out there and so much good to be done and to be received! Why conduct your life in fear of the imaginary bogeyman? If your Jesus had anything to say about anything, it was reject fear and embrace love.

      1. Receive Jesus' love and renounce sin 6 Apr 2013, 4:59pm

        Jesus forgave sins and told people to TURN AWAY from them. He loves all people very much and this love should give Christians the power to obey commandments, not to ignore them on the presumption of forgiveness. And I will say here there is a lot of sexual corruption and heterosexuals are already dishonouring marriage and sex with pornography, fornication, adultery and divorce. This does not mean we should add homosexuality to the list.

        1. Glory to God 6 Apr 2013, 5:04pm

          Christians should love the sinner and hate the sin

    3. Jock S. Trap 7 Apr 2013, 12:06pm

      Oh get lost, creep!

    4. And for those of us who are not Christian? That sort of throws your whole comment right out the window.

  20. Sin is a concept accepted only by
    mentally ill religious people. Do try to remember that religious faith is a mental illness. In fact it is a mania that can be treated.

    1. Jean-Paul 6 Apr 2013, 5:40pm


      To be ruled by ideas for which you have no evidence (and therefore cannot be justified in conversation with other human beings) is generally a sign that something is seriously wrong with your mind.

      Religions have merely canonized a few products of ancient ignorance and derangement and passed them down to us as though they were primordial truths.

      1. Jesus loves you still 6 Apr 2013, 6:02pm

        ‘To be ruled by ideas for which you have no evidence (and therefore cannot be justified in conversation with other human beings) is generally a sign that something is seriously wrong with your mind.’

        Doesn’t same-sex attraction show something wrong with the mind? This serves no purpose. What about the desire to kill, rape and steal?

        And doesn’t most people’s rejection of such things show that we are destined for greater things than animals? We have souls, we are the image of God, but sadly fallen and thus corrupted. But Christ can redeem us. He loves you, but will you love him back?

        1. The only soul you have is an arsehole. God does not exist. You are an arrant fool to think otherwise. Your problem is that you have an illness called religious mania.

        2. You are ruled by ideas for which you have no evidence.

          Evidence is the only thing that suggests that a given belief is really about the world in the first place.

          We have names for people who have many beliefs for which there is no rational justification: religious, mad, psychotic, delusional.

          There is no difference between a guy who believes that God will reward him with an everlasting banquet in heaven and the guy who believes that creatures from Alpha Centauri are beaming messages of world peace through his hairdryer.

    2. Sin is real, but Jesus wins 6 Apr 2013, 5:57pm

      My faith is a gift from God. And when (if – I don’t know yet) I have a wife, this will be true love and I will be glad to have avoided the immorality of modern society. I didn’t always believe in God, but what I have now is real freedom in Christ. And this faith is open to anyone who will repent. We mustn’t justify sins, but repent of them. I have not had any homosexual desires, but I have committed other sins – everyone is a sinner, but too often people are trying to say, ‘this isn’t a sin!’ or – like you – ‘there is no such thing as sin!’. If there is no sin, there is no such thing as morality. We may as well be animals.

      1. You are seriously mentally ill and should be referred to a psychiatric hospital for treatment.

      2. Jean-Paul 7 Apr 2013, 1:14am

        Religious faith is dangerous.

        Faith allows otherwise normal human beings to reap the fruits of madness, and to call them ‘holy’.

        Because each new generation of children is taught that religious propositions need not be justified in the way that all others must, civilization is besieged by preposterous zealots attempting to impose their ‘morality’ on everyone.

  21. Mr. Labia, is that you? I didn’t recognize you without your white hood – pathetic!

  22. douglas in canada 8 Apr 2013, 4:46am

    Speaking of PERVERSION, I went to our local public library, and pulled a book off the shelf. Glancing through it, I found examples of REAL Perversion:
    – two young women getting their Dad drunk, then having sex with him.
    – a military leader sending one of his staff into battle with the intention of his being killed, so that the leader could marry the staff person’s wife.
    – men with hundreds of wives, and mistresses on the side.
    – people bashing the head of children against rocks.
    – murder by decapitation, burning alive, drowning, throwing rocks, among other atrocious methods.

    The title of the book? Why, it’s the bible, of course.

    and this guy thinks a simple kiss is perverse?


    1. The Bible documents sin 8 Apr 2013, 11:30am

      Yes, that’s right. The Bible is honest, documenting sin. Even the prophets fell short of God’s expectations and Christ was the only sinless man. Where does the Bible recommend or condone perversions? It doesn’t. Apart from the last one – the death sentence, which is what sin deserves – but we are now in the age of grace, with forgiveness open to us. If we reject it, we will be judged and it will be worse than any temporal punishment.

      Genesis is God’s model for marriage, confirmed when Jesus quoted it to the Pharisees, i.e. one woman, one man. Polygamy was practised by a few high-ranking Jews and – though tolerated – quite often had consequences and was never incited by God.

      1. douglas in canada 8 Apr 2013, 1:57pm

        The test for every christian – jesus said that in order to get into heaven, you have to sell all you have and give it to the poor. I have yet to meet someone who claims to be a christian who has done that.

        They will claim that god answers prayer and that faith is all that you need. They denounce science as evil, especially when it comes to explaining the evolution of the world around us, but when Christians get sick, they are among the first to rush to their doctors for medical (scientific) intervention.

        “Hypocrite” comes to mind.

      2. Jean-Paul 8 Apr 2013, 3:57pm

        Without pretending to be an expert in the science of good and evil, I realize that crimes without victims are like debts without creditors. They simply do not exist.

        Also, I agree with the greater majority of those who comment on these threads. Any person who lies awake at night worrying about the private pleasures of other consenting adults has more than just too much time on his hands. Basically, he has unjustifiable beliefs about the nature of right and wrong.

        Speaking of crime and punishment, have you ever wondered why a deity for whom nothing is impossible is incapable of forgiving on judgement day?

      3. douglas in canada 9 Apr 2013, 1:44pm

        Re: “God’s model for marriage” — If you believe the story as told in the bible, you have to accept incest. If only one man and one woman were ‘created’ by god, only they and their offspring would be able to have more children.

        By foolishly giving this myth more credit than it is due, and by ignorantly refusing to accept it as myth and nothing more, you decline to use the brain that you were given.

        As for integrity, the 10 commandments forbid killing. What they don’t say is that only applies to your own tribe. If you read the books of the bible that follow, hundreds of thousands of people are killed in the “name of god”, and if “god’s chosen people” can’t manage the murders, god steps in to the nasty himself. So much for “Thou shalt not kill.”

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