When the Chicago Cubs made an It Gets Better video to send an anti-bullying, anti-suicide message, Peter LaBarbera of the Illinois-based Americans for Truth About Homosexuality was unsurprisingly outraged. Already numerous Religious Right groups such as the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission and Mission America have condemned the It Gets Better project, which works to prevent suicide particularly among LGBT youth, and now LaBarbera wants to tell LGBT youth: “it doesn’t get better.” The anti-gay activist tells WorldNetDaily that baseball teams like the Cubs “are using that stature to encourage kids to practice an immoral and destructive behavior”:
Peter LaBarbera, president of the ministry Americans for Truth, told WND the slogan may sound nice, but it “doesn’t match the reality.” “It doesn’t get better. … There are not just the physical complications. We can’t ignore the biblical reality that we’re dealing with eternal judgment,” he said.
“Whether they like it or not, professional athletes are role models for young men and now many yong women. They basically are using that stature to encourage kids to practice an immoral and destructive behavior.”
He said the other complications are that baseball, previously associated with wholesomeness and competition, now is “rushing headlong into the embrace of immorality.”
“Think of all these kids, with their sports heroes telling them it’s okay to be gay, with no connection to the reality. They’re all caught up in pretend propaganda that has no relationship to the lifestyle,” said LaBarbera, whose ministry is in the Chicago area.
LaBarbara said he’s already heard complaints about the campaign from traditional families, who plan to no longer patronize the Cubs.