Peter LaBarbera, a perennial unfavorite here at Towleroad and the head of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality has issued another deplorable statement of homophobia and intolerance. This time his rage is holiday-specific, taking aim at the shameful "thanks" that "homosexuality advocates" give for the progress of LGBT rights during, well, Thanksgiving. LaBarbera sees this appropriation of a decidedly American holiday as an affront to God, who should be receiving more credit from the general public on this most celebratory of days.
As secularism and – dare I say – godlessness deepen in these United States, many are leaving God out of Thanksgiving Day. Language always follows the heart: have you noticed the habit that has crept in of being thankful for this and that – without being thankful to God?
Now homosexuality advocates (and others) have taken this regrettable phenomenon a step further: using Thanksgiving as an opportunity to be “thankful for” developments that are decidedly ungodly – e.g., the advance of out-and-proud homosexualism, including “same-sex marriage,” in the United States.
I came upon this homosexual website article timed for Thanksgiving about homosexuals being thankful for various “gay rights” achievements, including more lesbians on TV. We know as Christians and Bible-respecting Jews that Our Heavenly Father is not smiling on that.
Though the first Thanksgiving celebrations in America may have occurred amongst Puritans and Pilgrims "thankful" for their new-found religious liberty (and soon to impose harsh theological restrictions on other groups), one would be hard-pressed to constitute the annual holiday as a purely religious one. LaBarbera, of course, disagrees.
And so, we have come full circle: citizens of a nation founded “under God” use our annual day of gratitude — conceived to humbly give thanks to God — to celebrate sin. How insidious is the “Progressive” Left’s radical redefinition of everything noble – patriotism, liberty, equality, and now even God Himself – to advance their destructive agendas?
What were you thankful for this Turkey Day? I know Peter LaBarbera did not cross my mind.