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06/03/2014

NOM and Thomas Peters go after US Embassy to the Holy See for promoting LGBT equality

by Jeremy Hooper

Both the National Organization For Marriage (a Catholic organization) and one of its key employees (or possibly former employee; it's unclear), Thomas Peters, are going after the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican) for simply supporting LGBT equality and Pride Month. NOM's (catholic) writer Claire Chretien calls the acts "insulting provocations," equating basic support for LGBT people (some of whom are Catholic, just so we're clear) to pushing Muslims and Orthodox Jews to eat pork:

These insulting provocations are problematic on several levels. First, as Thomas [Peters] pointed out, it raises the question: is it our embassy's position that the Holy See's moral teachings render the Catholic Church guilty of homophobia and transphobia?

Second, these posts are as insulting as suggesting Muslims or orthodox Jews start eating pork.

Finally, the Catholic Church doesn't celebrate "Pride Month"; during June, Catholics celebrate the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the feast day of St. John the Baptist, martyr for the sanctity of marriage. No amount of desperate social media posts can change this.

The embassy certainly has a lot of nerve.

US Embassy to the Holy See Plugs Pride Month [National Org. For Marriage]

Thomas goes a step further, suggesting his readers brush up on the idea that gay people have suppressible "attractions" rather than an orientation (linking to this extremely anti-gay video), and then sharing that kind of thinking on the Embassy's social media accounts:

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SOURCE: US EMBASSY TO VATICAN: CELEBRATE LGBT DAY WITH US! [Catholic Vote]

Why are they outraged over these simple acts of support for the LGBT person? Oh, simple: because NOM is not just an anti-marriage-equality group. Never has been; never will be. NOM is an anti-LGBT group. Always has been; always will be.

Not to mention conservative Catholic. I mean really, NOM—isn't it way past time you change your organization's name to reflect your obvious canonical motivations?

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