Friday, July 31, 2015

NOM in a "nut" shell


Apparently Ryan T. Anderson's use of the Gish Gallup is contagious. Here's the latest from our friends at the National Organization for Marriage.
Now that the US Supreme Court has illegitimately redefined marriage, we are in a fierce struggle to protect people of faith from persecution and punishment.
When a majority of the justices come to a ruling that ruling is legitimate per se. NOM and its backers had their fair chance and they lost the argument. And by the way, just who the fuck is this “we?” NOM isn't doing much of anything except asking for money. They are certainly not providing legal services or any other form of support.
Every few days, a new attack against religious freedom is exploding somewhere in our nation. Christian schools and people of faith — bakers, printers, florists, photographers, innkeepers and others in many walks of life — are being punished for standing firm in their beliefs that marriage is the union between of one man and one woman.
It's pretty much the same handful of recalcitrants that they have been whining about for more than five years. Nobody is being punished for their beliefs. It is a ridiculous suggestion. These schnooks have run afoul of laws prohibiting discrimination in public commerce. Nobody is forcing anyone to own a public accommodation.
Lawsuits are being filed. Fines are being levied. And people who oppose same-sex marriage are closing their businesses rather than compromise their convictions.
Mr. Brown left out the part about all the money that these people have collected as donations. The citizens' elected representatives passed a bill that was signed into law by the governor or mayor who was elected by those same citizens.
What happened to the right of American people — who believe in the truth of marriage — to hold to those beliefs? How far things have gone in such a short time!

Donate to Defend Marriage.
Yeah well “the truth of marriage” is determined by the availability of marriage licenses. Civil marriage is not subject to the whims of the Catholic Church or NOM or Mr. Brown. Americans are free to believe anything that they want; angels and demons or Xenu for that matter. Nothing has changed as much as Mr. Brown would like to suggest otherwise. And, of course, there is a money beg. Brown goes on to write:
NOM must raise $100,000 by August 15 so we can continue the battle to see the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) passed into law. As you can imagine, this is not a popular bill with Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and even Obama among others — which is why we have our work cut out for us. After all, these officials — elected by the people to represent the people — seem to have forgotten that people of faith deserve the same protections under law as every other American citizen.
Exactly what is it that NOM is doing to enact FADA which would be vetoed anyway? Is NOM suddenly a super-effective lobbying group? Given their track record? And please, the Constitution provides for the right of free exercise. That doesn't include denying service to people you don't like, contrary to valid law, in order to demonstrate disapproval. It is packaged as religious freedom. So is every Klan rally. I fail to see much difference.

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