Monday, May 25, 2015

NOM has no class - even on Memorial Day

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On Monday National Organization for Marriage released its Memorial Day message: “A Blessed And Grateful Nation.” Brian Brown, NOM's president, gets off to a decent start:
Today the nation honors those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice, members of the military who gave their lives in defense of the principles upon which our nation was founded. I hope that each of you will take a moment to pause and pray for those brave men and women, and their families, whose ultimate sacrifice through the generations …
Brown should have left it at that. But Brown being Brown, and NOM being NOM, they follow with six painfully verbose paragraphs of the usual BS. I guess that Brown felt some restraint by not asking for donations. Nevertheless, what Brown thinks is important, in order to “honor those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice,” is the 2016 presidential campaign. That's right. Politics is what they died for. Friends of this author died in Vietnam. I doubt that they, or their families, would agree with Mr. Brown. It's all so tasteless.

If you think Brown's interests are defined by public policy (in accordance with his religious beliefs) you would be only partially correct. NOM is using the 2016 presidential campaign as a reason to continue to exist — as a reason to keep Mr. Brown employed. Brown has already claimed that NOM has had an effect on the Republic primary. How? On Bobby Jindal? Doubtful and, more importantly, Jindal is not going to be our next president.

Here's a sampling of what Brown thinks is important on Memorial Day, from the remainder of the missive:
  • Bobby Jindal said it brilliantly in Iowa the other day: "The United States of America did not create religious liberty. Religious liberty created the United States of America."
  • … we've seen baseless charges of "bigotry" and "discrimination" leveled at those with sincerely-held religious objections to participating in things like same-sex 'wedding' ceremonies …
  • For a large number of governmental and cultural elites, the concept of "religious liberty" is being reduced to being able to worship in private, but not to actually live your faith principles in the public square.
  • Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton took this even further recently when she said that the nation had to change its views on religion if we are to make progress on "women's rights" and other ideological causes favored by the left.
  • This upcoming presidential election will thus be a pivotal moment in our nation's history. It will be, to borrow another quote from President Reagan, "a time for choosing." Will we as a nation choose to uphold the principles upon which America was founded, particularly religious liberty …
  • The next president will not only have tough decisions to make about how government policy will respond to issues of same-sex unions, abortion, gender identity and claims of sexual orientation discrimination, but he or she will very likely appoint several new justices to the US Supreme Court who will have a say in the critical constitutional issues involved.
  • As we embark upon this critically important national debate and discussion that will culminate in 2016 in the election of a new president, we do so with great reverence and respect, and immense gratitude, for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the principles that have made America the beacon for liberty she is throughout the world.

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