Sunday, November 18, 2012

NOM Continues It's Third Reich Style Campaign Against Gays

The National Organization for Marriage ("NOM") routinely claims that it's sole goal is to "protect marriage."  Like virtually everything that comes out of NOM, the claim is a lie - particularly as we see constant claims that gays seek to destroy western civilization and that gays are diseased or a threat to public health.  Where did NOM and its hate group allies find their format for propaganda?   It's not hard to find an infamous parallel: Adolph Hitler and the Nazi campaign against the Jews.  The Jews were frequently referred to in Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and Hitler had made plain his hated for them. References to the "filthy Jew" litter the book. In one section, Hitler wrote about how the Jews planned to "contaminate" the blood of pure Germans:

"The Jewish youth lies in wait for hours on end.......spying on the unsuspicious German girl he plans to seduce..........He wants to contaminate her blood and remove her from the bosom of her own people. The Jew hates the white race and wants to lower its cultural level so that the Jews might dominate."

Fast forward to 2012 and what does one find?  NOM and it's affiliate, the Ruth Institute arguing that homosexuality needs to carry a public health warning.  Then, of course there is the constant Christianist meme that gays are out to prey on children and "recruit them" to our diseased "lifestyle." Protecting marriage is just a smoke screen for NOM's larger agenda: demonize and stigmatize LGBT whenever and however possible.  Think Progress looks at this foul campaign.  Here are highlights:

The National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute is promoting the idea that being gay is as “harmful” as smoking. In a crosspost on its blog, the Ruth Institute asks, “How much worse do the risks of gay sex have to be before it rates the same public health warnings as smoking?” Here’s an excerpt from the full article:
Instead of discouraging homosexual behavior as smoking is discouraged, key elements of American society have been promoting homosexuality as a viable and safe option compared with heterosexuality. Gay organizations and gay influence in the government, the media, the mental health associations, academia, and the teachers’ union have all played significant roles in America’s normalization of homosexuality. All too often, gay political ideals have been given priority over the physical and mental health of sexually confused youth.  .  .  . 
 The dog whistle message of this comparison is that homosexuality is inherently disordered — that being gay is automatically going to cause disease. Certainly, the author’s use of “sexually confused youth” indicates that he does not believe gay identities are a natural part of human diversity, choosing instead to only focus on “homosexual behavior.”

Of course, the issue at stake is safe sex, which is a problem among all people who are sexually active, regardless of their sexual orientation. It’s ironic that groups like NOM (or infamously, Iowa’s The FAMiLY Leader) make these offensive comparisons as part a campaign against allowing same-sex couples to marry while simultaneously praising marriage for promoting family stability. If conservatives actually cared about the health of the LGBT community, they would advocate against the spread of HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections instead of advocating against the people who might contract them.

In the article itself, NOM's affiliate preaches about the dangers of "promoting" homosexuality as opposed to labeling it a public health danger:

The result has been increased sexually transmitted disease in young males identifying as gay and a significant increase in males identifying as gay. In 2010 the CDC estimated the percentage of MSM to be 4 percent of the United States male population (range: 2.8 to 5.3 percent).(10) In contrast, the 1993 Alan Guttmacher Institute study on male sexual behavior estimated the MSM population at 1.8 to 2.8 percent of the U.S. male population.(11) If the CDC figure is correct, these two figures suggest that the percentage of MSM to the American male population has doubled in the last twenty years.

Another CDC statistic stated that the incidence of HIV has increased dramatically in adolescent males and young men.  .  .  .  .  If America can actively promote non-smoking because of the health risks of smoking, shouldn’t America have programs to guide sexually confused male adolescents into heterosexuality?
Can't you feel the Christian "love" just oozing from these  "godly Christians"?  As for the "increase" in gays, maybe that has something to do with the striking down of sodomy laws that were used to terrorize and criminalize gays - much, of course, to the distress of folks like Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown. 

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