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CWA Spokesman to Gay Troops Supporters: "Put a Cork in It"

Via Think Progress comes notice that the 60 Minutes "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" piece really riled up Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues with the conservative group Concerned Women for America (CWA).

Barber_mattSaid Concerned Woman spokesman Matt Barber to Cybercast News Service: "The military is no place for such radical San Francisco-style social experimentation, especially during a time of war. It's been the Department of Defense's long-standing position that to allow open homosexual behavior and other immoral conduct harms unit cohesion and troop morale. I know this to be true from personal experience," he stated. "I served 12 years in the military. During basic training, one of my fellow recruits was sent home for soliciting sex from other male recruits. The incident was an enormous distraction from our task at hand, which was to learn how to be good soldiers. Instead, recruits were violated, complaints were filed, and our command was forced to conduct a thorough investigation. It was an incredible waste of time and resources, and it definitely harmed troop morale and unit cohesion. If the bleeding-heart lefties over at CBS News and the SLDN really want to do something to support our troops and help the military, they should abandon their attempts to radically alter and undermine the armed forces, pipe down, put a cork in it and let our brave fighting men and women win this war on terror."

Hear that former Congressman Bob Barr, former General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, and former Republican Senator Alan Simpson?

Matt Barber of The Concerned Women for America wants you to put a cork in it.

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  1. this man looks like a "FULL-BLOWN-TOE-TAPPER"

    i should be expecting his scandal any time soon. count down with me, 100,99,98,.........

    Posted by: johnosahon | Dec 17, 2007 2:09:40 PM


  2. Spokesperson for Concerned Women for America? That's a pretty authentic looking drag king. I've seen more butch looking ones, but all in all pretty good.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Dec 17, 2007 2:11:46 PM


  3. Is that why Ms. Barber is so pasty and unmanly looking, because he was told he couldn't be a soldier-man either? Another spouting, uninformed bigot. No facts, just venal opinions. I understand Cranberry juice cleans the liver, doughboy. Such bitterness. Poor pudgy boy

    Posted by: Woodroad34 | Dec 17, 2007 2:12:56 PM


  4. so nice to see that he is finding comfort with the Concerned Women for America. i am sure they provide great faghags for a closet case like him.

    Posted by: Shaun | Dec 17, 2007 2:24:30 PM


  5. Nice mono-brow. Chump.

    Posted by: RP | Dec 17, 2007 2:27:22 PM


  6. This is the guy that wrote an article defending Ann Coulter after her "faggot" remark concluding that: "When Coulter spoke last Friday, everyone heard the word "faggot." But if you take her words - abrasive as they were - in their full context, she was apparently just telling the left to back off and bag it."

    Since he is such a fan of hers, why not use the logic she used when Elizabeth Edwards called her..."You're asking me to stop? You're asking me to stop? NO!"

    And "soliciting sex" does not mean gay, it usually means ridiculous republican closet case...Isn't that apparent with this whole Larry Craig thing?

    Posted by: Tyler | Dec 17, 2007 2:30:26 PM


  7. What a tosser! Someone forgot to inspect his miniscule hampster ass.

    Posted by: Mary, Very Late Dowager Queen of The United Kingdom | Dec 17, 2007 2:33:19 PM


  8. He was probably just pissed off that he wasn't the one being solicited for sex. I'm sure he'd love for someone to "put a cork in it".

    Posted by: Nicole RichTea | Dec 17, 2007 2:34:24 PM


  9. Does anyone else see the irony of a fat white man being the spokesperson for "Concerned Women?" That to me says it all about this insane misgynistic, patriarchal, homophobic, hate-filled world we live in.

    Posted by: Raze | Dec 17, 2007 2:36:36 PM


  10. Hardened soldiers... put a cork in it...forcing it down our throats...

    What is it about American bigots and grossly overheated metaphors?

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Dec 17, 2007 2:45:54 PM


  11. not that this is suprising, but pamela slutason has just filed for divorce 2 minutes, sorry 2 days no 2months after marriage.

    so this creature can marry every two seconds but i can't,and they say gays are destroying marriage. I BLAME LOG CABIN. LOL

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071217/ap_en_tv/people_pamela_anderson;_ylt=Ai_cCWpwEROTXw1bSmqr8vVpMhkF

    Posted by: johnosahon | Dec 17, 2007 2:49:34 PM


  12. I'm willing to bet this is payback for not being one of the male recruits who was solicited all those years ago. I'm sure that harmed his morale all right.

    It's like Shakespeare, as someone said, only stupid.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Dec 17, 2007 2:50:47 PM


  13. Reading between the lines here, he was distracted by this when he was in the service because all he could think about was "how can I get a piece of THAT G.I. Joe?!"

