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Everything We Fight for Is at Stake, NOM Marriage News, October 11, 2012

 

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University Attacks Free Speech

Dr. Angela McCaskill.

You may not know her name but you should. She is the first black deaf woman to be granted a PhD by Gallaudet University, a national university for deaf people.

Until a few days ago, she was Gallaudet's chief diversity officer.

You can see her discussing her job here:

 

But then someone complained about Dr. McCaskill.

Was it about her job performance? Did she make a mistake? Fail in a key duty? Treat someone wrongly?

No. The complaint against Dr. Angela McCaskill consists of one fact and one fact alone: she exercised her core civil rights by signing a petition to put the question of marriage on the ballot for the voters of Maryland.

That's it. But that in itself was enough for Gallaudet to relieve Dr. McCaskill of her responsibilities and to place her on paid leave while they "investigate" her!

This is a very sad day in America. African-American Christians, it seems to me, are paying a disproportionate price for exercising these core civil rights to speak, to vote, to donate and to organize on behalf of marriage and traditional views on sexuality. Consider these examples:

Crystal Dixon, an administrator at the University of Toledo, was fired after writing a letter (as a private citizen) to the editor of the Toledo Free Press. The letter respectfully opposed the notion of gay rights and explained God's plan for human beings. Activists later tried to keep a city from hiring her.

In New Jersey, a special education teacher, Viki Knox, wrote a message on her personal Facebook page criticizing the school's promotion of a "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month." Activist groups and others have demanded that she be fired, and have planned protests targeting her. The lawyer who began the attack on Knox said: "Hateful public comments from a teacher cannot be tolerated. She has a right to say it. But she does not have a right to keep her job after saying it."

This week The Star-Ledger reports that, under ongoing pressure and threats not only to her job but to her pension, Viki Knox has chosen to resign!

And in Michigan, Julea Ward, a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University, was dismissed from that school's counseling program after asking for permission to refer a client to another counselor because she was uncomfortable affirming that client's same-sex relationship.

But there's something especially chilling in this most recent case regarding the treatment of Dr. McCaskill, who simply exercised her civil right to sign a petition in favor of putting a certain question before her state's voters.

It would be shocking to the conscience if this happened anywhere. But here's another thing you may not know about Gallaudet: it's not a private university! It's a Congressionally chartered corporation, with a legal obligation to report each year to the Secretary of Education, who must approve any transfer or sale of real property owned by the university. Traditionally, the diplomas at Gallaudet are even signed by the President of the United States.

I hope Gallaudet University does the right thing. If not, I hope the President of the United States will make it clear that this injustice must stop. As a final failsafe, I hope Congress recognizes its responsibility to affirm how this behavior is unacceptable in a government-affiliated institution.

Let me make it clear that there is a principle at stake here as important as marriage itself: No American, whether he or she is for or against gay marriage, should be afraid to vote, to sign petitions, to donate or to speak—with civility of course!—in support of that position.

Even Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign manager, Josh Levin, says that Angela McCaskill "should be reinstated immediately."

I thank Mr. Levin for that, and I hope and pray that he's doing that out of conviction and not just because he knows that this story is a real problem for his goal of getting voters to approve gay marriage in Maryland—the record of gay rights activists is not very good in this regard.

Please join me in praying for Dr. McCaskill, and praying that justice be done in her case.

NOM's Frank Schubert: A Leader in Protecting Marriage

 

The New York Times has noticed the genius of our own Frank Schubert in an article entitled, "One Man Guides the Fight Against Gay Marriage."

Gay rights leaders despise Mr. Schubert, who has devoted himself to the issue in recent years, for what they call his misleading arguments. They have also learned to fear him for messages that are less openly harsh than those voiced by many other opponents of gay rights: a strategy aimed at reassuring the moderate voters who decide such elections that barring gays and lesbians from marriage does not make them bigots. [...]

"Everyone has a right to love who they choose," says an ad now running in Minnesota, "but nobody has a right to redefine marriage."

Telling voters they are not prejudiced if they vote against same-sex marriage is "diabolically smart and creative," said Fred Sainz, vice president for communications of the Human Rights Campaign, a national advocacy group for gay rights."

They despise us, but here's the thing—Frank Schubert doesn't despise anybody:

Mr. Schubert, who has a lesbian sister raising two children in a domestic partnership, says, "It's hurtful to know that many people think I dislike gays and lesbians and wish them harm."

He spoke during an interview here in Maryland's capital, where he was making last-minute tweaks to television ads and meeting with local organizers in what seems likely to be a close race.

