Waymon Hudson

Haters promise to "Rise above the Hate"

Filed By Waymon Hudson | November 25, 2008 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: Focus on the Family, Maggie Gallagher, National Organization for Marriage, Prop 8

The poor, beleaguered, anti-gay bigot forces that waged campaigns across this country based on homophobia, fear, and intolerance have now had enough of the "hate" being directed at them and their anti-equality allies in the wake of the Nov 4th election. In fact, they have decided to "take the high road" (insert snort of derision here) and "rise above the hate."

Yeah. Once you stop laughing or hitting your computer screen, you can read on...

The National Organization for Marriage (you know, the group headed up by Maggie Gallagher that's sole purpose is to deny marriage equality to LGBT folk) has launched a petition drive to thank the Mormon Church for its help (to the tune of over $20 million) in passing Prop 8.


The petition was created to:

stand together to say 'Enough!' to the campaign of hate and intimidation being waged against the LDS Church and other supporters of California's Proposition 8.

I'll gloss over the fact that this is the same bunch of folks who sent out blackmail letters to people who gave money to "No on 8" threatening them to donate or else. And it's supported by the groups who call for boycotts constantly against any business that does anything remotely pro-equality or pro-LGBT. And did I mention the threats to recall the Supreme Court in California from these guys if they don't rule the way the fundies want?

Yeah. The word hypocrisy comes to mind...

But they've had enough of the LGBT community standing up and saying that taking away rights is wrong. Maggie Gallagher said:

The answer is to organize together in defense not only of marriage, and God's truth about marriage, but in defense of basic, American decency about how we treat each other when we disagree.

Basic decency??? Really, Maggie? The fact that you get a paycheck to go and spout unfounded, horrific lies about gay people and our children and families seems to go beyond "basic, American decency."

But the biggest bit of irony (or just plain chutzpah) comes from the petition itself:

It is deeply unfair, and contrary to the best American traditions, that any faith community, much less a minority one, should be singled out and attacked in this way by powerful, well-funded political forces determined to "make them pay" for participating in the normal political processes of democracy.

Wow. It is really awful when a minority is singled out and attacked by powerful, well-funded political forces determined to "make them pay." Just ask the LGBT community. Wait, that's probably not what you meant, huh? Funny how that works...

Check out the petition and the names of the supporters on AboveTheHate.com (why can't I type that without rolling my eyes...). The list includes Dr. James Dobson and Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family, Chuck Colson, Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, Bishop Harry Jackson, and John Stemberger of Florida's Yes2Marriage Campaign- you know, the folks who have more than a passing familiarity with hate.

Yeah, it seems like it might be hard for the rightwing fundies to "rise above the hate" when their entire existence is built on hate and bigotry.

(Special hat tip to our friends over at Good As You)

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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | November 25, 2008 5:10 PM

The level of hypocrisy and lies coming from these people would any normal person cringe in embarrassment. Of course, they have no sense of shame.

This is all the more reason that we need to stand up against their brand intolerance and hatred.

They have attacked us and our families and we damn well better be prepared to defend ourselves.

Okay, I'm taking the low road then, proudly. The GLBT community needs to begin working on a Federal constitutional amendment that would keep such organizations off Capitol Hill and out of the political process permanently.

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | November 25, 2008 7:50 PM

You know, it's laughable that these folks think what they've been subjected to since November 4th is "hate." How can such a large group of people be so delusional?! And this after decades of them actually performing real actions designed to disenfranchise and discriminate against LGBT people in housing, employment, healthcare, and religious worship.

Maybe their delusions of persecution are in direct proportion to the level of actual hate they've directed at us all these years? Perhaps it's a psychological defense mechanism on their parts, so that they can go on hating and acting out against us. For honestly, I don't think you can find a group of people in this country more privileged than "Christians," especially since Reagan, yet who believe that they are more persecuted.

"Unfair" my behind. You want to talk about "unfair" -- how about Maggie Gallagher's using her religion to deny people basic civil equality?

