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Why Did NOM Post The Video YouTube Won’t Let You See?

by David Badash on April 22, 2011

in Bigotry Watch,International,Marriage,News,Religion

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Video Of Group Tied To International Religious Neo-Fascist Para-Military Cult Accused Of Assassination Plot On Pope And Reagan

NOM, the National Organization for Marriage, Friday morning posted a blog entry, “The Video YouTube Won’t Let You See,” which consists mostly of a video — titled, “Pro-Homosexuals at Brown University Respond to Peaceful TFP Rally with Violence” — which depicts Brown University students reacting to an organization named TFP, which was holding a “traditional marriage” “rally” on the Brown campus. TFP — actually, TFP Student Action, a project of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property – is a chapter of “Tradition, Family, Property” (TFP), which has been described by the UN as “an ultramontane Catholic group, strongest in Brazil and Argentina, which among other things maintains that all Popes since John XXIII have come under Marxist influence.”

READ: “Yet Another New Poll Shows Majority Support For Same-Sex Marriage

The selectively-edited video (below) shows students arguing with members of TFP, ripping up and spitting on a leaflet, (reportedly, “10Reasons Why Homosexual “Marriage” is Harmful and Must be Opposed,”) and, in what seems to be the filmmaker’s greatest example of so-called “pro-homosexual violence,” one protestor running and ripping a TFP banner that reads, “God’s marriage = 1 man & 1 woman.”

If you watch the entire video (below), you’ll see members of the supposedly “peaceful TFP” wearing military-looking black uniforms with wide red sashes (neo-fascists, anyone?) and shouting, “A moral wrong can never be a civil right,” while later, brandishing what could appear to be a bayonet or weapon. Or could be used as one. So much for “peaceful.”

Look at TFP, with their military accouterments, their bagpipes, their drum, their banners, their black uniforms and red sashes, marching, militantly. What teenager wouldn’t feel threatened and accosted — especially if they knew the group’s background  – especially hearing their words of hate, especially on a peaceful Ivy League campus like Brown University in Rhode Island?

“The protestors stayed on the Green for approximately 15 minutes before moving to the sidewalk behind the Stephen Roberts ’62 Campus Center, said Paul Shanley, deputy chief of DPS [Department of Public Safety],” according to The Brown Daily Herald. “Shanley, who has been with the University for four years, said he has never seen anything like it. Most protests are associated with student groups, he said, but this group seemed “entirely independent.”

The Herald adds this:

“I’m really offended,” said Kerry McKittrick ’13, one of the first students to see the protest on the Green. “It’s essentially a hate rally.”

“The anti-gay marriage activists were a “very typical, cookie-cutter group,” Judy Park ’13 said. The protest’s approximately 15 members, were mostly white and entirely male.”

Of course, we have to ask, was NOM President Brian Brown at Brown University filming the video (it’s posted to a Vimeo account that bears his name and “”), and if it wasn’t Brown filming, who was, who edited it, and how did it come into NOM’s possession? How would Brown have known to be at Brown University, or, why would TFP have given the video to NOM? What is the connection? It’s not that NOM just embedded a YouTube video they found into their site. Wouldn’t someone have to upload it to their Vimeo account?


The Washington Post described TFP as an ‘all-male, extreme right-wing group with chapters in 13 countries… It was banned for its paramilitary activities in Venezuela, where it was implicated in 1984 in a plot to assassinate the Pope, a charge that the group denied.’”


Further, why would NOM want to associate with, or in any way promote an organization who has ties to (and/or was founded by) a group that is accused being a cult, and was accused of planning “to murder Pope John Paul II,” and to “conspire to assassinate President Ronald Reagan”? (See below.)

The video opens with Brown University students shouting at TFP members, “Two Four Six Eight, get your hate, out of our state.”

As you watch the video, you’ll see the anger, pain, and upset these college students have over the visit by TFP, proselytizing their agenda of hate in the streets of the Rhode Island institution’s campus.

Now, here’s what you really need to know.

First, this may be NOM’s most shameful attempt ever, especially as they claim they are working to support the family and the best interests of children.

READ: “New York Times: ‘Gay Marriage Opponents Now in Minority’

NOM is using college students to demonstrate the (false) point they increasingly seem to be trying to make, that gay activists are violent. But these are not “professional gay activists” (not that professional activists are violent either!), these are college kids upset that an organization (about which I’ll explain more in a moment) is militantly protesting on their campus, an organization not even based at Brown.

Seriously, as a parent, how would you like it if a shadowy group like NOM were using a video of your child at school (and a rather expensive school at that!) standing up for love and equality, and twisting it as evidence of “violence?”

These are not acts of “violence.” And even if they were, these are college kids, not “professional gay activists.” They are not paid by a “a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, giving it the flexibility to lobby and support marriage initiatives across the nation,” such as NOM.

Now, here’s the second part you need to know. Who is “TFP?”

