Anti-LGBT social conservatives just don't get it. Or, at the very least, they won't stop misrepresenting it. Either way, the top voices who advocate on behalf of more and greater discrimination for LGBT people are simply insistent on convincing themselves and others that GLAAD, and specifically its Commentator Accountability Project, is seeking less rather than more debate.
Here's Peter LaBarbera, who managed to get in the mainstream news this week because of trouble he had on the Canadian border, telling equally (if not more) anti-LGBT radio host Bryan Fischer that GLAAD is trying to silence people like him. Take a listen:
It's so annoying. GLAAD's CAP program, with which Peter has taken issue on other occasions, consists of nothing more than the anti-LGBT commentators own words. GLAAD then works to get these, the commentators own words, to whatever media outlets might choose to book people like Peter or Bryan or Tony Perkins, etc. The project is all about more speech, not less. The driving idea is that each of these commentators should feel as free and able to say the things they say about LGBT people when appearing on outlets like the American Family Association radio as they are when they appear on a Fox News or a CNN.
As I've said many times in the past, if people like Peter have no concerns about the words that they themselves put on the record, then they should actually thank GLAAD for helping disseminate these views to a wider audience and for giving them the chance to expand on these views whenever they appear before a wider audience. I know that personally, I'm always eager to expand on my thoughts on behalf of LGBT people, because I believe in every word that I write or speak. Most pundits are itching at the chance to make a broader case to a bigger audience. That's kind of the goal of the game, frankly.
You have to wonder why, when we shine a spotlight, they pretend it's a muzzle.