Earlier today, Peter LaBarbera opened his Truth Academy confernece, a three day gay bashing extravaganza in a Chicago exurb. Despite weeks of flogging the event and several stories in right wing media, our spies tell us that the event was a major dud.
According to our sources, there were between 20-30 people in attendance. This was shocking, considering there was a large roster of notoriously anti-gay speakers:
Robert Knight, Coral Ridge Ministries
Peter LaBarbera, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality
Ryan Sorba, Young Conservatives of California
Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media
Prof. Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty University Law School
Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel
Laurie Higgins, Illinois Family Institute
Greg Quinlan, Parents and Friends of Gays and Ex-Gays
Prof. Rob Gagnon, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; see www.RobGagnon.net
Arthur Abba Goldberg, JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality)
Ironically, the Gay Liberation Network’s protest had more demonstrators (see below) outside the event than there were people soaking up the hate on the inside.
The event was not only homophobic and sparsely attended, it was painfully boring, according to one eyewitness.
“It was an exhausting 12-hour day,” said a spy. “The speakers were less charismatic than tree stumps. I would rather turn Bill Gates’ vast fortune into a giant mountain of pennies and count them, than endure one more tedious anti-gay seminar.”
Clearly, this disaster was a serious blow to Porno Pete’s already disintegrating career and showed that he is incapable of drawing support — even with a who’s who of anti-gay activists on-hand.
Maybe, it is time for him to give up his shtick and get a day job?