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NOM Launches Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance! -- NOM Marriage News September 22, 2011

 

My Dear Friends,

I have so much to share with you this week, so much good news you will not hear anywhere else.

Let me start by acknowledging with gratitude the immense contribution to NOM, to marriage, and to our country of Maggie Gallagher.

Today we are announcing that Maggie is stepping aside as Chairman of the Board, and that a truly distinguished constitutional law scholar, John Eastman, is stepping into her shoes.

I've long admired John for his brilliant intellect, his fearless courage, and his profound desire to make a difference.

John is a former Dean of Chapman Law School, and our friends in California will recognize his name from his bid for the California Attorney General nomination.

Brilliant and in the arena, a fighting law scholar!—it doesn't get better than that.

Maggie asked us to find a new Chairman of the Board so that she could finish some long-deferred projects—including an Oxford University Press book, "Debating Same-Sex Marriage," which she is co-authoring with pro-gay-marriage advocate and philosophy professor John Corvino.

But don't worry—she is not going anywhere. Maggie remains on the board of NOM, a cherished part of the NOM family, and I promise you she is continuing to fight for marriage—with NOM!

Witness the latest exciting project I have to announce this week, which Maggie is shepherding:

NOM's Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance!

You and I know that advocates of gay marriage are seeking to create an America in which good, decent, loving, law-abiding people are afraid to speak up for marriage as the union of husband and wife.

It's intellectually and morally absurd, but our opponents have sought to silence debate, and to strip Americans of our core civil rights to speak, to donate, to organize and to vote to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We are so blessed as Americans to have a voice like Frank Turek.

Frank is a Christian apologist who has written a book opposing gay marriage. In his day job, as a former naval officer, he teaches leadership skills to Fortune 500 companies.

If you do one thing this week, watch this video:

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It will tell you more succinctly than I can where we are now in America.

A student of Frank's says, in essence, that he LOVES Frank's corporate leadership class, which includes teaching respect for diversity within a corporate culture. But because this student has Googled Frank and discovered that Frank opposes same-sex marriage, he seeks to get Frank Turek fired—and succeeds!

This is even bigger than gay marriage. This is simply un-American. You have to have a corporately-correct political view to hold a job in America?

What does that tell us about the kind of America gay-marriage advocates are seeking to build?

You have to see Frank speak for himself about what happened to him.

Take a moment and see what courage in defense of truth looks like:

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But NOM's Marriage Anti-Defamation League is fighting back! We've reached out, in the first instance, to citizens of North Carolina in the Charlotte area, where Bank of America is headquartered, and let me tell you, in the hundreds and the thousands they have responded:

Are you outraged that Frank Turek was fired? Yes!

Will you call the company to complain? More than than 1,400 North Carolinians, out of the 9,000 we called, agreed to phone in their dismay. 37 percent of them are customers of Bank of America.

(I have to pause to give a shout out to the American Family Association, which has also taken up Frank Turek's cause, God bless them!)

If you are a Bank of America customer who wants to join the Americans expressing concern about Frank Turek's firing, you can call too: 704-386-5681. Press 2. And say you are outraged that Bank of America would disrespect all its customers by firing a man for writing a book opposing gay marriage. Be polite, give respect, but make your voice heard!

NOM's Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance is not a one-shot. It's the beginning of something truly big. We need to come together in love to support each other in the threats to our jobs, our families, and our rights that are now clearly laid down by gay-marriage advocates.

Remember, alone we can be isolated, but together we are too many to stigmatize!

Please go to marriageada.org. Pass the website address to a friend. This is the beginning of something Big!

Each week or so you will see another video, another face of a human being whose rights and dignity are denied by too many gay-marriage advocates. (Yes, we know there are exceptions—we hope that people on both sides of this debate step up to the plate to deplore these injustices!)

This is just the beginning of a huge new step, a blow for liberty, for justice, for community and for civility to ALL sides in the gay marriage debate.

Marriage ADA is our unique, fruitful response to this attempt to create a climate of fear.


Marriage ADA's goal is to create a community of Americans who, regardless of their faith tradition, adhere to the core Gospel value: "Be not afraid!"

On that front, NOM's leadership in NY-9 continues to bear great fruit.

Initially, pundits tried to deny that David Weprin's vote for gay marriage was a key part of his loss, but with perseverance—and good data—we've pushed through the media's wall of silence.

God bless the good conservative voices who have arisen to speak truth to power.

