Besen unleashes hate on man who left homosexualism behind; calls Glatze a “fake Christian” with a “reprobate mind”
By Peter LaBarbera
Folks, my friend Michael Glatze — as one of the most prominent former homosexuals in the world (and no, he decidedly does NOT wish to be known as a former homosexual or ‘ex-gay’) — is again a target of LGBT malcontents. That’s because a few weeks ago, on October 26, Michael — a one-time up-and-coming “gay youth” activist — married his lovely bride, Rebekah, at a ceremony in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Now for most sane people (read: those who haven’t drunk the “gay” Kool-aid), the Glatze’s wedding was a joyous occasion deserving of celebration. But for homosexual activist Wayne Besen and his grotesquely named “Truth Wins Out” (TWO)– and for many of his snarky comrades on the LGBT Left — it has become an opportunity to mock and malign this beautiful Christian couple.
I call Besen and his ilk “Focus on the Failures,” because they love to highlight “former homosexuals” who stumble back into sin — and then project those failures onto all efforts to “change sexual orientation,” which they deem impossible. How odd. Think about it: in what other area of life would we celebrate failure? Can you imagine highlighting only those who tried but couldn’t overcome, say, a drug or porn addiction:
This is silly, of course. In the real world, we cheer the success stories, of which Michael Glatze is but one. Moreover, Christians of all people should celebrate — just as their Heavenly Father does – when a man or woman accepts Jesus Christ and leaves sin behind:
[Jesus said:] “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7)
Yet for obvious reasons, Besen & Co. ignore happy and successful former homosexuals, except to lie about them, as is the case here.
‘Gay’ hate, Christian love
Take a minute if you can stomach it to read Besen’s petty and cruel web post on the Glatze’s wedding, and the Comments, mostly from other homosexual activists, that follow it. Poor, bitter Wayne can’t seem to stifle his seething resentment toward Michael for his godly metamorphosis. The “Truthiness Wins Out” founder wickedly calls Rebekah Michael’s “prop” and his “victim.” And Besen curiously describes Michael in his wedding clothes as being in “fundie drag” (a shirt, tie and slacks — go figure). Then Wayne puts on his “gay psychologist” hat (see the Comments section) and pronounces Glatze’s transformation away from homosexuality the result — not of the miraculous hand of God — but of Michael having a “mental disorder.” (Since homosexuality was once diagnosed as a “mental disorder” by the American Psychiatric Association — before “gay” activists bullied the APA into removing the designation in 1973 — some LGBT militants get a perverse joy out of accusing their foes of having a “mental disorder.”)
For his part, as you can read HERE or below, Michael Glatze takes all the homosexualist hate in stride and continues to reach out with the grace of Christ to those who malign him. Pray that he would have many opportunities in the years ahead to share the love of God with people who need it!
Sin definitely has its cheerleaders these days. Besen and his reactionary followers (again, read the TWO Comments) for the most part presume that Michael’s and Rebekah’s marriage is destined to fail — and most are probably rooting for it to fail. Not all homosexuals are this fanatical and mean-spirited; some even accept the possibility of leaving (overcoming) homosexuality. But most lack the influence of Besen, who works the liberal media hard with his pseudo-scientific schtick that homosexuality “orientation” is unchangeable. Funny how even as Wayne hastens to proclaim the death of the “ex-gay” movement, those pesky, happy former homosexuals keep popping up here and there, giving the lie to his “queer” narrative.
(Even the wife of New York City’s Mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, is a former lesbian. I wonder if she gets a pass from the Haters of Ex-Gays at TWO because she’s a Democrat.)
Lastly, as many of you know, Besen and his “Truthless” crowd just love to call me “Porno Pete” (maybe they’re projecting, given the over-abundance of pornography in the “gay” male world). It’s quite evil how these lost fellows love to name-call and demonize — all the while fancying themselves the voices of love and tolerance! Sadly, in all his meanness and over-the-top nastiness, Wayne is just one of many homosexual activists who are on the “wrong side of history” — the side that hates and defies God.
Please write to congratulate Michael and Rebekah at firstname.lastname@example.org. God bless. – Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH
Michael Glatze’s Letter about His Marriage
AFTAH is delighted to bring you Michael’s response to all this:
Original note from Michael Glatze:
Dear Friends and Prayer Warriors:
I am so grateful for all the prayers that have gone up to God for myself, and for Rebekah, as we have been so blessed to have gotten married in the past month. It has certainly been a journey! Going from being involved in the gay community, to traveling through various spiritual searches, to finding myself (personally) in many tumultuous situations, to meeting the woman that God provided for me, to being able to have a healthy relationship, to building relationships with parents and friends, and to finally have our families and friends converge in a beautiful wedding… all has been a difficult, powerful, and awesome journey!
