LaBarbera: Michael Sam is a 'Bad Role Model,' Should Become an 'Ex-Gay'
Peter LaBarbera, head of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designated anti-gay hate group Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality (ATFAH) once again lifted his voice to the chorus of anti-gay conservatives that include Bryan Fischer and the Texas GOP who are advocating conversion therapy for openly gay NFL rookie, Michael Sam.
In an open letter to Michael Sam, posted to the ATFAH website Wednesday, LaBarbera berated the All-American defensive lineman for being a bad role model by coming out.
"Michael, do we have to tell you that, especially with your current publicity, you are a role model because of your athletic prowess, but since 'coming out' you are also modeling a lifestyle that the cost for those living it, has been unpublicized but appalling it has for society. The troubling fact is minorities are suffering most and in growing numbers," LaBarbera writes.
The remainder of the letter, which is filled with the kind of misinformation about the LGBT population that has become ATFAH's stock-in-trade, goes on to suggest that Sam seek out ex-gay therapy.
"Believe it or not, no one is born 'gay,'" LaBarbera writes. "Molestation, emotional deprivation, parental or peer rejection, or other traumatic factors can foster same-sex attraction-but many men and women have managed it, diminished it, or eliminated it altogether. [See these heartwarmingex-"gay" testimonies.] Many accomplished this through Reparative Therapy and counseling, despite the relentless, unwarranted condemnation of and campaign against both by self-serving "gay" activists."