Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Invest in bigotry

money down the crapper
The latest money-beg from National Organization for Marriage is titled “Invest in Marriage. Invest in America.” NOM relies heavily on a piece from the Heritage Foundation written by our old friend Ryan T. Anderson and David Azerrad. Brian Brown highlights the following passage:
For those who are concerned about the vitality of the American Dream in the 21st century, strengthening the family ought to be an absolute priority. Far from being a tangential social or religious issue, the strength of the family is a crucial concern—both from an economic and political perspective—and deeply intertwined with the health of the country.
I am somewhat in agreement of that statement (absent the hyperbole). Marriage equality strengthens families. NOM's mission is to ban same-sex marriage at the behest of the Catholic Church. Ergo, giving money to National Organization for Marriage enables them to weaken families.

It all seems pretty obvious to me. Attempting to sell the idea that donations to an anti-gay group strengthen America is intellectually offensive. As a country we have always found great strength in our diversity. The same authors also claim:
A defense of marriage serves the ends of limited government more effectively, less intrusively, and at less cost than picking up the broken pieces of a shattered marriage culture. Fundamentally, then, social and economic conservatism are indivisible.
By defense of marriage they mean banning same-sex marriage. Imposing the teachings of the Catholic Church on everyone is limited government? Please. And again they are claiming that same-sex marriage has some mystical negative effect on opposite-sex marriages. They never quite explain how that works. It's baloney. Perhaps they are counting on true believers to be less discerning because most people will find all of this to be pathetically inept as argument.

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