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02/24/2011

Video: Jordan Sekulow's DOMA (Defense of Mixed Analogies)

by Jeremy Hooper

Most of the Christian Broadcasting Network's report on yesterday's DOMA news is a "yea, right, whatever" kind of situation filled with the same pre-written scripts you;d expect to hear from the "protect marriage" crowd. But for one "you seriously can't be serious -- seriously!" moment, check out how Jordan Sekulow frames the conversation around the 2:08 mark:

"Imagine a civil rights law, the Voting Rights Act for instance, and a president comes into office after the law is signed and says, "I don't like this anymore. So we're just not going to defend it anymore when the KKK challenges it in court." [CBN]

Yup, that's right: In Jordan's analogy, he's likening DOMA to a principled law that outlawed discriminatory voting practices against African Americans, and plugging DOMA's challengers into the discriminatory oppressors slot (as a de facto KKK). Oh yea: And to address the actions of the nation's first African American president, he's drawing a supposedly similar portrait of a president who theoretically works to shun Black America.

Never mind that the very reason President Obama is dropping DOMA defense is because he and his administration see DOMA as disseminating discrimination to another class of people. The "pro-family" crowd is so desperate to deny the damages done by DOMA and their larger fight, that they will say just about anything to turn what is a pretty straightforward case of bias vs. equality into a flipped, muddied matter where civil shutouts are of supposed benefit, just as long as the target is one of the nation's still-acceptable-to-shun groups.

Not gonna work, Mr. Sekulow.

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