Mythologizing The “Mob”

December 5, 2008

In today’s New York Times, a full-page ad appears for a group called No Mob Veto, which appears to have sprung up in response to what it claims to be “violence and intimidation being directed against the LDS or ‘Mormon’ church, and other religious organizations – and even against individual believers – simply because they supported Proposition 8 (the ban on same-sex marriage).”

Curiously, this ad cites not a single instance of such “violence and intimidation” actually taking place against the No Mob Veto supporters (and by the way, you can tell that this is some kind of orchestrated umbrage in an attempt to combat the groundswell against Proposition 8 partly because conservative commentators writing about it have suddenly tried to incorporate the keyword Mob into their copy in an attempt to drive up the “hit count” for the group’s site, which didn’t even show up when I tried to search for it – gotta hand it to the wingnuts; they seem to be getting the hang of that “Google” thingie.)

On the other hand, this Pandagon post provides ample evidence of Prop 8 supporters carrying out violence against those opposed to this ridiculous measure.

And in case you were wondering who is behind No Mob Veto, just chalk it up to the “usual suspects” in this “culture war” they keep stoking because they apparently have either too much time or money on their hands, or both, and have no desire to reach a constructive solution on anything; such people would include, but not be limited to, Bill Donahue, Marvin Olasky, Charles Colson, and Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson of something called The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty, which appears to be bankrolling this No Mob Veto outfit (in tandem with ravings such as those from Bill Orally and Baby Newton Leroy here).

For more from the reality based perspective on this issue, this post debunks the myth that Prop 8 passed primarily due to the support of African Americans who voted for Barack Obama on November 4th (I read somewhere that, if it had received no African American support at all, it would have barely passed anyway, but I cannot locate that link at the moment), and Hendrik Hertzberg of The New Yorker tells us here that former San Francisco 49er quarterback and Mormon congregant Steve Young opposed Prop 8, which showed courage to go against his own church.

And speaking of that, I know I’ve said for a little while now that I support civil unions but I am opposed to gay marriage. For what it’s worth, that is no longer my point of view. I support it if for no other reason that I can no longer stomach the antics of those who profess to speak for me on what is, among other things IMHO, a human rights issue.

Update: Kudos to Hertzberg for this.

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