12 January 2011

Anti-gay group calls Loughner a leftist

In a recent email to supporters, Peter LaBarbera, president of the right-wing homophobic group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), wrote: "Well, folks, we're just a little over a week into the new year and already left-wing activists are equating conservatives and Tea Partiers with "hate," and even blaming them for murderous acts by leftist kooks."

By "leftist kooks", he is apparently referring to Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the recent Tucson shooting of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others.

I find it curious that these righties are calling Loughner a "leftist", since his Wikipedia entry indicates that he is adamantly opposed to reproductive choice. And, of course, he is apparently comfortable with guns.

In fact, per the Wikipedia info, it appears that his political views are a mish-mash of right, left, and just plain weird.

Defensively pointing fingers at the left for its criticism of violent talk from right will do nothing to address the underlying causes of gun violence in this country. But AFTAH apparently doesn't care about that.

AFTAH apparently just wants to smear the left at any opportunity, because (gasp!) we tolerate homosexuality.

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