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NOM goes completely wackadoodle

Timothy Kincaid

July 13th, 2010

In the grand spectrum of anti-gay activism that ranges from relatively respectful disagreement through nasty and spiteful on its way to ragingly hateful and on to bizarre and downright insane, Maggie Gallagher and her National Organization for Marriage have managed to retain the appearance of being rational and principled. While their intentions were hostile and based in animus and the presumption of superiority, their rhetoric was more mainstream and avoided trips into the realm of paranoia, villainizing, or blatant hatred.

Until recently.

But increasing Maggie has been losing it, demonstrating an increasingly bitter and hostile persona and saying things that she never would have just a year or so ago.

And things have changed for NOM, as well. No longer behaving like a marriage advocate, NOM now seems to have morphed in to a radical anti-gay activist group with views and opinions similar to those of Peter LaBarbera or Brian Camenker. The new NOM doesn’t love heterosexual marriage anywhere near as much as they dislike gay people in general.

A few weeks ago we let you know about NOM’s merging with an anti-gay extremist group, One Man, One Woman, headed by Louis J. Marinelli. Although at first it seemed that NOM was trying to downplay their affiliation, this tactic has been abandoned and Marinelli’s facebook site is now at least semi-officially the voice of the National Organization for Marriage.

And a nasty voice it is, indeed.

Language about “the best interests of children” has been replaced with ranting about “the homosexual agenda” and posts about how violent gay people are. And Jeremy at Good_As_You has extensively documented Marinelli’s extremism from trying to equate gay people to pedophiles and prostitutes to repeating the old Paul Cameron lies.

Yes, NOM has decided it’s time to attach its bus to the wackadoodle train… and I marvel at that decision. Frankly, I thought Maggie was smarter than that.

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Lindoro Almaviva
July 13th, 2010 | LINK

Then you had a higher opinion of Maggie-Moo than many of us ever did, or had the hope to cultivate.

Bob Barnes
July 13th, 2010 | LINK

They have absolutely no winning strategy for the courtroom, so her intent is to ramp up the religious-right base with her fraudulent gays vs christ rhetoric.

Cooner
July 13th, 2010 | LINK

Looks like Barefoot Maggie’s finally kicked the shoes off.

(Oops, sorry.) ^.^

Lucrece
July 13th, 2010 | LINK

Um, Maggie’s no longer at the helm of the organization. Brown completely replaced her in decision making while she’s off writing books and spreading lies in university debates.

She was smart enough to lower her profile and distance her self from an organization in decline.

Rob
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

If she was actually smart, that single mother wouldn’t have started NOM in the first place. In 50 years from now, people are going to equate her to the late George Wallace.

Priya Lynn
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

Timothy said “And things have changed for NOM, as well. No longer behaving like a marriage advocate…”.

The National Organization “For” Marriage never behaved like a marriage advocate. Their sole tactic in “advocating for” marriage has always been to try to prevent gays from marrying – they’ve always been anti-marriage.

Paul in Canada
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

So, has Maggie/NOM, and others alike, given up on their dream of an American theocracy? Doubt it.

Johnson
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

Whatever brings in the money, and since it’s obvious NOM is no longer quite the gravy train it once was for Maggie, something had to be done.

ricky
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

traditional marriage: permission to have sex granted by a religious entity.

Priya Lynn
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

That about sums it up, doesn’t it Ricky?

Yonmei
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

Er, didn’t NOM get Orson Scott Card on board not long ago? The SF writer who declared that if the government legalized marriage for teh gays, this was reason enough to overthrow the government? Orson Scott Card, homophobic terrorist.

Jim Stone
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

OMG Tim!!!!! That pic of Maggie!! I am peeing my pants here! BRILLIANT!!!!

If this horrible woman wasn’t working for NOM she’d only be qualified to be a Wal-Mart greeter!!! (If that!)

Richard Rush
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

What exactly are Maggie’s qualifications/credentials on the marriage issue, other than the mindless abundant bigotry rising up from her gut? Given that she has become the largest ubiquitous figure in the marriage battle due to her presumed expertise, wouldn’t you have expected her to be the most sought-after witness to testify at the Prop-8 trial? But there was that little problem of cross-examination – Oops.

Well, her most impressive credential is a B.A. degree in Religious Studies from Yale University, which essentially means that her expertise is in the study of how superstitious nonsense is transformed into Magic Truth.

Tony
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

Here’s a funny observation: Guess what comes up when you dial the letters NOM on a telephone keypad?

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