Tuesday, August 27, 2013

No surprise: African American Clergy Coalition funded entirely by NOM

James Meeks
NOM's Shill - Rev. James Meeks
National Organization for Marriage continues the strategy of pitting African-Americans against gay rights.

The Sun Times reports that a complaint against the African American Clergy Coalition, has revealed that NOM was the sole source of funding for the  thousands of robo-calls that flooded districts of African American state lawmakers. The calls condemning marriage equality featured Rev. James Meeks, a local (and controversial) Baptist minister. Meeks is also a former Democratic state senator.

“None of the money poured in from the masses of church-goers who employ Chicago’s African American clergy. Instead, the funding — all $82,000 of it, according to the campaign watchdog group, came from the National Organization for Marriage.”
In other words, the African-American Clergy Coalition was just one more NOM proxy, like their Coalition of African American Pastors featuring NOM employee, William Owens. These fake coalitions allow NOM to campaign as something other than NOM.

In April of 2012, a federal judge in Maine unsealed memos from the National Organization for Marriage. They revealed one of NOM's cynical strategic plans: “The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies.”

On a larger scale, NOM has failed. Mainstream African-American organizations, like the NAACP, are stalwart supporters of marriage equality. Polls in Illinois show strong support for marriage equality in the Black community. Those robo-calls that NOM paid for may have manipulated legislators but have not altered African-American support for gay rights.
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