NAME IN VAIN

NOM Uses Tyler Clementi’s Death To Illustrate How LGBT Community “Not The Best Thing” For Queer Youth

Roback Morse_JenniferIn 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 frjason clementi_tyler clementi 2om 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)

* Says the gay rights movement is “anti-human” and that “the job that religion does in most people’s lives , they are filling it up with Earth worship

* 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

Get Queerty Daily

Subscribe to Queerty for a daily dose of #glaad(gayandlesbianallianceagainstdefamation) #jennifermorse #nationalorganizationformarriage(nom) stories and more

26 Comments

  • Derek Williams

    I see, so it’s best for homosexuals to be forced to marry only heterosexuals. But what heterosexual woman in her right mind is ever going to agree to commit her life to marriage with a gay man who has neither romantic nor sexual interest in her?

  • Ogre Magi

    I am sooooooo sick of christians

  • RomanHans

    That’s like the KKK warning black people about lynch mobs.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    NOM should just take a page out of Fred Phelp’s book and go all “Westboro Baptist Cult” and protest funerals.

  • Little-Kiwi

    Isn’t it remarkable how these people are actually the ones responsible for the deaths of young people like Clementi?

    Make no mistake – Dharun Ravi actually had LESS to do with Clementi’s suicide than the grown-adult bigots of the American Right Wing.

    They are responsible for the perpetuation of cultural prejudice, bigotry and hatred. Top-tier bullying at its finest.

    NOM is disgusting. NOM’s Brian Brown has eight children. EIGHT. No way in hell they’re all heterosexual; the chances of them all being straight are so slim at to be non-existent. Maggie Gallagher, whose son she had out of wedlock…. what if he’s gay? Lord knows having a NOM-parent would lead you to feel you could never come out. After all, your parents are devoting their lives to hating gay people.

    These bigots have blood on their hands.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    There’s a scientific theory about hormones and such that says the more children you have, the greater the chances that towards the end of the brood, their will be some gays. Population control? Little-Kiwi may be onto something about that brown-spawn. What? Do they not have electricity at the brown house? No other form of entertainment besides fostering more little bigots for the world to adore? ew. No wonder he’s pulling such a large salary for himself from the donated hate-dollars. We could use a brown-out.

  • Aidan8

    @Ogre Magi: I’m with you…. so so so sick of the christofascists.

  • Derek Williams

    @Little-Kiwi: Did that, with reasoned, non-inflammatory post, and was blocked within minutes, post disappeared. Still a good idea, as they will be 24/7 deleting them and while they’re up, will still have to be read for the deletion decision to be made, during which time maybe a few pearls of wisdom will sink in.

  • gaymaniac

    This is the reason why Christians and most people of other faiths, will allways be our enemies. Christians don’t want to help, they want to convert.

  • timelord89

    What is she even talking about? The Catholic Church has at least the very shitty, but considering it’s previous position fairly progressive “Always Our Children” which is the teaching that the church must accept LGBTQ members of the Catholic church and not kick them out, because inherently being gay is not the sin, it is just the sexual act. I mean it is not that great, but considering that it is written in there that it is a grave sin to reject one’s children for being LGBTQ I think it is progress. What is this woman smoking?

  • hamoboy

    @Derek Williams: What I did was choose to report that page as hate speech discriminating against gender or sexual orientation. If enough people do that, there’s a chance something automated will come along and deactivate the page. Fingers and legs crossed.

  • Billysees

    @Ogre Magi: 2, 9, and 11

    I’m sick of many of them myself.

    And I’ve spent time with some of these hateful ones who themselves suffer from all kinds of issues affecting their own well being that I’m surprised that they don’t have more compassion and understanding towards others who also strive to live happily in this world.

    And then there’s the problem of these who speak evil of others to get and maintain the attention of those who support them.

    The love of money and what it’ll make people do is a great sadness.

