Friday, November 15, 2013

NOM's Delusions or Pathological Dishonesty

Brian S. Brown - National Organization for Marriage
I just received a gimme-your-money email from National Organization for Marriage that is remarkably titled “It's Still Common Sense.” Brian Brown and common sense are not familiar companions. Brown goes through the proforma "mommy and daddy" nonsense, indulges in some pretentious scholarly quotes and finally gets to:
We've seen this common sense most recently in Hawaii where over ten thousand people came out in peaceful and prayerful protest against their legislature's decision to redefine marriage. In fact, we know that it is the vast majority of Hawaiians, and by no means the minority, who know that marriage is the union of one man and one woman — who know that marriage matters because the love of a mom and the love of a dad are equally invaluable to the well-being of a child. 

Once Mr. Brown becomes attached to a lie, he will repeat it over and over again. It's his way of attempting to show his critics that he is not a pathological liar when, in fact, he is. As I mentioned yesterday, according to the last poll that I saw, Hawaiians support marriage equality by 54% with 31% opposed. But even if a majority of Hawaiians did not support marriage equality civil rights are not derived from the will of the majority.

We know that a strong majority of Americans believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. We asked voters this question on Election Day 2012, and 60% agreed with the traditional definition of marriage. But you don't read that much in the media. We also know it from the overwhelming majority of votes that have been cast in states across America when voters have been given the opportunity to vote on marriage (something the people of Hawaii were sadly denied.)
Mr. Brown has apparently lost his grip on reality. On election day, 2012, voters approved of marriage equality six to nothing. Marriage was on the ballot in four states, all of which voted for equality. There was a judicial retention election in Iowa that was opposed by National Organization for Marriage. NOM lost that and, of course, President Obama was reelected after proclaiming his support for marriage equality.

I don't know who the "we" or the "60%" are that Mr. Brown refers to above because they don't seem to exist. One would think that Mr. Brown is too old to have imaginary friends. According to Gallup last July, if people could vote nationwide, 52% support while only 43% oppose marriage equality. More recently, in October, a Washington Post poll put support at 58%. When polled, over 60% of Catholics support marriage equality.
We've seen this common sense in the African American pastors in Illinois who bravely fought over the past year to rally their congregations against the same-sex marriage bill which the legislature ended up ramming through anyway. And we'll see this common sense again when the Illinois voters have their chance to let the legislature know (through elections) how they feel about that decision!
NOM did manage to fool some folks. Nevertheless, campaign finance records clearly demonstrate that the African American Clergy Coalition was nothing but a NOM front group, entirely financed by NOM.  Just how many elections is NOM going to get involved in to punish people who voted against NOM's wishes?

It seems to me that common sense requires one to tell the truth — particularly when the lies are so easily exposed and repudiated. Mendacity makes people look rather foolish.
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