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10/04/2010

Forget marriage equality: It's personal responsibility that NOM & allies really reject

by Jeremy Hooper

You know how we like to show you some of the incendiary things that get posted to NOM's official Facebook page? Yea, well -- check this out. The moderator of that page has come up with a handy "explanation" for the eye-opening comments: He or she has decided to blame the covert gays who supposedly go on the page and pretend to be supporters:

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Right, because that's the way one takes responsibility on the "pro-family" side: By passing the buck. In online forums, it tends to go something like this: STEP 1: Turn selves into the victims. STEP 2: Accuse anyone who tries to engage in fair discourse of being a "troll," completely belying the meaning of that 'Net term. STEP 3: Since the "troll" meme groundwork has already been laid by virtue of the pro-equality commenters who transparently leave push back on the page, pretend that the forum is simply teeming with top secret subversives trying to bring you down. STEP4: When the B.S. is directly challenged, always go back to Step 1. Lather, rinse, repeat.

But the reality: We LGBT activists couldn't even make up the kind of thing we see so often on the NOM official Facebook wall, a place where it's been suggested that California be "glassed with nuclear warheads," where gays have been called "victims of mental illness," where commenters pose questions about whether or not "gays are heterosexuals misguided by satan," and where the official site moderator (presumably the same person as above) responds to a comment comparing our president to Hitler by saying "if the shoe fits." And sadly, we don't have to make it up: The NOM supporters are writing a new chapter every single day.

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