  • D P

    By that same logic:

    George Sodini illustrates why heterosexuality is “not the best thing” for females;

    Aerobics is “not the best thing” for L.A. Fitness;

    Law-abiding citizens are “not the best thing” for the constitutional right to bear arms;

    [enter your own illustration of faulty logic here]

  • Cam

    Another thing to point out. She was invited to speak at a university!

    As for her comments. It’s like group opposed Rt women’s rights claiming that rape is happening as a result of women getting more rights.

    This woman is no doubt just another self hating closet case like pretty much all of these bigots who spend all their time thinking about gays seem to be.

  • Shannon1981

    Add me to the list of people who are sick of Christians. Their myths are dangerous, and rooted in antiquated ideas that have no place in our society today. Take this latest piece of offensive nonsense as Exhibit A.

  • Charles175

    The “Christians” so many here are referring to are the ones that with their mouths make a great noise publicly professing Christ yet in truth and in deeds, are so very far from Him. As Mahatama Gandhi said: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” In this, these are sheep in wolves clothing. These are doing the opposite of the core teachings of Christ. This is why I DO NOT call myself a “Christian”. Yet and at the same time, I do embrace and follow His teachings of Love, forgiveness, compassion and empathy. Remember that it was the same mindset coming from the religious leaders of His time that had Jesus killed. Just as these “Christians” do today, those back then also thought that they were doing the Will of God. In this there is nothing new under the sun.

  • Shannon1981

    @Charles175: I’ll never understand anyone, but particularly women (historically oppressed by Abrahamic religions), black people(forced into Christianity by slave masters), or gays(have second class citizen status thanks to Abrahamic faiths), following Christianity. I don’t give a damn if it is a liberal/progressive version. Following the religion that oppresses you sounds a whole lot like masochism to me.

    Further, you’ve no idea if it is true or not.

  • WayDifferent

    She’s absolutely right. However, “political gain” is also synonymous with financial gain in the gay “communities”. Gays are being patronized and preyed upon by their own – of all ages.

  • Eric Auerbach

    As terrible as NOM and the vermin that make its membership are, the fact of the matter is that Tyler Clementi’s mother has no moral authority to criticize anybody when it comes to homophobia. She’s the insensitive bitch who rejected her gay teenage son when he came out to her, and she’s the one who’s never accepted a shred of responsibility for what she did or for the role her actions may have played in her son’s suicide. She is a disgusting woman and needs to shut up.

  • Charles175

    @Shannon1981: Your reading into what I say in a way that prevents you from understanding anything of what I am actually saying. Just as the anger from the “religious right” prevents them from seeing the truth, frustration and anger on the “left” is having the same effect but equally from the opposite end. The “right” assumes I’m evil because I’m gay and the left (your belief) assumes that I’m a masochist. Truth can NEVER be found in political polarization. There is absolutely no wisdom on either extremes of these two apposing sides. As for religions (and proof of what I say is true) these are made by men and as such were and still are used to control the masses. Throughout human history, no greater blood has been shed then that of the blood shed in the name of religion. If you are still not understanding of what I say then you might be similar to them, consumed in blinding anger. I try to bring balance and reason here and you very much mistakenly believe that I’m a masochist. I am one that seeks truth amongst chaos.

  • Billysees

    @Charles175: 18 and 25

    I like what you’ve said here.

    You said, “The “Christians” so many here are referring to are the ones that with their mouths make a great noise publicly professing Christ yet in truth and in deeds, are so very far from Him.”

    The NT confirms that by stating roughly the same thing, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

    The word Christian is tainted today by too much anger, petty mindedness and lovelessness coming forth from its conservative adherents.

    Balance and reason are mature Christian values.

  • Shannon1981

    @Charles175: I am not reading into what you say. You are willfully following a belief system that persecutes you for the crime of simply existing. That makes no sense to me.

  • JayHobeSound

    Jennifer Morse, Maggie Gallagher, Bryan Fischer, and all the others running those pro-“family values” groups are con-artists. The groups rake in donations which provides lucrative incomes for the discredited azz clowns.

    Bring back the lions.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    That would be lion abuse! Does Listerine make a mouth wash for lions? Floss?

Comments are closed.