The Rise and Fall of the National Organization for Marriage

NOM ad star: Gays have ‘wicked agenda,’ equality is ‘destructive,’ Mormons are unsupportable

October 02, 2012, by Jeremy Hooper, Guest Contributor

One would think that his past comments about homosexuality being "a wicked, perverse lifestyle that destroys people," a "death style" that "causes the breakdown of the human body," a way of life that forces adult gay men "to wear a diaper or a butt plug just to be able to contain their bowels,” and something from which lesbian blogger Pam Spaulding can and should be freed as long as she finds a man "to rock her world in the name of the Lord" (to name just a few) would have led the National Organization For Marriage to think twice before choosing Pastor Patrick Wooden to star in its recent ad targeting African-American voters.  But no, despite his clear and demonstrable record, NOM still chose Wooden for its North Carolina radio spot.  So that being the case, let's now look at some new, very telling comments that the pastor has put on record.

These first three come from a letter than Wooden sent to a fellow pastor who was concerned about his participation in the NOM campaign.  As you can see, calling homosexuality "wicked" is quite the pet cause:

Letter from Wooden to fellow pastor part 1

Letter from Wooden to fellow pastor part 2

Letter from Wooden to fellow pastor part 3


Then there's this, from a local radio show, where Wooden positioned marriage equality as both "terrible" and "destrcutive for the public good":


But while those are great liabilities in terms of NOM's want and need to disconnect animus from its organization, this next one if perhaps more damaging to NOM's usage of Wooden in a swing state where they are hoping to elect endorsee Mitt Romney:

Letter from Wooden to fellow pastor part 4


So basically NOM, an organization that supposedly stands for religious freedom, chose an ad star who (a) outwardly rejects the candidate NOM has endorsed and (b) does so because he cannot stomach said candidate's religious beliefs.  If I were Mitt Romney and I had leant my signature to this group's agenda, I might question the wisdom of this same group selecting someone who questions my intelligence because of my faith.  

Then again, if I were Patrick Wooden, I'd probably question my own allegiance to a group that has vowed to divide Americans on the basis of race and sexual orientation.  With NOM, questions abound all around, from many different sides.