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Where Did All the Hate Go?


by Brian Leubitz

Yesterday was May Day, in case you hadn’t noticed. Traditionally, May Day has stood for worker’s rights, but it has grown to become something of the THE day to protest. And over at Joe. My. God., Joe took interest in one particular protest that was a spectacular flop:

God’s gentle and loving people held a May Day event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial today where they gathered to bray over loudspeakers for the fiery eternal damnation of the evil homosexuals. Oh, and for Muslims too, as one speaker prayed for God’s forgiveness that a Muslim now serves in Congress. Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out was in attendance and he declared the supposed $70,000 event a major flop, considering that only 300 people showed up. For $250/head they could have had a very nice hotel event somewhere, but then they wouldn’t have gotten to piss off all the tourists trying to enjoy the nation’s monuments on a beautiful spring day. (JMG)

Where did all the haters go? Couldn’t they have rounded up a few more haters? Or did they decide that the spring day was just to pretty to hate? I mean it seems like hanging out just to hear this garbage would ruin anybody’s day:

“It is a long secular road that America has traveled from abomination to GAY.”

By the way, LaBarbara also wants to add a “homo test” to the qualifications to serve in elected office and favors Uganda style death to the gays legislation.

You really have to wonder why he couldn’t get more people to show up. He seems like such a fun guy to hang out with.


  • 1. Ronnie  |  May 2, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Yeah I read about this this morning….Such a waste of money….With all the twisters and storms hitting the Bible belt, the u.s.a's quick growing homeless population, and the oil spill that has reached Puerto Rico they could be saving lives instead of destroying them….real Christina like behavior right there…..EPIC FAIL…..<3…Ronnie

  • 2. Ronnie  |  May 2, 2010 at 2:09 am

    hahaha…I meant Christian like….<3…Ronnie

  • 3. GAYGUY  |  May 2, 2010 at 2:35 am

    All I could do was laugh at his words…are you sure this was NOT a comedy sketch from Saturday Night Live? When will people catch on that HATE speech against ANYONE should be outlawed. Him spouting off like that should NOT be allowed! When will the christians just keep to themselves and STOP THE HATE!!!

  • 4. Ronnie  |  May 2, 2010 at 2:56 am

    When the Kingdom of Heaven is upon us….I think that's a Wednesday….Th Rapture could not come any sooner in my opinion….<3…Ronnie Mc

  • 5. Kathleen  |  May 2, 2010 at 3:36 am

    I wonder the same thing when I see that NOM's facebook page has less than 21,000 members and somewhere I read stats comparing the number of hits at vs NOM's site — jmg had more hits by several factors. The haters are certainly loud, but I think their numbers are less than all the noise would suggest.

  • 6. Don in Texas  |  May 2, 2010 at 5:54 am

    There is a Catholic priest from a small church in El Paso who is waging war against a decision by the City Council to provide health care benefits to same-sex partners of city employees. He sees "sinister forces" behind that effort.

    Read his latest screed in the El Paso TIMES at

  • 7. Sean  |  May 2, 2010 at 6:00 am

    It's actually been statistically proven that more and more people are supportive of gay rights every year, if not every day. True, we still have a long way to go to truly reach acceptance and equality for the gay community, but you can't deny that the hate is most definitely dwindling. It's still there…but not for much longer.

  • 8. Charles  |  May 2, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Two things in his speech really give me the creeps (on top of the usual everything of course):

    1. "In God's most blessed nation" –> So God prefers America? God not only has favorites in the world and doesn't love all humans equally but, conveniently, it's the US. I think Christians around the world will be happy to know that.

    2. "That we must put the righteousness above tolerance" –> So i guess he's against freedom of religion, then? Because christian righteousness calls against worshipping another god. Also he's basically against 90% of the constitution, right?

    Conclusion: Go back to your porn and SM parties, Pete.

  • 9. frogger581  |  May 2, 2010 at 6:07 am

    I grew up in the church (somewhat estranged now) and by far my largest pet peeve is when people use their prayers like coins in a vending machine or like a venue for political pandering. Just because your out praying in public it doesn't mean you use that time to reiterate your agenda. God doesn't need to be taught to, especially when it involves degrading his own creations. There was definately a reason for his low event turn out.

