***Update***: Dan Savage has responded to LaBarbera’s claims here.
Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera is pissed off at my local public broadcasting station because it aired an interview with sex columnist Dan Savage and treated him like a human being:
How dare they respect Dan?! He’s openly homosexual!
I think Pete’s just jealous that Dan Savage is far more influential than he can ever hope to be…
I saw Phil Ponce‘s interview and it was fantastic:
Sex positivity, a brain, a sense of humor, and the courage to speak out against religious bigotry has earned Dan Savage some well-deserved respect whether or not you agree with everything he says.
Irrational fear of homosexuality and an insistence that public broadcasting networks give equal time to hate-mongerers will only get you traction within the subset of Christianity that reeks of contempt and acrimony.