Friday, September 23, 2011

Maggie's New Gig: Supporting "Victims" Of Marriage Equality

One of the powerful and most often repeated memes of the opposition to marriage equality is the idea that gay citizens fighting for their rights are somehow victimizing people who want to oppress LGBTs.  NOM has tried to hide their donor list for years while repeating this line, insisting that by exposing who their supporters are they'll be left open to harassment and violence by "homofascists."  I'm of the opinion that they simply don't want that sort of transparency because something is fishy in their books, thus inventing this clever myth in order to protect their BS, but it's one the right has latched onto with fervor.

Continuing that myth, the newly-stepped-down former NOM chairwoman Maggie Gallagher has announced, just one day after her resignation, that she has a new project: heading up a support network for people who feel afraid or victimized due to LGBT activism:
If you have been threatened, harassed, or made to feel afraid because you believe in the great, foundational truth of Genesis –we are born male and female and called to come together in love to give children mothers and fathers—Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance is here to help you: you are not alone. 

We want to hear your story, connect you with others who share your deepest beliefs, with legal and other practical help, and with other Americans of good will, who (regardless of their views on marriage) want to put a stop to the shaming and the fearmongering of our fellow citizens. 
The goal of the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance is to create a supportive community for those who have been threatened for standing for marriage, to nip the climate of fear being created in the bud, to expose for fair-minded Americans on both sides of the debate the threats being made, to conduct high-quality qualitative and quantitative research documenting the extent of the harm, to develop legislative and community proposal to protect Americans right to engage in the core civil rights: to organize, to vote, to speak, to donate, and to write for marriage. 
Isolated and alone, we can be suppressed and intimidated. Together we are too many to be treated as second-class citizens.
This idea that conservative Christians are being treated as second-class citizens is insane.  I recommend to anyone that feels like this group speaks to them instead seek out psychiatric care.  Delusions of victimization are regularly characterized in paranoid disorders and can be treated.

1 comment:

  1. This feels about as much a parody of Marriage Equality, as Pfox does of Pflag. But both organisations are genuine and do not realise the irony.