Right-wing attorney: ‘Clownish’ transgender people the ‘laughing stock’ of the LGBT movement

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:12 EDT
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Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel (Screenshot)
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The heads of a conservative law firm believe that transgender individuals are “clownish” and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell encouraged gay soldiers to rape their colleagues.

Wednesday during their “Faith and Freedom” video series on YouTube, Mat Staver and Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel discussed the transformation of Bradley Manning into Chelsea Manning and sexual assault in the military.

Barber said Manning was a “transgender traitor” and described a photograph of her wearing a wig and lipstick as “clownish.” He said that transgender individuals were the “weakest link” in the “alphabet soup of the absurd” known as “LGBT.” He alleged that Manning and other transgender individuals were making a “laughing stock” of the entire LGBT movement because they were detached from reality. Barber again described transgender individuals as “clownish.”

Staver added that he believes that a man who expresses a desire to transition to being a woman is equivalent to a fat man claiming to be a “skinny man trapped in an obese man’s body.”

“Imagine if [Manning] were still in the military,” Staver said. “If he was still in the military and he is your commanding officer, and now he says, ‘Hey, you know what, I’ve decided I want to be a woman now.’ So now your commanding officer goes through this sex change. I mean, how bizarre is that?”

Staver and Barber also claimed the repeal of military policy known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell increased the number of sexual assaults.

“Unit cohesion and troop morale has been severely disturbed now with the lifting of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and there are men being raped by homosexual men in the armed forces,” Barber said.

The Liberty Counsel has unsuccessfully sought to overturn California’s ban on “reparative” or “conversion” therapy, which seeks “cure” gay and lesbian people of their same-sex attractions. The conservative legal group plans to also take legal action against a similar ban in New Jersey, and has fought to overturn Obamacare.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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