Behind NOM’s “Judge Bus” Iowa tour: “Healing” openly gay students before they become openly fair-minded judges

October 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm 62 comments

We’ll have a report from Arisha on NOM’s out-of-state-hate bust tour soon. Meanwhile, check out this, cross-posted at Good As You.

By Jeremy Hooper

Back in the spring of ’08, Iowa’s Chuck Hurley raised eyebrows when, instead of working to actually combat the clear and demonstrable problem that is anti-LGBT bullying in America’s schools, he made the feeble/dangerous/offensive choice to write a letter asking straight kids to “pray throughout the day for the salvation and healing of openly gay students“:

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From the desk of Chuck Hurley

Now fast forward two years and change. Even as we speak, Hurley is on board the so-called “Judge Bus,” motoring around the Hawkeye State as part of the National Organization For Marriage/Family Research Council/Iowa For Freedom effort to remove pro-equality Supreme Court justices:

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Because what better authority on judging than a man who looks the most vulnerable student population directly in the eye and determines that they, and not the youthful stone-casters, are the ones in need of “values”?

UPDATE: Some of the first video coming out of Iowa today. Weird football metaphors from Congressman Steve King:

Entry filed under: NOM Exposed, NOM Tour Tracker-Iowa, Right-wing.

NOM, Brian Brown, Rick Santorum, and Tony Perkins invade Iowa for “Judge Bus Tour” — Courage there to cover it “Judge Bus” kickoff turns into #NOMturnoutFAIL embarrassment in Iowa: Equality supporters 98, NOM 42

62 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Michelle Evans  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Horrible and hateful rhetoric. Typical of the bigots and homophobes.

    • 2. Ronnie  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:31 pm

      I concur…. : I ….Ronnie

    • 3. Rhie  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      Agreed. Anyone who doesn’t see the connection between teaching that LGBT need help with values and bullying really needs a dose of compassion and common sense.

  • 4. Alan E.  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    So will there be a third “bus book” coming out soon too? Some old characters return and some new ones join up!

    • 5. Alan E.  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm


      • 6. Ann S.  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm

      • 7. JonT  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

  • 8. GALY  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Exactly what did the congressman say that was valid? I’m sorry, I got lost somewhere in all the mumbo jumbo.

    • 9. Kathleen  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      I think he said that if the people remove the judges, God will make sure Iowa State wins. Did I get that right?

  • 10. Ed  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    what the hell does he mean? did he say “public affirmation”? Last I checked we’re asking for a marriage license, not “affirmation”. And yes those lousy hawkeye footballers (who couldn’t beat Wisconsin, but I hope they take down the MS Spartsns, for purely selfish reasons) probably would prefer their parents be given a marriage license gay or straight. But again…what is he talking about?

  • 11. IT  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Look, I’m tired about the myth of “activist judges” and I’m particularly tired of loons trying to corrupt the judiciary to their right-wing blend of politics and populism.

    When those “activist judges” decided Loving v. Virginia, nearly 80% of Americans were opposed to inter-racial marriage. In fact, it’s instructive to compare the polls for inter-racial and same sex marriage.

    Currently, around 45% of Americans favor same sex marriage. By the time 45% of Americans favored inter-racial marriage, it had already been legal for 14 years!

  • 12. Manilow  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I hear a lot of cheering – is that for the football reference or for the overall message? I’m hoping it’s just for football.

  • 13. BradK  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Shouldn’t they be calling this the “Judgementalbus”?

    • 14. RebeccaRGB  |  October 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

      They’re judgey, they’re mental, they’re judgemental, that works!

  • 15. Jones-Munoz  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    NOM & Hurley are the Lowest of Low. They use the result of their pathetic ridicule, teen LGBT suicides, as an opportunity to continue their sick and dangerous message. “Pray for the healing of Gay Out Kids?” means they don’t look at the Bullying as the sickness. This opportunistic dangerous rhetoric that condones the Bully. All LGBT People and Friends need to be extremely Vocal agains NOM and Hurley. Children’s futures are at stake

  • 16. Sagesse  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Not sure I can take this umpteen times a day. Yeeessshhh.

  • 17. Alex  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    You can almost bet that if Steve Cooley wins to become Attorney General and even if Jerry Brown wins to become govenor. The 9th Circuit will surly skirt the rules of the court and allow Cooley to intervene and defend Prop 8. Brace yourselves everyone we are in for a long ride, and don’t he so sure it will go our way. I can almost bet the 9th Circuit will uphold Prop 8.

    • 18. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      What do you base your opinions on Alex?

      • 19. Rebecca  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm

        Alex, your reply is totally off topic to this post. There are many, many threads on the site where you can discuss your opinions on our likelihood of success defeating Prop 8 in the 9th Circuit court.

        I second Mark M. What is your reasoning for “betting” that we’ll lose?

