National Organization for Marriage (NOM) head Brian Brown wants you to know two things this Easter. First, everyone persecutes him because he leads a hate group founded on religious bigotry. Second, he’s just like Christ, because… something.
In a post on the NOM blog, Brown whines about everyone finally abandoning their support for the group (and his paycheck) after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality and the world didn’t end. Brown writes about the biblical story of Christ’s triumphant return to Jerusalem shortly before the crowd turned on him and authorities ordered his crucifixion.
I can imagine how Jesus must have felt, having experienced on a far lesser scale a seeming seismic shift in public opinion (at least according to the media) in the object of much of my work, the preservation of marriage.
I can’t help but feel the parallels between what happened during Christ’s time on earth and some of our own experiences in recent times, including in the struggle to preserve, protect and promote marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
Brown might be surprised to learn that Jesus didn’t even mention LGBTQ people, let alone same-sex marriages, but he’s after pity (and donations), not analytical thinking. Than again, if actual logic were at the basis of his beliefs, he wouldn’t need a clutch of ancient writings from Jewish nomads to guide his morality.
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As it is, he can’t get the “Love thy neighbor” thing down even though it was his supposed-Savior’s only rule. Maybe we expect too much.
We’ve seen marriage be considered invincible one day, and then in a blink of an eye seen it redefined and defiled. We’ve seen the principle of traditional marriage be betrayed by people who swore to voters they would protect it. We’ve seen some people abandon the fight, whether out of fear or seeing many who remained vigilant punished and persecuted. And we’ve seen constitutionally-guaranteed rights such as the right to religious liberty be superseded by invented concepts that not only are not rights, they also are not right.
It can be disheartening at times, but we at NOM have not lost faith.”
Brown hasn’t lost his talent for grift and demagoguery though. Hallelujah!
He closes his missive with this:
May the joy and hope of Easter be with you. Thank you for all you’ve done for us, and for God’s institution of marriage.