Thursday, August 02, 2012

Religious right bigotry will keep NOM's race-wedge strategy from working

Editor's note - I may or may not be posting intermediately today due to a dentist's appointment.

Okay, I know after yesterday, everyone is all "chickened out." So let's talk about another subject while bearing in mind that the Chick-Fil-A situation is NOT over yet. The restaurant seems to have approached Anita Bryant status . . . and we all remembered what happened to HER.

On Tuesday, the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors (CAAP) held a press conference announcing plans to speak out against President Obama's support of marriage equality.

I'm sure we will be hearing more about this group, including the fact that the president, Rev. William Owens, is the "black church liaison with the National Organization for Marriage and that NOM has already endorsed Obama's appointment Mitt Romney.

For those not familiar with two plus two, add in the fact that NOM has already been called to the carpet because of its wedge strategy, i.e. the group's plan to play gay and black America against each other on the subject of marriage equality.

The following clip is another reason why NOM's race-wedge strategy won't work.

Let me preface by saying that I've always found it interesting how the religious right in general are so chilvarous to the black community when it seeks "defend" the legacy of the civil rights movement against the supposed unfair comparison to the gay equality movement.

However, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association shows us what some members of the religious right think about black folks when they aren't faking their chivalry:


The Democrats as a party, I believe, they want slaves, they want Americans to be as slavishly dependent upon the central government as slaves were upon their masters in pre-Civil War days, that’s what they want. That’s why they’re trying to hand out goodies and dish out goodies to get them completely dependent because then they’ll know that they can count on them and count on their votes, they’re going to vote for whatever party is promising them the most goodies. We were talking this morning about how in the world is it that African Americans still support the Democratic Party? How can you explain that, when the Democratic Party is the party of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow laws, lynch mobs, the party that filibustered the Civil Rights Act, how can you explain this?

. . . The only reason we can see why the Democrat Party still has support in the African American community is because the Democrat Party promises them more goodies, the Democrat Party is handing out stuff, basically getting them addicted. It’s like the government is one big giant methadone clinic and they’re just handing out these injections to people in the form of welfare benefits to get them hooked, so they got to hook up with their supplier once a month, they got to get their fix, they got to hook up with their dealer on a street corner once a month and get their fix from the federal government. They’re like drug-addled addicts and the Democrat Party has gotten them addicted to welfare benefits. That apparently is the only reason they continue to support this party.

. . . I think what keeps the African American community in the Democratic and on the Democratic plantation is the promise of goodies, it’s the promise of welfare, it’s the promise of benefits. That’s what keeps them on the Democratic platform as much as anything. So that’s just a form of idolatry, they put money ahead of principle. If they’re going to give me stuff, that’s materialism, that’s greed, that’s a violation of the Ten Commandments, they’re going to stick that in front of me I’m going to vote for them no matter what.

Now some folks will say that Fischer not a part of NOM. However, Fischer is a prominent voice in the religious right as a spokesman for the American Family Association. And AFA and NOM have joined forces before, particularly during this recent "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day."

So at the very least, NOM (or at least CAAP) should say something about Fischer's words.

Of course they won't and THAT is the point.

Seems to me that if NOM wants to siphon the black vote away from President Obama, muzzling one of its allies would be more effective than using astroturfed black groups.

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