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
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 Thanks to leadership from Congressmen Tim Huelskamp and Todd Akin, the Navy backed down and rescinded the guidelines.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.
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.