Saturday, December 3, 2016

A pointless petition from NOM (along with a goofy picture)

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown informed me Friday night that National Organization for Marriage has joined the phony “Save the Endangered Gainses” campaign with a petition for HGTV. As I have pointed out, one idiotic piece in BuzzFeed has created a feeding frenzy among competing conservative Christian organizations. Apparently nothing makes the cash registers go ka-CHING better than some Christian supposedly victimized by The Homosexual Agenda©. According to Brown:
The far-left clickbait site, Buzzfeed, is trying to make an example of Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the HGTV home renovation show Fixer Upper, because their church’s pastor takes a Biblical view on gay “marriage.”
Actually I think that BuzzFeed is trying to generate clicks and traffic. Some of the content is good, some is mediocre at best. I called this particular piece an editorial misadventure. Keep in mind that NOM's campaign on this matter is far more anti-gay than it is advocacy for Chip and Joanna Gainse. It is an attack on us disguised as coming to the defense of a Christian.
Other news sites are now piling on in a LGBT witchhunt . They want nothing less that to remove Chrstians from the public square.
Aside from the fact that Brown needs a spel chequer two sites, that I am aware of, have cited the piece somewhat positively. I also saw negative reviews of the piece in the Washington Post and the New Civil Rights Movement. I am sure that there are others. Oddly enough, in creating this controversy the crackpots have probably driven a considerable amount of traffic to BuzzFeed which translates into advertising revenues.

As for “the public square,” the term has lost its meaning. It originated as a memorial to Admiral Nelson in London. It came to mean places where people congregate and, perhaps, share ideas. I will leave it up to you to decide whether or not a reality television show is the public square.

No one is trying to eliminate Christians or Jews or Hindus or Buddhists from public life. I am uncertain if the same applies to Muslims these days but only one of those groups is fiercely determined to impose its ideology on everyone else by force of law. We most certainly oppose those efforts when they would affect our rights. Imagine that. We vigorously defend our rights to equal protection and due process. How strange of us.

Brown drones on:
Tell HGTV not to cave to the insanity of Buzzfeed's, "Are you now or have you ever been a Christian" line of McCarthyite questioning.

SIGN THE PETITION NOW > > >

We can send a message to HGTV that we will not allow Christians to be bullied by signing the petition. I would also ask you to pray for Chip and Joanna Gaines in this time of attack.
If there is insanity present it stems from the knowingly false promotion of the idea that the Gainses are in peril. To the best of my knowledge, they are not. The only message that these folks are sending to HGTV is that they are annoying. Very annoying.

The petition is all caps, huge typeface. It reads:
I stand with Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper, who are being unfairly attacked based upon their religious beliefs.
It is unbelievable that Buzzfeed would engage in left-wing McCarthyism to say that those of us who believe that marriage is the union of a man and woman are somehow pariahs. Millions of Americans share the Gaines’ belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.
Don’t discriminate against the Gaines for being Christians! Don't accept this form of bigotry toward Christians!
When it comes to sheer bigotry, it is hard to compete with National Organization for Marriage. They seek to limit our rights because the Catholic Church disapproves of gay people. Nothing could be more un-American. We and the American people have been smarter than that. We have driven NOM to technical insolvency.

Regarding NOM, I am in the process of completing a referral to the Internal Revenue Service for using their 501(c)3 as a conduit. I have actually had the numbers calculated for nearly a week. I am still struggling to come up with a simple explanation that will make sense to the first line of readers (the low-level gatekeepers) at the Service. I will keep you all advised. If some of the tax-deducted contributions (made by individuals in contrast to foundations) were ruled nondeductible it could have a significant impact on future funding. It is a very heavy lift regardless of the logic of my referral so I don't expect anything to come of it. But, you never know. Not to mention that it might keep NOM busy with more benign activities than its anti-LGBT campaigns.

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