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NOM’s new project for ‘victims’ of imaginary gay intolerance spotlights liar Frank Turek

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The National Organization for Marriage has began a new project which it calls Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance. This project will spotlight folks who are the supposed victims of imaginary gay intolerance:


“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.“

In other words, this group will exploit controversies to create new religious right cause celebres who have been supposedly victimized because of their “morality” and push them hard on the American public before the truth comes out that these folks are not victims but individuals who think that their beliefs regarding homosexuality should shield them for normal consequences of acting like homophobic fools.

And first up in the MADA spotlight is a man called Frank Turek — Turek was consultant who lost several lucrative gigs because of his side work of denigrating the gay community. Take the following video with a grain of salt.

Turek makes himself sound like a pitiful victim. I am of the belief that private companies — who employ gays — have every right to pick and choose who they have as consultants. Some may disagree.

But what we cannot disagree with is the simple fact that Turek is being highly misleading. He makes it seem that his dismissals and inability to get gigs is due to his stance on gay marriage. But he omits the time when he:

said that gays and “radical Muslims are teaming up to destroy Western Civilization because they hate “Judeo-Christian natural law”

Or the time he compared homosexuality to alcoholism and pedophilia:

[B]eing born a certain way is irrelevant to what the law should be. Laws are concerned with behaviors not desires, and we all have desires we ought not act on. In fact, all of us were born with an “orientation” to bad behavior, but those desires don’t justify the behaviors. If you are born with a genetic predisposition to alcohol, does that mean you should be an alcoholic? If you have a genetic attraction to children does that mean you should be a pedophile? What homosexual activist would say that a genetic predisposition to anger justifies gay-bashing? (Don’t blame me—I was born with the anti-gay gene!) Certainly, those that oppose alcoholism, pedophilia and gay bashing are not “bigots”—they are wise.

Or the time he compared gays to sociopaths and gay bashers:

The question is why didn’t Turek – or NOM for that matter – mention his other comments on the video.

But the real fact of the matter is this – Turek has every right to speak his mind, but no company is bound to hire him, particularly if the company has LGBTQ employees.

Furthermore, if Turek had said the same awful comments about African-Americans or people of the Jewish faith, we would not be having this conversation.

Is Turek a victim of “gay intolerance?” No. He is a liar who tries to make himself out to be a victim. And he is a man who seems to think that he should be shielded from the normal consequences of being a homophobic bigot – i.e. ostracization from the job market.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. grr -.-

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:08pm
  2. Oh look, another insect to kill. :-)

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:13pm
  3. Yes, they are the victims. They suffer at the hands of those horrible gays that some are led to believe that suicide is the only way. We gotta do something about this, else wise those gays are going to force everybody to follow their lifestyle. Oh wait…

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:14pm
  4. ” 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”

    THAT is the great foundational truth of Genesis????

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:15pm
  5. Okay, so, it says that kids deserve a loving father and mother. But back then in the Biblical period, which many of these jerks base their arguments on (if you can even call them arguments…), the “loving father and mother” would give their daughter away in return for animals (marriage) and remember Isaac? Well, that “loving” father almost killed his son.
    Nitpicking certain passages isn’t right, people should remember the Bible through all of its parts, good AND bad.

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:25pm
  6. They’re letting themselves go badly. Can’t wait for NOM to die down, had enough to hear with them and other idiots running their pointless mouths.

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:26pm
  7. pardon me while I go and throw up……

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:43pm
  8. It’s good that we’ll have something like this, this is a potential way to show if there are any disagreeable things going on in the human rights movement, in no way do i agree with the crackpot religious right, but if they expose any non ethical behavior, there’s a benefit.

    Granted anything they release will be heavily biased and likely not trustworthy.

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:48pm
  9. even he acknowledges the reason behind not being an alcoholic is because it is destructive.
    The reason why this logic doesn’t apply to homosexuality, is because homosexuality is a mutual agreement between two parties, a child cannot consent, neither can an animal.
    And the logic behind having gay genes passed down from parents, think of down syndrome or sterility, these are genetic as well, yet we don’t chastise DS children because they’re different.

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:05pm
  10. The fact that the bible has bad parts eliminates the right to any claims of divine authority.

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:20pm
  11. Good grief….don’t they have anything better to do…

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:32pm
  12. What about the *real* victims of their bigotry and violence-inciting hatred? How is that not against the law?

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:20pm
  13. they are not getting their way, same sex marriage has passed in several states, so now they are TRYING to prtray THEMSELVES as VICTIMS!! they are really reaching now. Their ship is sinking, and they are TOO IGNORANT to notice!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:48pm
  14. I’m pretty sure there are no “victims” of whatever the fuck this shit is.

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 4:12pm
  15. I hurt myself bringing in groceries. You know how when you hurt bad and you ingure something else it makes that first pain less because the brain can’t register both. This guy really helped the pain.

    Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 4:27pm
  16. This is nothing more than the same old story from the fundamentalist set — project and lie. These people are so afraid of their own inborn sexuality that is AT ODDS WITH THEIR RELIGION, that they cannot help but HARASS, INTIMIDATE, BEAT AND MURDER US at the rate of one of us EVERY 9 DAYS in America.

    It is time for these people to reap what they sow. If they think they are being victimized now, just wait. We have some legal challenges in the court system now that are GOING TO FIGURATIVELY RAPE THEM and their religious non-sense. One cannot bring that crap into the court and expect anyone to take it as fact or evidence. WE WILL WIN IN THE END MY FRIENDS.

    Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 9:00am
  17. Fine, heres the deal. If I get one in my sights then I will do what the Army taught me to do with “The Enemy”. Get it religious right ? Its time for a Holy War, prepare to meet your maker.

    And yes, I am an incredibly violent bitch. My good christian society I live in fostered that attitude with all the hatred and discrimination. So as you sew, so shall you reap. Look it up, its in your holy book of mythos.

    Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 5:22pm
  18. The dogma that we are born “born with an ‘orientation’ to bad behavior” or so-called “original sin” is disgusting. It says that we are born sick and commanded to be well or face eternal damnation. It says that we must submit to eternal dictatorship and invites messianic death cults, such as those who believe that god is on their side and anything they do in his name, especially to those who are “oriented” to be sinful, is fine.

    It’s the philosophy that has allowed slavery, the subjugation of women, genital mutilation (e.g. female circumcision), genocide, murder, child molestation (after all, children are already born evil), and so many other horrendously and patently immoral.

    If you do not believe that religion is the enemy, then you do not know an enemy when you see one.

    Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012 at 7:49am