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National Organization for Marriage: A model of civil discourse

Oh no! Following the shooting at the Family Research Council, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is once again calling for its critics to stop, you know, criticizing them:

“[The] responsibility is on the shooter but we need to have a civil debate over issues like redefining marriage,” said Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, appearing on CNN’s Early Start. “But we should not be attacking and labeling as hate groups those [with which] we disagree. We should condemn violence of any sort but we should also be responsible.”
That's right. NOM wants to have a civil conversation about how gay people are an American-destroying evil disease.

NOM is the group that calls itself "a new civil rights movement ... committed to something that in the 1960s was key: the right to vote." You know, the right to vote to take rights away from other people. Just like the '60s.

NOM is also the group that asked Republican presidential candidates to sign its pledge, which contains all the standard bigoted nonsense—promise to make marriage equality even more illegaler than it already is with a constitutional amendment that says, "No, seriously, it's super illegal"; appoint activist judges who will openly discriminate against gays and lesbians; deny benefits to gays and lesbians because they don't deserve health care or Social Security; and, best of all, "appoint a presidential commission to investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters." That's bigotrese for "waste taxpayer dollars trying to stop people from criticizing NOM." Because, you know, civil rights and free speech and the '60s and stuff.

NOM is also the group with a secret plan "to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constiu[t]encies" by "[f]anning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8" and "persauding the movement's allies that advocates are unacceptably overreaching on this issue." Again, just like the civil rights movement of the '60s, which was about driving wedges.

Oh, and of course NOM also endorsed Mitt Romney for president because of "his commitment to the nation to take specific actions as president to preserve and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

But now, in light of the shooting at the Family Research Council—which is like NOM only better at multitasking, so it sometimes takes a break from hating gay people to also hate women, taxes, birth control, cable television and science—NOM is once again calling for its critics to shut up already because it's not very "civil" to point out that hate groups are, you know, hate groups.

Tell you what, bigots. If you stop trying to take away the rights of people you don't like, we'll stop criticizing you for it. Do we have a deal?

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 08:25 AM PDT.

Also republished by Angry Gays and Daily Kos.

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