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Religious right group continues to use African-Americans as sad pawns

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When an organization has been discovered to be deliberately exploiting hostilities between the gay and black communities on the subject of marriage equality, will that group:

a. deny that the allegation is trueb. say that the allegation is true while apologizingc. claim that the discovery of the allegation is a plot while continuing to attempt to play the gay and black community like pawns, this time in a fundraising appeal.

The organization in question is the National Organization for Marriage, so you can guess the answer, And if you can't, the following photo posted on NOM's blog recently should give you a clue:

It's a big turn from what former NOM head Maggie Gallagher said recently during a debate at Washington and Lee University in Virginia against gay author Andrew Sullivan when talking about the confidential documents which outlined NOM's "divide-and-conquer" plans:

Gallagher insisted that while the language in the memos was inappropriate, NOM’s racial strategies were acceptable.

“What NOM has actually done is go across the country and reach across lines of race, party, and color and religion to work with people who believe marriage is the union of a husband and wife for a reason,” Gallagher said.  “I don’t think that’s a racist or unethical strategy at all.”

Gallagher also said she didn’t like the language in the memos because it suggested that minority leaders only opposed gay marriage because of NOMs efforts.

I think it’s disrespectful to the African and Hispanic leaders who have stood up because they oppose gay marriage in fights across the country,” Gallagher said. “For us to suggest that they are doing so as a result of being manipulated by white, suburban, Republican girls like me [is wrong].”

Don't let Gallagher's sad talking points fool you. The wording of the documents  were as follows:

“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies,” reads one document. “Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party. Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key to raising the costs of pushing gay marriage to its advocates and persuading the movement’s allies that advocates are unacceptably overreaching on this issue. Consider pushing a marriage amendment in Washington D.C.; Find attractive young black Democrats to challenge white gay marriage advocates electorally.”

Gallagher continues to play this paragraph off like a minor blip, an unfortunate choice of words. But it's much more. There are too many words in this paragraph for it to be looked upon as a minor blip. Those words outline a deliberate strategy.

And every time Gallagher opens her mouth in a sad attempts to soothe shock over this, she only makes it worse.  She claims that NOM's goal  was to "go across the country and reach across lines of race, party, and color and religion to work with people who believe marriage is the union of a husband and wife for a reason."

If that was truly the goal, then words or phrases which denotes "togetherness" and "unity" would have been in the document.

Instead, the document talked about "wedges" and "fanning hostility."

And speaking of "fanning hostility,"  there is this item:

On the post, NOM says the following:

Media elites seem to imagine NOM is responsible for the wedge between blacks and gays on the issue of gay marriage.

But the reality on the ground in North Carolina and so many other places is that black church leaders are bravely standing up for what they think is right. It is insulting for the elite media to imply they are NOM puppets, just like it would be arrogant for anyone at NOM to imagine we are responsible for this show of support.

It's a classic case of NOM trying to shift the blame. But trying to cite Wooden as an example of black pastors standing on their own to attack marriage equality contradict NOM's talking points.

You will remember that it was Wooden who said that:

gay men have so much sex that they require surgery and diapers,gay men use gerbils, baseball bats, and cell phones as sexual instruments.

NOM using Wooden only underscores the organization's tone deaf devotion to stopping marriage equality.

Seems to me that if you are trying to disprove the belief that you are playing divide and conquer games between the gay and black community, you don't dust off center stage for a black leader known for making outrageously offensive comments about the gay community.

Yes, it is true that the disagreement between the black and gay communities regarding marriage equality didn't start with NOM. But that's not the point.

The point is that NOM is attempting to exploit that disagreement.

Yes, it is insulting to think that African-American leaders are puppets of NOM.  But it isn't the so-called media elites who pushed this belief. It was NOM.

The so-called media elites didn't write those documents advancing the idea of driving a wedge between the black and gay community. NOM did.

And sadly, NOM continues to play that game.

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