Maggie Gallagher should be championing religious expression ruling. But instead…

If there’s anyone who should be defending the Snyder v. Phelps ruling, it’s Maggie Gallagher. All the time, we hear her talk about the need for more and greater defense of religious freedom, even if those freedoms come at the expense of LGBT people’s desire to feel welcome. While “protecting marriage” is her stated cause, defending religious expression is at least in the sidecar.

Yet Maggie is not only standing in opposition — she is actually outraged by the majority 8-1 opinion, as authored by Chief Justice John Roberts:

Burials happen in public (we don’t actually let people bury their dead on their own property any more). But they are not public events.

These regulations designed to circumvent Fred Phelps’ evil and irrational plans, are not directed at the content of speech, they are reasonable time and place restrictions that any decent society should respect.

The Constitution is not a suicide pact.

The Supreme Court Just Went Off the Deep End [NOM Blog]

Some facts:

(A) The Phelps family was 1000+ feet away, on a public sidewalk. They were not at the burial.

(B) They did abide by all time and space restrictions placed upon them, as they always do. They actually worked with law enforcement, again, as they’re wont to do.

(C) Mr. Snyder didn’t even know of their messaging until after the fact — he learned about it from TV and WBC’s own website writings.

(D) While most all of us with their views, it’s undeniable that they were coming from their belief in God. Everything WBC says comes from their view of God. The fair public expression of that view is exactly what Maggie should be defending! This is what Maggie does defend, rhetorically, as it applies to other religious expression.

(E) No, the constitution is not a suicide pact. That is why we are protecting its most crucial and cherished demands, even when we are the most targeted by it (Westboro has directly targeted this site on a number of occasions).

(D) It’s pretty rich being educated on the Constitution by someone who was at the forefront of amending our nation’s most precious federal document so that it specifically targets gay citizens’ right to marry under civil law.

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*SEE ALSO: A great piece from Jim Burroway: The First Amendment Lives [BTB]




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Nu uh, Maggie Gallagher: You’re not gonna blame us for foreskin!

Really, Maggie? You’re seriously connecting the following independent push — which has been met with diverse support and opposition that transcends all political, religious, gender, etc. lines — to the modern civil marriage equality movement?

The next big idea out of San Francisco: ban circumcision.

That’s really the next big idea for liberals? No Jews allowed?

BY MAGGIE

After SSM: What Next? [NOM Blog]

So is this what we’re in for: Anything that happens from this point in time forward is all part of same-sex marriage’s supposed “slippery slope”? Every time a gnat farts out a wind that drifts too leftward, and I’m going to have to answer for the ring that proudly resides on my left hand? Really?

And ironically: This circumcision proposal is making use of California’s ballot initiative system, the very system that Prop 8 proponents like Maggie used for their own purposes. So if we were going to connect it to any prior thing (though we probably wouldn’t), wouldn’t it be most logical to look back on those other times that the CA ballot was used to fulfill a motivated group’s personal whims? We’re thinking so.




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Happy Valentine’s Day from Maggie Gallagher

201102141447To me, it’s amazing, given the array of forces pushing for gay marriage and the weak response of most conservative politicians, that the American people have stubbornly dug in their heels on this question: Are two men in a union a marriage?

The answer is “no,” and people really do know it. Marriage is the union of husband and wife — for a reason. Creating a world where people are treated like haters or bigots for standing for marriage is irrational, and people know that, too. An America in which Genesis is akin to racism is an America that will be unrecognizable. Ideas have consequences, and this idea cuts us off from our roots and makes the future much harder.”

-Maggie’s V-Day love letter to loving gay couples everywhere

Writing off my marriage as fake? Reducing the principled stands I take to defend my family down to an unfair name-calling campaign? Suggesting that gay activists want to liken Genesis to racism, when in fact the marriage equality movement actually just wants people’s personal theological views of Genesis to not be used as a basis to deny *CIVIL* marriage licenses?

Gosh, Maggie: Next year those chalky message hearts will do just fine, thank ya very much!

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*After our post went up, Maggie also posted the above snip to the NOM Blog, adding to it: “The idea that Genesis represents hatred is not only false, and wrong–it cuts America off from its roots in a new way.” Which, again, is extremely offensive to gays, in that it (a) uses personal faith as basis for rights denial, and (b) ascribes false name-calling to all of equality activism. But beyond that: It’s also downright offensive to LGBT people of faith, whose lives and loves Maggie essentially positions as excluded from God’s natural design.




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Watch: New RNC Chair Reince Priebus Promises NOM’s Maggie Gallagher That He’ll Keep Marriage from Gays

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Reince Priebus tells Maggie Gallagher that marriage is a "gift from God" and the sanctity of marriage should be protected from gays. He also tells her believes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is important and that activist judges should not redefine marriage.

