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NOM’s Brian Brown: Gay Marriage Activists Are ‘Attacking Our Children’



NOM’s latest fundraising enterprise, the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance, just emailed supporters, asking for money, claiming “We must debunk the myth that the same-sex marriage movement is about “live-and-let-live.” We cannot let them have a free pass when they’re attacking our CHILDREN” 

Damian Goddard, the fired anti-gay sportscaster that the National Organization For Marriage (NOM) hired last year as the spokesperson for Maggie Gallagher‘s pet project, the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance, today appears in a fundraising email and video attacking the vindicated teacher of a 14-year old Christian anti-gay bigot whose mother is suing her son’s school district to get the court to declare as unconstitutional the school’s sexual-orientation-specific anti-bullying policy.

NOM’s Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance (“brought to you by the National Organization for Marriage Education Fund,” i.e., how they play around with tax-exemption rules,) email, signed by NOM President Brian Brown, starts:

Dear Marriage Supporter,

He’s 14 years old and goes to Church with his parents.

And he was recently kicked out of class and threatened with suspension by his teacher. What did he do wrong?

He disagreed with his economics teacher over the morality of homosexual conduct.

Brown concludes,

We must debunk the myth that the same-sex marriage movement is about “live-and-let-live.” We cannot let them have a free pass when they’re attacking our CHILDREN.

Yes, that’s right. We’re attacking your children. When, in reality, it’s children who are taught to be anti-gay bullies by their anti-gay parents, who are attacking gay kids, LGBTQ kids, kids even perceived as LGBTQ, and us.

When is the last time you read a headline like, “15-Year Old Christian Student Dies By Suicide After Relentless Bullying By Gay Classmates”?

I’m glad you never have. Believe me, it would be terrible.

But don’t even try it Brian. It is you, and NOM, and other anti-gay hating organizations who contribute to, help create, and financially profit from an the environment responsible for the suicides and attempted suicides of thousands of LGBTQ kids each year.

Let’s look now at the video:

Goddard, in the video above, asks, “When does an ordinary, run-of-the-mill high school economics class go horribly wrong?” The answer is when it’s Spirit Day — not that Goddard or Gallagher would bother to mention this. The New Civil Rights Movement author Scott Rose — whose name appears prominently in Gallagher’s video — reported in December:

On Spirit Day, October 20, 2010, in Howell High School in Howell, Michigan, teacher Jay McDowell was teaching enlightened acceptance values towards LGBTers.

The topic fit very well with the special day and also with McDowell’s general class topic, Economics, as prejudice against LGBTers has negatively impacted them economically and moreover reduced their contributions to the economy generally.

In a well-publicized incident, student Daniel Glowacki was asked to leave the classroom because McDowell found that the student was creating a disturbance, which allegedly included his opining that, for theocratic reasons, gays are not acceptable.

Rose, who filed an official complaint against Glowacki’s attorneys, adds:

This lawsuit is stuffed full of appalling, gay-bashing, defamatory bigotry. It states, for example, that all homosexuals live a “destructive lifestyle.”

If you watch and listen closely to the highly-edited video filled with ominous music and pans ken Burns would be proud of (or, more likely, sickened by,) you’ll hear Daniel Glowacki and his mother, Sandra Glowacki, re-tell (and by re-tell, I mean, tell an interesting version devoid of many of the facts) the story.

In fact, Maggie’s video is ludicrous, and it doesn’t help that her little cardboard cut out figurines remind me somehow of those Taiwan animations of stupid American stories, like Charlie Sheen’s Plaza Hotel adultery and subsequent rage, or the TSA’s full body scanners and enhanced pat downs.

The video and its allegations are ludicrous. Even Sandra Glowacki says in this video that the teacher was exonerated. Daniel’s classmates have come out in defense of the teacher, Jay McDowell.

Apparently, the only ones who think the Glowackis have a case to complain about are NOM — who’s trying to make money off them — NOM’s spokesperson, who was fired after posting an anti-gay tweet, and the Glowacki’s attorneys.

I rest my case.

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‘Boldly Ignorant’ Ted Cruz Slammed by Retired NYPD Detective for His Suggestions to Protect Kids



Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show,” a retired NYPD detective expressed disgust with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over his attempts to dismiss the idea of new gun laws to protect children in schools and instead is insisting America needs to turn schools into fortresses.

In interviews and appearing at the NRA convention this weekend in Houston, Cruz has vociferously disregarded the easy availability of high-powered weapons and instead focused on a door that was left open at the elementary school where the shooting occurred.

After host Phang shared a clip of the Texas Republican making his case, she asked former law enforcement detective Marq Claxton his thoughts on what Cruz was proposing.

Calling the controversial senator “boldly ignorant,” he proceeded to rip Cruz’s proposal apart.

“Marq, I was a prosecutor for half my career, I never prosecuted somebody for leaving a door open. How absurd is this proposal by Ted Cruz that the solution is to make sure that we don’t have too many doors at our schools?” host Phang asked.

“Ted Cruz’s statements were boldly ignorant and dismissive of the clear obvious danger that is faced by so many people in society because of the prevalence of violence and gun violence in particular,” he replied. “It really shows just how so many political electeds lack the fortitude to move forward and do the right thing: save lives.”

“Instead of sloganeering, Mr. Cruz and his other elected colleagues really should be working on legislation that provides, or minimizes the risk of damage, and could quite possibly and probably save lives,” he continued. “That is some additional gun restrictions, some background checks, there are other things that are out there that will undoubtedly be effective and save lives, and prevent these gun violence deaths.”

Watch the segment below or at this link.


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‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting



Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”

“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”

Critics aren’t buying his claims.

Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.

“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.

“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.

“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.

Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”

Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”

Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.

“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up  $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.

Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:

And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”

“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then.  He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”

“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”


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‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns



The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.

Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”

That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”

“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.

“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”

Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.

“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.

“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”


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