According to their website,

TFP Student Action is a project of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property. Founded in 1973, the American TFP was formed to resist, in the realm of ideas, the liberal, socialist and communist trends of the times and proudly affirm the positive values of tradition, family and private property. The American TFP was inspired by the work of the Brazilian intellectual and man of action Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira.

What We Do

Networking with thousands of students and concerned parents, TFP Student Action defends traditional moral values on college campuses. Inspired by the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church, TFP volunteers are on the front lines of the culture war, working to restore the values of Christian civilization.

TFP activities are carried out by 75 full-time volunteers and have the support of 120,000 members nationwide. The director of TFP Student Action is John Ritchie.

Now, here’s what else you need to know about TFP.

According to the UN Refugee Agency, “[i]n a 1986 article, The Washington Post described TFP as an “all-male, extreme right-wing group with chapters in 13 countries” (15 May 1986). The Brazil-based organization was financed mainly by wealthy South American families and supported the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile (ibid.). It was banned for its paramilitary activities in Venezuela, where it was implicated in 1984 in a plot to assassinate the Pope, a charge that the group denied.”

Wikipedia says,

Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) is a Catholic religious sect with branches a number of countries. The TFP was founded by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira in Brazil in 1960, and he remained president of the Brazilian branch’s national council until his death in 1995.”

In October 1984 the Latin America Weekly Report described TFP as “an ultramontane Catholic group, strongest in Brazil and Argentina, which among other things maintains that all Popes since John XXIII have come under Marxist influence.”

The TFP branch in Venezuela was banned in 1984 when plans were discovered to murder Pope John Paul II during a visit to Venezuela. In addition, according to security reports, members of TFP had travelled to the United States to conspire to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.

Then there’s this:

The American TFP’s worldview is based on Corrêa de Oliveira’s 1959 study, Revolution and Counter-Revolution. According to the aims laid out in this book, TFP acts to oppose the anti-Christian process that has undermined Christian civilization since the 14th century, the “Revolution” of the study’s title. This “Revolution” has three phases which progressively undermine the Church and social order:

  1. The Protestant “Pseudo-Reformation” and its rejection of religious authority and inequality, in particular the Pope.
  2. The “Enlightenment” and the French Revolution and its rejection of temporal authority, in particular the King and nobility.
  3. The Communist Revolution and its rejection of economic inequality.

The final phases that follow (now taking place) seek to eradicate the Church and Christian civilization while applying more radical egalitarianism and implementing neo-paganism.

The American TFP promotes what it sees as the values of Christianity, and opposes liberal and egalitarian ideas, policies, and trends in both society as a whole and in the Catholic Church. In addition to supporting all official Catholic teaching, the group also argues for the need for authentic elites in society that raise, above all, the moral tone of general society, as witnessed by de Oliveira’s Nobility & Analogous Traditional Elites in the Allocutions of Pius XII. In this book, de Oliveira seeks to balance the notion of “preferential option for the poor” idea in some modern liberal Catholic social thinking, with support for the natural elite that exists in all societies, according to the teaching of Pius XII, that they may become the obligated class working for the good of society (Noblesse Oblige).

If the Revolution is disorder, the Counter-Revolution is the restoration of order. And by order we understand the peace of Christ in the reign of Christ. That is, Christian civilization, austere and hierarchical, fundamentally sacral, anti-egalitarian and anti-liberal.


If you read the poorly-written writeup at TFP’s site, you’ll see who truly frightening they are.

Clearly, NOM hasn’t done their homework. Again. But we have to ask, given how secretive NOM is about their backers, who are they really associating with?

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perezti April 22, 2011 at 6:58 pm

that was clearly a use of violence, not to mention immaturity by pro-gay students.

perezti April 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm

not to mention all of the political complaints against the group date from the 80's. Get over it.

In Shock April 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Disagreed with every comment made above by peretzi. The group itself, the anti-gay group, shows a psychic and implied violence in their actions, words and deeds. I see the article as truthful, the end. So "sorry" to disappoint, but at this juncture, simply siding with NOM in any way marks you as untruthful at worst and questionable at best. Word to the wise, stop supporting an organization that does nothing, day in and day out, hour after hour after hour of day after day after day, but lie, lie, lie, lie, lie. Pretty simple concept. Children could learn it.

FlexSF April 23, 2011 at 12:08 am

To be clear, anyone who uses their religion as an excuse to oppose legal marriage equality is not only a bigot, but they're a zealot too. I shall not be nice to a bigot. They deserve wicked scrutiny!

Rex April 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

Well… as far as classic zealotism goes, I'll hand that over to the Pro Homosexuals…HANDS DOWN! I don't care if they're motivated, "explicitly or not, by religion or lack there of. Just look at their faces. You would need to be both deaf and blind not to see that.

@BurningParamour April 23, 2011 at 11:34 am

This video made me cry. Like, a decent amount. I hadn't really expected that reaction from myself. I mean, really, the entirety of it was just making NOM/TFP look bad and not the other way around, especially with the ridiculous use of slo-mo and so forth. I just know that had to've been NOM's hand there. I'm not sure why it got such a rise out of me, though. Perhaps it was the It Gets Better vid I had watched some 20 minutes or so before finding this one.

