Last Monday, confidential documents were released which revealed detailed plans by the National Organization for Marriage to "drive a wedge between blacks and gays."
In part, the document said:
The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks - two key democratic constituencies. We aim to find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; to develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; and to provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party.
Since that time, NOM has been attempting to distance itself from the documents. Former NOM chair Maggie Gallagher said the following during a recent interview on MSNBC:
It’s insulting to suggest that these African-American or Latino leaders are standing up because NOM is manipulating them. Obviously the only reason anyone stands up for marriage at this point in this culture is out of principle because we believe it’s a good thing.[...]
We didn’t cause or create this, and frankly if we could get together with the gay community, and take the idea that it’s bigoted or discriminatory to stand up for marriage off the table for black people or for white people, we’d be happy to do it.[...]
But in a piece in American Family Association's One News Now, the head of an organization affiliated with NOM actually embraces the documents and whines about a "double standard."
Jennifer Morse of NOM's Ruth Institute gave what I would call a sad monologue masquerading as a interview:
"If I were an investor in social conservative causes, I would put Brian Brown on my speed dial because these documents are showing that Brian Brown is basically a strategic genius, and he's doing what any sensible person ought to do in his situation," she decides.
. . . "I think it's amusing, very amusing that the left proclaims itself to be shocked when somebody uses exactly the same kinds of strategies that they themselves use all the time," she offers. "'Divide and conquer' has always been their main strategy; it's the only thing they know how to do."
Naturally the article omits the fact that the Ruth Institute is affiliated with NOM in an attempt to make Morse seem like an uninvolved source.
The grand irony is the article's title:
NOM bigoted for utilizing 'divide and conquer'
I was surprised because it's one of the few instances in which One News Now was actually truthful.
Editor's note - NOM bigoted for utilizing 'divide and conquer' was the original headline of that One News Now piece. It has been changed to Left rips NOM for 'divide and conquer' tactic. I don't see why it was changed. That new headline doesn't exactly make NOM's tactics look more appropriate or Christian.