Peter LaBarbera Says He was Forced to Watch Michael Sam Kiss his Boyfriend

Peter_LaBarbera_Il_Marriage_IL4MI wrote here the other day about how Religious bigots are claiming the St. Louis Rams violated their religious freedoms by drafting openly gay Mizzou defensive lineman Michael Sam, who, by the way, was one of the top college football players in the nation. They have threatened to boycott the Rams, with Jack Burkman, head of the Washington, D.C. lobbying firm J.M. Burkman & Assoc., who wants to actually ban gay players from football, saying:

The NFL, like most of the rest of American business, is about to learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values there will be a terrible financial price to pay.

These bigots were horribly upset by the moment when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend. Because, you know, he should be kissing a girl. Everyone has a right to kiss girls, even if the girl doesn’t want to be kissed. That’s the Republican way. They don’t want to see boys kissing boys.

The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios said on her radio show that “the Holy Spirit within me is revulsed.” Peter LaBarbera, of Americans for Truth Lies About Homosexuality, showed up on Crosstalk Monday, whining about being forced to watch that kiss.

Listen courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

LaBarbera, one of the most formidable liars on the Religious Right, condemned the media because they “reported the kiss without giving the other side of people who would voice disapproval of people being forced and subjected through the media these homosexual acts, the homosexual perversion.”

Of course, you can’t have right wing bigotry without going big, so Jim Schneider, the show’s cohost, speculated about whether the NFL is “going to be requiring some kind of homosexual quota in the future.”

Right. Like any corporation, the NFL exists to make money for its member owners. They make this money by putting a good product on the field, bringing about a results-driven sport. Drafting people simply because they’re gay is the sort of thing only people like Schneider would fantasize about, if you get my drift.

As for other players and their reactions, for the most part, they are accepting, with Chris Long, another defensive end and Sam’s teammate saying that all that matters is if he is a good teammate in the locker room and if he performs on the field. He also pointed out that Sam is hardly the first gay player and won’t be the last. He’s just the first one with the courage to admit it. And Long, son of Raider great and Hall of Famer Howie Long, says he admires Sam for that.

Meanwhile, despite Sandy Rios’ claim that Americans “do not like this,” the fans seem to like this, with Sam jerseys, for a time, outselling, as’s Chase Goodbread reporting, “the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, not to mention three first-round quarterbacks.” As Goodbread puts it, “if jersey sales are any indication, he has plenty of people rooting for him to succeed.”

LaBarbera, we can safety assume, won’t be ordering a Sam jersey. Rather, his frantic ejaculations remind me of something George Carlin said a quarter century ago about Donald Wildmon, who also had a problem being forced to watch things he didn’t want to see, rather than simply changing the channel:

George Carlin: The FCC, the Federal Communications Commission, decided all by itself that radio and television were the only two parts of American life not protected by the free speech provisions of the first amendment to the Constitution. I’d like to repeat that, because it sounds… *vaguely* important!

George Carlin: The FCC, an appointed body, not elected, answerable only to the president, decided on its own that radio and television were the only two parts of American life not protected by the first amendment to the Constitution. Why did they decide that? Because they got a letter from a minister in Mississippi!

George Carlin: A Reverend Donald Wildman in Mississippi heard something on the radio that he didn’t like. Well, Reverend, did anyone ever tell you there are two KNOBS on the radio?

George Carlin: Two. Knobs. On the radio. Of course, I’m sure the reverend isn’t that comfortable with anything that has two knobs on it.

George Carlin: But hey, reverend, there are two knobs on the radio! One of them turns the radio OFF, and the other one
[slaps his head]

George Carlin: CHANGES THE STATION! Imagine that, reverend, you can actually change the station! It’s called freedom of choice, and it’s one of the principles this country was founded upon. Look it up in the library, reverend, if you have any of them left when you’ve finished burning all the books.
[laughter and applause]

Rather than simply change channels, LaBarbera whined that “America is leaving God behind and we’ve become one of the most radical nations on Earth now.”

For want of a knob, LaBarbera’s soul was lost. How sad. The First Amendment sitting right there for him to use, and he’d rather not use it for himself and strip it from everyone else.

