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It wasn't just Manhattan: How NOM 'defeated Satan's army' in Rochester

by Jeremy Hooper

Being a Gothamite, I've focused exclusively on the National Organization For Marriage's PR disaster of a Manhattan rally. But at the same time that one was going on, there were three others, in Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany. So now let's look at some of the figures leading those soirees.

Let's start with Rochester. There, the man leading the shindig was Rev. Duane Motley:

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WATCH: YNN News' full report on the Rochester rally [YNN]

I haven't heard audio of whatever Mr. Motley said yesterday. However, it's a pretty safe bet that there, with local news cameras rolling, he didn't describe his mission as "to defeat Satan's army," didn't call homosexuality "evil," didn't say that "every church should be a recruiting station for God's army," or rally his troops to use the Bible as a weapon against gays with phrases like, "the word of God is a two-edged sword -- it cuts going in, it cuts coming out." However, that is *EXACTLY* what he says when speaking on the subject from the pulpit:

"Let's talk about this. If you're going to get in this war, what do you have to do? There's two things you have to..have in any war. Number one you have to have some soldiers. So in this culture war I'm talking about, the soldiers we need have to be Christians. Christians are the soldiers we're looking for. Number two, in a war you have to have weapons. But the weapons are a different kind than we are familiar with. These are not hardware, these are not guns and tanks and bombs planes and that sort of thing. The weapons in this war are words. They're ideas and actions in the public policy arena, where you seldom find Christians involved. We avoid public policy. Which we shouldn't.

This war boils down to being a spiritual war. One being God and Satan. Between good and evil. Albany's always trying to legalize something that's wrong. The Bible says it's evil, Albany wants to legalize it, because if you can legalize it, then they feel comfortable doing it, participating in it, and usually if you can legalize a sin, you can find a way to license it and tax it to get more revenue. And that's the game they play in Albany.

And then the third thing is that it's a war between Biblical or Christian worldview and the secular or Satan's worldview. That's the war and we are the soldiers and we are in the middle of it. So God is looking for some volunteer soldiers for his army. Do you have any idea where he can find them? Where should his recruiting stations be? Downtown city hall? No, every church should be a recruiting station for God's army.

Well, let me give you some ideas of what you need to do to be a successful soldier. If you're going to get in this army, and I hope you will, there's three things you need to know to be a successful solider. You need to know who the enemy is. The enemy in this case is Satan, and we find this in the evil in media, public education, television, internet, government, so forth -- all of those areas there is a lot of evil, and that's where we're fighting.

And you also have to know not only the enemy, but also what equipment and weapons you have. Well the equipment that we have is this right here [holds up Bible], it's the word of God. The word of God is a two-edged sword -- it cuts going in, it cuts coming out. This is our weapon in this war.

And then the third thing a soldier must know is what the mission is. The mission in this case is to defeat Satan's army.

-Rev. Duane Motley, Senior Lobbyist, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms
*Audio Source: Rev. Duane Motley - "Today's Culture", Ephesians 6:10-17 - CD-2010-06-06 [Pittsford Community Church]

It's an all-out call to arms, against the "enemy" of gayness. Because of course it is. This is what the new National Organization For Marriage looks and sounds like. There is no longer the pretense of this being all about civil discourse on a matter of public policy, the way it largely was when Maggie Gallagher served as president. Now NOM proudly embraces this kind of religious fervor, all while claiming they are the ones who are being stifled on faith-based grounds.

And this is but one of yesterday's leaders. I've already shown you some of the things that one of the big Manhattan top dogs, Joseph Mattera, has said about gay people. Stay tuned for the equally informative Albany leaders, coming up momentarily


*OTHER posts about yesterday's Manhattan rally:

The eye-opening photos from the day [G-A-Y]

Why so much sympathetic "security"? [G-A-Y]

A discussion about the crowd makeup -- misinformed, exploited [G-A-Y]

Check out the name of the primary bus company they used [G-A-Y]

About that man who denied anti-gay animus [G-A-Y]

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