Comfortably NOM?

So, when I was reading about the internal documents that were brought to light recently about NOM’s strategy to influence the marriage equality debate—you all know what jumped out at me:

“A pro-marriage president must be elected in 2012,” the document says, although Obama has offered tepid opposition to same-sex marriage.

The same document, an update to the group’s board, described a $1 million plan through the conservative American Principles Project to “expose Obama as a social radical.”

The section, headed “Sideswiping Obama,” suggests raising “side issues” including pornography to attack Democrats’ flanks.

If only I knew of an anti-gay presidential candidate who raised side issues like pornography.  (Or for that matter, knew of any conservatives who were—let’s call it “vetting”—Obama and his administration with the spin that he’s radical.)

Oh. Wait.  Those are real things. It isn’t just a NOM agenda.

I’ve long pondered what kind of people get up in the morning and actually make a job of trying to oppress other people. I don’t mean casual oppression, checkbook oppression, slacktivist/petition-signing oppression.  I mean people like Brian Brown or Maggie Gallagher, who actually roll up their sleeves and think “I’m going to label ‘denying marriage to other people’ as ‘protecting marriage’” or “I’m going to divide communities that have experienced civil rights denials—so that they in turn will deny others civil rights’”. 

If I ever had any doubt, I’m pretty much persuaded now that they aren’t just mistaken or confused by religion.  I used to wonder if they were conflicted by the discrepancy between the objective reality of LGBT people as people, versus their own horrible propaganda.  Now I don’t wonder. I just think they are bad people now. It’s kind of nice to get that out of the way.

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 03/27/12 at 08:55 PM • Permalink

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Now I don’t wonder. I just think they are bad people now. It’s kind of nice to get that out of the way.

Indeed.  As much as I love that picture of Maggie Gallagher it actually doesn’t make her look as evil as she really is.

Oh. Wait.  Those are real things. It isn’t just a NOM agenda.

however the NOM agenda appears to have begun with the 2008 campaign.  Seems pRick thought he’d latched on to a good thing by adopting it in 2012 just like they wanted someone to do.

Salon had a longish feature story on what makes Gallagher tick awhile back. Here’s my nutshell version: Gallagher was knocked up by a Randian cad in college, who subsequently dumped her, forcing her to raise a child on her own. She concluded from this that we must all return to a simpler time, when Randian cads who knocked up their girlfriends in college were compelled to marry them.

This is why Gallagher takes any evolution in societal attitudes toward marriage and sexuality—including gay marriage—personally. It’s all about her.

Now I don’t wonder. I just think they are bad people now. It’s kind of nice to get that out of the way.

Growing up in the 50’s, knowing I was gay, I always had a lot to “wonder” about.  In hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t “wonder” (or wander) too much, because I’ve spent the sixty years of my life surrounded and supported by a community of the bravest, most liberal, most united people imaginable.  As well as a multitude of “straight” friends and colleagues who could give a rat’s ass what I do in my bedroom . . . 

Thirty of those years I’ve spent with a remarkable partner, raising a gifted, talented son who has presented us with his own beautiful family.

Now I don’t wonder. I just think we are good people now. It’s kind of nice to get that out of the way.

Thank you, Vixen.  It is people like you, willing to speak your mind, who made my marvelous life possible . . .

....and Bette Noir just explains why we simply must fight these divisive, evil bastards.

however the NOM agenda appears to have begun with the 2008 campaign.

Reading their plan it becomes quite clear they don’t really care at all about marriage equality.

Their plan could have been written in such a way as to accomplish the same goal and still sound like somebody who cared about their public goals wrote it.  They could have easily written that there are conservative elements in the aa and hispanic communities, and they need to do outreach to broaden their coalition. 

Instead they wrote about dividing the Democratic base to weaken Obama. The goal of NOM is beating Democrats. Fighting marriage equality is merely a tool to do it.

I’m pretty much persuaded now that they aren’t just mistaken or confused by religion

There is a certain subset of humanity that are convinced not only of their own righteousness, but that everyone else MUST bow to their version of righteousness. To bring it back to Gallagher’s “faith,” that’s why the Pharisees plotted to have Jesus executed. He was upsetting their apple cart.

Those people are just like the Puritans, who came to America fleeing religious tolerance.
Or the Taliban. Same thing.

wasn’t Jesus’ only commandment was to love thy neighbor? the bizzaro Jesus they worship must have said something else

Yeah, merl, and “Judge not lest you be judged” and a lot of stuff they can’t seem to follow. I always think “Whatever you do to the least of these you do to me” when I see NOM or AFA or the like trashing gay people; I think of kids that have been harmed or harmed themselves because of the toxic atmosphere these folks perpetuate.  I’m not a believer myself, but I’m pretty sure they just. aren’t. doing. it. right.

Being presently hopped up on cold medicine, I could have SWORN that was a picture of a snake with fried eggs (over easy, natch) on its eyes. I’d say the snake would be a better option. I’m off to take more Nyquil…

Wow, that Salon profile was AMAZING. And the babydaddy sounds… strange. I noticed that he wasn’t asked how he feels about not seeing his son for 30 years.

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