In the insane asylum that is the National Organization for Marriage, Jennifer Morse is like, a Level 6 nutjob.
At a February 17 speech, Morse, the head of NOM’s Ruth Institute, called the death of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi proof that LGBT people shouldn’t be supported or associate with one another.
Speaking with Catholic students from at Iowa State University, Morse was asked how they should respond to peers who identify as LGBT:
That kid Tyler Clementi who killed himself, who threw himself off the George Washington Bridge? Do you know this story? Okay, then I’m not going to tell it. There was a much older man in the picture. There’s usually more to the story, right?
And so I think friendship is what you have to offer. There are a lot of situations where people are doing something sexual that’s probably not the best thing for them and that would be better if they had somebody who would be friends with them without coming onto them or without judging them and that kind of stuff.
We get this idea that the gay-rights movement is very militant and they’re demanding this and pushing that, but when you really get down to it, a lot of the young people are quite confused and lonely and need help and support. And they’re getting help and support not from the Christian community, they’re getting help and support from the gay activists, who have their own thing that they’re doing—which is not necessarily to help the individuals, but some sort of political vision.
Joe and Jane Clementi, Tyler’s parents, are demanding an apology:
“To exploit our late son’s name to advance an anti-equality agenda is offensive and wrong. By doing so, the National Organization for Marriage prove that not only is there no low they will not sink to, to advance their cruel agenda—but that neither they nor Ms. Morse have any grip on reality. The very idea that Tyler’s tragedy happened because of too much support – instead of not enough – is ludicrous. Shame on them.”
Hmm, is this what NOM and other fringe groups mean when they say they’re only defending the sanctity of marriage and don’t bear any animus toward the LGBT community?
Here’s more of Morse’s greatest misses:
* At a recent Catholic Women’s Conference, she compared support for marriage equality to “making yourself feel good about doing something that is deeply wrong.”
* Morse told Lutheran Public Radio that acceptance of same-sex relationships can be compared to acceptance of incest.
* She has claimed that if marriage equality becomes legal, “Fathers will be marginalized. They will be considered non-essential.”
* Morse insists Catholics don’t really “accept the category of gayness,” despite clear polling evidence to the contrary.
* Has called marriage equality for same-sex couples “a hostile takeover of the whole civil society”
— Claims “everybody who reads Genesis—everybody, Protestant, Catholic, Jew, Mormon—supported Prop 8” (1:35-1:52)
* Has described same-sex marriage advocates as “enemies of the human body”
* Claims marriage-equality advocates are “at war with Mother Nature.”
* Said it’s a “breach of faith” for orphanages to place kids with gay parents