Priebus clucks about how he has kept opposite marriage in place in Wisconsin and says he'd be committed to that as RNC chair.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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Evan Wolfson Vs. Maggie Gallagher

All this week the Economist is hosting a rather unusual online debate between Freedom To Marry’s Evan Wolfson and NOM’s Maggie Gallagher. Click over and join in.

(Tipped by JMG reader Mark)

Joe. My. God.

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Maggie Gallagher: Prop 8 Could Mean The End Of Marriage In The United States

This had to be emailed to me because NOM has blocked me from subscribing to their YouTube channel. WhatEVER for?

Joe. My. God.

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STFU, Maggie Gallagher

That Maggie Gallagher felt compelled to issue a statement denying that her anti-gay rhetoric had anything to do with the recent rash of suicides speaks for itself.

Joe.My.God has the homophobe Gallagher’s statement. I’m not going to post her vile venom. But, at Truth Wins Out, Evan Hurst translates Maggie’s message and offers some advice:

Shorter Maggie Gallagher: “That’s sad and all, but I’m going to keep spending my life trying to hurt those kids and their families, because I’m an entirely pigheaded individual who isn’t capable of ruminating over the consequences of my actions, and because I have very little connection with the real world, instead choosing to battle my own personal demons in the public square.”

In the future, Maggie: Don’t talk unless you can do it without pissing on fresh graves.

And, I will post Jeremy Hooper’s response:

But here’s the thing: It doesn’t matter what Maggie personally thinks about what will or will not resolve tragedies like the ones we’ve seen this week. It doesn’t matter how heartfelt her personal condolences may be. What matters is the body of her professional work with NOM and elsewhere, and the fallout that we gay folk all-too-well know can stem from these “culture war” activities! Because it is this bias cultivation that changes the molecules in the air. It’s this anti-civil rights work that puts heterosexism into everyone’s psyches. It’s this fear-fostering that foments a world where LGBT people are viewed as different, wrong, or in some extreme cases — unworthy of life.

The thing about loose lips: They can sink ships. So too, loose interpretations of who was and was not born into the right sexuality!

The reality is that none of us have ever grown up in a world where the full population is free to live as they were formed. A very big and undeniable reason for this is the far-right’s “culture war” against gay people’s lives and loves. A “culture war” that Maggie Gallagher has been a part of for decades now.




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Maggie Gallagher On Tyler Clementi

“The suicide of that teen was not only a tragedy it was a crime. The young people who violated laws out of mindless desire to bully or embarrass or whatever the heck kids do this stuff will be prosecuted and probably jailed, I hope. Nothing in the press accounts suggest the kids who did this were motivated by homophobia, and the cruelty of cyberbullying is causing teen suicides among those who are not gay, as well. I do not think the absence of gay marriage is the cause of these tragedies or its presence will resolve them. We can make this a symbol of all our other fights, or we can try to save all our kids, gay and straight, from this kind of ugly and mindless cruelty. My heart goes out to the family of the young man. God bless him and them.” – Maggie Gallagher, commenting on NOM’s blog.

Jeremy Hooper responds at Good As You: “It doesn’t matter what Maggie personally thinks about what will or will not resolve tragedies like the ones we’ve seen this week. It doesn’t matter how heartfelt her personal condolences may be. What matters is the body of her professional work with NOM and elsewhere, and the fallout that we gay folk all-too-well know can stem from these “culture war” activities! Because it is this bias cultivation that changes the molecules in the air. It’s this anti-civil rights work that puts heterosexism into everyone’s psyches. It’s this fear-fostering that foments a world where LGBT people are viewed as different, wrong, or in some extreme cases – unworthy of life.”

Joe. My. God.

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Catholic Gallagher ever more unabashed about her faith-based motivations

Maggie Gallagher’s every working day is built around denying same-sex couples of a CIVIL marriage. But that doesn’t stop her from building her entire house of cards atop a non-negotiably religious foundation:

Maggie-GallagherFor marriage, this is a unique moment. In a few short years the battle for marriage will either be won or lost. Catholics are the swing vote in the American democracy on this issue. We are called to brave the hatred and speak truth to power, to fight for marriage in the public square, by voting for candidates who will protect marriage from the courts and from political redefinition.

-Maggie Gallagher, writing for CatholicVote.org

No, Maggie — you might be called to apply your Catholic views to your own marriage. Your own family. Or to your own congregation, where the majority of congregants are presumably in willful attendance. But “the public square” is actually supposed to operate in a civil state that is free from personal theology, with our laws respectful to everyone’s religious views and freedom, but guided by constitutional fairness rather than confessional booth attendance!




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