Mr. Schubert expects to spend some $12.5 million over all, with one-third of the total provided by the National Organization for Marriage, the largest private group financing campaigns against same-sex marriage.

Of course, brilliant as Frank is and as indisputably valuable as his expertise has been in winning victory after victory for marriage in blue state after blue state, no one man is our guide.

God is the author of marriage, not man.

But God grants us talented men and women to do his work in every era, and we're very grateful that he's given us Frank Schubert!

Biden "Sold Out to the System"

Charlie Spiering of the Washington Examiner reports on a new video released in anticipation of tonight's Vice Presidential debate. I'm sure you won't want to miss this!

Grassroots organization Let Freedom Ring releases a new ad criticizing Vice President Joe Biden for failing to live up to his Catholic faith by supporting same-sex marriage.
The ad features Democrat Jo Ann Nardelli, the first Vice President of the Pennsylvania State Federation of Democratic Women.

Nardelli explains that although she supported Biden in 2008, she signals disappointment that he led the charge to support same-sex marriage.

"When I heard Vice President Biden speak about same-sex marriage and I knew the platform for President Obama was same-sex marriage. I know definitely that Mama Biden would not go with," she explains. "I as a devout Catholic could no longer uphold and stand for that platform. I had to stand up for my faith."

She adds, "Vice President Biden, I think he sold out to the system."

Here's the new ad:

 

And just a reminder, don't forget to follow election news like this at our new website, http://www.MarriageElection.com!

Don't Miss a Great Opportunity with NOM's "Million Dollar Match for Marriage"

Will you stand this week for God's vision for marriage by giving whatever you can to NOM's Million Dollar Match for Marriage?

A generous donor has agreed to triple whatever you give in the urgent next few weeks before the election! Can you give $1? It will become $3 for marriage. Give $10? You will have given marriage $30 for this fight. Has God given you the means to donate $100 or more? Imagine your $100 becoming $300, or your $500 becoming $1500!

Now is the time to take your stand for marriage, because you are the difference between victory and defeat. You can make victory happen, with God's grace!

Thanks to all of you who have responded to this key challenge. As I write, I can report some great news: we've already raised about $150,000 for marriage, toward our million-dollar goal. Because of you and your sacrificial giving, the marriage fight now has nearly half-a-million dollars more to win with!

We can't stop there. Will you pass this email on to a friend and ask if they have $10 for marriage this week?

If you haven't given yet, please won't you give right now when it means more than ever, with a historic victory within our grasp?

Look at the face of Dr. Angela McCaskill and all those Christians (and others of good faith) who have sacrificed so much standing for marriage—and please give what you can right now.

And I ask you again please to pray for marriage, for Frank Schubert, for Dr. McCaskill—and for God's continued blessings on our beloved country.

I will never stop fighting for you and for our shared values. And I will never stop being grateful to you for all you've made possible.

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16 Comments

  1. George
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Maryland Equity and several other LGBT groups have denounced the actions of Gallaudet. But if NOM were to let you know that, then your wild generalizations would be for not.

  2. Ash
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Brian is spot on when he notes how Black people are paying a heavy price for "gay rights"--a movement which, in a cruelly ironic fashion, milks the civil rights legacy of those same Black people. A Black woman with a historic accomplishment fired to soothe some gay people. And yet NOM is derided for legitimately trying to drive a wedge between two very different movements.

    @George, read the newsletter. Brian thanked the leader of the pro-ssm Maryland group for denouncing the actions taken against Dr. McCaskill! You need to be banned for trolling.

  3. Publius
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Re comment nr 1.

    A great many comments at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/10/angela-mccaskill-gallaudet-gay-marriage-petition_n_1955814.html and elsewhere show plenty of support in the liberal and LGBT communities for firing the diversity officer. The arguments are the ones we read here all the time denouncing the heterosexual definition of marriage as bigotry and labeling disagreement as hate. This is where such an arguments inevitably lead once the mob is ginned up. The genie will not so easily be put back in the bottle once the mob gets a taste for power.

    The liberals want to own the diversity police, and that means diversity of opinion will not be tolerated.

    Of course, keeping the number of lawsuits and firings down until after the revolution, er, election would be a useful strategy.

  4. Daughter of Eve
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Donated! :) Glad to know the value of my donation is tripled. Very cool.

  5. Posted October 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    George: your note is naive. If you truly believe that this action against this professor, or any action like it, has nothing to do with LGBT groups, then you have not grown up very much.

