Friday, October 4, 2013

Do NOM's donors know that they funded an "away" game?

More questions than answers.

Kudos to Miranda Blue at Right Wing Watch for exposing Brian Brown's secret trip to Russia in order to export homophobia. Ms. Blue's piece covers far more than Mr. Brown (hmm, color contrast). It is a must read!

Why was Brown's participation in early June kept secret? After all, when mad Brian made his (unsuccessful) witness in Paris, there were photos, stories, videos and, of course, requests for money from Brian among the other Defenders of the Faith® from Manif pour Tous. Indeed, it was those (very far right) French activists who were part of Brown's contingent.

What was it that Brown was ashamed of? As the CEO of a not-for-profit organization he is an informal fiduciary. Donors have a right to know where their money is going. Why didn't they know that they were funding this trip (I do hope that he flew coach)? This was all before these odious Russian laws became widely known. This predates the controversy with the Olympic games. Why did Mr. Brown conceal his participation?

On June 13, the day he testified, Brown sent out a Father's Day message.
What is our relationship with our own bodies? Father's Day is an occasion for meditating on the important reality of our bodies, what they tell us about who we are and how we should live our life.
Brown continues with an incoherent rant about sex, followed by the horror of marriage equality in the UK, the horrors of the IRS and, of course, "gimme more money!" Not a peep about Russia.

As RWW points out, Le Figaro noted that elected officials at the front of the French anti-marriage equality movement did not respond to the Duma’s invitation to attend the meeting for fear of being “associated with a campaign of homophobia directed by Moscow.” Through some sleuthing RWW has uncovered what Brown told the Duma committee (this is the product of multiple translations):
But we are now convinced, having heard the presentations of our French brothers and sisters, that we are talking about very serious problems indeed. We are talking about violations of rights, we are talking about the rights and problems of children in their education. We should not shy away from this and should not forget about it and create an illusion for ourselves. A reconsideration of the definition and understanding of marriage is in fact a real threat to rights. Very soon after a law was passed that legalized same-sex marriage in the state of Massachusetts, we saw that religious organizations were closing down, religious organizations that dealt with adoptions and that did not support adoption by same-sex families. They were closing one after another.

We have actually seen that in some schools, they are talking to children about homosexuality, but in fact they don’t have the right to learn about a lot of things like that until a certain age.
[…]
I think that this visit, the invitation to visit Russia, will enable the development of this movement around the world. We will band together, we will defend our children and their normal civil rights. Every child should have the right to have normal parents: a father and a mother.
“Violations of our rights?” Without us to insist on counterpoint, Brown, again, is doing the Schubert Shuffle with what innocent children will learn in school. Oh my! As far as I am concerned, this is hate speech.  It looks like Brown, once again, sees himself ultimately as the head of a global movement. What's next? A trip to Iran? This nonsense no longer flies in most of the civilized world.

I sent a link to the RWW piece to Mark Potok at SPLC. As an aside, Mark is one of the kindest people on the planet. It is my opinion that this venture, exporting hate, finalizes SPLC designating NOM as a hate group.
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