Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Religious right raising money for alleged lawbreaker and other Wednesday midday news briefs

$30K Raised For Man Charged With Assisting Lisa Miller - Really not a surprise. I have no doubt $30,000 is there and I have no doubt that more is forthcoming. But I do doubt the notion that a lot of this money, if not all of it, was sent it by folks concerned about this man's well-being. My guess is that the same folks involved with keeping Janet Jenkins away from her daughter are the same folks footing the bill here.

Former MI Asst. AG: I'm A Victim Of A 'Homosexual Activist Agenda' - Right. It has nothing to do with how you stalked the young man in question.

Presbyterian Church votes to allow gay ordination - This is good news indeed!

Navy revokes guidance on same-sex marriages - Ugh. For one brief shining moment, it was Camelot. This is why voting is important folks. The religious right still has enough sway in Congress to buffalo stuff like this.

West Bend School Board refuses to sanction Gay-Straight Alliance - Sue, sue, sue!

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I feel sorry for NOM and the 'defenders of marriage'

Make no mistake about it. The National Organization for Marriage knows that its New York ad against gay marriage is peddling the distortion that:

Massachusetts schools teach second graders that boys can marry other boys.

This of course is an alteration of NOM's original claim that learning about gay marriage is a part of kindergarten curriculum in Massachusetts.

We know this is a lie because:

1. The site Politifact exposed it as untrue,

2. Maggie Gallagher of NOM unsuccessfully tried to refute the claim during an interview. She finally asked the interviewer to ask NOM's president Brian Brown about the claim.

A third reason doesn't necessarily come from NOM but someone they worked with in defeating the progression of gay marriage in Maine.

Marc Mutty, chairman of Yes on 1, said the following about the usage of hyperbole about school curriculum in an upcoming documentary on the vote:


We use a lot of hyperbole and I think that's always dangerous," says Mutty during a Yes on 1 strategy session, at the time on leave from his job as public affairs director for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine.

"You know, we say things like 'Teachers will be forced to (teach same-sex marriage in schools)!' " he continues. "Well, that's not a completely accurate statement and we all know it isn't, you know?"

"No," interjects a woman off-camera. "We don't say that."

"Let's look back at our ads and see what we say," Mutty persists. "And I think we use hyperbole to the point where, you know, it's like 'Geez!' "

Later, Mutty tried to recant his statement, but he danced around what he originally said about hyperbole.

No matter how angry I get when the lgbt community is slandered by people like Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, and NOM; no matter how many lies are told on us by organizations like the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, no matter how many times elected officials who are supposed to look after our best interests kick us aside, I wouldn't trade places with these folks for anything in the world.

I sometimes feel sorry for them for so many reasons.

One reason is that they delude themselves into thinking that their efforts can somehow stop marriage equality permanently. The reality is that every victory they get is a mere postponement of the inevitabilty of marriage equality. The polls are on our side, the momentum is on our side, and most importantly, the youth of America (who will make up the next voting generation) are on our side. And you can only postpone the inevitable, but you can never stop it from happening.

The second reason is their ability to turn their backs on their own integrity. Mutty is a prime example of that. His admittance that he knew what they were lyng in Maine is sad. It probably wouldn't be if Mutty and his ilk could find a verse in the Bible which condones lying and bearing false witness in the name of God. Unfortunately for them, such a verse doesn't exist.

The third reason is that these folks have to look at themselves in the mirror after knowing what they have done.

And if when they look in the mirror, they fail to realize just how much their behavior and their lies trivializes their religious beliefs, morals, and values - well that would be reason number four that I pity them.

Related posts: 

NOM exploiting children to stop gay marriage in New York

NOM brags about NY finances, but omits questionable history of bad ethics

NOM's passive/aggressive exploitation of its supporters

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