James Dobson

A leading homosexual activist group is blaming a deranged teenager’s violent rampage through a “gay” bar in Massachusetts on “hatred and loathing” fueled by Christian groups and leaders such as James Dobson.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Executive Director Matt Foreman noted the Feb. 2 attack by 18-year-old Jacob Robida in a press release that day. Robida – who sports a swastika tattoo and had Neo-Nazi and white supremecist materials in his home – was charged with attempted murder for a hatchet and gun attack that left three men wounded in New Bedford, Mass.

“The hatred and loathing fueling this morning’s vicious attack on gay men in New Bedford is not innate, it is learned,” Foreman contended. “And who is teaching it? Leaders of the so-called Christian right, that’s who. Individuals like James Dobson of Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, the Rev. Pat Robertson and their ilk are obsessed with homosexuality.”

Foreman asserted these leaders “use their vast resources, media networks and affiliated pulpits to blame lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for all the ills of society.”

“They disguise their hatred as ‘deeply held religious beliefs,'” he claimed.

Foreman also complained of “vicious” opposition to homosexual-rights activists and “hate-filled rantings” by the leaders of two Massachusetts groups, Brian Camenker of the Article 8 Alliance and Ed Pawlick of MassNews.

“The blood spilled this morning is on their hands,” Foreman charged.

Article 8 Alliance responded: “It’s now becoming clear that homosexual activist groups intend to use this incident as a springboard for a vicious and cowardly series of attacks on anyone who publicly criticizes the homosexual movement – similar to what happened after the Matthew Shepard incident.”

“Today” show anchor Katie Couric famously brought up Dobson’s Focus on the Family in an Oct. 12, 1998, interview with then-Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer about Shepard, whose murder was believed to be an “anti-gay” hate crime – a charge recently debunked in an investigation by ABC’s “20/20.”

Couric asked whether “conservative political organizations like the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family are contributing to this anti-homosexual atmosphere” by suggesting homosexuals can change their sexual orientation.

“That prompts people to say,” Couric added in her question, “‘If I meet someone who is homosexual, I’m going to take action and try to convince them or try to harm them.'”

After the Nov. 26, 2004, “20/20” show, Focus on the Family sent a letter to NBC News President Neal Shapiro requesting an apology “on behalf of Christians maligned by Couric” but was rebuffed.

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