Desperation. National Organization for Marriage is ramping up its rhetoric by calling those who disagree with NOM supporters/anti-gay people and their views as “Un-American.” Brian Brown, who heads up this group, sent an email this week calling this new project a defense of “religious liberty and free speech rights from being trampled by the SSM lobby” and that their goal is to “create a community of Americans who adhere to the core Gospel value: ‘Be not afraid!’
With marriage equality victory in New York, the tone has become hateful. And hypocritical. National Organization for Marriage Facebook page kicks off anyone who displays too much opinion in support of marriage equality. Many of the comments reposted on this blog are taken DIRECTLY from the National Organization for Marriage page. Some are vulgar. Some incite violence. Yet, those that make those comments are rarely removed. NOM can dish it but cannot take criticism.
I find it absolutely ridiculous that NOM claims its supporters have been “bullied, threatened, even fired from their jobs.” Teen suicides are being talked about frequently in the news. New York politicians are being targeted (with the help of donation money) by NOM because they voted in favor of marriage equality. NOM is refusing to release public information about their donors (it’s illegal to not release this information). Teachers who make disgusting homophobic comments are being reprimanded, but supported by NOM. Yet, NOM plays the victim card – for itself and its supporters.
Let’s be fair here… Brian Brown, Maggie Gallagher are you going to protect my freedom of speech and privacy rights when NOM supporters are threatening me? Here’s Carmen Pereira, a NOM supporter, who specifically targeted me just after marriage equality was won in New York.
Carmen not only is bullying individuals who disagree with her but she also posted my employer’s information, address, and phone number.
Not all NOM supporters are like Carmen Pereira. But they’re still supporting NOM, which provides a forum and encouragement for this type of behavior.
In the end, my employer informed me that no call was ever received from Carmen Pereira. Yet, the threat was still there. In the United States, some states can fire you for your sexual orientation. My employer is a huge equality advocate. Even if Carmen did call, she would be told where she could take her complaint.