NOM Bashes Christians and People of Faith
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.