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11/15/2010

The 'good little bigot' question: An ex post facto Browning?

by Jeremy Hooper

Brian-Susan-BrownOne more quick thing about Newsweek's fluffy Brian Brown article: The piece quotes Brian's wife Susan as saying this:

At an event in Providence, R.I., she says, “they walked up to my kids and asked them, ‘Is Mommy raising you to be a good little bigot?’?”

Only thing? We've heard this exact same quote attributed to other families. Brian himself mentioned this exact scenario in past NOM press bites, and never once did he say the question was directed to his kids.

Plus Louis Marinelli, who drove the NOM summer tour bus and got to know the Brown family firsthand, presented the quote almost verbatim in his own recounting of the Providence stop, yet in a way suggesting the incident involved two random mothers:

The rally ended wiithout [sic] any arrests or any physical altercations but I would like to highlight the extent to which the activists went to spew their hate and the remarkably dispicable [sic] tactics they used.

Towards the end of the rally a group of them converged onto a mother and her four or five young kids.

The activists went right after the kids asking them questions like "Hey, is your mommy and daddy raising you to grow up to be bigots just like them?" The kids, the youngest of which an infact [sic] and the eldest about nine were escorted away from the activists by their mother and another woman. I approached them shortly afterwards and they were visually shaken up. Again, a movement of tolerance, love and respect for all.
Gay activists deal blow to homosexual agenda at Providence rally [OMOW]

Doesn't it seem like if the situation involved Brian's own kids, he and his allies would've been uber-quick to use it to their advantage? I mean, the NOM summer tour was defined by self-victimization. If that's the mindset at play, then personalizing it would make for a perfect fit.

Or actually, the choice wouldn't even need to be strategic -- one would assume that organically, the personalization would come out. Considering that Susan is using this nugget in the national press now, that Brian posted several pics of his kids during the tour, and that the whole Brown family was used as the image on NOM's Christmas card in years past, it doesn't seem like Brian and Susan are shy about going there with the little ones. So is it not fishy to hear Susan claiming direct ownership of this supposed confrontation now, as part of an article framed from top to bottom in a "marriage protecters are the bullied ones" theme? We think so.

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