Source: George Carlin: What am I doing in New Jersey? (1988 TV Movie) Quotes from IMDb

22 Replies to “Peter LaBarbera Says He was Forced to Watch Michael Sam Kiss his Boyfriend”

  1. Isn’t it funny that the religious right suddenly misses the Fairness Doctrine when it works against them?

  2. There are two knobs. One to change the channels and one to leave the country.

    The religious right doesn’t want you to use your rights. They want to use your rights and then tell you what you can do.

    They should go watch British television if they think ours is radical. You see in Britain, they understand grownups can always watch what they want and they know how to change the channel

  3. If it offends you so much, change the channel dumb ass. That’s what I do when your religious nonsense comes on

  4. I sorta wonder what other kinda rise it got out of him and how fast that one came on…

    maybe he was just turning the wrong knob and his attention wandered…

  5. I’ve been subjected against my will to Republican lies over the last 6 years, and yes, I’ve condemned the media for that as well. LaBarbera’s outrage over Sam’s personal lifestyle holds nothing compared to mine as Republican lies have cost our nation millions of dollars in witchhunts, bogus investigations, and repeal efforts, not to mention the billions lost because of a Republican temper tantrus that shut down the government. So, suck it up LaBarbera. Would you likes some cheese with that whine?

  6. Not only are we forced to hear Republicans Congressmen’ bs DAILY in the media, we are actually forced to deal with there LEGISLATIONS.

    Now, that sure beats watching a kiss on tv by a few light years!!!

  7. Nobody had a gun to his head telling him “you will watch this.” What an idiot. We need to stop giving these people any recognition for saying stupid things. I don’t need to have his beliefs force fed to me. Whatever happened to keeping your opinion to yourself unless it’s asked for?

  8. LaBarbera is a KNOB! he should have turned himself!. Pathological Christians like these are proof that the stronger ones belief the weaker ones mind is and will become.


  10. Unless someone had a gun to his head at the time, no one forced him – or anyone else – to watch anything.

    If you don’t like what’s on the telly, switch the channel.

    It’s so simple and obvious, you’d think they’d figure that out on their own.

  11. It is said that every person has had or will have thoughts of homosexual actions at one time or another. I think they are fgighting that way too hard.

    BTW, please lose the caps

  12. So many have said it already, NO ONE forced you to watch anything. DO LIKE WE DO TURN OFF OFFENSIVE STUFF on tv, radio, look other way while in public. I am a believer in Jesus Christ, and I FIND YOUR RELIGIOUS BS OFFENSIVE AND TOTALY NOT RELATED TO HIS TEACHING OF LOVE. So I choose to not listen or have anything to do with the RIGHT WING NUT TEA PARTY TALIBAN TERRORISTS. JUST THAT SIMPLE.

  13. But, but, but, but, but … he was watching the NFL draft, getting his research in for fantasy football gaming, and then the Rams had the audacity to draft Sam. You see, it was too late. LaBarbera’s reflexes appear to be too slow to get to that knob or to the remote. He just didn’t have time to turn around nor close his eyes. They blindsided him, after all no team was suppose to draft Sam. So, yes, he was forced to watch. Poor baby.

  14. So who held the gun to LaBarbera’s head, forced his eyes open, and made him watch? And why is a kiss, even one that isn’t aesthetically pleasing, so much worse than the parade of atrocities (you know, kidnappings, wars, murders) that routinely makes the news? I wish that people like Sandy Rios were honest enough to say “I’m repulsed” rather than “The Holy Spirit within me is repulsed,” too.

  15. He was forced to watch? How in the world did someone force him to watch anything? Did they tape his eyes open and clamp his head in a vise?

  16. Change the Channel ? Turn the TeeVee OFF ?

    Nope. Those choices are WAY too Complicated for
    the Village Idiots to actually Understand.

    Another Day. More worthless Bullshit Whining from
    the Murican Taliban.

    What Knob do I use to turn THEM Off ?

  17. I am not overly religious but I do believe in higher being and I don’t think that God would like you overzealous religious right wingers saying and doing whatever in his name, shame on you, we all have the same rights as you, get over it life goes on

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