Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hate group leader blasts NOM for not being sufficiently anti-gay

Brian Tashman at Right-Wing Watch beat me to this, but it's so hilarious that it needs more attention. Apparently Mass Resistance, a venomous SPLC-declared hate group in Massachusetts is angry at the National Organization for Marriage.

According to its founder, Brian Camenker, NOM lost the recent four ballot initiatives for several reasons, including not being anti-gay enough. Cameneker, in fact, called NOM' strategy "flawed."

 In sharp contrast to the homosexual lobby's slick, sophisticated propaganda machine, the pro-family overall approach was largely the same moderate, inoffensive, often logically incoherent approach that they've coasted on until now. A number of activists made it a point to complain to us about that. For example, most of the pro-family message was some variation of: Every child needs a father and a mother; the word "marriage" is special; marriage is about procreation; marriage is a timeless institution; gays already have all the rights marriage brings; etc.

These arguments are not emotional, fairly general, and not very compelling. In contrast, the homosexual lobby made the arguments in their ads emotional and personal. At its root, "gay marriage" is really about the forced acceptance of homosexuality as a normal part of society. But both NOM and the state pro-family groups went to great lengths not to criticize homosexual behavior. They were very fearful of being perceived as "anti-gay" or "homophobic" especially in the liberal press. So they insisted on moderating everyone's messages. In Minnesota, for instance, activists were specifically told, "Don't make this a gay issue." Those who deviated from this and took a more direct approach were shunned and even publicly criticized by the pro-family establishment.

This included some of the vocal black churches in Maryland who wanted to quote the Bible, and activists in Maine and Minnesota who felt compelled to discuss the negative aspects homosexual behavior. Except for some material posted on websites of the local pro-family groups, there were no attempts at all that we know of to persuade the public through advertising that homosexual behavior was perverse, dysfunctional, and unhealthy.

Our side basically conceded that argument completely, and even went to lengths to state that "we're not anti-gay." The homosexual lobby took full advantage of that by aggressively portraying homosexuality as just another facet of normal human behavior. This tactic is not sustainable, as it soon became clear. It certainly does not effectively counter the emotional strategies put forth by the homosexual lobby. At some point you have to engage in the real battle at hand.

It sounds to me as if that Camenker is angry that NOM didn't talk go for the jugular with the anti-gay stuff. In other words, Camenker sounds sore that NOM didn't take the route that Mass Resistance is famous for, i.e. making up horror stories about gays invading schools and harming children like so:

The "Little Black Book" - Hard-core pornographic homosexual "how-to" booklet given to kids at high school!


Elementary school teaching cross-dressing and transgenderism in 3rd grade


Politicians, corporations honor BAGLY director - cross-dresser who works with kids - as Grand Marshal of Gay Pride Parade.

Or running repulsively insulting videos like the following:

Needless to say that Mass Resistance does worse. The organization makes it a point to take pictures of and videotape youth participation at pride events to push the ridiculous "gays indoctrinate children" lie.

And this group is criticizing NOM for not partaking in this madness. Between you and me, I kinda wish NOM would have because it would have led us to win by a larger margin.

However, as it is, I doubt NOM will be taking Mass Resistance's advice any time soon. NOM believes in subtle homophobia, not the in your face kind.

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Anonymous said...

Far out, mind'ja, there's somethng frightening about a hate-group making a case based on Old Wive's Tales and social misconceptions to a poorly educated population in a country where critical/analytical thinking has become forbidden knowledge.....

Ed said...

Yeah, after the final defeat of the equal marriage repeal effort in MA, Camenker made the same criticisms. After the final victorious 75%+ vote of the legislature, there was a really nasty demonstration outside the state house with extremely homophobic signs that Brian really liked. Unfortunately he's not a complete joke: I feel he's the genesis of the "gay marriage causes teaching homosexuality to kids in the schools" propaganda that until now has worked very well; I suspect he was the one pulling the strings behind the Parkers and the Wirthlins.

BlackTsunami said...

He is the one pulling the strings behind the Parkers at least. I suspect he was the one who took the pics when Parker was arrested.