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NOM’s 401k Plan Connected to Roman Catholic Organization Whose Head Calls Gays ‘Disordered’

This post comes from Jeremy Hooper, Good As You editor and NOM Exposed partner:

Over on the BrightScope site, there is a breakdown of a 401K plan set up by the National Organization For Marriage. The plan reports net 2011 assets of $121,533, which is interesting in its own right. But more interesting to me is the address associated with this particular plan.

The name and phone number are NOM's usual, but check out the addy:

Nomphilly
National Organization For Marriage, Inc 401k plan [BrightScope]

This is not a NOM locale we've seen before. When one searches this Philadelphia address, one learns that it belongs to a Catholic organization known as the International Institute for Culture. That connection is interesting in and of itself, since it further connects NOM to the Catholicism that we know drives their fight. But it turns out that the ties and connection to undeniable animus run even deeper.

You see, this IIC organization is run by one John Haas. According to its tax filings, this organization's financials are managed by Justin Haas, the son. Both are members of the same Haas family whose many members have worked for NOM in various capacities (e.g. Matthew Haas runs Syndicate Pictures, a firm that handles much of NOM's video work; Justin Haas serves as director of operations; other siblings have done administrative work; etc.). So it seems that someone is also handling NOM's 401k out of this same Haas family operation.

But then there's the connection to crystal clear animus. It turns out that the same John Haas who heads this Philadelpia organization where NOM's 401k plan is listed and whose family is inextricably linked to NOM has himself written all kinds of things that go well beyond the issue of marriage. Here he is, in an article for the Catholic Legatus organization (of which Brian Brown is also a member), denying gay people of our orientations:

There are many reasons why people suffer from SSA disorder. Some “discover” this tendency within them. Others grow into it through pursuits of pleasure or experimentation. Some use it to punish themselves or others. Whether the disorder has some Haas-240X300deep, unknown roots over which one has virtually no control, or whether it’s a developed disorder resulting from bad choices, it leaves an individual disposed toward activities and a lifestyle that are dangerous — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Fortunately there is hope for those who suffer from the disorder. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality reports that significant numbers of homosexual persons have undergone treatment and had their sexual drives properly ordered. These findings are a beacon of hope to those suffering from SSA, as well as for their family and friends who desire their happiness and good health. Finally, for those who for whatever reason cannot be cured, there is a support group known as Courage to help them live safe, moral, chaste lives. Those who continue to suffer from this disorder can find true help through an orientation toward their Savior and Redeemer, “the Orient from on High,” and the life that He offers them in Himself.

Sexual 'disorientation' [Legatus]

And in fact, from this very same building where the NOM 401k plan is apparently housed and administered, Mr Haas has conducted workshops on the Catholic view of human sexuality. Hint: That view doesn't provide much room for certain kinds of people.

So what does all this mean? Well, for one it's just more proof that NOM, the group that is trying to stifle civil rights for certain kinds of Americans, is operating from one chosen faith perspective and should really be called something that lays bear its unbreakably Catholic motivations. But more than just that, this is more proof of NOM's outreach to people and groups who quite literally want to "change" gay people and not just our ring fingers.

Look, NOM is free to host its retirement options wherever it please. But the NOM staffers depenent on this cash mustn't be surprised if these agenda-driven outreaches retire their operation much sooner than even we would've predicted.

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