The National Organization for Marriage has suffered one defeat after another as one federal court after another has struck don state bans on same sex marriage. Desperate to remain politically relevant - and more importantly to continue to fleece the ignorant and gullible - NOM has organized a so called "March for Marriage" in Washington, DC. Among the scheduled speakers is San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone who some call the father of Proposition 8. Cordileone has a history of vicious anti-gay activities and, candidly, his actions ought to be enough to have the IRS reevaluating the tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization give the archdiocese's political activities which violate the ban on non-profits attempting to influence legislation. Now, Nancy Pelosi, one of the most powerful Catholic politicians is urging Cordileone to stay clear of NOM's coven of hate merchants. Here are highlights from the San Francisco Chronicle:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the lead this week in a high-profile lobbying effort to pressure San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the controversial March for Marriage event, which she characterized as "venom masquerading as virtue."
Pelosi, who is one of the country's most powerful Catholic politicians, made a passionate appeal to the archbishop in a letter obtained by The Chronicle not to participate in the National Organization for Marriage's June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington.
Cordileone, who is one of the featured speakers at the event, was a leader in the campaign for Proposition 8, the 2008 California anti-gay-marriage initiative.
She urged him to abandon an event in which some of the participants show "disdain and hate towards LGBT persons."
The goal of the second annual March for Marriage is to draw thousands of supporters of what they call "traditional marriage" to walk from the U.S Capitol to the Supreme Court. Conservative former presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, as well as Cordileone, are being billed as the star speakers.
The San Francisco Democratic leader is the most influential in a parade of public figures who have come forward to protest the San Francisco archbishop's participation in an event that is also backed by the Family Research Council. Critics have called the organizers "hate groups" that are targeting gays and lesbians.
Cordileone has publicly defended next week's March for Marriage as "an important means to promote and defend marriage for the good of our culture, to pray for our federal and state governments, and to stand in solidarity with people of good will."
Last week, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, along with a host of Bay Area religious leaders, sent a joint letter to Cordileone.
As noted, it is long past time that the IRS begin revoking the tax exempt status of churches that seek to meddle in the civil laws and/or support GOP politicians. Cordileone needs to immediately receive an letter from the IRS indicated that the Service is commencing action to revoke the tax exempt status of the San Francisco Archdiocese and that Cordileone can expect a very large tax bill. For good measure, the City of San Francisco needs to hit up the Archdiocese with real estate tax bills and, better yet, commence tax sales of Church properties if the bills are not promptly paid. It is far past time that average Americans ceasing being forced to indirectly subsidize nasty organizations such as the Roman Catholic Church.