      • 20. Alex  |  October 25, 2010 at 4:41 pm


        If I am off subject that would also mean SEVERAL other people are as well on here.

      • 21. Alex  |  October 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm

        My opinion is based upon reality. Don’t like it? Fine then that is my right to have that opinion.

      • 22. Alex  |  October 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm


        No Fiona I am not a blogger for NutMeg. Don’t like what I have to say? Oh well get over it.

        • 23. fiona64  |  October 26, 2010 at 9:43 am

          Actually, I could not possibly care less what you have to say. In fact, I wouldn’t even miss you if you were gone.

          However, you are making completely baseless statements (so far as I can tell), since you provide no facts to back them up.

          Bless your heart, Alex.

      • 24. Rhie  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm

        Yea you have a right to your opinion. People are just asking you to defend it – which is THEIR right.

      • 25. JonT  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm

        Ahh… I’m late to the troll party…

        @Alex: ‘If I am off subject that would also mean SEVERAL other people are as well on here.

        This is true. We do not have an ‘on topic policy’ here. OT is actually the norm here Rebecca :)

        @Alex: ‘My opinion is based upon reality. Don’t like it? Fine then that is my right to have that opinion.

        Well there’s the problem. Stating that your opinion is ‘based upon reality‘ says absolutely nothing. I think it’s safe to say that all of our opinions are based on reality. Its sort-of the definition of opinion.

        In the C language, I would describe your statement as:

        char *my_opinion = NULL;

        It’s valid code, but doesn’t actually tell me anything.

        Explain and defend it. That’s what we do here – actually discuss things. Don’t like it? Well, then go somewhere else. Please.

        • 26. Rhie  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:45 pm

          Well, I would consider the anti-gay pedophilia crap an opinion, just a very wrong one because it is not based on reality. Of course, you could just call those lies… . :)

          Hah I like you code. I am JUST learning Java. Like, at the very beginning. Sun Microsystems has a pretty good tutorial online.

          • 27. Rhie  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:46 pm

            Your code *facepalm*

          • 28. Alan E.  |  October 26, 2010 at 9:54 am

            Java is a gateway drug to other forms of coding.

    • 29. fiona64  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:23 pm

      Another paid NutMeg blogger, I’m guessing …


      • 30. Kate  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

        Indeed. We already know more about how the law works re Perry than that poster does.

      • 31. fiona64  |  October 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm

        I must confess, though, that I am curious about this “surly skirt” business that Alex brought up. Is this similar to cranky pants? If so, I now have more wardrobe options.



      • 32. Rhie  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:59 pm

        LOL love it. I am now designing it in my head. I think a nice gray tweed, very conservative. Or, we can go the other route and make it the angry teenager rebellion type surly and make it really short with loud colors and prints…

    • 33. Ann S.  |  October 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm

      You’re making a number of statements here — the 9th Circuit will allow Cooley to intervene, and you think the 9th Circuit will uphold Prop 8.

      If you don’t want to share why you think those things are true, fine, but if you want to persuade anyone you might share your reasoning. If you don’t want to share your reasoning, don’t be surprised if people do not flock to agree with your opinions.

      • 34. Alex  |  October 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm

        Cooley has stated he will defend if elected, you can be sure that the 9th Circuit will allow the State to skirt the deadline to appeal because you are speaking of a government entity that is being sued. The government is more sympathetic towards people challenging the government.

      • 35. Ann S.  |  October 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm

        If the “government is more sympathetic towards people challenging the government”, why would they let the government skirt the deadline?

        Also, courts do not like being overturned. Why would they do something so likely to get them a trip to the SCOTUS on the procedural grounds alone?

      • 36. Ann S.  |  October 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm

        No need to be insulting. I was merely pointing out that your logic has gaping holes in it.

        I’m done here.

      • 37. Kate  |  October 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm

        Alex, you clearly do not know that you are dealing with lawyers. Your ignorance is showing. Again.

      • 38. Kathleen  |  October 25, 2010 at 7:03 pm

        Name calling is completely unnecessary.

      • 39. Sagesse  |  October 25, 2010 at 7:11 pm

        There’s no need to be rude.

      • 40. Kate  |  October 25, 2010 at 7:17 pm


        So, in addition to not being able to think intelligently, you also can’t read. I never said I was an attorney. By the way, if you want to keep playing troll games with us, you’ll need to do better than resorting to the desperation of the uneducated. Name-calling, swearing, etc., just don’t keep the folks here interested. It’s simply not a challenge to interact when there’s no intelligence being exhibited. (That lets you out.)

      • 41. Kathleen  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:21 pm

        Alex, we welcome discussion and differing opinions here. Even if you’re unwilling or incapable of engaging in a reasonable discussion of your opinions, as appears to be the case with you, you’re still welcome here.

