Episcopalians believe in nothing and attend the First Universalist Church of We Believe in Nothing, according to Joseph Backholm, Executive Director of Family Policy Institute of Washington. FPIW is an affiliate of Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council and is linked to National Organization for Marriage.

Anti-Episcopalian Religious Chauvinist Joseph Backholm, E.D. of FPIW

Over at Huffington Post, a pastor at the First Universalist Church of We Believe in Nothing (I actually made up that name) wrote a thank-you letter to Ms. Kardashian for making it obvious that extending marriage recognition to two people of the same gender does not diminish the institution of marriage in the least.

Backholm was responding to the article A Thank-You Note to Kim Kardashian written by Rev. Susan Russell, Senior Associate for Communication and Inclusion at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California. In her article Russell said to Kim Kardashian, “As a marriage equality activist, I cannot thank you enough for your gift of the stunning example of how the gender of the couple saying ‘I do’ clearly has absolutely nothing to do with respect for the institution of marriage.”

Apparently unable to think of a logical way to refute Rev. Russell’s thesis, Backholm slipped into schoolyard bully mode and simply impugned the religious convictions of Episcopalians. Next, Backholm set up a straw man and fought it vigorously.

Saying marriage doesn’t matter because Kim Kardashian can’t keep hers together is like saying you shouldn’t try to make healthy food choices because people eat candy bars. …

The argument that “marriage is meaningless now anyway, so you might as well let us get married too” is both bizarre, and, I would think, insulting to those in same-sex relationships. What, we’re gonna let you get married now because it’s a meaningless institution?

Rev. Russell never made statements like “marriage doesn’t matter” or “marriage is meaningless now anyway”, nor would any marriage equality advocate. Quite the opposite. Marriage equality advocates find great value in civil marriage. That is why they fight to have discriminatory marriage laws repealed.

With marriage equality advocates in Washington state gearing up to pass a marriage equality law in 2012, I think we’ve just seen a preview of the dirty below-board style that the opposition will be employing.

Laurel Ramseyer

Laurel Ramseyer