It's like she's saying, "Allow us to severely hurt you, and then you should just shut up about it."

Furthermore, except for some minor cases of civil disobedience, protestors have acted within the law.

If we've been angry or rude, it's hardly because we haven't been provoked.

We need to continue educating people like Ms. Gallagher on how and why her actions feel like hate to us.

I gather that she would prefer that we respond to her and like-minded persons's actions on Prop. 8 in an inauthentic and unnatural way -- as in, roll over, not complain, give up, and be subservient to the iron whim of her religious beliefs.


Never, never, never, never, never, never.

We are talking about a simple matter of justice.

And note that some people once rationalized racial discrimination with their religious beliefs, as a convenient way to justify oppression. History now regards such people as disgraceful, and as villians. In the not-that-far future Maggie Gallagher and Yes on Prop. 8-ers will be regarded in the same way.

Here's a good chance for an entrepreneurial-type to make a few bucks. How about a line of greeting cards? When you care enough to send the very best?

Outside of card:
Hey Mormons, thanks for helping us to shove the gays to the back of the bus!

Just think of all the room you'll have, stretched out in the front on your way to hell with them, you apostate cultists!

Your frenemies,
The Evangelicals and Catholics

These organizations evidently believe that the basic rule about politics shouldn't have apply to them. Namely, "If you don't like the heat, then stay out of the kitchen." Many decades ago, the churches stayed out of politics. Now they want to be on the battlefield of politics, but they don't want to have any bullets or shrapnel flying at them.

Indeed, they believe that they have the right to shoot at others, but that a magical place of calm and protection should be created on the battlefield that is just for them, so nobody can shoot at them. Because, in their minds, they are CHURCHES, or organizations that represent churches, and represent the word of God, so nobody should have the right to shoot at them.

Of course, there's always this press release they sent out yesterday too. It seems to tell a different story about "rising above hate."

AFM Launches National Campaign to Protect Federal DOMA

Diverse Coalition Unveils ProtectDOMA.org in Face of Planned Assault on Marriage at the Federal and State Level in the New Congress

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 -- The Alliance for Marriage Foundation, the group who drafted the Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA) in Congress, has begun a national campaign to protect the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the upcoming 111th Congress.

The diverse coalition has also unveiled www.ProtectDOMA.org a new online resource to protect DOMA - and the marriage laws of every state where voters have spoken on the issue of marriage - from attack at the federal level.

"The repeal of DOMA is the legislative Holy Grail for activists who want to impose their radical social agenda upon America through the courts," said Rev. Sam Rodriguez, Jr., an AFM Advisory Board Member and President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC).

"As demonstrated in California, over 70% of the African-American community rejects the utterly false argument that gay activists have a 'civil right' to redefine marriage for our entire society," said Niger Innis, an AFM Advisory Board Member and National Spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality.

The vast majority of Democrats and Republicans voted for DOMA in 1996. Only 65 Democrats in the House (15%) and 14 in the Senate (14%) voted against DOMA. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

The Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as a man and a woman, and protects state rights by not forcing states to recognize "same-sex marriages" legalized in other states or jurisdictions. The law provides a firewall for states against radical activists seeking to use the federal courts to force the decisions of judges in Connecticut and Massachusetts on other states.
On numerous occasions during the presidential campaign, President-Elect Barack Obama has vowed to repeal DOMA - a pledge supported by Nancy Pelosi. The Human Rights Campaign lists repeal of DOMA as one of its top four legislative agenda items in the upcoming Congress.

"The new Congress gives President-Elect Barack Obama the legislative numbers he needs to overturn DOMA," said Rodriguez. "But will Congress follow his agenda or stand with the vast majority of Americans who believe marriage is between a man and a woman?"

During the campaign, President-Elect Barack Obama assured radical activists that he would "support the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)." The Obama-Biden Transition Team has renewed their pledge to radical activists to do so - in spite of a national sweep for marriage protection amendments in California, Florida and Arizona in the last election.