Gay Wednesday III – The ‘thou shalt not bear false witness’ News

April 15, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Posted in LGBT | Leave a comment

Gay WednesdayThis is the first of three posts for Gay Wednesday, April 15th 2009:

  1. Gay Wednesday I – The Good News
  2. Gay Wednesday II – The Bad News
  3. Gay Wednesday III – The ‘thou shalt not bear false witness’ News

http://www.slapupsidethehead.comOn Wednesday April 8th the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) launched a disturbing video ad claiming that marriage equality threatens personal freedoms. Against a backdrop of a thundering storm a California doctor claims that she must choose between her faith and her job, a member of a New Jersey church group says they are being punished by the federal government, and a Massachusetts parent explains how she must stand by helplessly as the state teaches her son that gay marriage is OK. All three claims are false:

“What’s next for the National Organization for Marriage? Will they hire legendary infomercial pitchman Ron Popeil to hawk their phony agenda?” said Human Rights Campaign Spokesman Brad Luna. “This ad is full of outrageous falsehoods—and they don’t even come out of the mouths of real people.”

That’s right, apparently NOM couldn’t find any real people that are suffering from the horror of civil rights so they held auditions to find people to help them bear false witness against their gay and lesbian neighbours.

**Personal Note** As a former actor, I consider the performers in the ad to be just a reprehensible as the NOM. Being an actor doesn’t mean that you take any job that comes along. The products and causes that contain your likeness are supported by YOU.

For a long time I wondered, Why? I understand why someone(s) would want to use a wedge issue, but of all the possible things to argue aboot, why gay marriage. Why is there so much hair-splitting on that issue. John Aravosis @ AmericaBlog explains that “the anti-gay-marriage crowd is now not just targeting gays, they’re trying to undermine all civil rights laws affecting blacks, Latinos, and every other person covered by civil rights law.”

The website Good As You has put together an excellent response to NOM’s “gathering storm” ad, and elsewhere the parodies abound:

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