Wednesday, July 9, 2014

NOM's Nixonian money-beg - defending the 'silent majority' from corporate bullies

Brian Brown - NOM
National Organization for Marriage has run out of reasons to exist. Neither they nor the Church (for which NOM is a proxy) are in a position to do much about same-sex marriage. That freight train is headed to the Supreme Court. Lately, NOM has tried raising money off of the evil IRS, Mark Regnerus. Now it's Mozilla and Chase Bank:
… a small cadre of radical activists is enjoying increasing success in the corporate world imposing their agenda through bullying and intimidation. Tragically, their strategy of confrontation and intimidation has real impact on ordinary, good citizens all across the country.

One of NOM's core missions is to stop this kind of discrimination and bigotry and defend these people's rights. Won't you please join us in upholding our mission … by making a generous donation today of $35, $50, $100 or even $500 or more if you are able?

NOM is an anti-gay hate group. They now claim to be on the receiving end of "discrimination and bigotry." Exactly whose "rights" have been violated and what does not propose to do about it? It's like a Klansman complaining that Jews don't like him very much. Now Brian Brown seems to be claiming that gay Americans aren't "ordinary, good citizens." That theme continues. It's almost a Nixonian appeal to the "silent majority:"
People who believe in marriage aren't looking for a fight — they are everyday people just like you and me who go about their lives working hard, raising their children … They accept the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman because such an understanding was written on the human heart by our Creator, because it conforms to nature and commonsense, and because it has been proven through centuries of practice. There is nothing hateful or bigoted about accepting and supporting the truth of marriage.
Brown demonstrates his utter contempt for gay people. We believe in marriage too. We are also everyday people who work hard and raise kids. Brown's "truth" represents the teachings of the Church. Other religious institutions disagree including most liturgical Protestants and most Jews. There is a certain arrogance of Catholic supremacy to all of this.

Furthermore, the issue is not whether one likes or does not like same-sex marriage. People can choose to enter into a same-sex union or not to enter into a same-sex union. The Catholic Church teaches (among many other things) that homosexuality is disordered and that no form of union can be supported. I think that they are wrong but that's just my opinion. Most Catholics also disagree.

Those teachings become "hateful and bigoted" when people try to impose them on everyone else, most of whom are of different faiths or no faith at all. Doing so is an effort to take away the rights of a minority group because one religion disapproves of their characteristics. It is not only wrong but it is also un-American. "Everyday" American people believe in equality. They also believe in a separation of church and state. Here comes the "persecution:
Yet we see an increasingly vengeful and militant group of radicals out to redefine marriage seek them out, bully them, and try turn their lives upside down. The list of victims seems grows every day — bakers, photographers, inn keepers, printers, music directors, restaurant managers — all targeted for harassment and abuse simply because they've done something to show their support for marriage. Some were sued, others fined, still others forced out of their jobs. Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla (maker of the Firefox web browser), is only the best known victim of the gay marriage radicals who were able to force him out of the company he co-founded because he gave a mere $1,000 to support Proposition 8 six years ago.
"Vengeful and militant?" Marriage has nothing to do with most of this. The baker and the photo maker (among others) violated valid anti-discrimination ordinances in states that did not recognize same-sex marriage at the time. If they don't want to comply with the law then they should find a different occupation because public accommodations are subject to scrutiny. Those laws were passed by the peoples' elected representatives and signed into law by the peoples' elected governor. The easy solution to this problem is to make a sign saying that one disapproves of same-sex marriage and we won't bother them. If expecting people to obey the law is "vengeful and militant" then we have no enforceable laws.

NOM has been using the same victims list for years. Compared to the population it is minuscule —microscopic. Most sane people want all the business that they can get and they do not see smearing butter-cream over sponge cake as God's work. Most sane people are not so self-absorbed.

As for Mr. Eich, the amount that he gave to the Proposition 8 campaign and the fact that it was six years ago are irrelevant. The open source community is very diverse and asked valid questions of a man who contributed to a campaign that claimed gay people were a threat to children. He resigned because the controversy (which he created) would render him an ineffective leader. I concur but let the victimization continue:
There is mounting evidence that the ginormous financial behemoth, JP Morgan Chase, may be the next Mozilla. Chase Bank has issued an extraordinarily invasive employee survey, which demanded that their workers openly declare whether or not they are an "ally" of the LGBT movement.
There is no evidence, "mounting" or otherwise. When Brown runs out of breath on JP Morgan Chase, he trots out some Maggie Gallagher misdirection:
Corporations are peddling an incoherent argument that redefining marriage is necessary to recruit and retain the best and the brightest workers. They may have missed the memo that most of the top performing economic states in the country have passed state constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman
There is nothing incoherent about an LGBT friendly workplace. Most people, gay or straight, don't want to work in a repressive environment. Corporations that respect diversity do, in point of fact, recruit more of the best and brightest. Furthermore, these conditions are not mutually exclusive. Chase Bank, for example, has hundreds of branches in Mississippi including two in Tupelo, home of the hate group American Family Association. Chase has created an advantage that is the option of every enterprise in America.

The answer is to send NOM money:
You and I need to send this wakeup call and let the corporate elites who are sidling up to the same-sex marriage agenda know that the 'silent majority' in America who support and embrace the truth of marriage are not going to be intimidated or bullied into abandoning a core truth like marriage. Please click here to make a generous donation today to help us accomplish this crucial mission.
There they go. They actually said it. "Silent majority." Imbeciles!

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