  • 10. Sven  |  May 2, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Everytime I see videos such as this and read about the lies the otherside tries to spread, I feel really good about myself. This is one hell of a good time to be gay. When I'm an old "married" man I'll look back on this time with a smile. Nothing of value ever came for free, we'll keep fighting for our rights and we'll be better people for it.

  • 11. Breathturn  |  May 2, 2010 at 6:57 am

    'creeping sins'
    I love it when sin creep up quietly up behind me and surprises me. Such a silly sin. Always trying to tickle me.

  • 12. Straight Ally #3008  |  May 2, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Sven, I admire your positive attitude. I've often argued, like Sean above, that the polls show that the writing is on the wall and full LGBT civil rights are inevitable, that it's just a matter of time and it will happen in my lifetime. I just get so impatient watching all of the nonsense, all the money and effort flushed down the drain. The day can't come soon enough for me, and I would love to see progress on at least one of the "big three" this year (marriage equality, reapealing DADT, ENDA).

  • 13. Michelle Evans  |  May 2, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I just left a comment on their site concerning the tirade of that priest. I stated:

    I do not happen to be religious myself, but I have never once tried to foist my opinion onto anyone else, nor tried to have their beliefs abolished, their churches closed. On the other hand, I have had many religious people verbally attack me viciously because I happen to be transgender. I have had supposed well-meaning people vote to take away my rights, and thus affirm that they do not actually believe I am a human being. I would never try and take away their rights, no matter what their beliefs.

    I have been physically attacked twice, one of which was a rape, and both of which came solely from the fact of who I am as a transgender person. Just two weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine, and a friend to several of my friends, was brutally attacked and permanently disfigured at Cal State University Long Beach, again just because he was transgender. A personal friend committed suicide the day after Thanksgiving because she could no longer stand the hatred and bigotry directed at her. My wife and I were not even allowed inside the church to attend her funeral.

    The "church" tries to say their stance against those of us who are different, is all out of love and compassion. People who love other human beings and show compassion toward them, do not do the things the church has done. And especially the Catholic Church, which is only out to protect itself as an institution to rake in money, while protecting pedophiles who break the law and destroy lives. Anyone who is in that church and still supports them after all they have done is a hypocrite.

    Even though I am not religious, I consider myself a Christian because I act like a Christian is supposed to act–with love and kindness toward everyone.

  • 14. Richard A. Walter (s  |  May 2, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I'm not surprised that he could not find any more people to show up. The haters are beginning to find out that they are not as powerful as they once were. They are also beginning to find out that freedom of speech does not guarantee you a huge audience, especially when you try to espouse hatred in a city that just began performing same sex marriages in the civil arena.

  • 15. Sean  |  May 2, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Totally agree about being impatient. Just like the Civil Rights era, I KNOW it's going to happen eventually, it has to. But it's infuriating having to wait!!

  • 16. Bolt  |  May 2, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I couldn't listen to their god-speak. It makes me feel dirty. The racist, sexist, and homophobic christianists are most unclean! This includes Catholic corporation managers, Mormon inc., and Evangelical mega franchises.

  • 17. Phia Westfall  |  May 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Let's see… you need to follow printed notes in order to talk "to god"… when you mention Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, you have to specifically mention they're "in the Book of Daniel"… So, what… now god needs a reminder about who these guys are? I thought he wrote that whole "bible" thing, didn't he?

    You plead, "forgive us for our tolerance as a nation"… It's the intolerance that you might want to ask to have forgiven. The intolerance that prompts the call for "a young Christian Army" with enough "love" to tell their LGBT friends that "you are there to help those struggling with homosexuality to overcome, through the power of jesus christ." Armies don't help their enemies to "overcome" their "struggles." Armies destroy, capture, or assimilate their enemies.

    And did anybody else think "slippery slope!" when he got to the part about how the GLSEN set up these "homosexual booster clubs" in high schools, then in our middle schools? Because "one day, god forbid" they'll get our elementary school kids too! Oh, the horror… children being taught early in life to love others, to treat people with respect and dignity even if they aren't just the same as you, to enjoy and celebrate diversity!

