Wednesday, May 30, 2018

No Mr. Brown: NOM has little to do with a case before the Supreme Court

Brian S. Brown
Who could possibly think that is the face of a con artist?
Brian S. Brown will make any claim, no matter how misleading, if he thinks that it will cause people to donate to National Organization for Marriage. The lies are necessary because NOM has no track record.

Today's email money-grub is titled any day now. It refers to the fact that the Supreme Court is likely to rule on Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado sometime between now and late June. According to Brown:
…Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission, deals directly with marriage and could provide the protection from persecution we've been fighting to achieve for many years.

NOM has been an active defender of Jack Phillips, a Christian baker who respectfully declined to devote his artistic talents to designing and producing a custom cake for a same-sex 'wedding.' His objection to this was rooted in his Christian faith. The bible teaches us that marriage, created at the beginning of time by God, is the union of one man and one woman. Jack Phillips has devoted his business to honoring God, and he could not be involved in something like a gay 'wedding' that dishonors biblical teaching.
With his petty defensive quotes around the word wedding, Brown is only highlighting the failure of his organization to influence public policy. Marriage equality is the law of the land. The approval of neither Brian S. Brown nor the Catholic Church is required. I don't want to re-litigate this case but the New Testament also teaches: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's.” Those words were from Jesus' own mouth.

The fact that Brown sends out emails and writes blog posts claiming that the baker should not be required to obey the law does not morally entitle Brown to contributions. NOM has had no involvement in this case despite Brown's attempts to suggest otherwise.

As you might expect, the paragraph above is followed by:

The graphic is linked to a donation landing page. Brown goes on:
Simply for standing true to his Christian beliefs, Jack was targeted and punished, ordered by the state of Colorado to participate in gay 'weddings' …

Let's be clear: the LGBT extremists who target people like Jack are not out to get someone to bake a gay 'wedding cake.' After all, there are countless bakers who would have been perfectly fine baking a cake for the homosexual couple. …
These arrogant people continue to insist that the exchange if any goods or services makes them participants in a ceremony that they disapprove of. Mr. Brown is not that important. Furthermore, the baker wasn't “targeted.” The baker is victimized by his own actions. He made the decision not to serve a gay couple. All they wanted was, in fact, a cake. Furthermore, for Brown to claim that expecting service in a public accommodation in accordance with applicable law is an extremist position is moronic and disingenuous.

Expecting the teachings of the Catholic Church to be the law of the land is an extremist position. That might have been true 400 or 500 years ago in Europe but such desires directly conflict with our Constitution.
NOM has been supporting Jack since the beginning, helping to bring public attention to his case, and filing an important legal brief with the US Supreme Court on his behalf. …
Matching grant schemes are usually scams
That “important legal brief” was one of 95 amicus briefs filed in this case. It consists of 21 pages of actual argument and it was prepared by NOM director John Eastman. It was also filed jointly with the Claremont Institute. NOM's actual expense was probably trivial.
The LGBT community enjoys a big financial advantage in this titanic struggle over the rights of Christians and other people of faith. …
Where did this “right” to refuse service contrary to applicable law come from? Can I find it in the Constitution? It must be there or is this just another example of Christian Privilege? There must be similar cases by Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus. No?
We are in the midst of a critical mid-year membership drive that will set the stage for what we can accomplish during the balance of this year. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every membership gift we receive will be matched dollar for dollar. This is a great blessing, which is why I am asking you to make a sacrifice by making an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar. Will you help?
Some people will believe just about anything voiced in a religious appeal. People can see for themselves — with a bit of curiosity — that NOM has nominal program service accomplishments at best and those do not correlate to program service expenses.

This part keeps getting smaller and smaller. Contributions to NOM are not tax deductible:

Mr. Brown is shameless — and dishonest.

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