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Brian Brown Extends His International Anti-LGBT Activism

As the number of states in the pro-equality column continues to grow year by year, anti-gay activists like National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown have increasingly looked abroad for more fertile grounds to spread the hate.

Writing for GLAAD, Jeremy Hooper documents Brown’s recent appointment to the board of directors of an organization called CitizenGo and the other international partnerships that he has been making as of late: 

Brian brownCitizenGO, which is based in Madrid (where Brian recently delivered a speech), is essentially a petitioning platform focused on global issues.  In addition to considerable focus on marriage inequality, CitizenGO also promotes and/or directs campaigns in support of speakers who claim that "homosexual activists have played a integral role in the rise of Fascist politics, including Nazism," against the World Health Organization's supposed "promotion" of homosexuality, against Canadian pride parades, and much more.

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You see, it turns out CitizenGo has officially endorsed the ignominious Russian law against gay "propaganda."  Another one of Brian's partners, The World Congress of Families (which, in addition to bringing Brian to Russia, counts a number of American partners, ranging from Focus on the Family to Peter LaBarbera's AFTAH), also signed on as an official supporter of this heinous law

You may also recall Brown's involvement with anti-gay forces in France earlier this year during the country's contentious gay marriage debate.

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  1. Then we need to treat these individuals just as much as they were going to Al Qaeda to start a war. They are infringing on civil liberties abroad. Brian Brown needs his passport stripped.

    Posted by: Matt Munson | Jan 15, 2014 2:07:17 PM


  2. Frankly, i'm spanish and i never heard about that organization. Maybe they are based here but their actions are not here, because if they do something here it will be news for sure.

    Brian is not as stupid as it seems, his days of making money in the USA are numbered, and he tries to spread his "empire".

    Anyway europe is not the place to go. Most countries are more progressive than the USA, and the ones that are not progessive are cautious if they want to become EU members.

    Only Russia and its influence area are good for his preachy ways

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 15, 2014 2:11:09 PM


  3. He also traveled to Russia and talked to chief legislators there about their "propaganda" law and a proposed law to remove child custody from gay parents.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 15, 2014 2:15:13 PM


  4. He's barking up the wrong tree(s) if he thinks he's going to get anywhere with his hate agenda in most of Europe. He should start by going to a church when there's a mass taking place- there's no one there under the age of 70 and even then the crowd is more like a small gathering. Young people in Europe (with the exception perhaps of Muslims) are not interested in religion and certainly not interested in taking away rights that have already been granted.

    Posted by: Petalos | Jan 15, 2014 2:24:47 PM


  5. We must be sure to encourage that foreign citizens harmed by this US citizen's involvement in foreign politics have the chance to hold him legally responsible for his actions by US courts.

    I don't actually believe in that concept, but as long as it's available, I strongly encourage using it as others do.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 15, 2014 2:24:51 PM


  6. I just wish he would go away. And never come back.

    Maggie already got out of NOM. Since the money is drying up she had to find a new food dish. Brian is doing the same thing.

    Posted by: bkmn | Jan 15, 2014 2:32:34 PM


  7. He's already making himself go away.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 15, 2014 2:45:02 PM


  8. If you count slithering to other markets as going away.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 15, 2014 2:54:23 PM


  9. Poor Brian, always full of hate.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jan 15, 2014 2:57:04 PM


  10. Religion is propaganda -- it promotes a theory that can't be proven, in fact it's not factual. What can you do about that, Bryan? Oh, right. Your fantasy trumps our reality. Talk about an abuse of freedom.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jan 15, 2014 3:31:35 PM


  11. It would be soooo nice if on one of his trips abroad, he decided to stay there permanently.

    Posted by: reggie777 | Jan 15, 2014 4:30:41 PM


  12. And the top "campaign" is to defend poor Damir Stojic, the Toronto-born Croatian priest (to university students, no less!) who says Croatia should look to Uganda for inspiration.

    Oh, and he also wants to tell university students that masturbation is evil -- good luck with that!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 15, 2014 4:34:45 PM


  13. The Paranoia Switch by Martha Stout (amazon.com)

    These familiar history McCarthyism, the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans, and the rise of the Klu Klux Klan after the Civil War – are three American examples of what I have called “limbic wars.” Every limbic war can be divided into six stages.

    These stages do not have distinct beginning or ends, but rather merge, almost imperceptibly, each into the next. The first phase always involves a traumatizing event, usually a war or an attack. The five subsequent stages are essential reaction to the fear instilled in people minds by the initial tragedy.

    The second stage is the all-important one. If leaders willing to us the paranoia switch are not embraced by the people, a limbic war may not occur at all, and the unhappy unfolding of Stages 3 through 6 can be avoided. If they accept the fear brokers, the process continues into its third stage.

    The Six Stages of Limbic War
    1. Group Trauma
    2. Fear Brokers
    3. Scapegoatism
    4. Cultural Regression
    5. Recognition & Backlash
    6. Regret & Amnesia

    Ten Behavioral Characteristics of Fear Brokers
    1. Fear brokers speak to us of fear, dangerous people and frightening situations
    2. Fear brokers are not limited by facts; they use alarming “unfacts”
    3. Fear brokers tend to accuse those who disagree with them of being unpatriotic or naïve
    4. Feat brokers look good
    5. Fear brokers behave like archetypal parents
    6. Fear brokers shame us over sex
    7. Fear brokers praise us for being moral and heroic, contradicting as it is
    8. Fear brokers project personal infallibility
    9. Fear brokers are secretive, and are certain that other people too, are keeping dangerous secrets
    10. Fear brokers use language that pulls for primitive affect

    Posted by: I'm layla miller i know stuff | Jan 15, 2014 4:52:09 PM


  14. Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)

    533. WAR AND HIS BRIDE
    Perry 367 (Babrius 70)

    The gods were getting married. One after another, they all got hitched, until finally it was time for War to draw his lot, the last of the bachelors.

    Hubris, or Reckless Pride, became his wife, since she was the only one left without a husband.

    They say War loved Hubris with such abandon that he still follows her everywhere she goes.

    So do not ever allow Hubris to come upon the nations or cities of mankind, smiling fondly at the crowds, because War will be coming right behind her.

    Note: Hubris is a Greek word meaning reckless pride or insolence; as a feminine noun, hubris is, allegorically, a woman.

    Posted by: I'm layla miller i know stuff | Jan 15, 2014 4:53:12 PM


  15. The upside to all of this is that Brian Brown will end up spending all his time in Russia and the most impoverished parts of Africa if he wants to keep his anti-gay gig going. He's trapped as he is losing "market share" except in countries nobody would want to have to live in. What else can he do for a living?

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 15, 2014 5:59:55 PM


  16. You know he is super excited about what is happening in Nigeria.

    Posted by: homer | Jan 15, 2014 6:14:05 PM


  17. Man's got deep pockets. Tickles the balls of lots of hateful, gray-faced old white dudes with even deeper pockets. Somebody could probably extort a King's ransom for him, should he happen to get . . . misplaced. Which is always a danger when affluent Americans go gallivanting about the 3rd world.

    Just sayin'.

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 16, 2014 12:43:53 AM


  18. Word to the wise, Brian Brown: Look over your shoulder as you travel through those countries where you are spreading your hate propaganda.

    Posted by: Tiffany | Jan 16, 2014 7:22:52 AM


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