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Video: Going rogue

by Jeremy Hooper

You know that big Maine anti-gay rally that was completely shut out to the media (and us)? Yea, well -- one enterprising local reporter, Doug Ray, managed to get up in there, HandiCam in tow:

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ONLY ON 13: Yes on 1 Rally Closed to Public: News 13 Attends Anyway [WGME]

The interesting revelation: That it was apparently the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins who requested the media shut-out. Weird, considering this is a man who has never met a camera lens to which he wouldn't lend a talking point. Yet when it comes to a crucial conversation that Mainers have a right to discuss in a wholly transparent way (the way that Protect Maine Equality is conducting their "No on 1" events), Mr. Perkins not only shuts out the dissent, but also completely closes the objective windows!

No matter who you are or where you stand, you should ask yourself why, exactly, these folks are so hostile towards exposure. if we can't at least agree that it's better to talk to one another instead of just our own choirs, then we are completely screwed as a body public.

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These people's agenda is not to participate in a republic. They are preparing to go to war to set up a theocracy in this country. See Frank Schaeffer's piece on the Huffington Post about this issue. They have now infiltrated our Congress with the C Street gang and in state legislatures across this country. Even Janet Napolitano knows the danger these people represent in our country. We need to demand from our Congress that they hold hearings on this menace and destroy it before it destroys our country.

Posted by: Mykelb | Sep 18, 2009 11:22:03 AM

"No matter who you are or where you stand, you should ask yourself why, exactly, these folks are so hostile towards exposure."

My guess is that the language that works to rally and motivate their supporters is not the same language they want presented to the general public. Use raw demagoguery in private, but hide it behind carefully chosen words presented to the public with friendly engaging smiles.

Posted by: Richard Rush | Sep 18, 2009 11:27:45 AM

Marc Mutty: "In today's society, being a bigot is a really nasty thing."

uh, yeah. It is. So don't do it.

Posted by: DN | Sep 18, 2009 11:28:30 AM

"We have 5,000 years of human history that says we're on the right side."

How is it that not one person in that audience disputed that false claim? I mean, I'm not expecting someone to stand up and shout, "YOU LIE," as appropriate as it would be, but aren't some of these people college-educated? Did they just ignore their world history classes?

He should have said, "We have 5,000 years of Judeo-Christian history that says our religion has always been this way." That's a much more accurate statement, but not one that should be used for lawmaking.

Posted by: CWM | Sep 18, 2009 11:50:49 AM

Give us money. We won't tell you what it's for though, but Maggie is getting hungry....

Posted by: John Ozed | Sep 18, 2009 12:07:29 PM

I hope all these people faces show up real well ... and they feel they had a nice 'outing.'

Posted by: LOrion | Sep 18, 2009 12:12:33 PM

...PS and the % of the under 35 crowd there?

Posted by: LOrion | Sep 18, 2009 12:13:09 PM

"We have 5,000 years of human history that says we're on the right side."

How many years did the slavers have to prove they were on the 'right side'?

How many years did the oppressors of women have to prove they were on the 'right side'?

How many years did the witch burners have to prove they were on the 'right side'?

Just because something is accepted by the majority doesn't make it right, unless you're referring to 'right wing'.

Posted by: Julie M. | Sep 18, 2009 12:34:45 PM

Yea, the "we have x number years of history" claims are always so obnoxious. They fail to acknowledge that these years of history are littered with various ideas and notions that would make modern people of all stripes wince. Why is it that this, marriage bias and unfair treatment of gay people, is the one thing that was made right thousands of years ago -- period, end of story?

Plus, of course, it robs us of our own place in history, anf of our "righteousness." But they don't care. And worse yet: Far too many of our potential allies just casually accept this nonsense without critically thinking about it.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Sep 18, 2009 12:39:38 PM

So people who are against same-sex marriage are scared to come out for fear they might be harassed and labeled as evil?

'Nuf said.

Posted by: Brian | Sep 18, 2009 1:17:31 PM

Short version of Tony Perkins' perspective:

"I will fight for marriage discrimination... just don't make me show my face!"

Message to Mutty: Hosting closed, media-free events leads people to think you've got something to hide.

Like, bigotry.

Posted by: Bose | Sep 18, 2009 3:08:10 PM

...It's not that complicated why they want secrecy. With Perkins and the Archdiocese and other CHURCH leaders speaking at a political rally, they risk being filmed actively campaigning for a political issue to potential voters...which is 100% against the law.

Time to revoke church tax-exempt status, huh kiddies? Let's see how big their mouths are when they have to pay taxes like every other business.

Posted by: roger ramjet | Sep 18, 2009 9:18:42 PM

Wow, what a SNOOZE FEST. I felt like I was watching a chapel service at a retirement community.

Posted by: Jake | Sep 19, 2009 12:56:14 AM

PS. This is the same Tony Perkins that asked both Fox and MSNBC and other crews to post reports LIVE from the Aisles of the Value Voters Summit...
Some of whose participants were loath to be seen and heard and complained about the invited media.

Posted by: LOrion | Sep 19, 2009 12:26:30 PM

5,000 years because that's when god created Adam, and then as an afterthought made Eve to be his slave (helpmeet = slave). And this is right on the heals of god's creation of the earth, the animals, the dinosaur fossils and all the other shit.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 19, 2009 8:33:11 PM

They are probably afraid because of efforts like WhoSigned.org in WA. The anti-gay folks have really become paranoid about keeping their privacy. The idea that everyone's face who participates in their efforts is at the top of thiers minds wherever they go.

Posted by: Joshalot | Sep 20, 2009 1:40:22 AM

These religionists do not want public discourse. They want theocracy and are willing to say and do anything they can to enforce their christian agenda on the rest of us. They don't care about the US Constitution nor anyone elses rights. It would serve us well to point out their unDemocratice Anti-American viewpoints with everyone we come into contact. It's is really unfathomable how these people graduated from high school not knowing their own constitution and the way government is supposed to work. Unfortunately, they have found a loophole in the tax laws so that they can collect tax free money to lobby legislators against us.

Posted by: Mykelb | Sep 21, 2009 9:31:40 PM

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