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06/04/2014

Um, not sure I'd use the phrase 'drive a wedge' when defending a NOM event

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 At 9.36.49 AmThe Coalition of African-American Pastors, which works in tandem with the National Organization for Marriage to cultivate discrimination here in America, recently posted a truly disgusting video that directly compares same-sex marriage's supposed affront to Black people to actual human rights blights like slavery, the KKK, segregation, and overt racism. CAAP posted the video in order to promote NOM's upcoming March For Marriage [Discrimination]. If you missed the clip, you can find it here.

Now CAAP, in typical anti-gay fashion, is responding to those of us who criticized the video—without actually responding to any of the criticisms. Instead, they pretend that we, as some sort of monolith, "attacked" them in mean ways and that LGBT people are the truly "intolerant" ones. Because that's what the opposition movement always does. We LGBT advocates are so used to that weak and ineffectual tactic that it has absolutely no effect anymore. When it comes to that "we're the real victims here" nonsense, we are teflon.

But get this: in it's weak response, CAAP has the audacity to use the following phrase and attribute it to those of us who pushed back:

One of the bloggers who shared this video described it as an attempt to drive a wedge between the gay community and African Americans.
Why the same-sex marriage advocates don't like our video [CAAP]

Oh hell no! It's not "the bloggers" who are using that phrase—it was NOM that used that phrase! Infamously so. Remember those NOM strategy documents that the anti-gay organization didn't want any of us to see (but we did anyway):

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In Secret Documents, Anti-Gay Marriage Group Looked To Divide Gays, Blacks [Buzzfeed]

NOM, as a strategy position, made the vow that it, an organization that is 100% led by white people, would move forward in a way that fosters division "between gays and blacks." Honestly, I wouldn't have ever been cynical enough to place that motivation on their organizational heart. They put it out there—not us! Anyone on the pro-equality side who talks about "driving a wedge" is responding to what NOM chose to take on as a way to advance the organization and cause.

Don't dare try to blame us for this wedge. NOM is the hammer that is still trying to splinter America, even with us all knowing about these secret documents and their egregious goals. If CAAP wants to pretend this didn't happen and carry water for NOM as it works to implement this, the strategy that NOM admitted it wants to implement, then that's on them. But I'm not going to let them pretend it never happened.

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*Oh, and one more thing: CAAP headlined its response, "Why the same-sex marriage advocates don't like our video." Once again, CAAP is so, so, so, so wrong! We *love* the video. It, like NOM's stated "drive a wedge" strategy, helps us immensely!

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