NOM's Ruth Institute Promotes Column Calling The ACLU "The Devil's Law Firm"
September 16, 2011 10:22 am ET by Carlos Maza
Last month, the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) Ruth Institute condemned the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for its "Don't Filter Me," an effort to end the censoring of pro-LGBT websites on public school computers. Pulling no punches, Ruth Institute contributor "Betsy" wrote:
I'm sorry, but wow. The ACLU is just evil. Filters violate kids' rights? Kids are kids. They don't have rights! They can't make informed decisions on their own. They need to be protected. Let's let 2nd graders have access to porn-it's their right to! Riiiiiiight.
The "Don't Filter Me" campaign has nothing to do with providing schoolchildren access to gay pornography. Many public school filters currently block access to pro-LGBT websites - like www.GLSEN.org and www.dayofsilence.org - while still allowing access to anti-gay websites, like NOM's. The ACLU's work is aimed at ensuring that vulnerable LGBT students aren't denied the ability to learn about supportive organizations and online communities.
None of this matters to NOM's Ruth Institute, which on Wednesday promoted a Washington Times column labeling the ACLU "the devil's law firm." According to the column, pro-LGBT websites are nothing more than "gateways to a world of temptation for vulnerable children unsure about their sexuality." In other words, allowing students to learn about the LGBT community on the Internet might tempt them into becoming gay.
NOM's opposition to the "Don't Filter Me" Project is just part of the organization's larger campaign against any and all anti-bullying initiatives. Last month, the Ruth Institute criticized the "It Gets Better" project for "aggressively promot[ing] deviant sex." It has promoted opposition to school diversity policies, the celebration of Harvey Milk day, and LGBT-inclusive school curricula.
Unsurprisingly, the word "marriage" doesn't show up a single time in the Ruth Institute's post. NOM may claim that its "battle is not with an orientation," but its war against "the devil's law firm" is likely to produce some serious collateral damage.