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A Tale of Two NOM Press Releases

Right Wing Watch points out two press releases from the National Organization for Marriage that are a bit hard to reconcile. After his landslide reelection as governor of New Jersey, NOM immediately put out a press release congratulating him and praising him for his strong stand for traditional marriage:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today congratulated Governor Chris Christie on his reelection and harshly criticized the Republican Party’s national leadership for failing to adequately support Ken Cuccinelli, which they said is the primary reason for his narrow loss.

“NOM congratulates Chris Christie on his solid reelection win yesterday,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “While we have disagreed with some of his decisions in office, Christie has been a strong supporter of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

And here they were two weeks ago when Christie decided not to appeal the state supreme court’s ruling mandating same-sex marriage:

This past Monday was a sad day for New Jersey and the nation as we watched Governor Chris Christie surrender on marriage. His backing down also provides an important object lesson in leadership (or lack of it) and gives us a great opportunity to contrast what happened in New Jersey with what’s going on elsewhere: what happens when people fight for the truth of marriage…

Because of his failure of leadership, there’s now little chance in the short term to restore true marriage in the state. In fact, now that he’s abandoned the fight, it’s highly likely that next month the Legislature will override Christie’s earlier veto of legislation redefining marriage.

Christie’s decision will have many consequences — for New Jersey and for his own career. It won’t be long before people of faith in New Jersey begin to feel the consequences that have been demonstrated in other states. We’ll see individuals sued, fined and persecuted. Small businesses put out of business. Students punished. Church groups will be targeted. Charities may have to close if their views are not in alignment with a redefined version of marriage. These things, and more, are becoming commonplace in any state that redefines marriage.

Governor Christie can also forget any idea he might have had of securing the Republican nomination for president. Already provoking suspicion for his embrace of President Obama and for the legislation he signed to prohibit parents from seeking certain types of counseling for their children with same-sex attraction, Governor Christie surrendering on marriage will be seen as the final act of betrayal. Conservatives and people of faith who make up the core of the GOP will never forgive his failure to lead on marriage when leadership was needed most.

From “we will never forgive his betrayal of traditional marriage” to “congratulations to this staunch defender of traditional marriage” in only two weeks. We may have a new record.

Comments

  1. dobby says

    Christie’s stated view was that the voters should decide. This is a neutral view, not strong support for “traditional marriage”.

  2. Artor says

    We’ll see individuals sued, fined and persecuted. Small businesses put out of business. Students punished. Church groups will be targeted. Charities may have to close if their views are not in alignment with a redefined version of marriage. These things, and more, are becoming commonplace in any state that redefines marriage.

    [citation needed]

  3. dingojack says

    “We’ll see individuals sued, fined and persecuted. Small businesses put out of business. Students punished. Church groups will be targeted. Charities may have to close if their views are not in alignment with a redefined version of marriage…”.

    And dogs and cats living together……
    @@

    Dingo

  4. frankb says

    We’ll see individuals sued, fined and persecuted.

    Any government employee who fails to do their job can get sued, not just county clerks in charge of marriage certificates. Anyone can be fined for disturbing the peace, not just the ones who are disrupting a gay wedding. All an atheist or gay has to do is exist to persecute a christian.

    Small businesses put out of business.

    If a small business wants to severely limit its customer base and insult potential customers, that is the risk it faces.

    Students punished.

    When? Where? How? Remember that criticism may be answered with criticism. There is nothing wrong with that.

    Charities may have to close if their views are not in alignment with a redefined version of marriage.

    If an adoption agency offers its services to the public, it doesn’t get to define what the public is. When a religious institution offers a secular service it has to obey secular laws. Just look to Ireland’s Catholic orphanages for examples of what can go wrong.

    Church groups will be targeted

    Please define targeted. If you mean church groups will be criticized, that is what free speech is all about. You are free to criticize me and I am free to criticize you.

    Nothing to see here, move along.

  5. uzza says

    Critics argue that there is an Old Presstament vs New Presstament aspect to NOM that is disjointed and cannot be reconciled. They contend that the Old and New Presstaments are incompatible. They also complain that NOM has manipulated the Messianic prophecies found in the Old Presstament into phony symbolic references to Christie.

    There is no way to sugar coat a thoughtful response to this criticism. Critics who contend that they can pit the Presstaments against each other and claim that an Old Presstament vs New Presstament dynamic exists are intellectually lazy and are poor analysts of NOM’s writings.

    Critics claim that those verses that speak about Christie’s failures show one of many “garden variety” contradictions found in the old Presstament. But this isn’t a contradiction at all, particularly when you consider that the Old Presstament prophecies were but a symbol for their reality in Christie.

    It is true that NOM’s position is based on faith in Christie. It is also true that this faith requires believing that God sent Christie to govern New Jersey and defend marriage. However, I would contend that the Old Presstament makes no sense if you understand Christie as the singular purpose of Old Presstament Scripture. In fact, it is not true that Christians have to take a momentous leap and believe that Old Presstament symbolism finds its New Presstament reality in Christie.

    A close examination of Old Presstament symbols puts to rest the notion that these writings aren’t a coherent and cohesive record of NOM’s position.

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