Here is grotesque, unseemly, and exploitative statement from the National Organization for Marriage:

“Today’s attack is the clearest sign we’ve seen that labeling pro-marriaNOM Despicable: NOM Tries To Exploit FRC Shootingge groups as ‘hateful’ must end,” said Brian Brown, President of NOM. “The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the Family Research Council a ‘hate group’ for its pro-marriage views, and less than a day ago the Human Rights Campaign issued a statement calling FRC a ‘hate group’—they even specified that FRC hosts events in Washington, DC, where today’s attack took place.”

“NOM has always condemned all violence and vilification connected to our ongoing national debate about the meaning and definition of marriage,” Brown stated. “For too long national gay rights groups have intentionally marginalized and ostracized pro-marriage groups and individuals by labeling them as ‘hateful’ and ‘bigoted’ — such harmful and dangerous labels deserve no place in our civil society and NOM renews its call today for gay rights groups and the Southern Poverty Law Center to withdraw such incendiary rhetoric from a debate that involves millions of good Americans,” added Brown.

The fact is, the Southern Poverty Law Centers assessment of FRC is correct. The organization did not end up on the list because it simply opposes marriage equality. To get on the list an organization has to have an ongoing campaign of deceit, distortions, and wanton disregard for the facts directed at a group of people. If any organization wants to leave the hate list, they simply have to stop lying and twisting the truth, which apparently FRC and the other groups on the list are unwilling to do.

NOM is also a hate group in our view and must think our memories are rather short. Do they think we forgot ugly memo in March that revealed the organization had undertaken a sleazy and divisive campaign to drive a wedge between the LGBT community and other minorities? Here are a few excerpts:

. . by searching for these leaders across national boundaries we will assemble a community of next generation Latino leaders that Hispanics and other next generation elites in this country can aspire to be like. (As “ethnic rebels” such spokespeople will also have an appeal across racial lines, especially to young urbans in America).

. . . we will develop Spanish language radio and TV ads, as well as pamphlets, YouTube videos, and church handouts and popular songs. Our ultimate goal is to make opposition to gay marriage an identity marker, a badge of youth rebellion to conformist association to the bad side of “Anglo” culture.

The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies. 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. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of his party. Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key to raising the costs of pushing gay marriage to its advocates. . . find attractive young black Democrats to challenge white gay marriage advocates electorally.

Maggie and Brian, you are haters and you have a hell of a lot of nerve trying to exploit this horrible tragedy for political gain. We’d say “shame on you,” but people like you are so beyond shame that we won’t waste our breath.