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09/09/2011

Mailers: NOM attacks Weprin and his faith; ya know, because they're such 'religious freedom' fans

by Jeremy Hooper

On Wednesday, I told you about NOM's hefty contribution towards defeating David Weprin / electing Bob Turner in next Tuesday's NY-9 special election. Now the House the Bias Built has revealed the three targeted mailers they are using to get the job done:

Targeting Jewish voters:
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Latino voters:
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All other:
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First one: "Defied Jewish law"? Seriously?! That's what NOM, a Catholic group with a Mormon undercurrent, is saying to oppose *CIVIL* marriage equality: That Weprin is mocking "our torah"?! What next: Attacking the President for eating traif?

Second one: Look at the signs that Leslie Diaz (Ruben Diaz' wife) is holding. The sign is all about God's supposed law. That's because the image comes from that histrionic May 15 rally in the Bronx, where a presiding pastor who said that "those who practice [homosexuality] are worthy to death"; another preacher claiming that "breaking traditional marriage" will bring 'judgement and wrath of God' just like Sodom & Gommorah; a Puerto Rican speaker who said that local star Ricky Martin is opening the gates of hell; Leslie Diaz herself called gays an "abomination" and basing all opposition to civil marriage on her own personal faith (with Brian Brown looking on in smiles); and much, much more. Religion was the order of that day; religiously is how NOM attacks *CIVIL* marriage equality.

Third one: Of course we get the same tired spin we've heard a million time before, about "the people" supposedly having a "right" to vote on minority rights, backed with all of those carefully workshopped claims about kids, schools, and wedding photographers. All have been addressed ad nauseam; NOM's claims all fall short.

Oh, and about those pictures in the third one: Interesting what they chose to show you. Because I was at that July 24 rally in Manhattan, where NOM bussed in a base. What I saw: Some heinous signs about the world ending and men marrying dogs (complete with stuffed dogs); a sign reading "Gay=Got AIDS Yet?"; every last minute driven by religion (see the "God Cannot be Mocked" sign in the arms of the woman in the bottom left of the NOM mailer -- that was the prevailing sign of the day); and Westboro Baptist on hand to protest the very same gays on the very same issue. Surprised those didn't make the final cut.


Although in some ways I actually applaud these mailers, as they are more honest about NOM's true religious motivation than others we have seen in the past. Will that help or hurt Turner? Let the people vote!

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