Friday, August 23, 2013

You've been NOMmed

National Organization for Marriage indulged in an email blast titled "You've been framed."

NOM offers the usual litany of victimization by the IRS, various county clerks, Fred Karger, donor disclosure, Andrew Cuomo and other horribles. Then they get to the subject. It is based on an article in the pseudo-intellectual blog of the Witherspoon Institute.
Many of you wrote to say you've read the new Public Discourse essay "Now that We are All Haters," about the power of the mainstream media and the gay rights lobby to choose the language, the stories, and the narratives around gay marriage. In particular the power of the narratives that frame those of us who stand up for marriage and the Biblical tradition as "haters" and "bigots".
In essence, this piece seeks to spread the victimization to everyone who supports National Organization for Marriage. Someone might think that interracial marriage is wrong. So what? However, if that same person organizes a pressure group to oppose interracial marriage based on the premise that God intended the races to be separated; If that person attempts to make interracial marriage illegal — that person is probably a bigot.

Brian Brown's argument is that gays do not deserve equal treatment because of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Brown has framed his opposition in many different ways but, in the final analysis, that is what he and NOM are all about. In other words, Mr. Brown wants to impose his beliefs – the teachings of the Catholic Church – on everyone else.

Is that a bigoted view? 

The dictionary definition of bigoted is "having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one's own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others." Prejudice is having a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. I think that there is another part to bigotry and that pertains to the effect of one's views on others. To summarize, a bigot;
  1. Has or reveals on obstinate belief in the superiority of his opinions.
  2. Has preconceived opinions not based on reason or actual experience.
  3. Allows his views to negatively impact others.
You decide.
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