Insinuating That LGBT People Aren’t American, NOM Begs For Money From Bigots

The night before the country celebrated its birth, one citizen felt that he should be the judge of who is a *REAL* American and who is not. Since the person in question is Brian Brown of the National Organization For Marriage, I bet you can guess who he adjudges as not being “real” Americans. And you’d be correct: it’s those awful LGBT people.

Wednesday night, Brown sent out a hateful fund-raising e-mail to his minions with the image above at the masthead. What do you think that implies? I’ll tell you what I think: Brown is saying that you can’t be both gay and American. On the eve of our most patriotic holiday, Brian Brown is sowing seeds of bigotry and discord among Americans. Because only the people who agree with him can be considered to really be American. Brown wrote:

“Tomorrow as we celebrate Independence Day, we’re reminded of how richly blessed America has been. We’re a republic founded on the principles of religious liberty, freedom and democracy, endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. We’re a nation where citizen rights come from God, not from government, and where the people are sovereign, not politicians or judges.

But those principles are under siege, by the culture, by our federal government and, increasingly, by the US Supreme Court. We need your help to fight to preserve America’s founding principles such as religious liberty which is greatly at risk wherever marriage is redefined.”

Don’t you hate it when bigots invoke the Founding Fathers as a support for their fear and intolerance? Because if Brown had done even a modicum of research (research? you elitists!) he would have read letters and documents from the likes of George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson that directly contradict Brown’s interpretation of what our government is based upon. Freedom is a gift from the Founders for all of us, not just for certain members of certain groups. That is exactly what our first settlers came over here to escape.

With his ignorance set firmly in place, Brown continues with some truly mind-boggling reaching:

“Our opponents blithely claim that religious liberty and same-sex ‘marriage’ can peacefully coexist, but experience shows that is not the case. Anybody who doesn’t abandon their faith principles and fully cooperate with the new gay marriage regime is likely to face consequences.

Unless we fight back, it will only get worse.For our opponents, “religious liberty” means nothing more than the freedom to hold a belief they consider to be bigoted within the four corners of the church, but never the right to act on such a belief in the public square.”

Oh noes! Their freedom to discriminate against people with which they disagree will be trampled! Let’s think, for a moment, how that would work. Every evangelical in the country would be forced to… what.. STFU and stop libeling fellow human beings? How awful! But I don’t see anyone arresting religious protestors. No, not a one. Even the abhorrent Westboro folks are protected, free to display their bigotry to all. And in the most inappropriate places and times. If they are still able to act on their beliefs, please show me where anyone else cannot. What you will not be allowed to do is force those beliefs into our laws. Keep your prejudice in your church.

In the 237 years America has been a sovereign nation, we have faced many waves of intolerance, bigotry and hate – all of which spring from fear, one of humanity’s most useless emotions. We gain nothing from giving in to fear and, further, we learn nothing from doing so. One of America’s worst traits is the fear-driven xenophobia displayed by many of our people. It is something which our Founding Fathers believed that we had, with our citizen-driven government, outgrown. Sadly, they were overly optimistic, not taking into account the immense capacity for fear and hatred of which human beings are capable.

As the mother of an LGBT daughter, I had to take two days to calm down enough to write a rebuttal to Brown’s ugly email. My first reaction was, as you might expect, a bit… um.. vehement. And loud. How dare that pompous, self-righteous biblethumper intimate that my daughter is not a real American? How dare he write off millions of Americans as not deserving of freedom because he doesn’t like how they live? Listen here, Mr. Brown, your religion is not the basis of this country’s government. Never was. Nobody cares what you believe – which is one of our Founding Father’s greatest gifts to us – but you may not thrust those beliefs upon other Americans. End of discussion.