Dear Friends of Marriage,
I thought you'd enjoy this New York Times profile of NOM's Chairman of the Board, Robby George. I know Robby, a modest man, would quibble with this characterization of him as the "reigning brains" of moral conservatism. But those of us privileged to know him can confirm: his brilliant intellect, his character, his grace under pressure, his willingness to work as a team player in defense of shared Judeo-Christian values, make him invaluable.
Thank God for Robby George! Read and enjoy and a merry merry Christmas to you,
National Organization for Marriage
The Conservative-Christian Big Thinker
The New York Times
December 16, 2009
On a September afternoon, about 60 prominent Christians assembled in the library of the Metropolitan Club on the east side of Central Park. It was a gathering of unusual diversity and power. Many in attendance were conservative evangelicals like the born-again Watergate felon Chuck Colson, who helped initiate the meeting. Metropolitan Jonah, the primate of the Orthodox Church in America, was there as well. And so were more than half a dozen of this country's most influential Roman Catholic bishops, including Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, Archbishop John Myers of Newark and Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia.
At the center of the event was Robert P. George, a Princeton University professor of jurisprudence and a Roman Catholic who is this country's most influential conservative Christian thinker. Dressed in his usual uniform of three-piece suit, New College, Oxford cuff links and rimless glasses, George convened the meeting with a note of thanks and a reminder of its purpose. Alarmed at the liberal takeover of Washington and an apparent leadership vacuum among the Christian right, the group had come together to warn the country's secular powers that the culture wars had not ended. As a starting point, George had drafted a 4,700-word manifesto that promised resistance to the point of civil disobedience against any legislation that might implicate their churches or charities in abortion, embryo-destructive research or same-sex marriage.