© 2007 J. Matt Barber
outlets have given the story fairly wide coverage.
Presidential candidate and former Senator
But another story, with perhaps more serious implications, has gone largely unreported by the mainstream media.
week, Concerned Women for America (CWA) broke
the news about an apparent threat to the life of pro-family
advocate Peter LaBarbera made by a commenter on lesbian activist Pam
Spaulding’s anti-Christian site Pam’s
is an information technology manager with Duke University Press, and
her employer appears quite proud of its blustering left-wing blogger.
Duke Press has even publicly
praised and promoted her blog activities, calling them a
“mixture of snappy prose, funny postings and serious commentary.”
just for fun, let’s see if we can’t yuck it up a bit with
her blog – among other things – Spaulding regularly mocks both
Christ and Christians by sarcastically referring to Jesus as “jeebus.”
She refers to Christians
as both the “Am Taliban” (for American Taliban) and “bible
doctored photos of the pope, dressing him in drag and women’s
makeup, apparently implying that he’s a cross-dressing closet
homosexual. Spaulding has
likened a well-respected black
Side splitting, isn’t it?
if you think that’s funny, this’ll make you collapse in gales of
what was, at the very least, an apparent attempt to intimidate and
frighten Americans for
Spaulding and other members of her blog so frequently foment hatred toward Christians that it’s no real surprise that one of her posts culminated in this chilling and ostensibly illegal threat to LaBarbera’s life.
after CWA broke the story, Spaulding issued a public apology to
LaBarbera and removed the threatening language from her site.
She has purportedly banned Wick from her blog.
Spaulding indicated that she was unaware of the post, although
the threat had been posted for nearly three weeks.
LaBarbera was gracious enough to take her at her word and has
accepted her apology.
Spaulding should apologize further.
should apologize to the millions of Christians around the world whom
she mocks and bashes on a daily basis.
should apologize to pro-family leaders like LaBarbera, Dr. James
Dobson, Beverly LaHaye and others whom she unfairly belittles and
she probably won’t.
since one can reasonably infer that Duke University Press has placed
its stamp of approval on Spaulding’s anti-Christian tirades, perhaps
it’s appropriate for them to apologize on her behalf – that is, if
they don’t actually share her backward beliefs.
don’t hold your breath.
all seen how collectively stingy
if Duke’s stubborn liberal pride won’t allow them to apologize for
enabling, if not endorsing, Spaulding’s hateful screeds, then at the
very least Duke University President Richard
H. Brodhead will surely denounce the threat made to LaBarbera’s
life on the very blog of which Duke is so proud.
a noxious paradox, really. The
left loves to pay lip service to the rhetoric of tolerance and
diversity, while their own bigotry is betrayed by hateful and
intolerant blather such as that which pollutes the cyber-pages of Pam’s
they’re not saying “sorry” for it.
someone is apologizing.
Wednesday, February 7, South Dakota homosexual activist Barry G. Wick
faxed a letter to CWA’s
are all sinners – every one. Christians
are commanded to forgive others as we pray the Father will forgive us.
However, even in forgiveness actions have consequences.
We are a nation of laws, and when those laws are violated,
there is a legal process that should and must take place.
speaking, a threat to the life of another is a very serious offense,
even if it’s subjectively made in jest.
It must always be treated as a bona fide threat.
LaBarbera has shared that when he learned of what appeared to
be an imminent threat to his person; he contacted the FBI and other
appropriate law enforcement agencies.
law is clear. 18
U.S.C. Sec. 875 (c) states: “Whoever transmits in interstate or
foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to kidnap any
person or any threat to injure the person of another, shall be fined
under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”
legal process is in motion, and as with all serious matters of this
type, our unique system of justice will determine the outcome.
In the meantime, the very Christians who are the subject of those insidious threats, hateful words, and intolerant acts of omission will – in LaBarbera’s own words – be praying for “Spaulding, Barry Wick, and all those whose embrace of homosexuality has led them to be consumed by hatred toward Christians and others who defend natural sexuality and marriage.”
Matt Barber is one of the “like-minded men” with Concerned Women for America and serves as CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues.