Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MassResistance: Monday Morning Quarterbacking, with Hate

MassResistance, a Massachusetts based anti-LGBTQ hate group led by Brian Camenker came to the marriage equality battle in Rhode Island rather late in the game. Camenker's group was one of the founding members of the Faith Alliance, an association of Hispanic church leaders, right leading Evangelicals, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Knights of Columbus and the Providence Diocese that pooled resources to combat same-sex marriage.

I've pointed out before how desperate the anti-marriage equality crowd must have been to allow MassResistance into the club. As far as my research indicated, and I checked with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to be sure, the Catholic Church has never before teamed up with an out and out hate group in pursuit of a political objective. Even NOM avoided entangling themselves with MassResistance too much. Relations between NOM and MassResistance, as far as I can tell from the outside, seem cordial and mostly respectful, but NOM doesn't want to be seen as a hate group.

Today marriage equality is all but a certainty here in Rhode Island, with the House expected to pass the bill Thursday night (May 2nd) and Governor Lincoln Chafee expected to sign the bill at a special ceremony immediately afterwards. Camenker, writing on the MassResistance blog, ruminates about how the battle to prevent marriage equality was lost and how he feels that if only the opponents of the bill had  a chance to do it all over again, they could win.

Camenker blames the passage of marriage equality in Rhode Island on "the most sophisticated political homosexual operation of intimidation, fear, and propaganda aimed at politicians we've seen to date." This sounds pretty ominous, as though legislators received visits from mob-like leg breakers or manila envelopes full of photos showing their kids leaving school unprotected. In fact, Camenker's definition of intimidation and fear seems to include promising to run pro-equality candidates against those senators that oppose marriage equality. In most circles this is called running a political campaign.

The other side, notably NOM's Christopher Plante, promised the exact same thing when they went after Senator Algiere. Was this tantamount to using fear and intimidation? Heck, the Tea Party, of which Camenker is very fond, has virtually made this approach their primary tactic.

The aggressive tactics used by the groups fighting for marriage equality in Rhode Island were all standard political tools. Phone calls, house visits, emails, letters and public testimony are all peaceful, respected and proven methods of political discourse and propaganda. But Camenker portrays the effort as somehow sinister and unfair, saying, "It was like facing a buzz-saw."

Camenker has a habit of calling religious organizations he agrees with churches, and those he disagrees with "churches." Note his use of irony quotes. This is a way of diminishing the legitimacy of his cultural opponents. It goes without saying that the word "liberal" is used by Camenker as an insult, as in "every liberal organization and "church" in the state worked in unison to show their public support for the bill."

Camenker is so blinded by hate that he cannot see that someone might come to appreciate the rights of LGBTQ couples to live and marry as they will. Politicians don't come to moral or ethical judgements, they are politically coerced and their positions threatened, until they "fall into line" with the liberal homosexual agenda. Catholic legislators, who may have faced tough decisions balancing their religious beliefs with their obligations to a secular state, are said by Camenker to have been "wean[ed]… from their religious beliefs."

Media bias also played a part, writes Camenker, with the Providence Journal, a paper that in truth leans heavily to the right, being lumped in with the liberal media.

Then there's the money issue. Camenker laments the fact that the pro-marriage equality forces, notably the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) outspent the other side. "Someday," writes Camenker, lamenting the lack of funds his side received, "wealthy conservatives will wake up and see around them a total state-imposed homosexual indoctrination, and they'll wonder what happened."

In the section of Camenker's post labeled "NOM drops the ball" Camenker calls NOM "clueless and ineffective." He complains that for all the fundraising they do, NOM's supporters should have "gotten a lot more back." Noting that NOM's Rhode Island point man Christopher Plante was dealing with some medical issues that sidelined him, Camenker asked why the organization didn't send in any backup.

The easy answer to this is that NOM is more interested in fundraising so as to afford the giant salaries key figures like Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown than it is in wasting its money on actually fighting against the inevitable tide of gay marriage. NOM is a scam, soaking up money from bigots while all the while knowing that the fight is already over. Now it's just a matter of filling the retirement funds of its officers before they close up shop.

All the preceding is all just a preamble to Camenker's main point. The Faith Alliance lost the day because of NOM's poor messaging.

They needed more HATE.

That's not the word Camenker would use, of course. Camenker calls for stronger opposition to homosexuals and their lifestyle. He doesn't want to just defend marriage, he wants to stigmatize homosexuals:
...neither NOM nor anyone else offered any counter to the constant yet absurd refrain that so-called "marriage equality" was a "civil right," a matter of "equality," or part of the march of history. As a result, the homosexual activists were given a complete free pass on all that nonsense.

But most annoying was NOM's insistence on a watered-down "moderate" pro-family message. They supported homosexual civil unions as an alternative to gay marriage. They seemed to go to great lengths not to be "anti-gay" even though homosexuality is the basis of this whole thing. And they curiously supported the proposed bill for a state-wide vote on "gay marriage" as an alternative to this bill. Ultimately, when you have these positions, it's hard to justify any absolute opposition to "gay marriage" itself.
This echoes Camenker's comments to Brian Brown on a Tea Pert Unity phone call back in March where Camenker pushed for tougher anti-gay rhetoric in opposing marriage equality. "It’s concerning to a lot of people that the arguments being used in the various court cases concede that homosexual relationships are legitimate and not a perversion or what have you, we just don’t like them, and we wonder if there was more of a hard stance that they are not legitimate, that it is perverse, unnatural and what have you, that we might have some better success in some of the cases."

Camenker's MassResistance has made a career out of anti-LGBTQ hate. They published a small book entitled What same-sex "marriage"has done to Massachusetts that is filled with scary stories of homosexuals forcibly indoctrinating children into accepting the naturalness of the anti-Christian gay lifestyle. The fact that the book is filled with lies is besides the point. Every single Rhode Island legislator received a copy of Camenker's book, and speaker after speaker regurgitated these lies during the public testimony before the Rhode Island House and Senate.

Of course, everything Camenker believes about marriage equality and its passage this year in Rhode Island is wrong. It was hard work that won the day, based on a message of love, reason and compassion and in the end, no amount of hate can overcome that.

1 comment:

  1. I would say by now that Camenker's emotivism is on display for everyone to see and it isn't pretty.

    Yet he keeps bleating about it, while all of New England will now have full equality. I wonder how it feels to be so wrong.

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