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NOM Exposed Right-wing

By Scottie Thomaston

This morning, Jeremy Hooper at Good As You reported that NOM wrote a series of odd, uncharacteristic blog posts and tweets that seemed to admit to past wrongdoing, attempting to cause racial divisions and banning multiple users for no reason whatsoever. The blog post vowed “to turn things around for the better,” suggesting that “marriage is about bringing people together, not pushing them apart” and that pushing people apart “is exactly what this organization has been about…” One of the tweets said that creating a wedge between the black and gay community was wrong.

Towleroad asks, “Has Jesus taken the wheel?”

Alas, no. It appears to have been the work of a hacker. The blog seems to be up and running again after a short time in which it said it was “down for maintenance.” The previous post admitting that racism is probably a bad tactic for an ostensibly religious organization to use is gone.

Their Facebook page unbanned Jeremy Hooper and other previously banned users for no apparent reason. Their page also posted a similar message of apology to readers and banned users.

Hilariously, NOM’s Twitter account has been completely hijacked and reworked. It is now a pro-equality account complete with a rainbow background image and LGBT humanity-affirming tweets. This happened shortly after they sent out tweets about a “mutiny” at NOM. How short-lived this will be remains to be seen.

26 Comments

  • 1. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  April 11, 2012 at 11:20 am

    It's to bad this happened over at NOM. It really gives Equality advocates a bad bit of press….helps NOM look like the victim they are always claiming to be.

  • 2. Kate  |  April 11, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Unless, as they've been know to do, it was something they created themselves for that very reason…..

  • 3. Richard Lyon  |  April 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

    This sounds like The Stepford Wives.

  • 4. bayareajohn  |  April 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

    The open discussion tone of the first posts will make the undoing of this hack all the more poignant. Slamming the door again after a brief appearance of reasonableness, followed by explaining that any such reasonableness was just a hack… just seals the reality of unreason by choice. They weren't born that way.

  • 5. Reed  |  April 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Louis Marinelli? Any thoughts?

  • 6. Scottie Thomaston  |  April 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I would be shocked if he still had login information to their stuff after all this time. But who knows?

  • 7. David Henderson  |  April 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I was thinking it might be another NOMmie who's had a change of heart like Louis did, but probably not him. I'm sure they've changed their passwords since then.

  • 8. MightyAcorn  |  April 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    If the hacker was smart, the first thing they did was change the password themselves. I think the Twitter feed was under hacktivist control for a while, I guess NOM'll have to ask Twitter to remove the account or something.

  • 9. 415kathleenk  |  April 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I admit to enjoying a good wave of shadenfruede about this, much as I did when their secret memos were released. I don't believe NOM is undeserving of anything bad that happens to them. The cliche, "THey bring it on themselves" comes to mind. Let them play the victims all they like. That only has resonance in the tiny vociferous right wing religious nut conservative universe they inhabit.

  • 10. MightyAcorn  |  April 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I think if they had done it themselves, they would have chosen a far more unreasonable and possibly threatening tone, so they could say, "See? WE'RE the ones being threatened with harm!!' I thought this hacktivist was quite gracious actually–assigning them a human conscience with the ability to admit wrongdoing. We all know THAT'S not going to happen.

  • 11. nightshayde  |  April 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Unless they knew they'd be suspected and caught (and embarrassed further) if they threatened themselves — but figured nobody would suspect them if they just said nice things about GLBTs.

    I rather like that they now have to say "Never mind what was here. Any hint of logic or lack of malice was strictly fabricated. We really are obnoxious pig-headed bigots."

  • 12. Richard Hertz  |  April 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    People losing an argument resort to off-topic attacks, be it name-calling, threats, or hacking a website. My favorite are the posts from SSM supporters on the NOM blog threatening, “We will find you.” You people are nasty.

  • 13. Kate  |  April 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    That is INDEED the very best part! And of course, it will be lost on their simplistic followers.

  • 14. Carpool Cookie  |  April 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    It's nice that the hacking didn't concentrate on outright condemning NOM or its workers (as far as I'm getting it), but just accentuated the positive by standing up for Marriage Equality / Civil Rights.

    I'm tickled.

  • 15. Sagesse  |  April 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    @

  • 16. AnonyGrl  |  April 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    It was certainly elegantly done, and for NOM to bitch about it, they would have to admit out loud that everything they have done with the race baiting and banning HAS been their choice, and they WANT to do it that way.

    I would not normally condone this sort of activity, but it was so classically perfect!

  • 17. Reformed  |  April 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Read that rag for years and totally missed it.

  • 18. Guest  |  April 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I agree;
    and, I think that ideas and perspectives might have gotten through to some people there.
    A lot of times, it is possible for people to not hear the content of an idea simply because it is not coming from a source they are familar with.
    In this instance, ideas of equality were stated through the NOM mouthpiece. It is entirely possible that perspectives were illuminated in people that just weren't hearing ideas of equality because they have been habituated to only pay attention to familar sources–namely NOM.

  • 19. Guest  |  April 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    And, when is the answer about the en banc review for the Prop8 case gonna get hereeeee?

  • 20. Rich  |  April 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Well, the "Open Spring" that allowed so many of us to get posted on the NOM blog site is now apparently over…after only 5-6 hours. Too much honesty and truth on one day just tipped the scales. ResistSSA must have had a meltdown.

  • 21. Str8Grandmother  |  April 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Well whoever did it, I hope they left a little crumb behind so that they can go back again one day and retrieve it.

  • 22. DaveP  |  April 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Ya know, I have often thought that it would be so great if something like this happened. But now that it has, I have mixed feelings about it. I'm definitely glad that it was at least done with some… class? finesse? You know, not all raunchy and obnoxious. Guess we'll just have to see how this plays out and see what the after effects might be.

  • 23. _BK_  |  April 12, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Does he post on their FB page as well?

  • 24. Carpool Cookie  |  April 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    They've turned the event into a fundraiser over there. I wonder if they have regular people making smaller donations these days, or if it's all political / religious bodies?

    And I wonder what happened to that California Mormon couple that gave all their savings and kids' college funds to the Prop H8 campaign.

  • 25. Stefan in CA  |  April 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

    In Brian's latest plea, he seriously asks people to shell out 5 and 10K so that the $$ can be matched by his angry donor friend, or as he likes to call them, "his hero". I imagine the usual suspects probably send in 25 or 50 here or there but I agree, they're well funded enough to be as spread out as they are (WA, Maryland, NH, Maine, etc) that it's mostly the deep pocket organizations. Such a shame. If 1/4 of all that money and effort only went into something that did some good. A very toxic individual(s) running a very toxic organization.

  • 26. Christinna  |  September 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    "tiny, vociferous, right-wing, religious, nut conservatives" are still the majority…

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