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Email of the Day

Jim Burroway

April 13th, 2012

Oops. Not him this time.

Right now we’re under relentless attacks—that are draining us of critical resources that could be deployed in states and at the federal level to directly affect the future of marriage…. . . and these bullies think they can get away with it!

Friend, I know in my heart that they are wrong. They can’t get away with it, because you and those like you all across the country have stepped up time and time again.

But I urgently need you to stand with us today. So far, we have raised just $29,672 in this campaign. In order to respond to these latest attacks and continue to be effective throughout 2012, we NEED to reach our goal of $200,000 over the next several days. I know that a few of you reading this message can afford a gift of $5,000 or even $10,000 or more. If that is you, please consider what you can do to help at this pivotal moment.
But we’re all on the hook, responsible for how we use whatever resources we have.

If we stand united, we cannot be stopped. But if we don’t, our opponents will silence us one at a time until there is no one left to speak for marriage. So whether it’s $20 or $20,000, it’s important that we stand together in this battle.

Oh wait, that conspiratorial email didn’t come from Eugene Delgaudio. It’s from National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown. Lately I’ve been having trouble telling them apart.

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Gene in L.A.
April 13th, 2012 | LINK

It’s fun to repost something like this so we can ridicule it or warn each other about it; but reposting it probably also calls it to the attention of a few more who agree with it. Is that really what you want to do?

andrew
April 13th, 2012 | LINK

They’re distinguishable by the dollar values they request.

By the way – I just doubled the monthly donation I make to Lambda Legal. I highly recommend it – none of the B.S. of HRC, these guys GET IT DONE and were part of some of the most important judicial victories over the past 20 years.

Oh, and in the spirit of the season… they’re tax deductible !!

Tony P
April 13th, 2012 | LINK

There’s one bigot here in RI that gave NOM $150,000. I might pay him a visit.

Andrew
April 14th, 2012 | LINK

Tony, I advise caution when making statements like that — if that were directed at me, I’d say that was a threat and I’d take legal action.

Ben in Oakland
April 14th, 2012 | LINK

If we stand united, we cannot be stopped. But if we don’t, our opponents will silence us one at a time until there is no one left to speak for marriage. So whether it’s $20 or $20,000, it’s important that we stand together in this battle.?

Two thoughts about this.

first, it sorta reminds me wine writing, you know: this elegant sip of Bourginon Country will remind you of grapefruit, cinnamon, with an overlay of musky carbon, amusing. You with its insouciance and savior faire.

When I read that verbal abuse, I always think, “Who writes that shcheiss. Who reads it and takes it seriously?” How can he write a statement like that with anything resembling a straight face?

Who writes this shcheiss? Maybe we can call it “whine writing”.

My second thought:

Well, y’know, Brian honey, who will be standing up for marriage? Why, gay people, the very people you seek to deny it to, while hoards of hetero faux Gingrich tight-sphinctered wannabes fornicate, and adulterize, and make illegitimate babies without those wonderful mothers and fathers you claim we’re trying to eliminate, and divorce, and abandon their children, and shack up, and on and on and on.

I hope I live to see the day when You Finally
have your welch-McCarthy moment.

Snowman
April 14th, 2012 | LINK

The trouble is, I don’t think *They* [The NOM people] would recognize the “Have you no sense of decency, Sir??” when it happened, and I think a lot of their followers wouldn’t either. It’d have to go viral to make sure everyone saw it. Otherwise, you’d have that 20% or ao (who wouldn’t willingly look for it) that’d still keep going like nothing happened, and be keeping these jackasses in business.

Unless of course it happened on FOX News or one of their shows, then some progress might happen without anybody having to point it out.

I think their documents being released, with their racist strategies and crap being known…was one such moment. IMO too few people on their political side of the fence have called them out for the sheer evil of it all.

Snowman
April 14th, 2012 | LINK

Oh, and I think you’re right Jim, I actually thought it was DelGaudio for a minute there, the writing style is even pretty similar.

Priya Lynn
April 14th, 2012 | LINK

I thought it was DelGaudio too. It sounds exactly like the kind of unhinged hysterical stuff he does.

Regan DuCasse
April 14th, 2012 | LINK

…”relentless attacks…”
Really?

Last night a friend called me. She’s distressed because a few doors down from her home, two USC grad students were gunned down in their car.
I wasn’t on shift that night, but even if it’s a crime scene I don’t go to, I’m certain to see the pictures.

