Ralph Reed Plays Pretend

In addition to the National Organization for Marriage’s March for Marriage late last week, there was also the “Road to Majority” conference put on by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition. Ralph Reed told the audience that the battle against marriage equality is like the battle against slavery — and they’re totally gonna win.

In a speech during a breakout session at the group’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C., Ralph Reed explained that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dred Scott, which resolved that slaves were the property of their owners even if they traveled to free states, was instructive for advocates fighting against marriage equality. Following the ruling, Reed argued, many believed the cause of abolition was doomed, but the decision actually energized anti-slavery advocates and they eventually triumphed.

“The battle looked like it was lost, but it really wasn’t,” Reed said. “And that’s kind of like where we are right now. Anybody heard lately that we’re losing the marriage issue? Anybody heard that argument? You notice some similarities? I’m not comparing slavery to same-sex marriage, OK? I’m just pointing out that when you have these fights, what’s interesting is that if you look at same-sex marriage, it’s now legal in 17 states.”

Reed went on to say: “Only six of them, six out of those 17, six out of 50 states, had done it by referendum or by state legislature. In every other case, it was imposed by courts. Just like the courts had to impose Dred Scott. Because they couldn’t do it on the country because the country didn’t agree with it. The country, by the way, doesn’t agree with same-sex marriage.”

Actually it does. Poll after poll over the last 2-3 years shows that a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage. Reed, of course, is just filtering out the data that is contrary to what he wants to be true. He has to at least pretend that they’re still gonna win because if you publicly admit otherwise, people stop sending you money.

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  • colnago80

    Hey, a grifter’s got to grift and ole Ralph is a grifter’s grifter.

  • raven

    At this point, they are just shaking the fundie tree for more money to keep their large pay checks going.

    Despite their endless babbling and press releases, their Oogedy Boogedy perversion of xianity is dying.

    The SBC just had their annual meeting. Membership is down 0.9% for the 7th year in a row. Loot intake and attendance is down even more.

    It will take a few decades but US xianity is well on the way to irrelevance.

  • “Ralph Reed Plays Pretend” all the f-ing time, as he has no basis in reality whatsoever.

  • sabrekgb

    Dred Scott ruled in favor of the status quo (and the democratic “will of the people”), keeping a state of lesser liberty. Recent rulings are the opposite, changing the status quo to a state of greater liberty. He picked the wrong case as an “example”, except that he is, of course, trying to insinuate that the religious have always been on the side of freedom…even back for slaves, which doesn’t really bear out too well. Revisionist sleight-of-hand, it seems

  • Randomfactor

    What saberkgb said. If Reed wants a parallel, it’s between the Fugitive Slave Act and DOMA, which was the law of the land until recently overturned.

  • Ralph Reed is increasingly useful to the non-insane segment of the nation’s society. Since he’s a hypocritical little bastard who willingly feathers his nest at the expense of his dupes, Reed is willing to pander to his flock’s prejudices by lying to them about the popularity of their bigotry. He’ll keep telling them what they want to hear as long as there’s money in fleecing the flock. I’m sure he knows better, but he’s a hollow little man, happy to lead people over a cliff for fun and profit. The rest of us have our own work to do as the religious right courts disaster by doubling-down on the prejudices of the past.

  • Michael Heath

    Ralph Reed told the audience that the battle against marriage equality is like the battle against slavery . . .

    He’s actually correct. The Republican party has been successfully gerrymandering districts and suppressing the vote of non-conservatives. That makes it easier for them to establish tyrannical policies without enjoying majoritarian support.

  • busterggi

    ” I’m not comparing slavery to same-sex marriage, OK? ”

    And Ralph, I’m not comparing you to a steaming hot pile of shit, OK?