A homosexual blogger passed off as a “joke” a suggestion by a contributor to his website that there might be church bombings because of Christians’ refusal to support the homosexual lifestyle.
But several individuals named in the column are taking the threat seriously.
“That is what Fort Hood teaches us,” said Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, referring to the attack on the Texas Army base by a Muslim officer that killed 13 people and wounded 28.
LaBarbera was cited by name in the postings on the “joemygod” website run by homosexual advocate Joe Jervis.
“When people are talking about violence to pro-family proponents, you have to take it seriously,” LaBarbera said.
LaBarbera and Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel, who also is an active supporter of biblical marriage, confirmed to WND they notified authorities of the threats.
“The First Amendment gives you the right of free speech but it does not grant the right to claim you have a bomb in your luggage at the airport, it doesn’t give you the right to claim you have a bomb in a movie theater,” Barber said. “It doesn’t protect saying you’ll shut up these Christians up by strapping bombs [on] and blowing up churches.”
The recent postings, taken down “temporarily,” according to Jervis, came from “Fritz” and “Tex.”
Fritz’s comments came after voters in Maine last week made it the 31st out of 31 states to restrict marriage to one man and one woman. He wrote he was concerned about “gay and lesbian people” giving up on obtaining “equality,” and there would follow “radicals who will begin to hunt down haters like LaBarbera and Gallagher,”
referring to Maggie Gallagher, a leading pro-family activist who runs the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy.
Screenshot of blog site suggesting “concern” over what zealots might do to Christians
“All is will take is a small group of radical zealots who are willing to kill for their cause,” “Fritz” wrote. “This happens in all cases where people are oppressed and lack representation. Our president must wake up and prevent this from happening. Otherwise, we will end up like Israel and Palestine. We will have gay and lesbian people strapping bombs to their chests and blowing up churches.”
“Tex” responded, “You say this like it’s a bad thing? Maybe a bit of well organized terrorism is just what we need, er, I mean ‘civil disobedience.'”
LaBarbera said it is ironic in the wake of the “hate crimes” law signed by President Obama that provides special protections to homosexuals that attacks immediately began targeting Christians.
“It seems the more the gay movement achieves, the more hostile the activists become toward religious people,” LaBarbera said. “They know the religious and moral people are the last impediment to their full agenda.”
Suggestion on homosexual’s blog that violence isn’t a “bad thing.”
But he said Fort Hood teaches that targets should not ignore online rantings. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan wrote on the Internet of the conflict between his Muslim teachings and America’s war against terrorism before the attack Thursday.
Barber said, “Anybody who is willing to make these types of comments, and suggest it is time for acts of terrorism against Christians because they have a disagreement with the homosexual lifestyle, we have to take it seriously, in the wake of what we saw at Fort Hood, Texas.
“We now know the alleged perpetrator was making similar postings on various Islamofascist websites,” he said.
Earlier suggestion from a second “gay” website to take guns to the White House.
He cited another such statement that appeared earlier on another “gay” website. There, the forum participant said, “I suggest we throw a pride parade at the whitehouse and everyone bring thier (sic) guns. We form a militia and get our gay rights by raiding the whitehouse and possibly burning it down or something. … We’ve got to shoot out a few Govenors (sic) knee caps, kill a few cops, burn down a few churches. We could get it done this year.”
The latest statements followed by only a few days a threat reported by the Christian Civic League of Maine, which was a key player in the victory for traditional marriage in that state.
The organization reported a caller stated, “I am calling about Mr. Mike Heath, the Executive of your Christian Civic League of Maine. He thinks that gay people should have our rights revoked that we already have. Well I can tell him this – I’m a gay guy who owns guns, and he’s my next target.”
While the blogsite statements were reported to the FBI, the telephone call was reported to the Augusta police, the league reported.
In a followup, Jervis tried to laugh off the accusations.
“The first [comment], by Fritz, expressed concern that any violence against anti-gay activists would HURT our cause,” he wrote. “The second, by Tex, is clearly a joke.
“Nevertheless, I’ve taken that post down for the time being, mostly to prevent your names from being re-posted on other wingnut sites. After I’ve thoroughly reviewed all the comments, it’ll go back up.”
He warned, “Courts have held that bloggers, newspapers, and other online forums are not responsible … for libelous or threatening comments made on their sites. But cases have been brought, although rarely successfully, against commenters whose identities can be determined.”
According to LaBarbera, the “gay” response to Maine’s vote for biblical marriage was the “terror” warning.
“Liberty Counsel notified the FBI, which is investigating the matter,” he confirmed.
“Tex” even posted the following: “Still not seeing this as a bad thing Fritz.”
“All potential threats of terrorism and murder are very serious business. As we learned just last week, there are ideologically driven terrorists who walk among us. After passage of Proposition 8 in California we saw that many homosexual activists are capable of threats, vandalism and even violence. Those who either threaten or attempt to incite terrorism must be immediately brought to justice. Churches and Christian leaders around the country need to be on high alert. These threats of homosexual activist terrorism must be taken very seriously,” Barber said.
Some two years ago, after voters in Florida, Arizona and California made their states the 28th, 29th and 30th states to protect traditional marriage, there were similar threats on the same website.
“Burn their f—ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers,” wrote “World O Jeff” on the website only hours after California officials declared Proposition 8 had been approved by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent.
On a blog, “Tread” wrote, “I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives.”
Another contributor to the site said, “While financially I supported the Vote No, and was vocal to everyone and anyone who would listen, I have never considered being a violent radical extremist for our equal rights. But now I think maybe I should consider becoming one. Perhaps that is the only thing that will affect the change we so desperately need and deserve.”
A contributor identifying himself as “Joe” said, “I swear, I’d murder people with my bare hands this morning.”
At that time, on the “Queerty” website, “Stenar” asked, “Can someone in CA please go burn down the Mormon temples there, PLEASE. I mean seriously. DO IT.”
“I’m going to give them something to be f—ing scared of. … I’m a radical who is now on a mission to make them all pay for what they’ve done,” wrote “Jonathan.”