Here, for example, is Rush Limbaugh on the "Lessons of NY-9":

"Gay marriage was an issue here, gay marriage, and the anti-gay marriage position is what emerged as victorious here!"

Peggy Noonan, the liltingly beautiful prose stylist, said, "Orthodox Jews and Israel, gay marriage, the economy—all these things played a part...."

John Fund (formerly of the Wall Street Journal, now at the American Spectator), acknowledges the role of gay marriage on the John Batchelor show on WABC.

And the magnificent Laura Ingraham said, "This is a pushback on the Andrew Cuomo cramdown of marriage. No doubt about it. ...An interesting piece in Politico, 'Is NY 9 in part about the marriage question?' David Weprin, who is the Democrat who hoped to win this seat, his support for same-sex marriage has been a MAJOR issue in the district.

"He's hurting because of his vote earlier this year to legalize same-sex marriage...The National Organization for Marriage invested $75,000 in mailers in NY- 9 last week, that is the story that most in the media will not cover; I give kudos to Politico for actually writing this piece."

(The best single run down of the evidence that gay marriage sunk David Weprin was provided by our beloved Maggie Gallagher in her nationally syndicate column. Check it out here.)

The need for our new Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance was made clear this week in a new study from the National Religious Broadcasters warning that for the first time in American history, the new media platforms are being used to censor Christian speech and thought, primarily on the gay issue.

Almost every major technology platform studied has used their market power to suppress speech the corporate owners deem "anti-gay."

This is the result of a deliberate campaign by gay-marriage advocates to express "offense" over statements they do not like (like the eloquent Manhattan Declaration, signed by major religious leaders).

The Christian Broadcasting Network's news report is here:

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God has given us challenging times But in the end truth and love together will prevail.

Let me end by detailing for you a wonderful victory in California by good people who refused to be cowed or intimidated, in the matter of whether or not the California GOP would continue to stand for marriage and life.

When the platform was threatened to be rewritten to exclude marriage, close to a thousand "GOP activists, donors and leaders descended on the L.A. Live! Marriott-Ritz hotel, across from the Staples Center (we were the pre-show for the Emmy Awards, I guess)," according to Jon Fleischman's flash report.

"Moderate Bay Area Republican donor Charles Munger, Jr. (the son of Warren Buffet's billionaire business partner) has decided, so the story goes, to put a pile of money behind a play to moderate the party's platform into something more to his liking. While his plan was cloaked as an effort to 'update; the platform, it takes about a nanosecond to compare the new version he was advancing, and the existing platform (see the comparison here) and see it for what it is—a play to fundamentally alter the California GOP's positions on a myriad of issues. ...Because conservatives were asleep at the proverbial switch, a small group of moderates won the majority of seats on this small committee. Then, with around 30 people present (barely achieving a quorum), the Drafting Committee adopted a platform draft that guts the current platform. Though not on the platform or drafting committees, Munger was at the drafting meeting, as was his paid staff."

The effort was foiled only by a strong turnout from good people who are unwilling to excise marriage and life from the list of core political principles for which they fight.

Tom Fuentes, a former Chairman of the California Republican Party, is battling cancer. His flesh was weak but his spirit was willing when he arose in a dramatic speech to urge his friends and fellow citizens to stand tall for marriage and for all the core principles on which our nation was founded:

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Tom said:

"Be not afraid... When next you see the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger don't be afraid to reject him. ...Most especially... when money and special interests are set to gut our party's traditional conservative platform, don't be afraid to stand firm and tell them: that we are not just a party of big business and special interests, we are a party of people with values and principles that must be defended. ...Be not afraid. Remind Mr. Munger he has only one vote in the ballot box just like you and me. Sustain our platform as a conservative Republican platform. Thank you and God bless you all."

I can't end any better than that:

Be not afraid, and God bless you all!

Brian Brown

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

PS: Can you stand up for your values and principles today? Can you help fight for marriage by considering what you can give—whether it's $20 or $200? When you donate to NOM you make sure that your voice is heard.

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19 Comments

  1. Richard F Kelley
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Thank You for fighting for Marriage a foundational institution and tradition in our civilization. Life as we know it would not continue to foster God's plan in our world..We like the ada.

  2. M. Jones
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Brian, with the wonderful support of NOM we will take America back from pseudo marriage extremism and return it to our creator in 2012!

