Via Michelle Malkin:
An advertisement in last Friday’s New York Times that defended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other Proposition 8 supporters was a disingenuous olive branch from a group of “culture warriors,” an activist group fired back this week.
Truth Wins Out, a New York nonprofit group, has taken out a full-page advertisement in Thursday’s Salt Lake Tribune to combat claims of “violence and intimidation” against same-sex marriage opponents.
Last week, the Washington-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty denounced incidents of vandalism at LDS churches and declared “No Mob Veto” in its ad. The advertisement was signed by a dozen religious leaders and activists.
“These anti-gay activists are crying wolf on the Proposition 8 protests, but they actually are a wolf in sheep’s clothing that preaches religious tolerance while practicing the most defamatory form of religious bigotry,” said Wayne Besen, executive director of Truth Wins Out.
…”There is a concerted and ongoing effort by anti-gay forces to portray peaceful marchers exercising their First Amendment rights as violent troublemakers,” said Besen. “We hope to set the record straight and refuse to let No Mob Veto get away with their blatant lies.”
Truth Wins Out’s ad:
TWO is attempting to make the case that it is misleading and disingenuous to
- support the Mormon Church’s right to oppose same sex marriage,
- condemn the tactics being used by the same-sex marriage mob, and
- hold the belief that the Mormon Church is something other than Christian.
What is actually misleading and disingenuous is to twist an argument over inappropriate violence toward any group (religious or otherwise) into one about religious agreement. By this criteria, all supporters of Prop 8 must also be supporters of the Mormon Church, and all opponents of the mob-like tactics employed by the Prop 8 opponents must also be supporters of the Mormon Church.
This is not logical. But it is emotional, and it will appeal to their audience.