    Then you might not even have 300 people at your little rally… pity.

  • 18. Ronnie  |  May 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

    This time it was 6 civilians that chained themselves to the White House Gates but our True American Hero Lt. Dan Choi was there to show support even though he has been ordered to stay a certain distance away from the White House…The Hateros say that we are going to stop because they say so…GUESS AGAIN BIGOTS!!!…..<3 …Ronnie

  • 19. Ronnie  |  May 2, 2010 at 10:27 am

    "I AM SOMEBODY!!!..I AM SOMEBODY!!!..AND I DESERVE FULL EQUALITY!!!..RIGHT HERE!!!..RIGHT NOW!!!..I AM!! SOMEBODY!!!..I DESERVE FULL EQUALITY!!!..That sounds so Hot"….Lt. Dan Choi and Equality supporters ~ 5.2.10

    Here's the video…<3…Ronnie:

  • 20. allen  |  May 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I think I missed something, what's happening in 10 days?
    This is truly something worth being arrested for. Thank you to those who do sit-ins at recruitment centers and marriage registries; and to those who show up for these rallies and never hide <3


  • 21. Ronnie  |  May 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I don't know what's happening in 10 days….but it sounds serious…..I'll keep and eye out for what's going on….<3…Ronnie

  • 22. Richard A. Walter (s  |  May 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Slightly OT, but I saw this yesterday evening in QNotes' print edition, so went online to share it here. Apparently rural Yadkin County, North Carolina, is not as backwards as Itawamba Agricultural High School in Mississippi.

  • 23. Kathleen  |  May 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

    What a great story and they're so cute!

    reminds me of a sign I saw at one of the counter protests against the WBC… "If god hates us, why are we all so cute?" :)

  • 24. allen  |  May 2, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Kinda like the sign I saw when I participated in the Rick Warren protest early '09 in Lake Forest CA with my boyfriend, "God made me gay and fabulous, don't judge his work" 😀


  • 25. Carvel  |  May 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

    The one thing I hate are all the people preaching hate.

    Seems to me that if all the heterosexuals think that the homosexuals are recruiting their sons and daughters to be gay, then they just need to get to them first. That means that we need to get young girls to have sex with young boys starting at age 12 or as soon as puberty starts taking control of their bodies.

    I guess there is just no end to the ignorance and insanity. I think we ought to put God back in to the schools and take him out of their churches since they want him in the schools. I suggest we use my God and he hates them, believe me he told me so.

    It is just like my mother told me and she was taught by her father perhaps almost 80 years ago. There is nothing you can do with ignorance but beat it to death with a stick. Truer words were never spoken.

  • 26. Richard A. Walter (s  |  May 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Yes, and this is one of the times I am actually proud of the state I live in. Now if Charlotte Mecklenberg Police Department will stop calling Toni Alston as "he" and "him" when they conduct press conferences into her murder. And yes, they are looking into the possibility that her murder was a hate crime punishable under Shepard-Byrd. But they are still referring to a male-to-female transgender with male pronouns.

  • 27. Bolt  |  May 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    He's a special man.

  • 28. Marlene  |  May 2, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    You have to remember, Charles, and the radical religious reicht want *nothing* to do with the Constitution! They want nothing more than to take over the government of the United States, and turn it into a Taliban-style theocracy.

    They would then remove the Constitution, replacing it with their *personal* interpretation of the bible.

    If you've ever read the book The Handmaid's Tale, it would approximate that society: a select few having full rights, while others not straight, white males are second class citizens.

  • 29. Marlene  |  May 3, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Here's my reply and response to the theocrats:

    Once again, we have supposedly intelligent people under the severe delusion that their religious beliefs trump civil law!

    Sorry to burst the theocrats' delusions, but our Founding Fathers we wise enough to remember the abuses made during the Colonial period where there were 12 theocracies, while two had complete religious freedom: Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, despite being a Quaker colony.

    It seems I also need to remind these Catholic tyrants that not too long ago, Catholics in this country were persecuted, harassed, and denigrated to the point they created their own school system. But as with *all* groups who've assimilated in this country, the minute the oppressed think they've "arrived" they then become the oppressor themselves!

