Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yes Maggie Gallagher, you are bigoted and NOM is homophobic. Here's why.

Maggie Gallagher, National Organization for Marriage
These days, it's relatively easy to be a talking head on news programs.

Just find some sucker with a lot of money willing to fund you,  created an organization with an important sounding name, give yourself an important sounding but meaningless title (senior fellow, research analyst, president, etc.), and they'll practically be beating at your door.

An incident today on Fox News more than demonstrates that point. Not long after Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama Administration would no longer defend DOMA, Fox News personality (you really don't think I'm going to call her a journalist, do you) Megyn Kelly had National Organization for Marriage head Maggie Gallagher on her show to whine about how evil this decision is for families.

Of course Gallagher's definition of families never seems to include lgbt families, leaving a lot of people out.

Nevertheless, Kelly allowed Gallagher to push her usual silly talking points, including one about how gays are inaccurately being compared to black people in terms of civil rights.

I sincerely hope that in discussing the DOMA decision - and hopefully this piece - no one falls for the divide and conquer technique of this person - Gallagher - who cares as much about the black community as she does the lgbt community.

And that level of care is zero.

What Gallagher and Kelly did were evasive tactics, much like other tactics Gallagher seems to have mastered when talking about gay marriage. Give her five minutes and she will try to pivot the conversation from the same-sex households negatively affected by her activism to how she and others like her are supposedly unfairly called "bigots" for supposedly simply trying to "protect marriage."

Okay, let go on that angle. Let's break down the acts of Gallagher and NOM and pose the question - are these the acts of a bigoted, homophobic organization or people simply trying to "defend marriage:"

November 20, 2009 - Signer of Manhattan Declaration wanted to jail gays and lesbians - By signing an anti-gay document, The Manhattan Declaration, Gallagher and NOM affiliates themselves with folks who want to jail lgbts.

February 1, 2010 - Maggie Gallagher commits 'sin of omission' to make case against marriage equality - Gallagher cites a study to bash gay marriage and gay parenting, even though the study had nothing to do with either concept.

March 8, 2010 - TinyU-R-Gay: @NOMupdates limits gay lives to less than 140 characters/years - A NOM tweet actually pushing the lie that gays have a short life span.

June 14, 2010 - National Organization for Marriage: Gays Were Never Hunted Down and Murdered Like 'Jews, Christians, and Blacks' - NOM is found to be affiliated with Louis J. Marinelli during its failed summer for marriage tour. Amongst other things, Marinelli claims that gays want to molest children. When Marinelli's words became public, NOM claimed that the organization had no affiliation with Marinelli. However certain links posted as an update to the story demonstrated that NOM did have an affiliation with Marinelli.

June 28, 2010 - Message to Maggie Gallagher: associating with bigots does make you a bigot - NOM associates itself with another bigoted group, The Traditional Value Coalition. Amongst other things, TVC head Lou Sheldon has said that gays should be referred to as "sodomites."

July 27, 2010 - National Organization for Marriage needs to disavow its 'zany' followers - NOM not only has a problem with the homophobia of those in its ranks, but also those who support the group, particularly the guy with the poster of the hangman's nooses.

February 11, 2011 - PolitiFact catches anti-gay group NOM in a huge lie about gay marriage and children - Pultizer Prize-winning news site calls NOM out on a lie that gay marriage is being taught to kindergartners in Massachusetts.

February 17, 2011 - National Organization for Marriage called out AGAIN for distortive tactics - NOM commissions a misleading poll claiming that the majority of folks in Maryland oppose gay marriage. They are called out on it by a local columnist.

February 22, 2011 - National Organization for Marriage makes the case for being an anti-gay hate group - NOM pushes a piece written by syndicated columnist Mike McManus of the group Marriage Savers. The column has several distortions about gays, including the lie that gay men have a shorter life span than heterosexuals. NOM has not distanced itself from this piece.

Again, I ask does this sound like a Christian defender of "the family" or a homophobic bigot exploiting fear and ignorance for a paycheck?

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Anonymous said...

Hate is just her business. Her hypocrisy and dishonesty reek. If children really need to be brought up by two biological parents, then Maggie is by her own definition an unfit mother to her first child.

Anonymous said...

You are so wrong on this one. Rev Sheldon was right...he was just telling people what the Bible says.
The truth reall hurts sometimes. Rev Sheldon love them but can do nothing but tell the truth.

BlackTsunami said...

It's always interesting that "truth" to the self-righteous never involves introspection but passing judgment on other folks.

The Bible never said lgbts should be called sodomites.

Anonymous said...

I think Marinelli actually began their facebook page, he and Brian Brown run it now. Rumor is he is trying to clean up the page, but so many people on there are so hateful and disgusting. If NOM wants to be taken as a serious group that doesn't hate on other humans, they should probably look into hiring babysitters to take care of that page.

Reed Boyer said...

Sorry, Anonymous.
Lou Sheldon's "Traditional Values Coalition" was declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Conference after being tracked and monitored for TEN YEARS on the basis of issuing persistent false statements.
Maybe the phrase "Thou shalt not bear false witness" doesn't mean as much to you as it does to others.

Steve said...

Here's a quote from a Theology Graduate who spent the better part of 10 years studying all of the worlds major religions, including Zoroastrianism, the oldest of the revealed world-religions:

"The Bible contains 6 Admonishments to Homosexuals & 362 Admonishments to Heterosexuals. That doesn't mean that God doesn't love Heterosexuals. They just need more supervision"”

TCBlue said...

I find all this 'defense of marriage' crap to be just that. CRAP.

I am a heterosexual female (just for full disclosure) and I honestly don't understand how two gay or lesbian people being able to marry has any affect upon my own ability to do the same.

Honestly, these hate-mongers really need to be taken down a peg or twelve.

'Gay' marriage in no way make 'straight' marriage invalid or 'cheap.'

Marriage is marriage, regardless of the genders of the people involved. As such, gay people have the same right (or should have) to marry and enjoy all the same legal benefits as straight people.

To deny gay men and women the same rights the rest of us have under the law is merely another example of how the rule of SEPARATION of church and state is being ignored.

Apparently, that rule only applies when when people ahre the same religious beliefs as the uneducated and morally bankrupt majority.

As for the bible, sure it says homosexuality is a 'sin' and an 'abomination'. But so is shaving. Eating shellfish. Cultivating a garden. Eating ground meat. Mixing fabrics from animals (wool) and plants (cotton), not to mention the combinations we have now (polyester).

ALL of those are EQUAL 'abominations unto the Lord our God'.

Show me someone who's preaching against gays and gay marriage who's never done any of those things. Never seen a preacher who looked like Grizzly Adams.

According to the 'ggod book' we are ALL damned, so people need to stop lambasting gay people and look more closely at themselves.

Then again, that might explain it.

As long as there are gay people to blame for everything, people don't need to examine themselves too closely.


Michelle said...

Agree 110% with the post, and all of the comments save for the anonymous one (big surprise; I wouldn't attach my name either...)