That is how the Thomas More Society, describes itselfand they have sent a letter to the Illinois General Assembly opposing marriage equality.  Given the coordination among organizations associated with the Roman Catholic Church and the consultants that they hire, it is difficult to figure out where the talking points emanate from. In this case, they are using the same BS that Cardinal George used; They claim that people who think that marriage is limited to one man and one woman will be deemed bigots per se.

National Organization for Marriage has been using that bit of cognitive dissonance since 2008. In a back and forth with Brian Brown in 2009 I suggested that NOM cease acting like bigots which assures them that they won’t be considered bigots. That is probably too logical.

At the risk of repeating an earlier post today it is utter nonsense. Nobody really gives a crap about what others think regarding marriage equality. If you think I am unequal then the hell with you. I neither seek nor require your approval. If you work to keep me unequal then fuck you; you are a bigot. It’s a line that is reasonably bright     even for people who aren’t.

More’s second point is concern for religious liberty which is the Obama era catch-all for “we want to discriminate in public accommodations.” In point of fact, there is no meaningful change affecting public accommodations     there never really is. Moreover, if they were really concerned for religious liberty then they would have the sense not to push beyond the limits of the Establishment Clause which, by the way, is in the same constitutional amendment as freedom of religion.

Religious liberty is dependent upon an agnostic government!

Once again an organization seeks to obfuscate a religious objection by torturing logic and misstating fact to create what sounds like a reasonable secular problem. This was effective in California in 2008 and even in Maine in 2009.  At this point these talking points are only effective withing their own religious echo chamber (which also has impenetrable outer walls).

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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.