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Dec 17, 2007 2:57:32 PM


  14. So where does he go for his widely educated opinions ? Evangelical USA ? Pathetic.

    Posted by: RickT | Dec 17, 2007 3:05:33 PM


  15. FYI – for those who wonder why the Concerned Women for America have a male spokesman is because the bible tells them so.
    As an example

    1 Corinthians 14:34:
    women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says.

    1 Timothy 2:11 -12
    A woman should learn in quietness and full submission
    I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.

    Posted by: 1♥ | Dec 17, 2007 3:05:40 PM


  16. if there wasn't the stigma that is in place and DADT didn't exist, there wouldn't have had to be all of that "investigating." it created the situation; the situation didn't create itself.

    Posted by: mike/ | Dec 17, 2007 3:06:27 PM


  17. God, forgive me, but I hate these people.

    "During basic training, one of my fellow recruits was sent home for soliciting sex from other male recruits. "

    OK... so what? There is a process for dealing with inappropriate conduct by servicemembers. Does Tubbo McFoottapper really think that ALL gay men would behave in the same way? (Notice that he didn't say that HE was hit on. Funny, that.)

    Posted by: Jonathon | Dec 17, 2007 3:12:40 PM


  18. Well, just to get away from basically calling the guy a fag, which is immature and gets us nowhere, it could be argued that the military is *the* place for social experimentation-it was integrated faster, more thoroughly and earlier than American society at large and continues to be more diverse than most other settings (you know, like gay bars...) There have also been innovations in communal living, high educational standards, and socioeconomic mobility (the GI Bill). And a lot of times this started during wars. So this guy is just plain wrong. He may be saying "put a cork in it" because he knows that if the military "falls", society will follow. Which is probably true.

    But if calling him names makes you feel better, go for it.

    Posted by: Charles | Dec 17, 2007 3:15:47 PM


  19. Charles...

    get off the cross. we need the wood.

    Posted by: RP | Dec 17, 2007 3:41:16 PM


  20. First Peter LaBarbara, now this pillow-biter. They should call it "Concerned Closet Queens of America."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 17, 2007 3:43:05 PM


  21. While the issue of having behavioral policies within the military was lightly touched upon a couple of times last night, and I commend Manzella and the SLDN spokeswoman for their performances, not enough is made of the perfect illustration of how the military could [if they wanted to] deal with the issue of homophobia in the ranks.

    Ironically, my late friend, Leonard Matlovich, before purposely coming out to sue the Air Force over its antigay policies in a 1975 test case, was, in addition to a Vietnam vet with a Purple Heart, a USAF “Race Relations Instructor.” These classes had been created in 1971 to deal with the racism that still persisted in the military decades after the services had been officially integrated, and that had actually increased due to reactions to the civilian black civil rights movement. Participation in such classes was mandatory. Their goal was, “to maintain the highest degree of organizational and combat readiness by fostering harmonious relations among all military personnel.”

    So the model is already there and SLDN et al., needs to be rubbing it in their faces when they claim integration of out gays would fracture the military. In other words, they’re more afraid of a few out gays than they are Al Qaeda, anthrax, landmines, and nuclear weapons.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Dec 17, 2007 3:48:58 PM


  22. "It was an incredible waste of time and resources."

    Well, I'm glad there's something we can agree with!

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 17, 2007 3:49:29 PM


  23. Mr. Barber continues his uninformed, pedantic and shrill commentary. CWA? Your support-by-silence of this sad, pathetic twirp surely makes it easy to disregard you entirely. Truly, you should be CONCERNED about the message this Barber (wo)man espouses on your behalf. Does s/he really speak for you?

    You cannot be trusted, heard or believed until you remove him/her and start to promote your true message of love, acceptance, and support.

    Posted by: I before E | Dec 17, 2007 3:52:55 PM


  24. Charles was correct- the military has been one of the primary forces in societal innovations in the United States. The integration of racial minorities, the push for equality for women, advances in medicine and hygiene, aircraft and automobiles- all changed because of the military. Even such arcane areas as the embalming of the dead (yuck!) developed during the Civil War to allow deceased soldiers to be sent back to their homes.

    Sometimes I wonder why people like Mr. Barber spend so much time hating their fellow Americans.

    Posted by: homer | Dec 17, 2007 4:19:26 PM


  25. Charles was correct- the military has been one of the primary forces in societal innovations in the United States. The integration of racial minorities, the push for equality for women, advances in medicine and hygiene, aircraft and automobiles- all changed because of the military. Even such arcane areas as the embalming of the dead (yuck!) developed during the Civil War to allow deceased soldiers to be sent back to their homes.

    Sometimes I wonder why people like Mr. Barber spend so much time hating their fellow Americans.

    Posted by: homer | Dec 17, 2007 4:19:44 PM


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