The theocrats are getting desperate.
Group sought wedge between blacks, gays to fight same-sex marriage
A national group opposed to same-sex marriage aimed to fight it by driving “a wedge between gays and blacks” and identifying “glamorous” Latino artists and athletes to advocate traditional marriage, according to newly released confidential memos.
In other words, those who always scream the loudest (and falsely) about liberals wanting to divide Americans along racial lines are actively trying to divide Americans along racial lines.
That “national group” is called the National Organization for Marriage and here is a couple of the memos:
The Latino vote in America is a key swing vote, and will be so even more so in the future because of demographic growth. Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values? We can interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity.
The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African-American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party.
As damaging as that stuff is, CNN reports what I consider to be the most damaging:
NOM argued “gay marriage is the tip of the spear, the weapon that will be and is being used to marginalize and repress Christianity and the Church.”
You see? Gay marriage is, and always has been, a religious issue for right-wingers. It features culturally fearful conservatives, drunk on Iron Age theology, who want to cram their anachronistic religious beliefs down the throats of an increasingly resistant public.
And we are lucky the zealots are at present only trying to drive metaphorical wedges between gays and blacks and Latinos. I suppose the Rack is not practical these days.