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HRC’s Joe Solmonese Goes After The Mormon Church, So He Doesn’t Have To Go After Democrats

So listen. I’ve got no problem with anybody attacking the Mormon Church for its well-funded abuse of LGBT Americans. Because seriously, those church leaders are just terrible. But how come Human Rights Campaign chief Joe Solmonese has the time to deliver a press conference attacking LDS (that was him yesterday in Salt Lake City, delivering some 150,000 signatures on 800 pages calling on Boyd K. Packer to recant his comments), and the resources to go after groups like the National Organization for Marriage (with the website NOMExposed.org), but cannot find the balls to go after Democratic lawmakers — our supposed friends — for being unwilling to move the ball on things like ENDA? Or the president for continually letting soldiers be discharged and appealing DADT and DOMA rulings?

Solmonese is operating from the same ridiculous playbook as anyone backed into a corner: Attack an ideology instead of the actual problem. That’s what Scott Brown did in his fundraising attack on Rachel Maddow. It’s what Tony Perkins does in his attack on fighting LGBT bullying.

Rather than single out the Democrats Inc. lawmakers standing in the way of LGBT equality, Solmonese instead tugs at our emotions — all for the sake of drumming up publicity. And a donation. And you can be sure it’s just what HRC’s lead strategist David Smith wants. It’s easy to go after a guy like Packer when he says things about LGBT Americans we all agree are obviously irrational. And that’s where HRC’s brand of criticism always lands: easy targets.

Is the Mormon Church responsible for tens of thousands of gay Californians going without marriage equality? Yes, among other things. And its leaders and financial backers should be held accountable. But HRC is dumping its resources — your money — into assaults on other organizations that, like HRC, can only hope to influence legislators. Where’s all that energy when it comes to … going after legislators who need influencing?

“When [Boyd K. Packer] says things that are not true about LGBT people, we and our families suffer greatly and our lives are put at risk,” says Solmonese. That’s true. We also tend to suffer when we don’t have equal rights, Joe, so how about you find people responsible for that and hold a presser attacking them?

I would have no problem with HRC going after LDS if it did so in addition to to criticizing federal lawmakers. But Solmonese & Co. don’t do that, not when they have a “D” next to their names.