Since It Can't Seem to Win a Marriage Battle, NOM Makes 'Duck Dynasty' Its New Crusade


The National Organization for Marriage, which can't seem to win its battle against marriage equality, has a new crusade: Duck Dynasty.

P_robertsonThe group is breathlessly launching a nationwide petition today to force A&E to lift its suspension on Phil Robertson of duck Dynasty over his remarks comparing homosexuality to sex with animals. Robertson also said gays would go to Hell like drunks and terrorists.

From the NOM blog:

"What Phil Robertson has done is express the traditional Christian view of homosexuality — decry the sin but love the sinner. It's what every major Christian leader including Jesus Christ himself has taught us," said Brian Brown. "But the teaching of Christianity be damned in the eyes of the grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD and their allies. They will brook no objection, tolerate no dissent and accept no disagreement when it comes to their orthodoxy. It's truly outrageous and shocking that the A&E Networks succumbed to bullying by homosexual groups, and legitimized it, by suspending Phil Robertson from his own show. This simply cannot be allowed to stand," said Brian Brown president of NOM.

NOM's petition allows people to contact A&E Networks to demand that Robertson be immediately reinstated. The petition was emailed to 500,000 supporters. It says, "A&E's executives may not believe in the bible, and that is your right. But you have no right to silence the millions of Christians like Phil Robertson who uphold the word of God. You have succumbed to the demands of bullies like the HRC and GLAAD, which is disgraceful for an entity whose very existence depends on the free exchange of ideas."

"This episode sparked by the bigotry of the HRC and GLAAD is a powerful teachable moment for the American people, as they witness on a grand scale the utter intolerance of groups demanding same-sex marriage," said Brian Brown. "They have gone after people of faith all across this country who desire nothing more than to live their faith in the public square. Now they are going after Phil Robertson. If they get away with silencing Phil, nobody is safe from their abject bullying. I hope that the justices of the US Supreme Court are paying attention to what is occurring."

Brown will no doubt try to take credit if A&E lifts its suspension.

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  1. That's why it's important to not cave in to this vocal and vile minority of rabid conservatives

    Posted by: litper | Dec 19, 2013 5:03:53 PM

  2. Jesus Christ was not a hateful ignorant fool like this cretin that has been turned into a celebrity by our shallow culture.

    Posted by: jarago | Dec 19, 2013 5:13:01 PM

  3. A&E is not silencing millions of Christians just ONE - Phil Robertson - in order to save its brand name.

    and Jesus never said anything about lgbtq & only one thing about marriage - NO divorce! I would say with the divorce rate among christianists being higher than the national level, Mr. Brown just shut up!

    Posted by: mike/ | Dec 19, 2013 5:19:45 PM

  4. am i wrong in my understanding of "freedom of speech" that it means the government can't punish you for the things you say?

    there's no freedom of speech built into an employer/employee contract. a&e has every right suspend this dude... and he has every right to say whatever he wants... without fear of imprisonment... but no guarantee of zero push-back.

    Posted by: dft426 | Dec 19, 2013 5:29:25 PM

  5. Seems to me that Robertson, Brown, Sarah Palin, HRC, GLAAD, A&E, Andy Towle, and dozens of other people are all busily exercising their free-speech rights. The system works.

    Posted by: Clayton | Dec 19, 2013 5:32:51 PM

  6. I still don't know what the hell a duck dynasty is and why ZZ Top hates gays

    Posted by: NE rich | Dec 19, 2013 5:33:13 PM

  7. All these conservative groups are conveniently ignoring the racist comments ol' Duckman said in the same interview.

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 19, 2013 5:42:05 PM

  8. "Suspending him from his own show". That'll be news to A&E.

    Posted by: bollox | Dec 19, 2013 5:43:25 PM

  9. All I hear from Bigot Brown's mouth is the voice of a Peanuts Cartoon Adult...

    Waa waaaa wa waaa waaaaa waaaaa.


    Posted by: q | Dec 19, 2013 5:44:05 PM

  10. So Brian Brown lives in a world where "It seems like, to me, a vagina would be more desirable than a man's anus" is the the traditional Christian view of homosexuality?

    Posted by: Vint | Dec 19, 2013 5:52:25 PM

  11. Also, what "demands" did A&E cave in to? GLAAD and HRC were not demanding that Father Time should be removed from the show.

