Friday, February 3, 2017

Amateur hour: Yet another idiotic petition from Brian S. Brown

National Organization for Marriage has decided that now would be a could time to petition Trump for a religious liberty executive order. While Brown claims to be concerned about the “gay media” he remains undeterred that we concluded some time ago that what “religious liberty” really means is the liberty to discriminate against LGBT people. According to Brown's latest email sent out Thursday evening titled — “URGENT: Take Immediate Action To Support Religious Liberty:”
Christians and supporters of marriage know the real and ever-present threat to their religious liberty all too well. For the past several years, we have seen people punished by the government simply for refusing to participate in a gay 'marriage' ceremony that violates their religious beliefs. People have been sued, fined, had their businesses ruined and even been jailed for not sacrificing their beliefs about marriage.
Oh the poor things. The nerve of various state and municipal officials to expect people to obey laws enacted by officials elected to office by the citizens of those same states and municipalities. How dare we expect the faithful to obey the same laws as everyone else?
President Trump has been considering an Executive Order to protect religious liberty, but someone intentionally leaked it to the gay media in an attempt to derail it, allowing LGBT activists to orchestrate a false campaign claiming that protecting religious liberty is discrimination against gays and lesbians. The LGBT extremists are orchestrating a fearmongering campaign, getting their allies to contact the White House to oppose the prospective order.
Another one of Brown's Gish Gallops. What we know is that a draft of a proposed executive order is floating around. Due to the fact that entire alphabetical sections have been edited out it is probably not the first draft. Due to the fact that the alphabetical order has not been repaired and other errors exist, it is unlikely to be even close to a final draft. No CEO would accept a final draft in that condition let alone the President of the United States. We do not know who authored the draft or for what purpose. For all we know Bannon leaked it to keep the press off balance or focused away from other things. We don't even know if the White House was the originator, the recipient or neither. My intent Thursday was to express some skepticism along with caution.

Brown does not have much respect for his donors' intelligence. They are just marks.

I personally don't know what outlet was the first to publish this paper. I think that it might have been The Nation. If that is the case, that is not the “gay media.” Nor, for that matter, is anyone engaged in fear mongering. I, for example, analyzed certain sections of the draft (or whatever it is). I am sure that others have done so as well. Apparently Brown has read some of these analyses. If he has an argument in response then he should make it instead of substituting argumentum ad hominem (attacking the messenger rather than the message). Furthermore, Brown does not know if anyone has contacted the White House in response to this draft or, if they did, at what level and to what effect. This is all conjecture meaning that this is all bullshit unless proved otherwise and Brown offers no evidence of anything.

This theme continues with:
Our opponents are working overtime to manipulate the media and their members into believing that protecting religious liberty is tantamount to LGBT discrimination, a false and despicable charge. They are inundating the White House with cotacts. Sadly, the Trump administration is not immune to this type of pressure, which makes it imperative that every NOM member act today to fight back.
Again if he is going to accuse people of manipulating the media then he is intellectually obligated to identify who and how. What arguments does he take issue with? The reason that people argue ad hominem is because they lack a substantive case that can be supported with evidence.
President Trump clearly has an aversion to getting into a policy dispute with LGBT activists. A few months ago he wrongly said that the Supreme Court's illegitimate ruling redefining marriage was "settled law." The other day he announced that he was keeping an Obama administration executive order that gives special legal protections on "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to LGBT citizens, subjecting people of faith to unjust claims of "discrimination." We agree with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops which has called the decision "troubling and disappointing" because the Obama policy creates new forms of discrimination against people of faith.
Marriage most certainly is settled law and Brown has no idea what Trump has an aversion to. Moreover we are long past the time when anyone will buy a “special rights” argument. Furthermore, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops should have no influence on public policy and the very idea that Catholics are being discriminated against by gays is beyond absurd. Hell, I'd bake a fucking cake for Westboro Baptist Church.
NOM will praise President Trump when warranted, such as in his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court, and will criticize him when warranted. We call on him to keep his campaign pledge to protect people of faith by signing the leaked Executive Order on religious liberty, and to rescind the flawed Obama-era order that gives special rights to the LGBT community.
Oh I am quite sure that Trump is profoundly interested in NOM's praise or criticism. Given NOM's track record for effectiveness they might even serve as a reverse barometer.

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