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04/14/2014

Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and—activists who try to strip certain citizens of certain civil rights?!

by Jeremy Hooper

Sometimes I think the pro-discrimination National Organization For Marriage, one of the most offensive and ill-operating special interest groups in all of American politics, can't get any worse. And then it does something like equate the struggle of modern day Americans who wish to deny gays and lesbians the freedom to marry with the struggle of American abolitionists prior to the Civil War:

Scholars, public figures, and average citizens who publicly defend the institution of marriage as the conjugal union of one man and one woman often face character assassination and occasionally threats of physical violence. Facing similarly vicious attacks in the decades leading up to the Civil War, America’s abolitionists recalled the timeless insight that “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” The wisdom of these words applies as much today as then. If the calculated use of fear and intimidation is permitted to dominate this important public debate, America will lose not just the time-tested institution of marriage but also endanger our form of government which depends on the free and open exchange of ideas.
FULL STORY: Anti-Gay Group’s Fundraiser Compares Marriage Equality To Slavery [ThinkProgress]

There have been several pro-discrimination movements in history. At least most of the past movements had enough fortitude to admit what they were doing and seeking. The modern anti-LGBT movement's weak-kneed attempt to flip the roles so that they, the folks arguing in favor of a world that literally strips me and my family of rights we already fought and earned, are somehow the victims of oppression puts this modern blight on freedom in a whole new realm. The delusions make the cause that much worse.

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