Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Maggie Gallagher's Past Statements Prove NOM Is All About Imposing It's Religious Views on All

Most of the time the mouth pieces for the National Organization for Marriage and professional Christians like Tony Perkins (and Victoria Cobb at the odious Family Foundation in Richmond) pose and posture as if they were acting as the protectors of religious liberty and/or constitutional principles. It's all a lie, of course, and from time to time these theocrats slip up and let their real motivations show. In other instances, their past statements come back to expose them and bit them in the ass (and Maggie Gallagher has one big ass to bit). Blogger friend Jeremy Hooper at Good As You has unearthed some of Ms. Gallagher's past statements that prove that her anti-gay marriage stance is ALL about forcing "Catholic marriage" on all. The statements also show just how Gallagher and NOM are when they talk about "the sin of contraception." The only religious freedom that these folks want is the right to impose their religious beliefs on EVERYONE regardless of others' faith or creeds. It's all about Maggie and those like her. Here are highlights from Jeremy's blog:
[W]e criticize National Organization For Marriage Chair Maggie Gallagher for refusing to acknowledge that her (and her organization's) fundamental reason for opposing CIVIL equality lies not in constitutional reads but rather in canonical law. . . . But it turns out that back in 2006, before Prop 8 brought so much attention to those who deny basic fairness and shined heightened scrutiny on the justifications these "culture warriors" use to carry out the ignoble civil rights mission, Maggie actually was being a little more honest about her motivations. And not just when it comes to marriage, but also to things like "the sin of contraception," as she lashed out against the overall "culture of death." Here are some snips and a link to M.G.'s full piece:
If the Catholic Church’s teachings are based on natural law, available to rational people of good will, how is it that the Church finds it so difficult to defend its vision of marriage. . . . This latest iteration of a culture of death represents an institutional attack on the capacity of the Catholic Church to transmit faith into the future.
This daunting question can be translated along operational lines: can we do a better job of transmitting a Catholic marriage culture to Catholics and their children?
Persuading people of the sin of contraception may be important, but it is even more important to persuade them that babies, families, sex, love, and marriage are good. IF MARRIAGE IS NATURAL, WHY IS DEFENDING IT SO HARD? TAKING UP THE CHALLENGE TO MARRIAGE IN THE PEWS AND THE PUBLIC SQUARE

Maggie, Brian, Robert George, Jennifer Roback Morse, the Haas family, Opus Fidelis, and everyone else at NOM have every right to use their Catholic beliefs against whatever "evils" they perceive in the world. However: THEY NEED TO OWN THEIR MOTIVATIONS! At this point, NOM is essentially like a Catholic variation on the Southern Baptist Convention: Working alongside others for the common fight, but nevertheless working from the foundation of their chosen, personal faith. But unlike SBC, NOM tries with all of its organizational might to hide their religious basis,
And that deceptive public positioning is unfair to this entire debate. Without Catholic motivation, there would be no NOM. Period. If we can have the fortitude to acknowledge this fact, then they, the believers who signed up to stand with their faith, should be able to do so as well.

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