Alex Blaze

New Maine ad comes out swinging

Filed By Alex Blaze | September 28, 2009 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Catholic church, fasting, Maine, marriage, prayer

Ooohhh, this is good:

Also in the news in Maine, the Diocese of Portland is calling for 40 days of prayer and fasting, which sounds remarkably like The Call from California's Prop 8 fight, which called for 40 days of fasting and prayer. It's completely different this time, though, since it's Catholics and not Evangelicals doing it.

Update: Michael Crawford emailed me to remind me to tell you all to help keep this ad on the air with your contributions. A little money goes a long way for air time in an off-year election in Maine, so even small contributions can help.

The point of the fasting and prayer isn't to get God on their side, as some in the community have joked. It's to radicalized and energize their base. It's to force them to think about how disgusted they are with the twisted society they live in several times a day. It's not about showing their devotion to others (at least not mostly), but about proving their devotion to themselves.

I don't know if it'll work as much up there in Maine as it did in California, because Catholics tend to be less able to be pushed into a frenzy than Southern Californian Evangelicals are. But the Church, with its second collection for the marriage fight, has already shown its willingness to get involved in the campaign. Who knows how much of the Church (the Diocese of Portland isn't that rich, but the rest of it...) will get involved.

Anyway, here's the other ad the LGBT side of the ballot issue is putting out there.

It looks a lot like this one from the No on 8 Campaign, which I didn't particularly like, but there's probably a demographic out there that responds to this sort of thing.

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Thanks, Alex, for giving another push for Maine. The big plus I see in the Maine "All Families" ad is that it shows real Maine families and individuals, gay and straight, who are willing to post their names and faces (as opposed to actors speaking from a script in the No on 8 ad).

David Castillo David Castillo | September 29, 2009 1:44 AM

That last Prop 8 is pretty bad, Alex. I'm with tristram on the Maine ads. So, are these ads resonating? Any poll information?

I wrote a comment to a news article in the Bangor Daily News 9/28/09 about Maine’s Catholic Bishop Malone’s antigay statement, in support of Marriage Equality and challenging the his ignorance about human sexuality and the bible. Maybe this might add some support to same sex marriage to your efforts.

...Same-sex marriage is a dangerous sociological experiment that many of us believe will have negative consequences for society as a whole,” said [Bishop] Malone in the message, according to the Bangor Daily News. “Children need the love of a mother and a father.”?

This statement is cruel and untrue. People against Marriage Equality do not base their public statements on facts either from science or the bible. It is a repeat of the time the Vatican was condemning Galileo, because they insisted that Galileo was going against the bible that it is the sun that revolves around the earth.

Children need people who are honest and truthful. Children are not safe around people who publicly speak out against Marriage Equality, because in truth these people have had no formal study in human sexuality or the bible and yet they without any intellectual thought speak out and harm innocent people. This is irresponsible adult behavior, which is harmful for children to witness. This has been proven to have “negative consequences” for children, consult developmental psychology.

With all due respect, it is without a question that Bishop Malone would not be able to pass graduate course exams on human sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity or biblical studies. Prove me wrong!!!

And if Bishop Malone cannot pass these exams today, than before God he needs to publically retract what he said against Marriage Equality. If not, then Bishop Malone needs to go back to the seminary to study moral theology.

The best thing to do for the well-being and safety of all children would be if people against Marriage Equality spent their money to academically study human sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity and the bible. This is what children need the truth. People speaking out on such life and death issues should not speak out of ignorance and fear, thus spreading hatred and violence that indiscriminately is severely harmful to all children.

The truth will set you free - not ignorance and fear.

Fr. Marty Kurylowicz