Monday, January 20, 2014

NOM returns to core strategy - Race baiting on MLK's Birthday

Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 2012, a court document was unsealed. It was a 2009 discourse from National Organization for Marriage titled “National Strategy for Winning the Marriage Battle.” Therein they wrote:
The strategic goal … is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots …
Today NOM would have us believe that Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy is defined by discrimination. Today NOM asks; Is This Dr. King's Dream? Brian Brown, NOM's president goes on to write:

In a particular way I acknowledge with heartfelt gratitude the work of the Coalition of African American Pastors, led by Reverend Bill Owens and his wonderful wife Deborah, with whom I have been able to work closely over the years and whose excellent work for the true legacy of the Civil Rights movement cannot be praised too highly.

I say the true legacy of the Civil Rights movement because these great men and women know, as well as you and I, how that legacy has been hijacked by those who try to claim it for the purpose of redefining marriage and imposing a radical redefinition of the family on our society. They know — as we all know through simple common sense — that this hijacking is a travesty and an insult.
I would be remiss if I did not point out that the Coalition of African American Pastors was organized and is financed by NOM. Bill and Deborah Owens are on NOM's payroll. NOM is, and always will be, a proxy for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Owens' are otherwise excluded.

As for the rest, the only people making the comparison between the struggle for African-American rights and marriage equality are Brian Brown and his friends. Brown is doing it for precisely the same reasons that were outlined in NOM's 2009 strategy memorandum. The "travesty" is the inherent racism in Brian Brown's "wedge" strategy. The "insult" is to our intelligence. NOM only seems to produce Black faces when they find it temporarily useful to do so.

While the backgrounds and circumstances of the two struggles are very different, they have one thing in common. Both movements were, and are, built upon the Constitutional principles of equal protection under the law and due process. When we refer to the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Loving v Virginia we do so because we can equate the legal precedent without a cultural comparison.
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