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Speechless by Bruce Barry

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SEVENCivil Rights and Wrongs

IN DECEMBER 2004, J. Matt Barber of Villa Park, Illinois, a manager at the insurance company Allstate, published an online opinion essay critical of homosexuality. His supervisors later confronted him with the article, told him he was being suspended, escorted him from the building, and fired him a few days later.1 Barber’s piece, “‘Intolerance’ Will Not Be Tolerated! The Gay Agenda vs. Family Values,” appeared on several Web sites, including one called The Conservative Voice, which in a tagline described Barber as a contributing editor.2 Barber’s essay critiqued the “destructive nature” of the “homosexual lifestyle,” attacked same-sex unions, mocked “adulterous homosexual men,” and praised “homosexual recovery ...

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