    This action is a direct expression of LGBT group-think. It may be an unintended expression of what the LGBT group-think wants in general, but it owes its source to LBGT group-think, and only to LBGT group-think.

  6. Preserve Marriage
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    " She has a right to say it. But she does not have a right to keep her job after saying it.' "

    This seems like same-sex "marriage" activists' MO. Go after their livelihood.

    Remember the University of Illinois Catholicism professor that was fired for teaching Catholicism, using the new "hate speech" law change homosexual special rights advocates got through (bought)?
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/09/university-illinois-instructor-fired-catholic-beliefs/

  7. Preserve Marriage
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Ash,

    The persecution wasn't to "soothe some gay people." These things are about revenge, intolerance, intimidation, and the assertion of the message that it's no longer tolerable to oppose what homosexual special rights advocates want. These people go for the jugular.

    I wonder -- when this happens in places where an authority figure agrees with the persecution -- why doesn't anybody ever go after *the persecutors*, after the smoke clears.

    For example, why did this end here:
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/fired-professor-reinstated-at-university-of-illinois/

    Nobody's questioning why the perpetrators of the reversed persecution aren't called on the carpet for what they've done.

    Will it be enough if Dr. McCaskill gets reinstated? Will that be a victory? I don't think so. The message has been sent, and the goal of intimidation has been accomplished, as others that become aware of the story are cowed.

    If you sign the petition something might happen to you. If you don't, you can focus on your life.

    For every instance of reversed persecution, there are others that stand, fly under the radar, or are disguised as something else.

  8. Zack
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    @Preserve

    "" She has a right to say it. But she does not have a right to keep her job after saying it.' ""

    That's how you know they don't support free speech.

  9. maggie gallagher
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    BTW, Brian did let you know that: Even Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign manager, Josh Levin, says that Angela McCaskill "should be reinstated immediately."

    I thank Mr. Levin for that, and I hope and pray that he's doing that out of conviction and not just because he knows that this story is a real problem for his goal of getting voters to approve gay marriage in Maryland—the record of gay rights activists is not very good in this regard.

  10. Gregor
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Maggie, cast aspersions on the gay spokesman even when he agrees w/ you. That seems to be the NOM way.

    I'm not sure how gay students are supposed to feel that McCaskill is in there pitching for them! Her action probably wasn't the smartest move in the world, but as I say, she could always use that old line about, "needing to place such an important issue before the voters" and claim that it's not necessarily even indicative of how she would actually vote.

    That would be the cagey way out. She apparently hasn't thought of that--either that or she fears that she'd still be pressured to articulate her actual views on marriage equality.

    As someone who's experienced different types of discrimination, McCaskill's actions may be less comprehensible to gay rights adcvocates than the anti-gay statements made by black clergy, say. Groups like NOM have met with some success in the "wedge driving" efforts w/ the African-American community. And people like Ann Coulter state baldly that there's only ONE group for whom the term "civil rights" should even be applied.

    A hearing impaired African American woman should be sensitive to the fact that various types of discrimination can and do exist. They may not all amount to "equal suffering," and each is unique in its way, but PARALLELS do exist. And just as I'm sure McCaskill would not want her rights as a hearing impaired person ("We don't hate them, but it's SO expesive to accomodate the handicapped") put up to popular vote, so too do her gay and lesbians fellow citizens deserve to have their rights protected from the whims of a potentially tyrannical majority.

  11. Gregor
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    BTW, is there any proof that this Frank Schubert is anything BUT a cynical hack? He's on the anti-gay payroll in a big way. But from everything I've read, NOM et al. are just clients to him. I doubt he's the saint some of you are making him out to be. It's all moolah to him.

    In any event, I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the Schubert family's Thanksgiving dinner.

  12. George
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    My post is about the LGBT community at large not just Levin opposing Gallaudet's actions. And as Julie Mark's post proves, NOM's intended provocation has worked. For the quick-to-judge, NOM fact checker, you were very quiet when NOM posted that chaplains will be required to perform SSMs on June 6. NOM has yet to correct that or retract that either.

  13. Daughter of Eve
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    So, Gregor & George, would you like us (we-the-people) to license & regulate your relationships based on your sexual attraction, or your sexual behavior?

  14. Gregor
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Uh, we're part of "we the people" too!

  15. Posted October 14, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    @Eve #4:

    Bingo.

    Me too :-)

  16. Posted October 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Gregor, please stop tap dancing and answer Eve's question, would you?