That has been my response to the continuous screeching of the Christian right or the idiot at the end of the bar about we evil gays. Back in 2009, Tony Perkins and the rest of the bigot brigade pretty much guaranteed us that the Matthew Shepard Act had a singular and sinister purpose which was to imprison Christian clergy who preached “the truth about homosexuality.” So, where are all those locked up pastors? Did Justice ship them off to Gitmo? I cannot find them.

There are other questions we could ask. Representatives of the people (Bachmann, Louis Goehmert, Virginia Foxx, Jim DeMint and the usual suspects) where calling the same piece of legislation the “pedophile protection act.” Where are all the protected pedophiles?

Since then the same people predicted that the world would come to an end if gays could serve openly in the military. That particular slippery slope was steep, coated in Teflon and lubricated with Quaker State’s finest. What? None of that happened either? Shocking.

Similarly, more than three years have passed since National Organization for Marriage launched Gathering Storm with the line “my freedom will be taken away.” Since then the District of Columbia, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York have legalized same-sex marriage. Exactly who has lost their freedom in the process?

This is nothing new. 32 years before NOM gathered up mediocre actors and astonishingly fake lightning bolts, Anita Bryant claimed that the gay was contagious; A theme that continues to be echoed throughout the right wingosphere:

What these people really want, hidden behind obscure legal phrases, is
the legal right to propose to our children that theirs is an acceptable
alternate way of life.

Indeed, for nearly a half century, the Christian right has been promising dire consequences and various forms of retribution for providing LGBT Americans with the slightest measure of dignity. Who can forget that, in 1988, Pat Robertson predicted that Gay Days at Disney World would bring
“terrorist bombs … earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a comet strike?”

Needless to say, none of this ever happens. Furthermore, the two gay guys down the block are pretty harmless. It is Jerry Sandusky who wants to get into little Tommy’s pants and  Sandusky’s not gay; He is a married man in the testosterone charged environment of collegiate football and he has six kids. As a Mormon columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune wrote a few years ago, about the worst thing that can happen from gays marrying is that some of my friends might register someplace too pricey.

Rest assured that NOM’s point man, Frank Schubert, will be campaigning in Maine shortly with the scare line that “gay marriage will be taught in schools.” If Schubert and the rest of the God Squad were a bit more talented, they could possibly rise to the level of creating cognitive dissonance. Gathering Storm is about as creative as these cretins get. Nevertheless, they continue to do it and people continue to listen.

One of the reasons that they persist is that they know that they can. Aside from having an incurious constituency, they are not held accountable for their spectacularly spastic predictions. Even Thomas Roberts interviewing Brian Brown (which he has done several times) doesn’t ask specifically, what have been the consequences of marriage equality in New York since the law took effect in July of 2011? They don’t ask     and we don’t remind them to ask     about NOM’s own witness in the Prop 8 trial, David Blankenhorn.

NOM’s attorneys promised, in their opening statements, that Blankenhorn would articulate why gay marriage was such a bad idea. After roughly eight hours of testimony, Blankenhorn conceded numerous arguments advanced by the plaintiffs and he he conceded that marriage equality would reduce the divorce rate and make us a fairer society. He also admitted that he had no scientific evidence to support any of the negative consequences that he claimed were associated with marriage equality. Again, this was NOM’s own “expert.”

What Brown and Maggie Gallagher want to talk about is the same half dozen nonsensical “examples” that they have been talking about since Gathering Storm and not one of them has anything to do with gays getting hitched. They do it because we allow it. That’s right. At least one thing really is our fault and that is our inability to guide the conversation.

This November we have referenda in Maine, Maryland and Washington. The dialog is either going to be controlled by Frank Schubert or by us. If it is Schubert, we lose     again. There is a saying among quality-management consultants. I have repeated it to senior managers countless times:

There are only two reasons that people don’t make necessary changes;

  1. Either they are unaware of their problem or;
  2. They are not sufficiently disturbed to take action to correct it. 

We have a problem.

 … to be continued.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.