Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Modern Politics Is All About Wedges

That's not a quote from Deborah Greene, but she certainly knows the truth of it.

Revealed today by reporter Laura Leslie is an internal document from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) which speaks frankly of at least one of the political strategies being used in North Carolina to put civil rights discrimination into the North Carolina Constitution by way of Amendment 1:
"The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks – two Key Democratic constituencies,” says the report. 
“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," the report instructs. “No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party.”
In these mountains, the forces of blue-nosed repression don't need this particular wedge. All they need are the regular church-goers who'll believe what their preachers say and fall obediently into line to "save marriage," completely ignoring the philandering and divorce in their own ranks which have done a sight more to destroy marriage than the love and commitment between two people of the same sex.


road runner said...

Can anyone please connect the dots for me and explain exactly how gay marriage threatens marriage, or hurts anyone? I don't get it.

Deborah Greene said...


Churches are acutely aware of the divorce rate. They don't ignore it. Pastors are regularly reminding us that we must stay in God's word and prayer. God's word promises us adversity. And, He tells us how to cope. When it comes, the test is how we receive it and handle it. This article you post is an example of how the world is watching us and the necessity for us to do better.

I have personally found that with each attack on our marriage and family that it gets easier to recover because we are learning to rely on God for recovery and to focus on the purpose (notice I said learning).

God is working through this marriage amendment, whether it passes or not, to draw our attention to the current state of marriages and families. Yes. We obviously need to do better. Thank you for reminding us. And, it starts with protecting the sanctity of marriage and family. Ephesians tells us the relationship of a husband and wife is like the relationship of God and the church (the body): Christ's sacrificial love and the submission of the church.

None of us are without sin; only God is perfect. I am tested all of the time and I am the first to say that I fail miserably. I am a work in progress.


Anonymous said...

Thomas Jefferson said, "But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." I feel this is also true of same sex marriage. Think about it, Deborah.

And BTW, Deborah, you insist I honor and respect your religion. Why don't you respect mine? And quit trying to force your hatred and bigotry down our throats in the name of God.

Anonymous said...

God spoke to me today:

told me to be creative, love and love some more and stand against the tyranny of robber barons and those who would have our offspring muted in long-lasting ignorance; and to especially strike out against those who advocate breeding our children to be mental slaves, corrupting children's naive human spirits for profit.

Beware the dominionists, he whispered.

God said enough! Be gone witches brew, the devil is in you.

The antiChrist is among us and it's green and coffee colored, and living in a shoe-box empire eating fried chicken and ham biscuits in harmonious plastic round-table family atmospheres.

And the overlords, the devil's disciples, serve up pink slime by the window-full.

God, please whisper to them. "Change your ways!"

J.W. Williamson said...

I believe everyone by now is quite aware of how pious you are. You seem to want to argue your piety rather than the multitude of questions and problems and misgivings that people like me have with Amendment 1. The reader signing as "road runner" above asked the simplest of questions.

Not Really said...

People like DG are a big part of why I'm not a believer. Maybe they honestly don't realize they're doing it, but way too many "Christians" simply pick and choose quotes from the Bible and interpret that book to fit whatever their own world view is, or their own self-interest.

And whenever I hear a person speak as if he or she knows how or why God is doing anything I am just dumbfounded at the arrogance that implies. Maybe God is trying something with this amendment. Maybe he is trying to tell us something by having gay marriage legalized in many countries and states. Maybe he's unleashed Mitt Romney on us as some sort of punishment. Maybe he gave Pat Robertson cancer. When you start believing that you can interpret what God wants, what it really means is that you can believe anything you want, and use God's name to justify it. If I were a believer I think I'd call that blasphemy.

Anonymous said...

I can only surmise that Jerry is, once again, bringing up the same ole, stale, trite, worn out, and false argument that many hypocritical do-gooders and progressives have used for a century now.

They resort to using and abusing the ole reliable race card; the same ole cliche, the well used trick to try to keep southern and rural whites in line.

"You're a racist!, You are an evil, mean, bigoted racist when you don't agree with us wonderful open-minded progressives and Dems!"

Right, Jerry?

Independent Mom said...

I'd be glad to answer that question...road runner doesn't get it because gay marriage doesn't threaten anyone's marriage and doesn't hurt anyone.

Anonymous said...

I hope Obama and NAACP coming out against it will thwart this strategy somewhat, but I may be naive on that.

Anonagain said...

Amendment 1 has nothing to do with race. It DOES have something to do with people who want to "punish" gays for their alleged immorality. Ms. Greene should concentrate on her own life and beliefs and let us concentrate on ours.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to remember where in the Bible Jesus promoted passing laws to enforce his teachings.. Would someone please help me out and find the Book, Chap, and verse.

Road runner said...

I'm trying to remember where Jesus said anything about gays at all. Can anyone enlighten me?