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01/29/2013

Judging a book by its deliberately deceptive, responsibility-shirking book trailer

by Jeremy Hooper

The Catholic Conference of Illinois, an outfit that has made it clear that it sees gay people as violating natural order, is pushing the following book trailer:

"It eliminates the ONLY institution that unites kids with their moms and their dads"? "That's right" it's "gone from law"? Well that could be true, I guess. Except for the fact that it's so totally not. At all. Even a little bit.

Obviously, marriage equality doesn't take anything from heterosexuals, be they parents or not. But because those on the side of discrimination are desperate to portray their cause as existing somewhere other than the side of discrimination, they need to cast advocates like me into destructive roles. We can't just be what we by and large are: peaceful people who want to coexist in an America with greater protections and opportunities. If those on the wrong side of this issue conceded that point, then they wouldn't be able to reject our rights behind faith-driven misrepresentations. So to accomplish their goals, which undeniably do eliminate rights for certain kinds of Americans, the "protect marriage" crowd (a label that itself is meant to cast us as being on the attack) has to fib up the foundations of their movement. They have to develop a carefully workshopped code language and then write books that teach their supporters how to implement it so that they can, as this book trailer admits, "learn how to witness the truth about marriage without sounding like a bigot."

Oh, and of course they do all of this false witness bearing and stone casting while also seizing the "values" mantle. Ya know, because it's not aggression if you tell other people that it's your target who is really on the attack. And it's not misrepresentation if it's only the gays who are being maligned by your dangerous game. It is instead portrayed as one's godly duty to shape public opinion with this, a politically-driven script that is so inorganic and unnatural to impulse that it needs an instructional manual like this book in order to take hold.

File it under fiction, my dears.

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