    Posted by: Joseph L | Dec 19, 2013 5:55:50 PM

  12. Brian's never-ending and increasingly desperate attempt to stay relevant and keep the bigot dollars flowing his way. Russia, Duck Dynasty, whatever it takes …

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 19, 2013 5:57:08 PM

  13. NOM has lost badly on marriage equality so they're enlarging their focus to 'religious liberty' in order to increase fundraising. This is Brian Brown's job. He's a hired hack that relies on selling bigotry & hatred for a living. Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallagher, Bryan Fischer, smarmy Ralph Reed ... marketers of bigotry. They make a living selling hate.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Dec 19, 2013 6:03:46 PM

  14. This is farsical. If you are a public figure and go out spouting intolerant ignorant hate speak there will be fallout. End of freakin story. What the guy said was not the attitude of any Christian I know, but the misinformed extremist ramblings of a fool. If he'd come out saying they should bring back slavery (also okay according to the Old Testament) - same reaction.

    Posted by: Tristram | Dec 19, 2013 6:05:36 PM

  15. NOM LOSING GAY MARRIAGE BATTLES? Um, no. It's unelected gay-marriage dictators who win your victories, consider:

    Here in California, Prop 8 passed with overwhelming voter support (including over 80% of Black voters, over 65% of Latinos). It took a gay White judge to throw the people's votes in the trash, one-man one-vote doesn't apply when gay totalitarians and their wealthy Hollywood and Silicon Valley elitist hag-pals disapprove (not to mention this was a clear example of gays suppressing the votes of Black voters who disagree with gay marriage advocates).

    Posted by: Joe | Dec 19, 2013 6:10:39 PM

  16. "Grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign" says Brian Brown. Just like the Grossly misnamed National Organization for Marriage(NOM) which is just a hate group against LGBT humans. Brian is such a closet's kinda scary! The more he yells and cries the more unstable he becomes. :)

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 19, 2013 6:12:06 PM

  17. The problem is that if only 12 people in the country supported what Phil said they would not get any traction w/ a boycott. It's only because there are millions of offended Christians out there that they feel they have any say in the matter, or that their say would be of interest to anyone. It's a bit like crackpot letters to the editor about water fluoridation or govt. sponsored ray beams to the brain. One man with a typewriter doesn't cut it. So, what besides numbers does BB have on his side? That's not clear.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 19, 2013 6:28:35 PM

  18. BSB must be getting desperate for a pay check.

    The S stands for Send money.

    Posted by: bkmn | Dec 19, 2013 6:28:50 PM

  19. In addition to being a homophobe, Phil Robertson also said that growing up in those Louisiana backwoods in the pre-civil rights era was not bad for black people. I guess Jim Crow and those lynchings were good for you.
    It seems that $hit is always under the outhouse no matter what if you're a "good ole boy".

    Posted by: rik | Dec 19, 2013 6:42:38 PM

  20. NOM's exercise in exemplifying the defense mechanism of:


    On some level they know that they are; orthodox, outrageous, shocking, disgraceful, bigoted, intolerant, demanding, menacing, silencing, bullies.

    They have to project ALL THAT onto us just so they can look at themselves in the mirror. Hopefully when they die and go to hell they won't have that luxury.

    Posted by: Purple | Dec 19, 2013 7:49:58 PM

  21. Funny how everyone seems to want their moment in the sun over this tempest in a teapot. Phil Robertson, Brian Brown, Sarah Palin, et al. really need to learn that attempts to advance a single divisive and exclusive immorality (i.e., straight, white, male, christian exceptionalism) will offend all of the minorities who have every right to equal opportunities and legal protection.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Dec 19, 2013 8:15:54 PM

  22. If NOM really cared about the the "sanctity" of marriage, they would fight to outlaw divorce not gay marriage.

    Posted by: UGH | Dec 19, 2013 8:17:44 PM

  23. A & E isn't silencing anyone: Robertson made his pathetic remarks in an interview, not on the show. No one is stopping Robertson from giving interviews about his hates and prejudices.

    Posted by: JeffreyRO5 | Dec 19, 2013 8:37:00 PM

  24. @Joe: All your numbers on Prop 8 are wrong, and it hardly passed with "overwhelming voter support." It wouldn't have passed in 2012. In 2012, NOM lost the popular vote in Washington, Maryland, Maine, and Minnesota. You must have slept through those people's votes? In 2013 they lost again in Minnesota, and in Rhode Island, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois. They lost the repeal effort in New Hampshire. Their last bright spot was NC. Their arguments are laughed out of courts (by conservative judges, by the way) because the constitution is not on the side of irrationality, and NOM only has irrational arguments (which is why they play well in Russia).

    So, um, yes, they're losing. Nice try, though.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 19, 2013 9:14:44 PM

  25. Why? It doesn't seem to have anything to do with marriage. NOM is going to change its name to NOW (national organization of what?)

    Posted by: simon | Dec 19, 2013 9:18:25 PM

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