Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mom in Maine (video) UPDATED

Reported by US News, the other side are demanding that this ad be taken down because....well, here's what it says:

This new ad opposing a Maine ballot initiative that would reverse the recent legalization of gay marriage in the state features a Roman Catholic mom. "I've been a Catholic all my life. My faith means a lot to me," she says, as her son, his male partner, and their son sit nearby. "Marriage to me is a great institution that works, and it's what I want for my children, too."

The conservative Catholic group today is calling for the ad to come down. Here's part of a statement the group just sent out: President Brian Burch said, "For decades gay and lesbian groups have attacked the Catholic Church for refusing to accept their skewed views on human sexuality and marriage. Having lost that battle, they have now launched this desperate and despicable attempt to curry favor with Catholics by pretending that the Catholic faith supports their radical agenda."
So they think that because a Catholic disagrees, it's a despicable attack on Catholicism? The mind boggles.

Update 2A commentator notes,

Such a response will backfire, because it fails to acknowledge a distinction between rank-and-file Catholic voters (many who, like Dumont, support marriage equality) and the Church hierarchy. Maine is a very Catholic state, but it also has one of the lowest levels in church attendance – which suggests that many Catholics are already a bit disillusioned with their Church leadership. The reason they cite for pulling the ad will only infuriate Maine Catholics, because it says they cannot have a different opinion from the hierarchy.

In fact, it reminds me of a famous political gaffe in 1990 that happened in Minnesota. The late Paul Wellstone was running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Rudy Boschwitz. Both men were Jewish, and in the final days of the campaign Boschwitz sent a fundraising letter to conservative Jewish donors, asking for support because he had been a “better Jew.” Wellstone, he explained, had married a non-Jew - and had not raised his children in the Jewish faith. The letter infuriated Jews, not to mention the 97% of Minnesotans who are Lutheran. I'm not suggesting the Catholic attack on the “No on 1” will have the same potency, but it's never good politics to start questioning a religious person's convictions.


Erp said...

Well at least the Catholic Church is less likely to excommunicate the Mom for this (the LDS wouldn't hesitate).

IT said...

Oh what do you want to bet someone will deny her communion?