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07/03/2012

NOM and its allies hate discourse—Jitters and Bliss Coffee edition

by Jeremy Hooper

Yesterday, I told you about a new partnership between the National Organization For Marriage and a small coffee company that sought out the discriminatory organization. Today, a hilarious new development.

Basically, the company, Jitters and Bliss Coffee, has blocked me from its Facebook wall. That itself is not a surprising development, since that is always the M.O. of the other side. NOM is notorious for editing out any conversation that doesn't befit its cause. Those of us who engage on the equality side of this "culture war" are used to belong blocked for doing nothing more than stating out arguments, often amid claims that we are "trolls" for simply pushing back.

But now get this. Look at the exchange that led NOM's new partner to block/ban me from even accessing the company's public wall:

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Yes, it was my comment on a post about FREEDOM OF SPEECH that led Jitters and Bliss to decide that my speech is not valid. Because again, this is *always* what we see from those who are trying to take away or bar our rights. Even though we, the actual gay humans who make up this world, are the ones who have so much to lose/gain in this whole conversation, those on the side of crude and callous civil rights denial often want to talk in a vacuum. Rather than trust that the conversation will play out in a way that benefits their goals, with their own supporters ably standing ground against whatever we might present, organizations like NOM, almost every state marriage campaign that has ever been run, and anti-equality-minded companies like Jitters and Bliss instead choose to shut down that which is inconvenient.

It's as telling as it is offensive.

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**Now it seems the company pulled the page altogether. The one I commented on and that is linked on the J&B website…

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…is gone.

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