Monday, June 29, 2015

No Mr. Brown - NOM has no reason to continue to exist

National Organization for Marriage
Having burned through tens of millions of dollars with nothing to show for it, National Organization for Marriage should probably call it a day. Brian Brown is trying to suggest that the so-called First Amendment Defense Act is a reason for NOM to continue to exist. The improbable passage of the bill can be coupled to the impossible enactment of a constitutional amendment to nullify same-sex marriage. Neither shall occur.

After reviewing the text it is clear that the so-called First Amendment Defense Act is just another attempt to create a license to discriminate. In the unlikely event that this was passed by both houses of Congress (if it even gets out of committee) it is a bill that President Obama would veto. It is clear that it does not have sufficient support to override a certain veto. The House version has only 69 cosponsors — the Senate version only 21. Most sane Republicans want to get past social issues.

Mr. Brown needs a new hobby. He should be embarrassed to ask people to part with more money to finance continuing ineptitude.

There is nothing to "Take Back"

There is nothing to “take back.” Civil marriage was not the estate of the religious right to begin with. Gay couples (some with children) will continue to marry and not much will change — except for those gay couples and their children.

People start to believe their own bullshit. The abstruse arguments against marriage equality circumvented the truth that the folks making those arguments were opposed to same-sex marriage because of a religious objection. People tied themselves in knots and tortured logic to divine a secular argument opposing marriage equality. One never seemed to exist. At least not one that was coherent; nor one that was persuasive.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

And so it begins - CatholicVote.org


“We never sought nor required your approval. Our world does not orbit around the religious beliefs of orthodox Catholics. We don't care.”

Sunday, the most popular post at CatholicVote.org is “The marriage debate is merely a proxy for a much larger revolution underway.” The post is not attributed to an individual author which is fitting since it is an amalgam of talking points floating through religious orthodoxy in reaction to Friday's Supreme Court ruling.

As an aside, CatholicVote.org is a trade name for two non-profit organizations; Fidelis and Fidelis Center for Law and Justice which are a 501(c)4 and 501(c)3 respectively and have combined revenues of $4.4 million.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mark Regnerus responds to Obergefell

Mark Regnerus

Saturday, 21 religious conservatives, mostly Catholics, have responded to the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges at First Things (an orthodox Catholic website). Among those is the disgraced UT, Austin Associate Professor Mark Regnerus. He begins with:
A half-life is the time required for the amount of something to fall to half of its initial value. If I take any comfort from the legal destruction of the timeless internal structure of marriage, it’s that same-sex marriage will have a short half-life. My bet is on fifteen years. In other words, within fifteen years the rate of its uptake among self-identified gay and lesbian Americans will fall to half of what we will observe over, say, the next few years—the time during which pent-up demand for same-sex marriage will have been met. After that, my best guess is that we’ll be able to discern its “standard” rate. (I’m afraid its radioactivity will not likely subside as rapidly.)

Tony Perkins - religious conservative cynic

Saturday morning, Tony Perkins, leader of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, sent out an email to supporters with the subject “Urgent! Marriage decision update.” Perkins is a cynic. He is also a fairly well compensated cynic — pulling down $236 thousand for the year ended September 30, 2013 (the last year for which information is available).

Friday, June 26, 2015

NOM asking for "emergency contributions"

Brian S. Brown

National Organization for Marriage has spent tens of millions of donated dollars to accomplish absolutely nothing. Nothing unless you count Brian Brown's continuing employment as an accomplishment. At about 6:00 PM on Friday I received yet another email missive from Brown (who now should have the organizational life expectancy of a fruit fly). He writes:

LifeSite News Goes Unhinged

My inbox is filled with apocalyptic paranoia due to today's Supreme Court ruling. LifeSite News, an ultra-orthodox Catholic website, has become the voice of the most conservative North American bishops. Today's email begins:
Today is a black day in history. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to redefine marriage will affect not just the United States, but will have ramifications worldwide. I hope you will join me in prayer and fasting that this unconscionable decision will instead spark a renewal of commitment by Christians and other men and women of good will to fight for the natural definition of marriage, and the rights of children to a mother and a father.