NOM, you crack me up.

Rob Tisinai

February 6th, 2013

The National Organization for Marriage is upset.

“For far too long, media outlets and reporters have allowed activist groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center to label opponents of same-sex ‘marriage’ as ‘hate groups’ and regularly describe organizations that hold traditional Judeo-Christian views of sexual morality as ‘anti gay,'” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “But words have consequences, and we know that allowing such inflammatory terms to be used in media reports describing those who object to redefining marriage can lead to harassment and even violence against members of those organizations.”

Oh, my heart weeps for you.

NOM has a blog and provides a forum for its supporters. I wouldn’t hold NOM responsible for random comments left there, except that NOM moderates the blog thoroughly, deleting many (not all) polite and informative gay-positive comments. Let’s have a look at what NOM doesn’t delete, and see if we can pinpoint any “inflammatory terms.” I’ll stick to just this past week.

I find it totally UNACCEPTABLE that the [Boy Scouts of America] may be willing to expose our children to this country’s most dangerous Predators.

Every single Catholic priest caught up in that Church’s abuse scandal is a self identified “homosexual.”

Homosexuals, especially the “openly gay” ones should not be around children period.

It appears that your real agenda is to obscure the innate and immutable differences that exist between the sexes in a vain attempt to appease your sense of guilt for your crimes against humanity.

Denying service to sexual deviants is no worse than denying service to a drug addict, alcoholic, a felon, or a stray dog.

I did not make these miscreants perverts, immoral, or heathens, but that is what they are

The perverts have nothing real to point to in defense of their demands for special consideration; only transitory emotions that cannot be defined or quantified.

People are just standing up against those who are demanding these perverts be declared moral.

And it goes on. And on. And on.

NOM, it’s your blog. You have every right to censor reasonable comments from the opposition while giving a forum to your most hateful followers. Just don’t turn around and get all righteous about the very thing you so fervently support.

Thom Watson

February 6th, 2013

As I said on a post about FRC’s similar complaint, there’s a very easy solution, so easy a three-year-old could understand it. They stop spreading hateful anti-gay lies that demonize and target LGBT people, and the SPLC will stop listing them and we’ll stop describing them as an anti-gay hate group. Quid pro quo.

manheart

February 6th, 2013

Quite right! I have left a number of fairly innocuous gay-positive messages there at NOM and I have NEVER had a comment survive moderation….NEVER…. Talk about the right-wing echo chamber… They do, in fact, encourage misinformation, inflammatory, and dangerous rhetoric, and I think will do almost anything they can to hold back the gay community in this era of changing awareness. They are supposedly about marriage but have spilled over into the Boy Scouts controversy. They are not specifically pro-marriage per se, they are specifically and completely anti-gay. They aggressively moderate their comment sections, and are completely responsible for the overall hostile tone therein. One of the elements used by SPLC to define a hate group is the knowing dissemination of factually incorrect information about a group in order to maintain a hostile environment as regards that group (my paraphrase). That is NOM in spades.

Thom Watson

February 6th, 2013

And we don’t even have to go to the comments for such fodder. Jennifer Roback Morse provides more than enough examples of inflammatory anti-gay language to expose their hypocritical outrage/outrageous hypocrisy, while Thomas Peters, Brian Brown and Robert George are in a tight three-way race for second place.

SirAndrew

February 7th, 2013

I have another approach they might get.

If they’ll stop telling lies about us, we’ll stop telling the truth about them.

Michael

February 7th, 2013

I’ve had the same experience as manheart. I left several polite, thoughtful comments on the NOM webiste. They never see the light of day. The only comments from the opposing side that survive their “moderation” are the ones that come across as shrill or belligerant — that play into their contrived victimhood.

Paul in Canada

February 8th, 2013

I like the idea that your article targets their website and the comments their ‘supports’ leave on it, but an additional paragraph highlighting examples of the type of language/labels they use from their official blogs, messages or media releases, would strengthen the conclusion, and I suspect purpose, of this article – they are hypocrites and void of anything ‘christian’.

RK

February 8th, 2013

Rather than just posting the messages here, BTB should expose them all over the blogsphere so mainstream media or social media can take hold and naturally go after NOM. They get away with this kind of stuff because we let them.

Chris McCoy

February 9th, 2013

So let me see if I understand this correctly. When the public allow the media and community leaders to circulate false information about a certain group of people, that “can lead to harassment and even violence against members of those organizations”?

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