Mormon leader of NOM appears to advocate overthrow of US government “by whatever means necessary,” and criminalization of homosexuality

UPDATE: Orson Scott Card only joined the board of the National Organization for Marriage a week ago. I’m guessing there’s a bit of buyer’s remorse going on at the homophobe hotel right about now. Then again, maybe the rest of the NOM leadership agrees that the government is “our mortal enemy” and that gays should be thrown in jail. Perhaps someone should ask them.
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People for the American Way has discovered that in a long rambling article about the ills of gay marriage, reeking of conspiracy theories, Orson Scott Card, a Mormon leader of the religious right’s top anti-gay marriage organization, National Organization for Marriage, advocated the criminalization of homosexuality, labeled the US government “our mortal enemy,” talked about the “insane Constitution” dying, and then appeared to advocate the overthrow of the US government “by whatever means is made possible or necessary.” The article was published in the influential Mormon Times, a publication owned by the Mormon church. (And in all fairness, JoeMyGod spotted this connection a week ago.)

By whatever means necessary

Faithful sexual monogamy, persistence until death, male protection and providence for wife and children, female loyalty to children and husband, and parental discretion in child-rearing.

If government is going to meddle in this, it had better be to support marriage in general while providing protection for those caught in truly destructive marriages.

Because when government is the enemy of marriage, then the people who are actually creating successful marriages have no choice but to change governments, by whatever means is made possible or necessary.

Conspiracy theories

And you can guess how long it will now take before any group that speaks against “gay marriage” being identical to marriage will be attacked using the same tools that have been used against anti-abortion groups — RICO laws, for instance.

Overthrow of the government

Why should married people feel the slightest loyalty to a government or society that are conspiring to encourage reproductive and/or marital dysfunction in their children?

Why should married people tolerate the interference of such a government or society in their family life?

If America becomes a place where our children are taken from us by law and forced to attend schools where they are taught that cohabitation is as good as marriage, that motherhood doesn’t require a husband or father, and that homosexuality is as valid a choice as heterosexuality for their future lives, then why in the world should married people continue to accept the authority of such a government?

What these dictator-judges do not seem to understand is that their authority extends only as far as people choose to obey them.

How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.

Biological imperatives trump laws. American government cannot fight against marriage and hope to endure. If the Constitution is defined in such a way as to destroy the privileged position of marriage, it is that insane Constitution, not marriage, that will die.

Putting aside the fact that the Mormons have a little history when it comes to violently opposing a government that disagrees with them about marriage – the Mormons also seem to have a belief about the use of violence to defend property (in the original piece, not quoted here, the writer talks about making marriage more like property) – does anyone else read this and wonder if some day, something big will happen, and someone will re-read this article and say “the signs were all there”?


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