Anti-gay activist pens homophobic Dr. Seuss-inspired poem about Michael Sam

Peter LaBarbera just doesn't get it/Because the man is a terrified bigot

Published January 5, 2015 7:56PM (EST)

Peter LaBarbera       (AP)
Peter LaBarbera (AP)

Peter LaBarbera, proud leader of the anti-gay activist group Americans for Truth about Sexuality, is an inspired man. He is, as many people might not have previously known, a poet. And, as one might guess, LaBarbera's poetry is rooted in his primary passion -- specifically, denigrating homosexuality and publicly shaming members of the LGBTQ community. This is, after all, the same man who once said he was proud to run a recognized hate group.

The AFTAH president also has another, seemingly related passion: NFL player Michael Sam, who seems to have landed himself on LaBarbera's shit list after having the gall to kiss his boyfriend last year, upon learning he had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams. Still outraged by Sam's tenderness more than 7 months later, LaBarbera decided to ring in the new year by posting a special Dr. Seuss-inspired poem that criticizes the player for daring to be gay -- and in public, too!

The poem is (you guessed it) disgustingly homophobic, but it's also (maybe you also guessed it) a little racist as well! Here are some highlights from LaBarbera's attempt to totally desecrate "Green Eggs and Ham" and prove that he is a piece of human garbage at the same time:

I saw the kiss by Michael Sam..
It made me mad–he kissed a man!

That’s something I don’t want to see
It’s wrong, unnatural, and it’s not just me.

Many now say, “Homosexuality is OK.”
But God says there’s a better way.

He made men for women, and women for men.
So why are “gays” so prideful then?

Please, no public same-sex kisses, Michael Sam.
We don’t want to see this man-on-man! [...]

I do not mean to pick a fight
When I say most Blacks don’t think homosexuality’s a “civil right.”

Far from a “right,” Michael. In fact, it’s wrong.
Must I put this in a song?

Michael shot back: “Not wrong at all, it’s who I am!
“I’m gay. My name is Michael Sam.”

“God made me black and blessed me with gayness.”
Blessed you?! Then why are so many diseases linked to “sex” in the anus?

No, God made you black–not ‘gay,’” said I.
“You’ve chosen to believe a lie!”

You can’t change your skin color, that’s a fact.
But homosexuality? That’s only an act.

The poem also praises "ex-gay" activists DL Foster, Stephen Black and Charlene Cothran for denouncing homosexuality, and suggests Sam do the same. LaBarbera concludes his art piece by asserting that he does not hate Sam, although the rest of the poem would suggest otherwise. A full transcription is available at Right Wing Watch.

By Jenny Kutner

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