All over America there have been all kinds of stupid, reckless or unprovoked acts of violence.
People’s brains are saturated with fantasies of revenge, conflict and threat to the point they don’t know real from perceived.
Anything from three drunks passing a loaded gun around until one of them is shot in the head, to a 19 year old running from police on a dangerous chase until he stops and exits the car pretending to shoot at cops, getting himself shot to death in hail of police gunfire.

And there are the likes of Brian Brown and E. Del G., whose brains are corrupted with fantasies of gay terrorists out to claim the country, de foul children and run amok snatching normality from any street they are seen on.
I may see the results of extreme depravity every day, and in comparison acts of love, kindness and compassion are absolute balm.
Which makes Brian Brown, to me, seem such a candy assed coward. He’s so FULL of himself at what he thinks is confronting something tough and hard.
As if he’s heroic in his deeds and without him, things fall apart.
With a generous donation of course.
He’s got seven hungry children to feed.

He wouldn’t DEIGN to know the gay folks I do. He wouldn’t strap up in uniform, nor participate in any form of discipline in the protection of America’s streets, nor his own rights.
But to hear HIM tell it, he’s such a brave soldier in this ‘war’ on marriage.

What a putz. I mean, really?
I saw a beautiful picture in the NYTimes weddings section of a gay couple being married in a temple. A white haired rabbi was gently resting his hands on their shoulders during the ceremony. All of the men in those wonderful prayer shawls. Before a full house of invited guests.
Contrasting this room full of people there to witness a marriage between a loving gay couple, to the fearful utterances of Brian Brown, to what I know are terrible acts of violence on anyone any time.
Live is too short. Mazel Tov to the couple in the picture, and Brian Brown needs a brain enema.
If he and E. DelG thinks THAT couple is a threat to anything, they are some seriously sick in the head people and no laws, nor discrimination should follow or support such paranoid idiocy.
This society truly has MUCH bigger problems.
And obviously, Brian Brown and E. DelG are too weak and weasely to help solve any of them.

Soren456
April 14th, 2012 | LINK

You get more for your money with Delgaudio. Eugene always leads with a little tale of pluck and spunk on his part, to illustrate the burden that he, alone, agrees to carry on my behalf against the outrage of homosexuality (and alcohol parties). You feel awful if you don’t help the little guy.

Brian just whines. It’s all gimmee and no action.

Snowman
April 14th, 2012 | LINK

I get the impression that E. Del G. is just out for da money, which makes him no less perverse of course.

Brian Brown and the rest of the NOM crowd just fucking scares me in a “you don’t know what they’re really pushing” sort of way. I get the feeling that the maine document dump was just the tip of the iceberg. I wonder if they aren’t just another arm of the right wing Catholics who seem to be behind so much manipulation these days. After all they seem to be going to great lengths to hide who gives them money. There’s more to a story than you can see, usually.

Our society is sick enough as it is as Regan points out. I hate how these decievers can come along and just make it sicker. Assuming the least little bit of the stuff in the Bible *Is* true (like the Religious Right insists upon)America is going to have a lot to answer for come the judgement day. Abuse of money and power, Greed, Hate, Lying, Murder, Stealing, War…all these are sins the Bible condemns much more than homosexuality or sex outside of marriage or whatever.

If they are the least bit right America is toast on That Day…And it *Won’t* be anything the gay people are doing that puts it in that position. The religious right itself breaks more of the ten commandments every day than any gay person I ever met has that I know of, hell, probably more than all of them put together.

We’re a sick ass country and the Brian Browns of the world just want to make us worse.

Snowman
April 14th, 2012 | LINK

Speaking of which, it’s just ironic to see Brian Brown call someone else a bully.

Hypocrite

homer
April 14th, 2012 | LINK

Con artists can be hard to tell apart.

james
April 16th, 2012 | LINK

Maybe NOM has a contract with Eugene’s consulting firm to write their fundraising emails.

Désirée
April 16th, 2012 | LINK

maybe it’s just from my days as a writer and proofreader, but the style and tone of this letter are to me, completely different than the usually nutty emails from Delgaudio. My first thought as I started reading it was “wow, he’s scaled it back!”

I don’t think that in any more than a cursory “we don’t like gay people” way is this and a typical Delgaudio letter at all similar.

jpeckjr
April 16th, 2012 | LINK

@Regan DuCasse. Very powerful reflection, Regan. Thank you for writing it and giving us some important perspective. I saw that NYT picture, too, and was also moved by it and the couple’s story.

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