Chips Down? Use the Gays!
The Religious Right is concerned that the tide is turning the other way, so they’re looking to a familiar political scapegoat…the scary gay!
But get this one…they’re now saying that gay marriage would inhibit their freedom of expression! Whoa…
To revive some of the emotions around the issue, several organizers said they were taking up the argument that legal recognition of same-sex marriages would cramp the free expression of religious groups who consider such unions a sin ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬? an idea much discussed at the conference.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThat is an issue that wasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t around two years ago and one that is absolutely moving to the very forefront,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? said the Rev. Donald Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association, a conservative Christian broadcaster and advocacy group.
Although that idea may seem far-fetched to many liberal or secular-minded voters, legal scholars across the political spectrum agree that authorizing same-sex marriages could present legal questions for some religious groups. A Roman Catholic group in Massachusetts, for example, recently stopped offering children for adoption rather than provide them to gay couples.
But wait…that’s not all. Look at the campaign tactics that are being pushed on the faithful. Thankfully they seem to be rejecting them:
Even in this crowd of nearly 2,000 Christian conservative activists, some balked at one tactic recommended to turn out church voters. In a workshop, Connie Marshner, a veteran organizer, distributed a step-by-step guide that recommended obtaining church directories and posing as a nonpartisan pollster to ask people how they planned to vote.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHello, I am with ABC polls,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? a suggested script began.
Some attendees complained that the script seemed deceptive, Ms. Marshner said in an interview afterward. She said that such disguised calls were a common campaign tactic, that it was just a suggested script and that she never recommended answering a direct question with a lie.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, who played host to the conference, said he was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œupsetÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? to learn of her instructions and condemned any deception.