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01/19/2012

NOM's Peters shocked to hear what his own org. routinely dishes

by Jeremy Hooper

In a post wherein he declares openly gay Washington state Rep. Jamie Pedersen the "jerk of the week" for pointing out the harms of civil discrimination that people like me, you, and Jamie know all-too-well, the National Organization For Marriage's Cultural Director, Thomas Peters, says this of the Rep. and his views:

…it takes some gumption to tell a constituent that they are for “harming families.”
Jerk of the Week: WA State Rep Pedersen Insults “Religious Views of a Small and Dwindling Minority” [CatholicVote.org]

Which, of course, is the very message that groups like Thomas' employer tell gay families all the time. They say we not only harm families, but that we harm freedom, society, good order, etc. Heck, the Pope even just claimed that our marriages harm "the future of humanity itself" -- a claim that the heavily Catholic NOM proceeded to blog! For that side of the "culture war," telling gay people they harm this, that, or the other is not a strategic point: It's the strategy that informs all else!

So yes, Thomas, it always takes some degree of gumption to lay bare human beings' capacity to harm their neighbors. But when those claims are married with both fabrication and discrimination? Well that's way worse than accurately noting the unpleasant truth! And that's NOM.

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