As regular readers of my personal blog know, I view Christianists and pathological liars to be pretty much synonymous. Never is this more the case than when looks at the propaganda put out by the National Organization for Marriage ("NOM") and its anti-gay allies. Unfortunately, their lies and disinformation campaign are aided and abetted by the ignorance of far too many Americans about historic facts and this nation's underlying founding documents.
Newsweek has an article that looks at the abysmally low level of knowledge of the much of the U.S. populace. The article is appropriately titled "How Dumb Are We?" Newsweek found, among other things, that 38% of Americans surveyed failed the basic citizen test given to immigrants. They also found that 29% could not name the Vice President, 73% could not correctly say why we fought the Cold War, 44% were unable to define the Bill of Rights, and 6% could not even circle Independence Day on a calendar.
It's frightening and allows liars like NOM to dupe the public.
Enter NOM and its new DefendDOMA campaign. Here's a video clip which would have NOM's ignorant viewers believe that Obama has breached his oath of office. Why? Because he has declined to defend DOMA - a law based in the final analysis purely on religious based discrimination. Here's a clip of NOM's latest lie:
NOM all too typically leaves out a crucial fact. Namely, the fact that the United States Constitution dictates that the President take an oath of office before they begin the execution of the office. The wording is specified in Article Two, Section One, Clause Eight of the Constitution. It reads as follows:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
No reference to DOMA or even laws enacted by Congress appears anywhere in the oath. Instead, the obligation is to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution." In the case of Obama's decision not to defend Section 3 of DOMA, it is because DOMA violates the Constitution. More precisely, the full faith and credit clause of the Constitution itself and arguably the equal protection clause of the amendments to the Constitution. Thus, it is DOMA, not Obama that seeks to subverts the Constitution.
NOM clearly assumes that the religious extremists and intellectual cretins to whom its propaganda is pitched are too stupid and ignorant to realize that they are being played for fools. As I have stated before, in my opinion Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown make the nastiest whore look downright forthright and virtuous.
Were it not for the damage they and their anti-constitutional government allies do, they'd be most pathetic figures.