The National Organization for Marriage ceaselessly paints itself and its supporters as victims — alleging that advocates for marriage equality are trampling on their “religious freedom,” “silencing” them, and somehow “marginalizing” them. NOM president Brian Brown escalated this self-victimizing in an email/blog post yesterday by being more honest about the group’s Christian motivations and demonizing LGBT advocates with a healthy dose of Islamophobia. The teacher from Florida who was temporarily suspended for anti-gay comments he made on Facebook served as the figurehead for Brown’s near-declaration of holy war against same-sex couples:
Good news! The fatwa against Jerry Buell — a Florida schoolteacher who was suspended by a public school for posting on his Facebook page that he was repulsed by gay marriage in New York — has just failed! […] Jerry won a battle, but the jihad continues. […]
You and I have always fought together under the banner of truth. Together, truth and love will prevail, as Maggie says. Not Truth without the love of God and our neighbor in our hearts. Nor a Love which is afraid to speak truth for fear of being labeled a bigot or a hater by those who wield scorn and hatred as a weapon to suppress the truth and those who speak it. They win by making us afraid to speak and to act for marriage in the public square. They can only win if they can get us to accept and internalize the second-class status they propose for us. To accept our own marginalization, to be quiet, to stand down and keep our heads down. To live in fear, instead of acting, with courage, out of hope.They do not know us. They do not know the One whom we know.
While Brown may fear-monger about Muslims to target the LGBT community, the LGBT movement does not issue fatwas; the Iranian theocracy does that, and they regularly execute homosexuals. NOM is proving everyday that theirs is not a campaign merely opposing marriage equality, but a concerted effort to demonize LGBT people, and now apparently Muslims as well.