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Monday, September 07, 2009

Unintended anti-gay hilarity

Charlie Kaiser takes down a WaPo puff piece about Brian Brown, of the National Organization for Marriage, a piece which did include this too-good-to-be-true gem:
NOM's campaigns have had missteps... Million for Marriage, the organization's push to rally online activists around the country, was similarly unfortunate: Apparently no one at NOM had realized that 2M4M, the hip-sounding tag they'd chosen for the initiative, is also the abbreviation favored by gay couples looking for a threesome. (emph. added)
Kaiser concludes with a link to one of Colbert's funniest moments, ever:
The only truly useful thing Mr. Brown has ever done was to produce an anti-marriage equality ad that was so inane and offensive, it inspired Stephen Colbert’s single finest piece of satire of 2009. Watch it here.
Kaiser points out that a piece like this screams out for a good editor. I agree--some passages are so unquestioningly cheerleading that it's downright confusing:
Brown is confident that if people hear his message, they will believe it. "People already believe it," he says, "but the issue is so deep-seated that they've never had to create an argument for it. Now we have to give people the language to do that. Create talking points. Help them see."
Oh sorry, I copied that wrong. See those last two sentences? Here's how they really read in the article (note the placement of the quotation marks):
Brown is confident that if people hear his message, they will believe it. "People already believe it," he says, "but the issue is so deep-seated that they've never had to create an argument for it. Now we have to give people the language to do that." Create talking points. Help them see.
Either author Monica Hesse is a call-and-response parishioner in Brown's church, or a couple of editors need to drink more Tab.

Kaiser quotes this confusing paragraph:
"The racial bigot comparison is the most troubling part of the argument," Brown says. It's horrible, offensive, deliberately incendiary. He thinks it is "irrational," a word he uses often.
I know Hesse means that second sentence to be of a piece with the third--a description of his views, not a statement of fact--but it reads somewhat like the latter. Is this some accepted new style? Hesse and her editors seem to think it is:
It is irrational when the opposition points to polls suggesting that most young people support gay marriage.
...
It is irrational when people believe that the legalization of same-sex marriage is an inevitability...
He takes nothing personally. He means nothing personal. He is never accusatory or belittling. His arguments are based on his understandings of history, not on messages from God that gays caused Hurricane Katrina. In short: The institution of marriage has always been between a man and a woman. Yes, there have been homosexual relationships. But no society that he knows of, in the history of the world, has ever condoned same-sex marriage.
There are several hundred million Europeans who might suggest counterexamples.
As Kaiser points out, even this guy's wife is a bit confused and embarrassed by his zealotry. I get the feeling it's time to start the anti-gay-crusader-revealed-to-be-gay countdown.

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Anonymous Vegetarian Bodybuilding on Fri Oct 09, 09:04:00 PM:
Hilarious...shows how incompetent the anti-gay's arguments are..