NOM’s Latest Fundraising Lie

Rob Tisinai

February 1st, 2012

What do you call someone who gets money from people by telling them lies?

You wouldn’t call him a thief, exactly. How about this, though:

  • Con man
  • Swindler
  • Cheat
  • Charlatan
  • Bilker
  • Crook

I just got a fundraising email (complete with “Donate Now” button) from Brian Brown at NOM. He writes:

Last April, the Navy issued new “sensitivity training” guidelines that required Navy chaplains to perform same-sex marriages. Thanks to leadership from Congressmen Tim Huelskamp and Todd Akin, the Navy backed down and rescinded the guidelines.

See that verb? The one Brown italicized? And bolded?

It’s a lie.

Here’s what those (now-rescinded) guidelines said:

Regarding chaplain participation, consistent with the tenets of his or her religious organization, a chaplain may officiate a same-sex, civil marriage:  if it is conducted in accordance with the laws of a state which permits same-sex marriage; and if the chaplain is, according to applicable state and local laws, otherwise fully certified to officiate that state’s marriages.

No chaplain was required to do anything involving same-sex marriage. It took me five minutes to confirm that. It’s Brian Brown’s job to know that.

I don’t know why this makes me so angry. It certainly isn’t NOM’s first lie. I’m starting to think that NOM’s biggest victims aren’t gays and lesbians — we’ll win this eventually, no matter what NOM does. No, NOM’s biggest victims are its own supporters, who are being bilked out of their money.

This falsehood is now up on NOM’s blog, where I’m banned from commenting. I invite you — ask you, beg you, beseech you — to go there and point out the truth to NOM’s readers. They won’t believe it (they might not even get to see it!), but that doesn’t matter: there’s something to be said for telling the truth just for the sake of telling the truth.

Something Brian Brown will never understand.


February 1st, 2012

I made the 4th comment. The previous 3 all pointed out the lie.


February 1st, 2012

Not sure if this works, but I also leveraged their email link, but altered the message

Michael Miecielica

February 1st, 2012

I also left a comment pointing out the distortion. I, also, pointed out that the new proposed rules will violate the religious liberty of the chaplains that come from those faith traditions (like Unitarians) that allow for same sex marriages.


February 1st, 2012

I’m sure that my comment will never survive “moderation”, so here is what I posted there:

Interesting, Brian. Perhaps you should consult the USCCB about this matter, as you do on most everything else, or pop open your own copy of the Catechism:

2482 “A lie consists in speaking a falsehood with the intention of deceiving.”281 The Lord denounces lying as the work of the devil: “You are of your father the devil, . . . there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”282

2483 Lying is the most direct offense against the truth. To lie is to speak or act against the truth in order to lead someone into error. By injuring man’s relation to truth and to his neighbor, a lie offends against the fundamental relation of man and of his word to the Lord.


February 1st, 2012

What gets me the most is that their entire position has to rely on nothing but lies. They have ZERO facts on their side. Shouldn’t that tell them something? I mean, how can you base such a strong opinion on nothing but lies, and not have an aneurysm? The only thing I can think of is that they are literally crazy. And I’m not just trying to be mean or call them names. I think they may actually have a mental disorder.


February 1st, 2012

They know they lie. They know plenty of people hate gays enough to want their lies to be true. They make A LOT of money off of those lies. Sure, they a non-profit that spends money on lobbying and campaigning for the anti-gay cause, but they’d be out of a job if they told the truth and their job probably pays a pretty sweet salary. Keep pointing it out in their comment section though. Maybe it’s possible to one day get through to one of their supporters.

Lindoro Almaviva

February 1st, 2012

There are plenty of people calling his lies in the blog. Seems like there are NOTHING but people calling him a liar.

Must be nice.


February 1st, 2012

I don’t know, “Lying sack of shit” still rolls off of my tongue quite nicely.


February 2nd, 2012

Nothing happens when I try to comment. It just refreshes the page. It doesn’t say “you’re comment is awaiting moderation,” or “your comment is too long…” Then when the page refreshes, I don’t see my comment. Would I get a message if I were blocked?

bill johnson

February 2nd, 2012

Erin, NO, they are blocking you. They started doing that to me to and you can tell that they got the post because if you try to post the same thing again it pops up with a duplicate post notice. For every critical comment that makes it on to their blog there is a boatload of comments that have been censored away.


February 2nd, 2012

Great job Rob, but you’re preaching to the choir. How can you get the message out to Evangelicals that NOM is scamming their members out of money (aside from posting on NOM’s comments section)?

It appears the anti-gays are overreaching via distortions & half-truths. While this is common knowledge in the gay activist community how can we work to ensure that their means are exposed amongst evangelicals?


February 2nd, 2012

As if this was the only group of Liars 4 Jesus. *sigh*


February 2nd, 2012

Personally I think the people they’re lying to must want to be lied to. It’s sadly been my experience that a lot of those people are liars themselves.


February 3rd, 2012

A bunch of the Nombies are now arguing with you guys who commented over other things instead of conceding the point.

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