Matt C. Abbott
Which group is more violent -- pro-aborts or gay activists?
By Matt C. Abbott
November 10, 2009

The simplistic answer to the above question: The pro-aborts are more violent — by far. See this Web site.

(Of course, it must be said that many gay activists are pro-aborts as well. That's all too obvious.)

But it seems that certain gay activists are trying to give the pro-aborts a run for their money.

From Americans for Truth:

    'In the wake of the horrific act of Islamic domestic terrorism at Fort Hood Texas, it has been learned that militant homosexual activists recently made similar online postings to those of Nidal Malik Hasan, threatening additional acts of terrorism against Christians.

    'In response to Maine's natural marriage victory last Tuesday, gay activists have directly threatened to retaliate with 'terrorism' and the 'killing' of Christians on the popular homosexual activist 'JoeMyGod' Weblog. Liberty Counsel notified the FBI, which is investigating the matter. As of this morning, the offending blog entry had been removed.

    'Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel's director of cultural affairs, issued a statement shortly after Maine's marriage victory. In reaction to that statement, blog poster 'ColdCountry' wrote: 'Will someone please give me a gun?' Poster 'Fritz' warned: 'What I fear is that once gay and lesbian people give up hope of achieving equality through nonviolent means, there will be radicals who will begin to hunt down haters... All it will take is a small group of radical zealots who are willing to kill for their cause.'

    'In reply to 'Fritz,' 'tex' posted: ' say this like it's a bad thing? Maybe a bit of well organized terrorism is just what we need.'

    ''This happens in all cases where people are oppressed and lack representation,' continued Fritz. 'We will have gay and lesbian people strapping bombs to their chests and blowing up churches. All it will take is one or two more losses like this. If marriage equality is taken away in one of the landmark states, we will see domestic terrorism arise very quickly. ... In 1991, I witnessed gay and lesbian activists setting fire to buildings and beating people with baseball bats in Los Angeles.'

    ''tex' reiterated: 'Still not seeing this as a bad thing Fritz ... [African gay activists] didn't gain their civil rights through being passive.'

    'In addition to Barber, pro-family leaders Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth and Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage were specifically named targets.

    'Meanwhile, Michael Heath, former director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, was targeted by a direct death threat shortly after the passage of Question 1 last week. An anonymous caller telephoned the League, warning:

      'I am calling about Mr. Mike Heath, the Executive of your Christian Civic League of Maine. He thinks that gay people should have our rights revoked that we already have. Well I can tell him this — I'm a gay guy who owns guns, and he's my next target.'

    'Law enforcement was immediately notified of the threat against Heath. Matt Barber commented: 'All potential threats of terrorism and murder are very serious business. As we learned just last week, there are ideologically driven terrorists who walk among us. After passage of Proposition 8 in California we saw that many homosexual activists are capable of threats, vandalism and even violence. Those who either threaten or attempt to incite terrorism must be immediately brought to justice. Churches and Christian leaders around the country need to be on high alert. These threats of homosexual activist terrorism must be taken very seriously.''

And from a story (excerpted; click here to read the full article):

    'A manager at a Massachusetts retail store claims he was unjustly fired after he told a colleague he thought her impending marriage to another woman was wrong.

    'Peter Vadala, 24, told he was terminated in August from his position as second deputy manager at a Brookstone store at Boston's Logan Airport after a conversation he had with a manager from another Brookstone store who was visiting the location.

    'Vadala claims the woman, whom he declined to identify, mentioned four times that she had married her partner. He said he then left the store briefly to visit the airport's chapel before returning.

    ''I found it offensive that she repeatedly brought it up,' Vadala said. 'By the fourth time she mentioned it, I felt God wanted me to express how I felt about the matter, so I did. But my tone was downright apologetic. I said, 'Regarding your homosexuality, I think that's bad stuff.''

    'The woman, according to Vadala, then said, 'Human resources, buddy — keep your opinions to yourself,' before exiting the store.

    'Two days later, Vadala, who had been employed for just a matter of weeks, received a termination letter citing the company's zero-tolerance policy regarding 'harassment' and 'inappropriate and unprofessional' comments.

    'In a statement issued to, Brookstone President/CEO Ron Boire said a 'thorough and fair investigation' had been completed in the matter.

    ''We do not comment on any specific personnel issues,' the statement read. 'However I will say that Brookstone is an equal opportunity employer, meaning that we maintain a healthy, safe and productive work environment free from discrimination or harassment based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, or other factors that are unrelated to the Company's legitimate business interests. We are proud of our diverse workforce of varying cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds'.....

    'Vadala said he felt 'intentionally goaded' by the manager to comment on her relationship....'

I find the above story disturbing, and for this reason: We are now in a time when simply being "politically incorrect" can either get you fired or not hired to begin with. First Matt Barber; now Peter Vadala.

It's one thing if Vadala had been going around his workplace announcing to whoever would listen that he's against sodomy or that he doesn't like homosexuals; that would indeed constitute "inappropriate and unprofessional" behavior.

But, according to his account — which I believe — he wasn't doing anything of the sort.

The other manager was goading Vadala to make a comment she probably knew she wasn't going to like. Why else would she have said four times to Vadala that she married her partner? She used — abused, actually — the company's (somewhat ambiguous) policy to get him fired.

And that is unjust and malicious.

I imagine myself in Vadala's shoes. As a general rule, I do my best to avoid talking about politics and religion in the workplace. It's the prudent thing to do. But what if a militantly pro-abortion female co-worker who somehow found out (not by me announcing it) that I'm staunchly pro-life goaded me by saying repeatedly, "Well, I've had three abortions and, ya know what, I'm glad I had 'em!"

Needless to say, it would be extremely difficult for me to stay silent. And even if I were to say nothing and walk away, could the co-worker run to Human Resources and complain that my "attitude" is causing a "hostile work environment" for her? Sure she could — and it just might get me fired.

The same kind of scenario could happen with a charitable and hard-working father or mother of several children who is scorned by a co-worker who happens to be a child-hating, pro-abortion gay activist. It's scary.

Remember to pray for the poor souls in purgatory.

© Matt C. Abbott


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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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