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08/02/2010

Just say NO(m)!

by Jeremy Hooper

Nancy-ReaganWhen former FLOTUS Nancy Reagan went about her '80s era "Just say No!" campaign, the focus was on drugs in the light of that decade's growing crack epidemic. But when modern conservatives use the term? Well, it's equality-supporting Supreme Court justices who are likened to heroin needles:

“We are in a battle for your future as Americans, as a society. . . . We have an obligation as Christians and Americans to speak out for truth. This is not a partisan issue it is a principles issue.”

“Join me and remember in November. . . . With the vote for the Supreme Court this fall, take your advice from Nancy Reagan: “Just say no!”

-Tamara Scott, Director of the Iowa Chapter of Concerned Women for America,
as quoted by the National Organization for Marriage

Scott's reference, made at yesterday's NOM tour stop in Des Moines, refers to the three Iowa state Supreme Court justices -- Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Associate Justices Michael Streit and David Baker -- who are up for retention votes this November. And of course their major "crime" is that they put a crack pipe in local youths' hands, sparked it up, and threw an entire generation of Iowa's teens onto a nonstop roller coaster filled with pushers and pimps and sullen Coltrane tunes defended constitutional fairness for same-sex couples.

But don't you dare think Scott's historically ridiculous comparison is offensive to either Nan Regan's work, the nature of a fair-minded independent judiciary, or to the loving gay couples who are being shunned. Because it's all three -- the comparison is deeply offensive to all three.

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