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12/07/2009

Video: Lies, New Jersey style

by Jeremy Hooper

Always good to see multiple faiths coming together to find common ground. We just wish the one surefire way to do that didn't involve blatant disinformation about the supposed effects attached to our "I dos."

It seems so, oh, what's the word I'm looking for? Offenso-nutty-hostile-bullsh*ty-wrong-erific.

**UPDATE: STOP THEM IN THEIR TRACKS!

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So you're afraid people are going to call you a bigot for being a bigot? Oh, that's right, it can't possibly be bigotry if it's your religion...

What a crock.

Posted by: ZJ | Dec 7, 2009 6:21:11 AM

Notice that he's reading a script, ZJ. I'd be willing to admit considerable sums of cash that the script was written for him by NJ Family Policy Council (whose button he is wearing) or NOM (a group that was launched using NJFPC's donor list).

A primary goal of these groups, outside of the obvious, is to flip the script of this debate. Thus the constant acknowledgement and attempted refutation of the "bigot" claims.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Dec 7, 2009 7:54:09 AM

Wow, is he ever silver-tongued...

Anyhow, on the whole bigot thing, so what if they're called bigots? I know that you specifically eschew the word, Jeremy, for the sake of getting the conversation moving, but how can anyone assume they have a right to not be called anything?

I like how he pulls out the "it's freedom of religion, not freedom from religion," line. Well guess what, it's freedom of speech, not freedom from speech.

Posted by: DN | Dec 7, 2009 9:05:26 AM

A great assessment, DN! It's the same response I always give to Maggie Gallagher, who is the leader of the "they're gonna call us bigots" movement. Rather than place blame on the natural progression of public opinion, they need to look within and ask WHY they have this fear.

http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2009/02/audio-yes-mags-your-views-surely-will-fall-out-of-favor-now-ask-yourself-why.html

When in history has the arc of justice and the arc of acceptance ever bent in the wrong direction?! Why will this be the first time in history that the world gets it wrong in terms of mislabeling bigotry?

Posted by: G-A-Y | Dec 7, 2009 9:13:52 AM

Isn't 'biblical religious' redundant? Don't want to attack their religious rights to attack us now do we?

Being a Jersey boy, I just know most of the people in that room who will go home and go off on 'effin' Jews'.

Posted by: John Ozed | Dec 7, 2009 4:06:29 PM

Just a quick note, I have been helping my partner finish up his citizenship, and part of that is studying questions that he will be asked, with specific answers that the government points out that though there may be more to an answer than the one they give, that is the answer they are looking for. So I give you this question and answer:

What is freedom of religion?
▪ You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion.

So actually the freedom of religion is also the freedom from religion... Just an interesting tidbit...

Posted by: Randy | Dec 8, 2009 6:41:04 AM

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