NOM Bashes Christians and People of Faith

Rob Tisinai

September 27th, 2012

I’m starting to think you could make a full-time job out of shredding the National Organization for Marriage’s fundraising appeals. Here’s the latest email gem from President Brian Brown:

“Repressive.” “Anti-human being.” “Anti-gay.” “Anti-woman.” “Anti-children.”

Does this sound like tolerance to you?

Well, these aren’t my words. They belong to Randy [sic] Weingarten, an Obama surrogate, homosexual marriage activist and powerful teachers’ union boss, who recently bashed marriage supporters, Christians, and all people of faith at Obama’s national convention.

False! Would you be surprised to learn Randi never mentioned Christians or people of faith in her speech? I’ll grant a courtesy that NOM refuses you: Here’s the video of her speech. Check for yourself.

Weingarten actually directs her harshness at the Republican platform. So let’s look at whom she’s “bashing“:

  • Opponents of marriage equality? Sure.
  • Christians? Some of them.
  • “All people of faith”? Absolutely not.

Think about that last claim. It only works if all people of faith oppose marriage equality — every last one of them. Does NOM really believe that? I see three possibilities.

1.  NOM is fully aware of what it’s saying, and means it.

Specifically: supporting marriage equality automatically means you’re a person of no faith. Not a person of a different faith, or a person of faith making a doctinal error, or who doesn’t think doctrine should dictate law. No. Voting for same-sex marriage is willful leap into Gehenna’s steaming pit. I know some of NOM’s supporters and regular blog commenters really do believe this.

2.  NOM is lying.

Specifically: NOM is saying something they don’t believe. They know many people of faith support marriage equality and oppose the Republican platform. They just don’t care. NOM’s most aggressive (and lucrative?) line of attack is that religious people are being persecuted, and this lie serves that interest. The mailer continues:

So make no mistake: if Barack Obama is re-elected in 40 days and marriage is re-defined for everyone, faithful Americans who support the God-ordained understanding of “one man and one woman” marriage will be treated in the law and in society as bigots and racists. Weingarten’s assault will become the opening salvo of an official, national policy for everyone.

NOM needs people to believe this, that the government is planning an attack on religion in general and on them in particular. Their livelihood literally depends on it.

3.  NOM is incoherent.

I firmly believe the average NOMmer can simultaneously hold two contradictory opinions in mind:

  • All supporters of same-sex marriage are sex radicals who hate religion.
  • Gay activists have fooled good people of faith into supporting same-sex marriage.

NOMmers need to believe both, so they do. They just…do. Their anti-gay fervor has smashed a baseball bat into their basic reasoning skills.

My guess, based on nothing but intuition and what I read, is that NOM and its allies are 65% incoherent, 25% fully aware and completely sincere, and 10% lying.

No matter what it comes down to, NOM is bashing the whole segment of Christians and people of faith who support marriage equality. It’s either misrepresenting their views, or accusing them of being liars whose show of faith is merely a sham. Either way, NOM’s strategy is in full effect:

Spread a falsehood.

Get money.

Repeat.

Lindoro Almaviva

September 27th, 2012

What I find most offensive is the fact that they love name calling but when they get a taste of their own medicine they start crying fowl. These are the type of people I feel no love, connection or sense of pity if I see them in danger. God forgive me, but I would probably look the other way if I saw anything bad happening to them.

Hunter

September 27th, 2012

I think one thing that should be taken from the leaked “strategy memo” is that this is all deliberate — it’s done purely for effect. There is no belief involved, there is no sincerity, it’s all just a means of winning from people who have no integrity or fundamental honesty to begin with. It’s tactics, and I begin to wonder if it’s even really directed solely at gays — one of NOM’s stated purposes in that memo is to take down Obama, and this can very easily be read as an attack on him.

Truthspew

September 27th, 2012

If I had to choose, I’d say the second option that NOM is lying. That seems to be their modus operandi so to speak.

Timothy Kincaid

September 27th, 2012

..faithful Americans who support the God-ordained understanding of “one man and one woman” marriage will be treated in the law as bigots and racists.

Yes, they will have constitutionally protected freedom of speech, the right to assemble, and all other rights guaranteed to all citizens be the bigots and racists, or people who dedicate their lives to opposing bigotry in all forms.

…faithful Americans who support the God-ordained understanding of “one man and one woman” marriage will be treated in society as bigots and racists.

sorry, honey boo boo child, that’s going to happen either way. As equality become the norm rather than a new odd proposal, those who seek preference for their own kind and disadvantage for others are going to be treated the same whether the distincion is race or sexual orientation.

Brian Brown will be treated like a bigot and a racist in a fairly short time. Not because of Obama or any law change but because his statements, his behavior, and his demands will appear to be consistent with the commonly understood definition of bigotry.

IT

September 28th, 2012

Oh come on. You KNOW they are making a ton of money off of this. It’s a cash cow. I think they are very cynical….and laughing all the way to the bank.

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