    Our supreme law of the land is The Constitution of the United States of America — NOT an amalgram of badly mistranslated and heavily-edited texts written in the Bronze Age!

    If the royalty of the Catholic Church wants to deny their employees certain liberties and rights, that's up to them, and is their right.

    What they DO NOT have (and this goes for *every* religious entity!) is the right to dictate who receives rights and who doesn't under the rules and regulations of our *secular* society, as declared *by the people* under our *secular* Constitution!!

  • 30. New  |  May 3, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Pray the BIGOT away.

  • 31. Bill  |  May 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

    A 'heterosexual' man that dedicates his life to all things gay is certainly many things.

    But heterosexual is most certainly not one of them.

  • 32. Sagesse  |  May 3, 2010 at 1:07 am

    National Veterans Lobby Day in DC on May 10/11.

  • 33. Bill  |  May 3, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Here is this 'man of God's' contact information if anyone would care to call or write to the bigot directly:

  • 34. Fluffyskunk  |  May 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    And that is exactly why all kinds of speech, hate speech included, must remain legal and protected. Only when these people are allowed to speak in the public forum can we see and hear for ourselves how ridiculous they are. Silencing them would only give them the legitimacy they seek and the martyr's crown that they covet. Worse still, it's the exact same tactic their side has always used – they know they have no real arguments against us, which is why they must do all they can to silence us, to keep our arguments and our life stories from being heard, to keep this very trial from being televised!

    If we attempt to silence these people, we will ourselves become the monster we fight. We cannot let that happen. What I always say is, we have to be better than these people. We cannot use their tactics against them. We have to show the world that we are better than they think we are, that we are capable of treating them better than they ever treated us, that we will give them the respect they never afforded us, that even though we disapprove of what they say we will defend to the death their right to say it. Now Voltaire never actually said that, but the did say this: "Lord, make my enemies ridiculous!"

    Which they are – so let the world see them and laugh.

  • 35. Douglas  |  May 5, 2010 at 1:53 am

    You know God is man made when he hates all the same people you do.

    I forget who said that. It's not my quote.

  • 36. Monty  |  May 5, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I've heard a similar quote, something like "It's funny how God's will always seems to coincide with your own."

  • 37. Carvel  |  May 5, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I guess how America, meaning the United States of America can be God's chosen nation when the Jews and Israel are God's chosen people. After all, the Christian God is the Jewish God also. So if they claim him first doesn't that make him the TRADITIONAL GOD and the Christian God is just THEIR REDEFINITION OF GOD. If they accuse us of redefining marriage we can accuse them of redefining God. therefore anything that the original God di not say is out as being invalid. However, if we say that Jesus is okay, then so must our definition of marriage be okay.

    What they don't realize is that pagan marriage was arround long before religious marriage and it was the religions that redefined marriage for their religion. The problem with using tradision as a reason or justification for anything is that it simply is not a valid reason. We used to give people mercury to cure Venereal diseases. That was traditional, but we no longer use it.

    NOTHING THESE PEOPLE SAY REALLY MAKES SENSE. they can't see anything but their DOMA, sorry escuse me DOGMA. This is no longer a debate in the public forum it is simply hate speech and as such should be tolerated only barely and shown up for what it really is. What is even more shocking is that we are turning around the mob mentality and even the religious people are not blindly following their people who spout religion as the reason against SSM. We need to use their God against them.

    That is why Rev. Phelps is laughed at by most main stream people. He is so hateful and so absurd. Let us show these people up for the hatemongers that they truly are.

  • 38. Richard A. Walter (s  |  May 5, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Amen, Carvel. And WRT Fred Phelps, I don't know if you saws what Kathleen posted on an earlier comment thred a few weeks ago (around the time of the mining disaster in West Virginia), but even the KKK has a disclaimer on their homepage about the fact that they have never had anything to do with Fred Phelps and WBC, and never will. You know someone is crazy when even the Klan puts distance between the two.

  • 39. William  |  May 23, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Without even trying to smart or anything, but my gut reaction when I heard him speaking was, "He's probably gay himself". I've just got used to the idea that the most bigoted are the greatest closet cases.

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