The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is calling comments made by Peter LaBarbera and Judith Reisman “deeply offensive” because they “trivialize and distort the history and meaning of the Holocaust.” LaBarbera, who founded and runs Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), a Southern Poverty Law Center certified anti-gay hate group, often speaks with Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University visiting professor Judith Reisman on his radio show. Reisman and LaBarbera have long histories of fact distortion, hate, fear-mongering, and self-embarassing positions.
The ADL, founded in 1913, was created “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all,” their website states, adding:
“Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.”
“In an Oct. 4 broadcast of the ‘Americans for Truth about Homosexuality Radio Hour,’ Peter LaBarbera, President of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, stated that ‘homosexual activists’ are demonizing Christians ‘like the Nazis used to do to the Jews’,” the ADL notes, and which The New Civil Rights Movement reported this week.
“His guest on the program, Judith Reisman, a visiting professor of Law at Liberty University, agreed, and likened inclusive education curricula in U.S. public schools to propaganda posters in schools in Hitler’s Germany.”
“No matter how strong one’s objections to any cultural, religious, or ethnic group or how committed an organization is to its mission, invoking the Holocaust and the Nazi effort to exterminate the Jewish people is offensive and has no place in civil discourse,” the ADL responded via a statement.
“While Holocaust analogies generate headlines and get attention, they do little in the service of truth, history or memory. When LaBarbera and Reisman suggest that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are ‘demonizing [Christians] like the Nazis used to do to the Jews,’ they undermine the historical truth of the Holocaust as a singular event in human history that led to the murder of six million Jews and millions of others.
“Holocaust comparisons are deeply offensive and trivialize and distort the history and meaning of the Holocaust. We hope LaBarbera and Reisman will reconsider their words and refrain from invoking such analogies in the future.”
The ADL may hope all they wish, but LaBarbera, who has been nicknamed by Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out, “Porno Pete,” because of “his bizarre fascination with naughty gay magazines and his penchant to go ‘undercover’ at leather events and photograph naked men,” is not about to change his tune.
As for Reisman, last year she claimed all gay men are either busy being pedophiles or working to advance “the pedophile movement,” and claimed, again, falsely, that marriage is not a goal of any gay man or lesbian. Reisman, in one of her most-disgusting lies, said “the aim of homosexual males and now increasingly females is not to have sex with other old guys and get married but to obtain sex with as many boys as possible.”
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