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NOM: Homosexuality Will “Hurt You Badly,” “End Your Life Prematurely”

August 17, 2011 3:43 pm ET by Carlos Maza

When the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) wants to demonize and smear LGBT people without being accused of being a hate group, it will sometimes allow other sources to do its dirty work.

Such was the case in an August 16 blog post, in which NOM promoted a column written by Mike Adams, a professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Right off the bat, the post contradicts NOM’s claim that its “battle is not with an orientation.”

In the part of his column quoted by NOM, Adams criticized his university’s LGBTQIA Office for distributing a list of gay-friendly churches to university students based on the churches’ “stance on homosexuality.”

According to Adams words, these churches are not necessarily campaigning for marriage equality or lobbying against the Defense of Marriage Act. The fact that they don’t view gay people as sinners worthy of condemnation is enough for inclusion on the LGBTQIA office’s list.

Why does NOM care that an LGBTQIA office is encouraging students to attend churches that won’t tell them they’re going to hell for being who they are?

As ridiculous as Adams’ complaint is, the rest of his column (which NOM did not include in its blog post but did link to) makes the author’s anti-LGBT animus more than clear. While listing the churches deemed “gay-friendly” by the LGBTQIA office, Adams can’t help but mock gay couples:

I think Church of the Servant is a pretty bad name for a gay-friendly church. What about Church of the Master? I mean, what if a gay couple is into all those games of dominance and submission? Shouldn’t a truly diverse congregation serve both the dominant and submissive partner?

It gets worse. At the end of his column, Adams lists what he sees as “the two most important truths about homosexuality”:

All kidding aside, the stupidity of this list of recommended churches should be self-evident – even to atheists who get gas when they see a cross near Ground Zero. Even they must admit that the University of North Carolina at Wilmington LGBTQIA Office would never be willing to take the time to come up with a list of churches for people who want to hear the two most important truths about homosexuality:

1) It is unequivocally sinful according to both the Old and New Testaments (remember St. Jude?), and 2) God wants you to avoid homosexuality because He loves you and He knows it will hurt you badly, not to mention end your life prematurely. That is why God gave you free will instead of a gay gene.

This is the kind of anti-LGBT rhetoric you’d expect from anti-gay hate groups like the Family Research Council and American Family Association.

It isn’t the kind of rhetoric that a group like NOM -- which claims to only be interested in ‘defending’ traditional marriage -- should be promoting on its website. As Good As You’s Jeremy Hooper wrote:

What does this have to do with marriage, you ask? "Nothing," I answer. Adams' article is 100% focused on theology and his objections to the simple idea that people can be both faithful and pro-LGBT. And as shown above: His article concludes in the driving idea that homosexuality is sinful, life-ending, and avoidable.

Last week, NOM’s Ruth Institute a promoted a blog post that called the “LGBT lifestyle” violent, promiscuous, drug-filled and disease-ridden.

At this point, NOM is practically begging to be added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-gay hate groups.


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