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Brian Brown After Dan Savage Dinner: 'Power Is Being Exercised By A Minority'

Brian-brown-angryBrian Brown is not a very gracious guest. Following his much-publicized dinner with Dan Savage and husband Terry Miller at their home, the National Organization for Marriage president took to the internet to claim that Savage and other "sexual minorities" are wielding too much power against the Bible's wishes.

He also offers a convoluted theory on why the Bible cannot be used to justify slavery, but can be used against LGBT people.

Here is a snippet, via ThinkProgress:

Christian teaching and practice was never rooted in racism, but in the radical equality of all people and peoples before God. The American South, under slavery, was the exception to the rule—which is one reason why, when challenged, the belief that Christianity can justify not only slavery but also racism, failed abjectly and is now a dead idea. That was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s great triumph.

But sexual morality and marriage are quite different. Here we have the broad consistent sweep of the authoritative teaching of Christ and the Christian church he founded, recorded in the Bible, and in Christian teaching and practice across the centuries. Here we have something core to the Christian faith, and as I told Dan Savage, it’s not going to go away just because he doesn’t like it.[...]

Something about that dynamic captures what we all see at work at this point in the gay marriage debate. Power is being exercised by a minority, which denies it has the power it is exercising, and denies what we see happening in front of us: this power is being used to label and demonize all who disagree, no matter how relentlessly civilized we are, no matter that we uphold gay people’s real fundamental civil rights.

As Zack Ford notes, Brown in one breathe says the Bible's teachings on racism and slavery were rightfully debunked, yet then uses the same twisted argument to justify his hateful ideology.

Writes Ford, "He concedes that the attempt to defend slavery with the Bible failed, but is unwilling to admit that his own defense of inequality with the Bible could fail just as easily (and does)." Well, Brown can't very well admit that his entire ideological persona is built on unstable ground, right?

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  1. the point here is Many christians are not referring to the bible in the sense of the actual text and what is written but instead make pleas to "the bible" in the sense of the oral tradition that has cropped up in protestant churches, passed from church leader to church leader and disseminated via sunday sermons. This is why "the bible" is made up of a mishmash of actual scripture, non-canonical bible stories, regional folklore, personal/church opinion, tradition, veggie tales, songs from pokemon movies, and other things

    It's telling that we ahve so many people who "live by the bible" but haven't actually read it, but know what it says because that's what pastor jim bob said was in it

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Aug 24, 2012 1:56:37 PM


  2. amen, M@.

    or as a good friend said to me, in regards to a rather worthless family member, "My mother is Christian enough to tell me that being gay is a sinful abomination, but not Christian enough to have ever actually stepped inside a church in the last 35 years."

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 24, 2012 2:04:54 PM


  3. "Brian Brown" sounds like its begging to be defined by Dan Savage.

    Posted by: Pdxblueyes | Aug 24, 2012 2:43:31 PM


  4. "Brian Brown" sounds like its begging to be defined by Dan Savage.

    Posted by: Pdxblueyes | Aug 24, 2012 2:43:33 PM


  5. "Christian teaching and practice was never rooted in racism, but in the radical equality of all people and peoples before God. The American South, under slavery, was the exception to the rule—which is one reason why, when challenged, the belief that Christianity can justify not only slavery but also racism, failed abjectly and is now a dead idea. That was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s great triumph." ......hey Brown, did you ever hear of the American Civil War? How about the 650,000 casualties from that war? Did you ever hear of the 100 years of persecution and prejudice thrust upon a group of people because the color of their skin? Hey Brown, you do dishonor to the Cause of Christ, to the cause of Dr. King and to thinking people as a whole.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 24, 2012 2:53:59 PM


  6. ...and a larger point, BB thinking proves that the GOP is now controlled by the old-south Dixcrats who hate equality, whitewash their history, and wrap themselves in Liberty as they persecute everyone who dares to challenge them. Go-Proud, what are you thinking?

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 24, 2012 3:01:51 PM


  7. Could we have a moratorium on repeating Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher's latest? We've heard EVERYTHING they have to say, many times over. Isn't it enough now?

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 24, 2012 4:12:20 PM


  8. At this link is the article:
    "NOM's Brian Brown is Lying about the Anti-Gay Regnerus Study"
    http://tinyurl.com/8gdw36r

    Posted by: Scott Rose | Aug 24, 2012 9:12:39 PM


  9. Hmm I'm not a Christian. Yet in the United States of America I will be forced by law to follow Christian doctrine? I didn't think that was how it worked...

    Posted by: Bill S. | Aug 25, 2012 1:14:15 PM


  10. Blah, blah, blah ... all I could hear was someone freaking out because because he knows marriage equality will happen and he will have to go find himself a real job.

    Posted by: FunMe | Aug 25, 2012 1:17:42 PM


  11. Brian Brown is right. Power is being exercised by a minority. We even know some of their names: Sheldon Adelson, gambling tsar, the Koch Brothers and the king of fools, Donald Chump.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 25, 2012 11:27:55 PM


  12. This meant that he went to the bank to get an original 5 Guilder note, just to keep the symbolism in place.

    Posted by: Cartier Replica | Aug 29, 2012 10:20:07 AM


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