Case in point courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
Rick Scarborough invited Peter LaBarbera to address his Tea Party Unity group today, and the two anti-gay activists discussed ways to somehow file a “class action lawsuit” against homosexuality just like when attorneys general of many states filed a lawsuit against tobacco companies. LaBarbera was also upset that Fox News and other outlets aren’t covering the “wonderful stories of happy men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle,” explaining that he wished there was an ad “of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV.”
. . . LaBarbera: We need to work on our conservative, alternate media and say, ‘look, don’t do the pro-gay thing, why don’t you rather step out and support these ex-gays?’ We should encourage Fox News to tell their stories. Fox is now telling the stories of black conservatives because the other media is not doing that, we should all get on Fox and say, ‘come on, tell these stories, these wonderful stories of happy men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle.’
Scarborough: Peter, the whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit. I just wonder if you’ve explored that, talked to anyone about it. Obviously, statistically now even the Centers for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer. And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that. Any thoughts on that kind of an approach?
LaBarbera: Yeah I think that’s great. I would love to see it. We always wanted to see one of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV. But we never really got the client for that.
Even though I know it won't happen, I really wish these folks would actually entertain an inane idea of a "class action suit against homosexuality."
Not only would they lose, but they would lose badly. A perfect example of how they would lose is demonstrated with that ridiculous statement from Scarborough regarding the CDC. The CDC has never made any type of inference of what he alludes to. Ironically, the CDC actually does says that when gays are susceptible to diseases or bad health behaviors, its due to the negative effects of a homophobic society rather than the lgbt sexual orientation.
Just imagine what other lies Scarborough and company have deceived themselves into thinking are facts.
And that last wish from LaBarbera (regarding the hypothetical HIV positive child) is just morbid. But if we played his game, wouldn't there be more evidence to bring a class action suit against the "ex-gay industry" on the grounds he alluded to.
Remember the 1998 campaign to mainstream the ex-gay movement and its star, Michael Johnston:
For those who don't know, this is what happened after the campaign in regards to Johnston:
Any ridiculous notion of a "class action suit against homosexuality" is just that - a ridiculous notion. I've used many adjectives to describe the religious right, but I would never use the word "stupid." They have neither the guts nor the stupidity to do something so dumb. Not only would it embarrass them but it would totally wreck their credibility.
To LaBarbera in particular, the class action suit would probably end up with you still attending subcultural leather events, but you wouldn't be taking pictures in order to demonize the lgbt community. You would most likely be trying to make up the money to pay for your court loss. And that being the case, you had better work hard to make it all up.
My pimp hand is strong. You get my drift?