Tuesday, April 03, 2012

NOM continues to use African-American leaders as sad pawns

I'm sort of stealing this post from my online friend Jeremy Hooper. But I think he won't mind.

The subject of irony seems to be lost on the National Organization for Marriage. That would explain its latest action:

On the post, NOM says the following:

Media elites seem to imagine NOM is responsible for the wedge between blacks and gays on the issue of gay marriage.

But the reality on the ground in North Carolina and so many other places is that black church leaders are bravely standing up for what they think is right. It is insulting for the elite media to imply they are NOM puppets, just like it would be arrogant for anyone at NOM to imagine we are responsible for this show of support.

It's a classic case of NOM trying to shift the blame. But trying to cite Wooden as an example of black pastors standing on their own to attack marriage equality contradict NOM's talking points.

You will remember that it was Wooden who said that:

gay men have so much sex that they require surgery and diapers,

gay men use gerbils, baseball bats, and cell phones as sexual instruments.

NOM using Wooden only underscores the organization's tone deaf devotion to stopping marriage equality.

Seems to me that if you are trying to disprove the belief that you are playing divide and conquer games between the gay and black community, you don't dust off center stage for a black leader known for making outrageously offensive comments about the gay community.

Yes, it is true that the disagreement between the black and gay communities regarding marriage equality didn't start with NOM. But that's not the point.

The point is that NOM is attempting to exploit that disagreement.

Yes, it is insulting to think that African-American leaders are puppets of NOM.  But it isn't the so-called media elites who pushed this belief. It was NOM.

The so-called media elites didn't write those documents advancing the idea of driving a wedge between the black and gay community. NOM did.

And sadly, NOM continues to play that game. 

One could almost admire NOM's audacity. But there is nothing to admire about an organization who will use anyone as pawns and then try to shift blame in the face of discovery.

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