NOM's Latest Fundraising Lie

What do you call someone who gets money from people by telling them lies?

You wouldn’t call him a thief, exactly. How about this, though:

  • Con man
  • Swindler
  • Cheat
  • Charlatan
  • Bilker
  • Crook

I just got a fundraising email (complete with “Donate Now” button) from Brian Brown at NOM. He writes:

Last April, the Navy issued new “sensitivity training” guidelines that required Navy chaplains to perform same-sex marriages. Thanks to leadership from Congressmen Tim Huelskamp and Todd Akin, the Navy backed down and rescinded the guidelines.

See that verb? The one Brown italicized? And bolded?

It’s a lie.

Here’s what those (now-rescinded) guidelines said:

Regarding chaplain participation, consistent with the tenets of his or her religious organization, a chaplain may officiate a same-sex, civil marriage:  if it is conducted in accordance with the laws of a state which permits same-sex marriage; and if the chaplain is, according to applicable state and local laws, otherwise fully certified to officiate that state’s marriages.

No chaplain was required to do anything involving same-sex marriage. It took me five minutes to confirm that. It’s Brian Brown’s job to know that.

I don’t know why this makes me so angry. It certainly isn’t NOM’s first lie. I’m starting to think that NOM’s biggest victims aren’t gays and lesbians — we’ll win this eventually, no matter what NOM does. No, NOM’s biggest victims are its own supporters, who are being bilked out of their money.

This falsehood is now up on NOM’s blog, where I’m banned from commenting. I invite you — ask you, beg you, beseech you — to go there and point out the truth to NOM’s readers. They won’t believe it (they might not even get to see it!), but that doesn’t matter: there’s something to be said for telling the truth just for the sake of telling the truth.

Something Brian Brown will never understand.

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17 comments to NOM’s Latest Fundraising Lie

  • 1
    Spunky says:

    Don’t worry Rob, at least one reader believes it. It’s pretty tough not to when literally 12 of the first 13 comments are corrections on that very point.
    Nice job spreading the truth. Someone has to.

  • 2
    robtish says:

    Spunky, I love the comment you left:

    NOM supporters, you should demand the truth. After all, you’re the ones giving away money.

  • 3
    The_L says:

    According to NOM, I am required to eat chocolate ice cream.
    No, really. The law allows me to eat chocolate ice cream if I want to and am able to pay for it. Therefore, according to NOM’s definition of the words “allow” and “require,” I am legally required to eat chocolate ice cream.

     
    BTW, out of 31 comments (including mine above), 23 are devoted to giving NOM a verbal smackdown.

  • 4
    clayton says:

    When I posted my comment last night, the overwhelming majority of the comments on NOMblog were pointing out the false statements.  The tone of the comments was invariably polite, but it was still clear that the readers were not buying the false statements.

  • 5
    Chris M says:

    The NOM Blog hasn’t let me post comments for a while now…I wonder if it was something I said…

  • 6
    Emma says:

    Man, I keep wishing I hadn’t gotten banned from commenting on their blog years ago… But now I am having fun using their letter-writing campaigns to write letters to politican-folks from NOM support gay equality, thanks to one of your commenters from earlier this week.  :)

  • 7
    Spunky says:

    Rob,
    Thanks for the praise. Really though, I should be praising you since it was completely your idea. I just didn’t want to use your exact words, so I had to rephrase. I guess you didn’t mind. :-D

  • 8
    Regan DuCasse says:

    My friends, one has to wonder at the determined stubborness of NOM’s supporters to refuse to believe anything we have to say. There comes a point in time, where someone would WONDER, would think there is a point to why WE say what we do.
       I tried to point out on NOM’s FB wall, because MY comments are banned too, that NOM and others collectively spent over 50 million dollars to involutarily divorce gay couples and prevent further marriages between them, but that in the meantime, there were children going without a family.The next generation being raised by gay parents was less able to be stable and secure. And that divorce, domestic violence, adultery and other marriage killers was going on apace. Regardless of the effort to ‘save’ marriage. It WASN’T saving actual married people and their children.
       I’ve asked why only the next generation who only belonged to NOM’s approved tribe were considered worthy of married parents? And why BB and MG are traveling, living in hotels, and supporting THEIR families on other’s hard earned dimes, while probably some of NOM’s supporters were going through marital and financial problems themselves. But wouldn’t have BB or MG to turn to if their marriages disolved. I asked, WHAT would really change significantly, really if gay couples got married and NOM didn’t exist?
      Only a few takers, but they stuck to the simplistic one line script, rather than engage any  thought to what was really happening, instead of what MG and BB TOLD them was happening.
      I’m willing to believe the recent research on bigotry and IQ. I wanted to be more generous, but I won’t restrain myself from saying that NOM’s supporters are a pack of the dumbest cowards ever seen.

  • 9
    Noktelfa says:

    I added a comment to the NOMblog but I don’t have high hopes that it will stay there.  Of course, from the look of things, if they delete all the negative comments, they mght as well disable comments altogether.  Glancing over what’s there, I didn’t see any in favor of what they said.

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