You pro-NOM/TFP people are so deluded. How do you even do it? These poor kids are just trying to live their lives, you know? Do you know what all of this mud-slinging is doing to people? What's worse, you're doing it with no solid ground. Lies and self-righteousness. And the lot of you have so many skeletons that you've really no room to talk about 'morals'. We all know this isn't about morals, though, don't we? =]

This TFP nonsense had NO PLACE at a location like this. A school. That is, unless they're hoping to be the next WBC. In that case, GO FOR IT. Make your hate that much more obvious versus hiding behind a facade.

Anyways, it makes my heart feel a little better knowing that this video, along with recent happenings, is just another UTTERLY DESPERATE attempt by NOM to save face and further its AGENDA after losing Louis. We all know that you, NOM, ain't jack sh*t without him, and your new FB is testament to that. Agreed, hun? Pathetic.

Jack April 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Give me a break. This article states that a flagpole is a weapon.
I guess every Perkins restaurant is guilty of displaying an huge American flag fastened to a huge weapon. This argument is so silly. The piece is also full of unsubstantiated slander. Let me get this right: So, a pro-homo student spits in the face of a traditional marriage advocate and it's ok. Another rips their traditional marriage banner and it's ok. If it were the other way around — you would hear about it in every newspaper, but violence is "tolerance" as long as it is against the truth (God law and reality that marriage is only between a man and a woman).

sucklingserpents April 28, 2011 at 3:17 am

I'm pretty sure no one actually spit in this guy's face. People spit on PAMPHLETS that they'd thrown to the ground, and even then, it was just a few discrete incidents.

evolutionisfact April 24, 2011 at 6:45 am

Oh there's a GOOD reason why this catholic low life hate group decided to swoop down and parade their stupidity at Brown University! PROPAGANDA!! What better way to degrade the Gay Community than to show them as "intolerant" and "violent". Since day ONE nom has ALWAYS been an official HATE group! PERIOD!! there's a VERY good reason why these nom bastards don't want their donor list made public and no, it's not because their afraid of having their donors being intimidated!!! They're afraid of having it officially known that they're nothing more than a front group for catholic/mormon church sponsored neo nazis!! YES we all know WHO you are! YES, we've known it for quite some time! Stop trying to hide! Your chief neo nazi bigot pope in Rome is behind it as well as the Moron church in Utah. When "HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE" becomes law in Rhode Island and eventually the entire country you and all the other catholic/mor(m)on church going zombies can go slither back into the sewers of Rome from whence you came. The catholic church instituted a 1,500 year mental roadblock on human thinking and we will NEVER allow you to do it again!!! Like the dark ages it's time you finally faded into the musty old pages of human history never to return again. FINALMENTE!!!

musicexpert April 25, 2011 at 8:29 am

Shitty bag pipe playing.

Rex April 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

Agree entirely. And to the author of this poor reasoned article (slash smear attack on NOM, slash smear attack on TFP), yes Brown U is a very expensive Ivy League Higher Education institution, where, one might suppose, we can find some of our countries brightest and most intelligent students. The way these students reacted as a group is not even worthy of pre-school tactic. Where are their intelligent and well reasoned arguments? Where are their mental and civil discipline that one expects from such high caliber students.

I find it so curious you attach the word "hate" to the Pro-Family activist and nothing but "anger, pain and upset." How about adding HATE to that line of description. That seems to describe the situation doesn't it.

Red April 24, 2011 at 4:53 am

The 'homosexual movement' for one, should not and CANNOT be defined by one protest alone. You cannot claim it 'showed it's true and entire face' by this one thing. Because it's arrogance to think so.

Secondly, it's interesting you use the word 'intolerant'. Why should people 'tolerate' this kind of discriminatory behavior from a group of people who would willingly deny other people the right to be with the one they love?

Third… 'traditional marriage' by WHO'S standards? In ancient times, 'traditional' marriage was one man and however many wives he could afford. It could be two, three, four… King Solomon had hundreds of wives and numerous concubines. In Tibet, it's not unheard of for a woman to take more than one husband.

4… exactly what kind of public benefit does this organization provide? Do they help the poor and homeless? Do they raise funds for shelters and food banks? What about hospital volunteer work? Tutoring students in impoverished areas of the city? Do they devote their time to caring for those less fortunate than themselves and seek to make it better through aiding those in need?

If the answer is no, then WHAT kind of people can call themselves 'good Catholics' when they aren't even making the effort to help their fellow man?

Fabi May 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Good Catholics? They tried to murder the Pope and Ronald Regan….

David Badash April 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Interesting to see your brand of tolerance is against students verbally assaulted by hate speech, and you're in favor of an International Religious Neo-Fascist Para-Military Cult Accused Of Assassination Plot On the Pope And Reagan.

Good to know.

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