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We're having nun of it: NOM's been dishing it in MN for months

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2010-10-28 At 3.34.38 PmThe mailers in question don't even revolve around marriage equality. But since the National Organization For Marriage's thoughts revolve around little else, they'll do all they can to drum up a little controversy and connect it directly to gay Minnesotans' ring fingers:

WASHINGTON – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today condemned a series of Anti-Catholic mailings sponsored by the official Minnesota Democratic (DFL) Party. The three mailings distributed to voters by the Democrats in Minnesota depict various Catholic images and denigrate the Church as advocating such positions as “Ignore the poor” and “blessed are the rich.”

“This is one of the most outrageous attacks on Catholics and people of faith that I have ever seen,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). “The official Democratic Party in Minnesota is using images of priests, the sanctuary and even the Blessed Mother to spread hate about Catholics and all people of faith. They are so obsessed with imposing gay marriage in Minnesota that they have descended into the sewer to insult people of faith who disagree with them. NOM condemns this display of hateful bigotry and we demand that the Democratic Party issue an official apology to the Catholic Church and the people of Minnesota.”

The Democratic Party mailings feature a priest wearing a button that says “ignore the poor” and the Blessed Mother of Christ holding a scroll that reads, “blessed are the rich” under a caption that says, “the Bible doesn’t tell us to neglect the poor.” Democratic Party legislators and their candidate for governor, Mark Dayton, have pledged to impose gay marriage next year without a vote of the people. The Catholic Church in Minnesota has encouraged Catholics to follow the teaching of their faith that marriage is the divinely inspired union of one man and one woman.

"To suggest that people of faith are hypocrites because they might not vote for Mark Dayton is pretty low," said Maggie Gallagher, Chairman of NOM. "It is also ignorant: Christians give generously to help the poor both here and abroad and certainly the Catholic Church's record on standing for the poor, the sick, and the defenseless is matchless. How low will these politicians go to get elected?"

“These mailings will backfire on the Democratic Party and the gay marriage backers who are now in control of the Party, as well they should,” Brown predicted. “There is no institution in the history of Minnesota who has done more for the poor and the neglected in society than the Catholic Church. For the party of gay marriage to attack the Catholic Church by denigrating their good works simply reveals to Catholics, and everyone else, what is in store for Minnesota if Mark Dayton and his legislative followers are elected.”

So let me get this straight: The Minnesota Catholic church has launched an unprecedented DVD campaign featuring NOM figures like Maggie Gallagher and Robert George, with the sole purpose of condemning the possibility of same-sex marriage reaching the state. That's it. No other purpose. The church expended considerable resources sending this DVD around to local voters. NOM (itself mostly Catholic) then took it all to another level, launching an anti-equality ad campaign that invokes Martin Luther King's legacy in order to reject gay marriages. But now it's NOM and the Catholic Church who are the supposed victims?!? Oh that's rich.

Look, we're not gonna weigh in on the campaign practices of Minnesota's DFL party. Check out the flyer and form your own thoughts.

But to sit here and have Maggie "gays 'can always control' their 'unfortunate' behavior" Gallagher and Brian "men can't nurture and care for babies" Brown preach to us about "outrageous" attacks in a state where civil fairness-hostile NOM has been carving out a largely Catholic presence for many months now? No ma'am. That ain't happening. Because NOM's denigration of our lives, loves, and civil recognition thereof extends well beyond politics' silly season. Their daily insults breed far more injury than just hurt feelings. Their "Hail Mary" passes necessitate less of a discussion about partisan politics and more national conversation about personal faith's public pooh-poohing.

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