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Christie’s Ban On Ex-Gay Therapy ‘Strips Religious People Of Equal Rights’ Says Gallagher

by David Badash on August 21, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,Discrimination,News,Opinion,Politics,Religion

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Maggie Gallagher has demonstrated time and time again her poor decision-making abilities when it comes to aligning with organizations. While she got lucky as co-founder of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, she was unable to create a respected organization that functioned professionally. NOM is a bunch of religious-funded amateurs who have the integrity and attention span of a rabid dog. Their antics are embarrassing, ineffective, and the organization needs to be disbanded to save whomever (they have three main donors) is secretly funding them further embarrassment.

LOOK: Maggie Gallagher: Moral Gays Deserve The Right To ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy

Now, in her role as Chairman of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund — a group practically no one has ever heard of — Gallagher was forced to issue a “Major Correction” when a press release attacking New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s signing of a ban on so-called “ex-gay” therapy and the larger group of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) was issued under her name by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund.

Yesterday morning, Gallagher wrote at the National Review:

press release attributed to Maggie Gallagher was released by staff error yesterday without my knowledge or approval. These are not my words nor my sentiments. I will read the bill Chris Christie signed carefully before I issue any statement, if I do.

And now she has.

Governor Chris Christie‘s signing into law on Monday a ban on sexual orientation change efforts denies people of faith equal rights, Gallagher says today — but that’s only the start.

Gallagher applies Christie’s act — which protects minors from brutal antediluvian torture, including electroshock “therapy” on the victim’s genitals, made-up acts like violently beating a surrogate with a bat, groping one’s genitals or masturbating in front of a therapist,  and false “hope” of becoming heterosexual — into the larger story of so-called “religious freedom.”

Religious freedom is part of our First Amendment, but people like Gallagher and the radical religious right — with whom she is increasingly aligning — have bastardized the concept and use it as a bat to bludgeon people, figuratively, over the head when their particular form of madness is not supported by those sane enough to know better.

Gallagher says that Chris Christie “is willing to use government power to restrict liberty and strip religious people of equal rights to live as we choose.”

As much as Chris Christie is a politician who is happy to swing with the wind, who is happy to veto his own gun control legislation, who is happy to veto a same-sex marriage bill that passed both the New Jersey House and Senate, one that the majority of New Jersey voters wanted, Governor Chris Christie is now a governmental tyrant stripping the faithful of their religious rights, Gallagher says.

Give me a break.

Maggie Gallagher’s time has come and gone. She has become irrelevant in the culture war conversation. Which is as it should be.

I will offer her one note of respect. In my opinion, Gallagher left NOM when it became clear that the Board of Directors wanted to move in a hostile, racist, horribly vile direction. And once she left, they did.

But Gallagher’s false charges of religious liberty violation are laughable.

If they were valid, we’d still be able to stone people to death for working on the Sabbath — and get away with it.



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UncleRoger August 21, 2013 at 10:46 am

I'm sorry, but I suppose I should have read the actual law since I didn't know that it apparently stops people from choosing "ex-gay" nonsense for themselves. Clearly, if the law says "if you have ever had a homosexual thought in your entire life, then you must forever be gay and never, ever, even think about being straight" then, yeah, I'd say that's infringing on personal liberties.

If, on the other hand, it says "you can't force someone else, especially a minor, to undergo 'ex-gay' 'treatment'", then, yeah, that's not infringing on your personal liberties, it's preventing you from infringing on someone else's.

In other words, she's a numbnut.

BJLincoln August 21, 2013 at 11:30 am

The problem with the law is it addresses the Professional and not the Quacks. It's the religious quacks who are not the target and should be. People send their kids to "camps" run by religious nuts. The kids come out of it brainwashed and damaged from the "therapy". They are not having their right to harm kids taken at all.
Maggie was smart to leave when she did but she is still selling a load of crap.

sdfrenchie August 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

It would be great if somebody would ban this witch from speaking. She's an insult to the human race, as are every one of these bigots who, for no reason other than they want power over someone else, will continue to hate LGBT and hold us back in any way possible. Can there not be a law passed to ban hate speech and discriminatory practices nationwide? I've lived too long and gained to little from my U.S. citizenship to want to put up with their bullshit for another moment. I'd tell that lard ass to jump in the lake but, being the size of a barge, she'd float.

I apologize to any plus-sized people for what I just stated, but they piss me off so much that I just want to pummel them with insults. Their version of Christianity is so far removed from the real thing that it's an obvious joke and a ploy to have control over someone. And guess what! Because of previous laws banning discrimination on all other groups, we're the last ones they can legally torture with their special brand of bullshit. I never hated in my life until these renegade assholes started getting so loud and oppressive. I'll be goddamned if I'll go back in the closet to suit any one of them. And neither should anyone else. They're all nothing less than friggin' bullies that get some sort of thrill out of harassing others. And this bitch is among the worse of them.

MiddleGrounds August 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

So she IS saying that "gay conversion therapy" is a made up Christian thing! Ha! Foot in mouth there woman!

And she wants to talk about stripping people of their civil liberties, well, look at what she is doing!

Robroberts2013 August 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Maggie should be sued for crimes against humanity for her advocacy of gay torture (i.e. "conversion" therapy). Maggie is not a stupid woman; she got an Ivy League education. Does she know how to read and draw conclusions from science based studies that debunk the entire notion and validity of altering human sexual preference?

Just because she is incapable of earning a living being intellectualy honest doesn't absolve her of the consequences of her increasingly shrill, defamatory and animus-driven anti-gay rhetoric.

James_M_Martin August 23, 2013 at 12:05 am

Gallagher might be right, but if that's so, Christie did not go far enough. He should have stripped stupid people of their rights, too — starting with Gallagher.

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