Appearing in today's New York Times is an advertisement paid for by a "grassroots" organization, "No Mob Veto Dot Org" (or, "NAMBLA"). The burden of the ad is the claim, as preposterous as it is obnoxious, that the real victims of Prop 8 in California are not gays and lesbians, but those organizations who poured immense effort, cash, and resources into stripping away the fundamental civil rights of their fellow Americans.
We're united in this: the violence and intimidation being directed against the LDS or "Mormon" church, and other religious organizations -- and even individual believers -- simply because they supported Proposition 8 is an outrage that must stop....
Therefore, despite our fundamental disagreements with each other, we announce today that we will stand shoulder to shoulder to defend any house of worship -- Jewish, Christian, Hindu, whatever -- from violence, regardless of the cause that violence seeks to serve. Furthermore, beginning today, we commit ourselves to exposing and publicly shaming anyone who resorts to the rhetoric of religious bigotry -- against any faith, on any side of any issue, for any reason.
That rattling sound you don't hear is me not shaking in my boots at the threat of a public shaming by Bill Donahue.
Now, I haven't had my ear to the ground quite like Billy D has, but I haven't heard of actual violence perpetrated against supporters of Prop 8. There may have been some isolated occurrences, but he makes it sound like rampaging mobs have been beating up preachers and burning churches.
This, manifestly, has failed to happen.
What has happened is that supporters of same-sex marriage have been protesting. With placards. And exposing the extent of the Church's efforts to strip marriage rights away from gays. And refusing to patronize businesses that supported the amendment. They have even - horror of horrors - demonstrated.
This, to Bill, is intolerable cruelty. How dare anyone not tolerate their intolerance! It's religious, which of course makes it all right. And therefore, mere protests and - heh - public shaming become "violence" in his eyes. Not surprising, really, considering that saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" qualifies as persecution of the worst sort with these nimrods.
I'm a little tired, however, so I shall allow Thers to continue applying the Smack-o-Matic:
Well said. And, Thers concludes with a ripping good suggestion:
The Human Rights Campaign has done the work of pointing out just why the ad is bullshit. As a snide, foulmouthed Internet blogger, however, it falls to me to point out that the "No Mob Veto" site is a hilariously empty pile of crap. Please, for instance, enjoy their blog. Even more entertainingly, enjoy their "Documentation" page, where one would assume they would put all the, you know, proof that there is some sort of organized anti-Mormon pogrom put together by the Gay Illuminati, a place where they would at long last unveil The Protocols of the Elders of Gay. This area of their site reads, in part, and I shit you not:
Note to homophobic shitnozzles: do your fucking homework before taking out an ad in the NYT. Just a tip! (What the links that could be scrounged up for that page do show, however, is that these people's real agenda is to demand tolerance for their intolerance, to fake like working to deny liberty to others is not morally disgusting because you're hating in the service of God.)
Oh, and they also have a place where you can "Tell Us Your Story": I really very much recommend that you do.That could be hugely entertaining.