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04/12/2012

Audio: Maggie finds NOM's wedge 'disrespectful'; the part that's politically convenient, that is

by Jeremy Hooper

In this recent clip from New York's "Capital Tonight" program, Maggie Gallagher highlights one of the most offensive aspects of NOM's (non)response to the recent scandal. Listen to the brief clip audio snip:


SOURCE: Capital Tonight, April 6, 2012

Did you hear it? Maggie doesn't like the language or its suggestions, but *ONLY* as either/both apply to Hispanic and African-American "mostly church leaders." Never once does she acknowledge the memo's implications when it comes to gay voices (of any race/ethnicity), who, you surely remember, were not only pitted against African-Americans and Hispanics on the other side of NOM's desired "wedge" but were also meant to be ""provoked into denouncing these [African-American] spokesmen Screen Shot 2012-04-12 At 3.10.37 Pm-1and women as bigots." A gay-focused response (not to mention apology) doesn't seem to even cross Maggie's mind, just as it hasn't crossed any other NOMmer's mind in the days since this scandal hit.

In effect, Maggie is doing more of what that memo sought out to do. Yes, NOM wanted to pit gays versus Blacks vs Latinos (and so on), but at the end of any ensuing fight, NOM always planned to jump in and defend whatever minority population is on the opposite end of the "wedge" from the gays. Looking at this clip, I see more of that same setup! The Human Rights Campaign broke the story and gays have been some of the loudest voices of criticism, yet NOM has, in its better responses, willfully ignored the harms this plan brought to LGBT people. In the organization's worst responses, NOM has the gall to actually blame gay people (or sometimes "leftists") for bringing this to light. And in every response, they've highlighted African-American and Hispanic NOM supporters like Harry Jackson and Ruben Diaz, as if the un-offended on that side of the "wedge" are the only voices that matter.

Translation: NOM and Maggie are still working to divide, with gays always undeserving of defense, common ground, or anything that could be construed as support. The sad yet almost impossible to deny truth is that our welfare is expendable under the NOM worldview.

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