  3. Daughter of Eve
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Very cool. Will spread the word!

  4. CHRIS
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Defimation. Hmmm... I know a thing or two about defimation. Folks like you can try to turn this around but will ultimatley look ignorant. I do hope a few of you get fired over your views, god knows thousands of GLBT people have been fired, harrased, tormented, killed, or was push to suicide for thier point of views. It might not be the right attitude to have, but its how I feel. Another young boy took his own life do to harassment and as usual you people don't even talk about it. It makes me truly angree with christians, you people scream at the top of your lungs you love everyone even the ones you disagree with, yet nothing more than silence from your group. I'm sure the boys death means nothing to you people. Your organization is cruel your meassage is broader than marriage. You know it, and we know it. We will stand taller than you with allies that are stronger than you. We will not let your message oppress us much longer.

  5. MIkeS
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Just amazing. In the same post that you complain about Frank Turek being fired you praise your own efforts getting David ousted.

  6. catholicdad
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    " I do hope a few of you get fired over your views"

    Tolerance, marriage corruption movement style.

    Gotta hand these folks a solid, definitive defeat before they get in a position to practice more of their unique, Bolshevik brand of "tolerance" on our children.

  7. MIkeS
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    You want "tolerance" on our children? Than join the Hague in prosecuting the Pope and the Vatican for unspeakable crimes against children.

    Clean-up your own backyard.

  8. catholicdad
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    MikeS: We *are* cleaning up our own backyard.

    Homosexual pederasts have successfully infiltrated the Catholic priesthood, and now we are rooting them out.

    Another mess in our backyard is the marriage corruption movement, which would like to turn our schools over to homosexualist indoctrination even more extreme than that which devastated the Church.

    Marriage corruption will be subjected to multiple, large, and unforgettable defeats at the polls throughout 2012.

    Buckle up.

  9. j. fox
    Posted September 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Chris, we are doing all we can to help young adults choose the better and more healthy lifestyle join us in the effort.

  10. Mike Brooks
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Interesting to see CHRIS's admission that this is about differing "views," as opposed to immutable characteristics. And, of course, society has the right to limit bad behaviors.

  11. Barb
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    This demonstrates brilliant leadership at NOM. Count on my continued support.

  12. catholicdad
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Let us say that Turek said all the things you allege, Mr. McEwen.

    It is crucial to grasp that you believe his right to employment and freedom of speech are to be deprived, as a result.

    Which is exactly the point.

    The marriage corruption movement is a profoundly anti-democratic, as well as anti-Christian, assault on the liberty of every citizen.

    Which is merely one of the excellent reasons for opposing it resolutely, until it is entirely defeated, everywhere.

  13. Hawk
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    @ Chris
    "god knows thousands of GLBT people have been fired, harrased, tormented, killed, or was push to suicide for thier point of views"
    Maybe, I don't know for sure, but I do know that millions of Christian people have been fired, harrased, tormented, killed, or was push to suicide for thier point of views; and that hundreds of thousands have been murdered.

  14. Faye
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Right on, NOM ! Keep up the great work !

  15. Bryce K.
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Hawk, what does that have to do with the rights of gays?

  16. GZeus
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Turek was not fired. He was a consultant and they did not renew his contracts. For example, when my cell phone contract with AT&T expires, I have the option to renew. If I am happy with their services, I probably will. If I'm unhappy for whatever reason, I won't. Doesn't mean I fired AT&T.

    Whether you agree or not, as a private corporation, if they feel that a particular person is not representing their ideals or compatible with the corporation, they have every right to change that. NAACP probably won't hire a white supremacist either. NOM probably won’t hire Dan Savage, and I'm sure Victoria Secret's won't be hiring Maggie Gallagher because none are compatible with each “brand”.

    Lastly, this is not about free speech. The First Amendment states that the Government cannot go after you; it does not state anything about private corporations or citizens penalizing you for what you say. For example, if I say that the Governor is a low-life, tax-cheat, SOB, nothing will happen to me. But if I go into my boss's office and call him the same thing - believe me that claiming it was free speech will not help me one bit as I am fired and escorted out of the building.

  17. Al
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Deb makes a good point - can we get David Bahati as well?

  18. Little man
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    From an emotional comment: "Another young boy took his own life do [sic] to harassment and as usual you people don't even talk about it". We humans are indeed emotional beings, and there's nothing wrong with emotional comments. But it is an uninformed comment. NOMblog does discuss this issue, even with a video. Problem is that some people think a NOMblog post is going to answer all questions in one single post. That's not how a blog works. But the answers are in there.

  19. Posted September 29, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    I would just like to say that this is not a zero-sum game. I do not believe that any person should be fired for promoting gay marriage either.

    Building a better America should be a better America for all of us.