Monday, November 19, 2018

Brian S. Brown traffics in fear and bigotry to appeal for money

Brian S. Brown
The latest missive from Brian S. Brown of National Organization for Marriage includes this appeal:
LGBT activists are pledging to work "round the clock" in pursuit of their extreme agenda. With the Democrats set to take over the House of Representatives in January, we can expect to fight against multiple issues that are designed to marginalize and attack people of faith, and create special legal rights for those who pursue a homosexual or "transgender" lifestyle.
That is hate group material. There is nothing “extreme” about equal protection and due process. The notion that LGBT people pose a threat to conservative Christians is baseless. Brown will claim “Yeah, but what about Jack Phillips?” What about him? He broke a perfectly valid law and the late orthodox Catholic Justice Scalia asserted that there are no religious exemptions to otherwise valid laws (Employment Division v. Smith, 1990).

The notion that equality creates “special rights” is out of the hate group playbook. Then there is the idea that our sexuality is a) something that we “pursue” (as in choose) and; b) a “lifestyle.” Brown is dishonest on both counts. In other words the holier-than-thou Brian S. Brown is a liar. The fact that his lies are based on religious ideology (which is a choice and which does constitute a lifestyle) does not excuse the dishonesty.

Brown has a list of grievances followed by this:

HELP US FIGHT THE EXTREME LGBT AGENDA.

Which is followed by this bit of Islamic and LGBT bigotry combined:
To give you an idea about how unhinged the LGBT agenda is, consider this: They oppose any attempt by law enforcement or domestic security agencies to limit entry into the country of someone who is believed to be a Muslim jihadist, but they demand that anyone who is suspected of "violating the rights" of LGBT people be banned from entering our country!
I do not know who “they” are but Brown is claiming that being gay or trans comes with a common political ideology. Brown is projecting because his politics — indeed, every decision that he makes — are based on his Catholic orthodoxy and the religious obligations that the ideology imposes. We, on the other hand, tend to be of all political stripes. Fred Karger is still a Republican. I am a recovering GOPer. Richard Grenell (who is gay) is the ultra-conservative Trump supporting ambassador to Germany.

We do tend to vote Democratic these days because the average Republican is a Christianist-pandering anti-LGBT antagonist. There is nothing “unhinged” about self-preservation.

Brown continues with his grievances which include Obergefell because the Church does not approve of gay people. As I said Brown's day-to-day Churchiness is a lifestyle.
Unhinged?
After asking for money multiple times, Brian S. Brown concludes:
We're in an insane moment in history where seemingly everything in life is being politicized and the LGBT agenda has been weaponized against anyone who fails to fully embrace it. Yet it is precisely in times like these when America needs people of clarity and courage to stand up and speak truth to power. NOM will continue to do just that, even in the face of well-funded and politically-connected opponents. I pray that you will stand with us. If you do, we will not only fight, we will win!
One of these days, perhaps Brown will explain how the actions of any gay or trans person have affected his life or his marriage. I fight because people like Brown present a real danger to children. Kids are bullied, beaten and have reduced self-esteem because of people like Brian S. Brown. Brown, on the other hand, fights for two reasons:
  1. It is how he makes a living and;
  2. The Vatican does not approve of LGBT people.
Absent from Brown's endeavors are the common civic good, respect for people who are different and respect for our secular culture. These are the choices that Mr. Brown makes.

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