The National Organization “for” Marriage recently issued another one of its regular pleas for money, and this one contains — surprise! — a lie. In an article about Illinois adoption agencies, NOM president Brian Brown writes:
Now that government is refusing to work with Christian adoption agencies…
This is a lie.
- I called Illinois’ Department of Children & Family Services (312-814-6847). They still work with Christian adoption agencies.
- I called St. Mary’s Services, an Episcopalian adoption agency (847-870-8181). The state government still works with them.
- I called Illini Christian Ministries (217-469-7566), which offers adoption services. The state government still works with them.
- I called Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (847-635-4600), which offers adoptions services. The state government actually funds them. (This may also be true of the other agencies, but I have not confirmed it.)
The government is not “refusing to work with Christian adoption agencies.” If NOM were committed to honesty, it could have written, “Now that government is refusing to work with adoption agencies that violate anti-discrimination law…” but that’s got a pretty low martyr factor. And NOM needs that martyr factor.
Their big project now is developing a persecution narrative. It’s a desperate strategy. When judges mandated same-sex marriage, NOM decried judges who legislated from the bench. When state legislature passed same-sex marriage, NOM complained about legislators legislating from the legislature (!), and called for referendum by popular vote. Now that public opinion is turning firmly against them, they’re trying to lay groundwork for judges to legislate from the bench by declaring same-sex marriage an infringement on religious freedom.
Apparently they can’t do that without lying.
What’s even more disturbing, though, is the contempt they show their own supporters. NOM spread this lie in a fundraising appeal. They have no compunctions about deceiving their followers in order to extract cash from them.
And of course, it’s not just about the money. This is another contribution to the anti-gay echo chamber. By offering this falsehood in a casual, offhand way, their readers accept it as a simple, obvious truth. They’ll repeat it, not realizing it’s a lie. Good, innocent folk will repeat it after them. NOM isn’t just exploiting people’s wallets; it’s exploiting their trust. And soon enough, once again, a lie will become the “truth.”
I don’t know why I still find it so astonishing when our opponents hold themselves up as moral guardians while lying to the very people them claim to protect.
But, somehow, I always do.