Post submited by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The National Organization for Marriage is weighing in on the controversy surrounding ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson’s homophobic and racist rant in GQ magazine – and they’re accusing HRC and our allies of being “brutal bullies” for calling out Robertson’s crude, offensive and inaccurate remarks.

In an email fired off in the middle of the night, NOM proved once again that it’s an organization pivoting harder right than ever before, following more than a year of unprecedented losses in states across the country and at the U.S. Supreme Court. NOM defends Robertson’s explicit remarks:

Well guess what — homosexuality IS a sin in the bible, and virtually every other sacred text out there. Engaging in homosexual sex IS considered by God to be sinful according to the teachings of most religions. And sin is NOT logical. Sin is deceitful, harmful and degrading to the human soul.

NOM proceeds to launch an attack on HRC and our allies that demonstrates just how far out of the mainstream they have drifted (emphasis added):

But Christianity, and every other major religion, be damned in the eyes of the HRC, GLAAD and their allies. They will brook no objection, tolerate no dissent and accept no disagreement when it comes to their orthodoxy. In their twisted worldview, anyone who dares to speak the truth about homosexuality must be punished and effectively banished from civil society.

They are brutal bullies, plain and simple.

NOM President Brian Brown closes his email by asking: “Do we want to let groups like HRC that spew hateful rhetoric and incite bigotry towards Christians dictate what is and is not acceptable to say in the public square in America?”

Perhaps cooler heads than Brian Brown’s can prevail here for a moment. HRC has created an online action allowing folks to send a note to Phil Robertson, asking him to follow the Golden Rule of his faith – treating others the way he’d wish to be treated. And we partnered with our allies at the NAACP in a joint letter to point out why Robertson’s inaccurate remarks about African Americans and LGBT people needed to be corrected. None of this seems to rise to the level of “brutal bullying.”

But this tone from NOM is nothing new – they’ve been lashing out increasingly over the past few months as their organization sinks further into debt. Last month, they attacked the historic, bipartisan passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate as a “trojan horse,” with Brown crudely referring to transgender people by saying “Basically it means that if a man feels like being a woman, he is; but if he later decides he’s a man again, he’s that.”

As momentum for equality continues to grow, it’s unlikely NOM will stop its slide to toward extremism. But in the meantime, you can still send a thoughtful letter to Phil Robertson asking him to follow the Golden Rule by clicking here.

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