I am SO grateful for the fact that God has allowed me the privilege of being married. I am 38 years old. I live, every day, with a sense of profound gratitude for His provision, and His protection on my life. I am grateful that, though I have failed time and time again, He continues to pick me back up, dust me off, and show me HOW MUCH He truly loves me. And, now, praise God, I am able to share that divine love with Rebekah. This is the greatest present Our Father has given me… it is unspeakably awesome.
There are so many who have wanted to “pick apart” my life. Heck… there are people who pick apart every subtle appearance in every photograph of me ever taken! It is strange to say the least. But, I guess when you become an individual that seems to “stand for” something larger, you can expect that kind of treatment. For instance, it was never my intention to be labeled a “racist” or a “homophobe,” let alone “deranged,” and “crazy.” But, all of these things continue to travel through the airwaves of our strange world – without any of those accusers ever seeing fit to contact me, directly, whether it could be possible for them to express their concerns to me or not. Has anyone asked me what I *really* said about President Obama back in 2009? No. It is easier for them to paint me as a radical racist, which I am not. [Glatze explained his real intent in a Comment under the Truth Wins Out post: "The comments were a sarcastic rebuttal to the fact that former President Carter declared 'all criticism' of Obama was latent racism. It was irony. And, if you had any interest in the truth, you would know that." He also puts the alleged "racist" comments in perspective in a podcast interview with the "Theopologetics" blog HERE.]
Has anybody ever contacted Rebekah, or myself, to ask us how we *really* feel about each other? No. And, in some cases, even if they did contact us directly, they would doubt that we were telling “the whole truth.” They would assume that in our “Christian blindness,” we were only saying what we were supposed to say, or “wanted to believe.” In a world where people REFUSE to listen to other people, there is not a lot of room for legitimate harmony.
But, I’d just like to say this. Thank you for those of you who are interested in harmony. Thank you for the love that continues to pour through our great land. And, thank you to those who have prayed for mine and Rebekah’s protection. It is not easy to have people consistently send you death-threats, simply because you left homosexuality and then decided to reach out, in many attempts at writing down your thoughts, to those who ALSO want to leave homosexuality. And, it is not easy to know the truth… and, also, know that living the truth may put you in constant, personal danger. …But, I’ll tell you this… it is worth it. I love Rebekah. I am not saying this as a political ploy. My life is an open book. I am not ashamed of that. Peter is a friend. AFTAH is a good cause, which I support. And, because of that, I am asking him whether he would like to have this short note from me as well as a wedding photo from my recent wedding.
If people feel this is me being a “publicity hound,” then they can feel that. People can feel whatever they want in this world. At some point, I would hope those same people would seek out the truth. If they do that? … Well, that could be an awesome thing for them. “You shall know the truth; and, the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
Michael also responded in the Comments section following Besen’s cruel piece on the Truth Wins Out website. His gracious reply stands in stark contrast to the vicious posts of Besen and his TWO allies:
Michael Glaze December 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm [posting on Truth Wins Out]-
Hey… ‘noticed that Wayne (TWO) has a story here about Rebekah and my marriage. Though I don’t necessarily have any particular idea to cause any *additional* discomfort in anyone’s life, I just wanted to pop onto this comments thread to say that you ((any of you)) are more than welcome to contact me directly if you have any questions about religion, philosophy, life decisions, or anything.
Though we may not all see eye-to-eye about every aspect of life, I am actually a human being and would love to just make that clear here to all of you, whom I also value entirely as human beings. Thanks! Michael Glatze (email@example.com)
More Besen hate:
After Michael posted his note above on the TWO website, Besen posted two more responses that illustrate his contempt for Glatze — outrageously claiming Glatze is a “fake Christian” with a “wicked, reprobate mind.” In between the vicious posts is Michael’s “quick shout out” to Besen. Note the latter’s appropriation of Christian language to condemn Michael:
Wayne Besen December 5, 2013 at 1:48 am -
You don’t fool us at all. We’ve read what you have written. You have a dark heart and a wicked, reprobate mind. The answer for your pathology is not a sham marriage. It’s medication.
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Michael Glatze December 5, 2013 at 11:40 am -
just a quick shout-out to Wayne. I love you, Wayne. And, God loves you, too.
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Wayne Besen December 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm -
Glatze, you are a fake Christian who knows nothing of God. Your ignoble and deceptive lifestyle is defined by guilt, lies, and shame, as well as worship of a child’s conception of God. There is nothing remotely spiritual about the crap you shovel out and call religion.
You should visit the NALT [Not All Like That] Christians Project to discover an adult version of religion.
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