Wednesday, April 8, 2009

TAKE DOWN! Fisking the NOM video

As mentioned in the post below, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has launched an ad against those awful homos to explain how gay marriage challenges their (NOM's) civil rights. The ad features

(1) A California doctor who must choose between her faith and her job
(2) A member of New Jersey church group which is punished by the state because they can’t support same-sex marriage
(3) A Massachusetts parent who stands by helpless while the state teaches her son that gay marriage is okay

Problem is, none of them are real; the audition tapes have emerged.

However, as noted on the Human Rights Campaign News Release, the features do come from actual cases (over and over again, these are the cases they cite Not many, eh?)
All three examples involve religious people who enter the public sphere, but don’t want to abide by the general non-discriminatory rules everyone else does. Both (1) and (2) are really about state laws against sexual orientation discrimination, rather than specifically about marriage. And (3) is about two pairs of religious parents trying to impose their beliefs on all children in public schools.

The real facts of each case are:
The California doctor entered a profession that promises to “first, do no harm” and the law requires her to treat a patient in need – gay or straight, Christian or Muslim – regardless of her religious beliefs. The law does not, and cannot, dictate her faith – it can only insist that she follow her oath as a medical professional.
This had nothing to do with marriage AT ALL and happened before the recent CA gay marriage kerfuffle. The fact, or otherwise, of gay marriage in California was completely irrelevant. This case was ONLY about discriminating in providing a service to a lesbian couple. The doctor had no problem providing the service to others: it's not that she was forced to do a procedure against her faith. Just that her medical license requires her, once she decides to perform a procedure, to perform it on all citizens seeking her help. Replace "gay" with "black" and you get the picture.
The New Jersey church group runs, and profits from, a beachside pavilion that it rents out to the general public for all manner of occasions –concerts, debates and even Civil War reenactments— but balks at permitting couples to hold civil union ceremonies there. The law does not challenge the church organization’s beliefs about homosexuality – it merely requires that a pavilion that had been open to all for years comply with laws protecting everyone from discrimination, including gays and lesbians.
The church group was receiving PUBLIC FUNDS to provide access to this pavilion. If it were private property, there would be no case. The case is that once they receive public funds, all the public is equally entitled to use. Solution: don't like all the public? Don't accept their money, keep private property private.
The Massachusetts parent disagrees with an aspect of her son’s public education, a discussion of the many different kinds of families he will likely encounter in life, including gay and lesbian couples. The law does not stop her from disagreeing, from teaching him consistently with her differing beliefs at home, or even educating her child in a setting that is more in line with her faith traditions. But it does not allow any one parent to dictate the curriculum for all students based on her family’s religious traditions.
Again, gay marriage is really irrelevant. (update: In fact, the parents were given the option to take their kids out of the class teaching tolerance. But this was not acceptable to them as long as the class was offered to ANYONE. ) The gays are present whether they are married or not. They want them back in the closet, and silent. Their issue, though, is no different than a Catholic parent faces when their child meets people on a second (straight) marriage after divorce; or learns about contraceptives. Or a Jewish parent whose child is friends with a kid eating ham sandwiches. Values are taught at home. An essence of our society is that we keep our own values but can intermingle in the public square.

These ar ethe facts. If you see this ad, or hear it discussed, know the facts and fight back.


TheraP said...

These folks who hang onto bigotry are on the losing end of a sea change. An average of 2% of people per year change their minds in favor of gay marriage. That is one in every 50 people each year!

I realize it's frustrating that it's not more. But I still think that's an amazing number of people changing their minds. At a certain point we will reach a tipping point. There will be no turning back.

Like 2 year olds, the hard-liners will have tantrums. But eventually they will look as I described - like toddlers having a tantrum.

Peace be with you and your family, IT.

James said...

When the Calif same gender marriage comes up for vote again, one of the campaigns should show how the "Yes" crowd deliberately lie (and they are such good "Christians") in their inflammatory ads.

the more the Fundamentalists are shown as the immoral people they are, the focus will shift.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

AmericaBlog has the video of the "repetitions" for this NOM commercial.

They are sooo bad! And it's so enormously false ;=)

Just imagine 5 people (not actors in any sense) saying, the one after the other, "I am a California doctor and...

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

With enemies like NOM - Who needs Friends?


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

The audition tapes have been taken down due to a request from NOM.

Isn't that censorship as in China?!

David |Dah • veed| said...

Isn't that censorship as in China?!

No Padre, that is US copywrite laws in action!

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Well... we haven't got those either ;=)

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

The NOM would be t r a s h e d here for doing that!

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that the whole Church & State conflict has galvanized around marriage ...

You'd think that the fundies would be all *for* gay marriage. Gays don't procreate like straight folks do ... so, hey! Fewer abortions!

If there's a God, I can't help but wonder if He's just given up on humans ... It must break the Creator's heart to see what we've done to the Earth and to all beings ... Even a god can only take so much ...

My solution? ... just to keep on loving, one person at a time, as best I can. Even the assholes. ;-)