        However, abusing people and calling participants names is not welcome. Either behave in a civil manner or leave.

      • 42. Kathleen  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:32 pm

        I didn’t see anyone belittling your opinion; I saw people ask you to explain what your opinion is based on – and then ask you to not resort to name calling.

      • 43. Kate  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm

        Alex, you continue to prove your lack of education. Maybe you’ll do better once you grow out of your teenage years. Stay in school; you clearly need it.

      • 44. Kate  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm

        Alex, you can’t even claify your opinion when asked. And you’re likely the only one interested in your ass.

      • 45. Alan E.  |  October 26, 2010 at 9:52 am

        Aww I really missed out on this one. I wonder where Ronnie was, too. He would have had a field day!

        • 46. Ann S.  |  October 26, 2010 at 9:56 am

          The worst of the comments no longer appear here, but maybe you saw them in your inbox.

          • 47. Alan E.  |  October 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

            Yeah I got to read them all. I actually reported the first “bitch” comment just now without reading the rest of the posts. Turns out it was already reported!

  • 48. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Will catch up later.

  • 49. Lauren  |  October 25, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Man I wonder how many starving families could be fed with the money they used to buy that snazzy new bus…

  • 50. Kathleen  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    AMICUS BRIEF in Perry
    Amicus brief by California Professors of Family Law in support of Plaintiffs-Appellees. Filed 10/25/2010

  • 51. Ann S.  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Having been raised in Wisconsin, I have to say —

    Go, Badgers!!! F*** ’em, Bucky!

  • 52. Kate  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Wow, I just went to their judgebus site, and all that moving corn behind the reading areas actually made me car sick. So far they have a big ol’ purple gay bus AND a web site that is guaranteed to make folks nauseous, even if they are believers.

    • 53. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      And speaking as someone FROM Iowa I can say that most Iowans HATE the fact that outsiders are always depicting Iowa as nothing but corn UGH!!
      Way to insult the good people of Iowa NOM

      • 54. Kate  |  October 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm

        Interesting, Mark, ‘cuz I had been wondering that very thing about stereotyping with corn. Glad to hear it confirmed. Maybe they will also put some corn shocks around their purple bus.

        Can you get one or more of your family to go as Tinky Winky when they attend a stop?

      • 55. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  October 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm

        I haven’t heard from my sister yet….she and my other relatives would have been at the Atlantic stop today.
        I am certainly anxious to hear from her on what happened and what she thought of NOM

      • 56. Ann S.  |  October 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm

        Mark, we can’t wait to hear, either!

  • […] is Congressman Steve King speaking in front of the “podium” (earlier, we posted a short video from his […]

  • 58. Ronnie  |  October 25, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    This is not an “It Gets Better” testimony but it does read like one….

    Gay man, ex-skinhead who attacked him unite to battle bias
    By Carlos Alcalá

    Matthew Boger was 13yo when he was kicked out of the house by his mother for being Gay & lived most of his teen years homeless….Score another point for heterosexual parenting, unconditional love, & blood is thicker then water…..

    At 14yo he was beat to within an inch of his life by a bunch quasi-Nazi bullies (the type of people that follow NOM as well as the type of repugnant & unacceptable behavior festered & enabled by NOM, FRC, etc. etc.)….

    Now at 44yo he lives on 20 acres of land w/his retired partner,

    “After his beating, Boger went back to living in a park, sleeping on cardboard. He felt he had nowhere to go, but he refused to consider suicide…..”I felt that suicide would allow them to win,” he said.”

    After being a successful hair colorist in Beverly Hills….He 1st became a volunteer then a manager at The Museum of Tolerance where he eventually became friends with a colleague, Tim Zaal, who turned out to be one of the boys that beat him all those years ago…..

    “I actually never wanted to be friends with him,” Boger said.

    “During the subsequent school presentation, Zaal was telling students about his days as a bully when Boger walked in. Zaal told students that this was one of his victims and, in an unrehearsed gesture, apologized to Boger.”

    according to article forgiveness wasn’t quick but it came with time. Now they work together, telling their story to schools & what not, to prevent beatings, bullying, & suicides of all kinds……

    It does get better…slowly but surely it does….<3…Ronnie

  • 59. Michael  |  October 25, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    You hit the nail squarely on the head. Shrill anti-gay activists want to redefine bullying and hate crimes as “values” and ‘freedom,” instead of stopping them. The problem does not lie in the hearts and souls of God’s gay children, it lies in the hearts of those who bully, intimidate, revile and harm God’s gay children! If we should be praying for anyone, it’s those who bully and intimidate.

  • 60. JonT  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Haha. Nice C&P :)

    I can ‘almost bet’ the sun will go nova tomorrow and destroy the solar system.

    What would such a statement actually mean?

    Nothing. NULL. CYA.

  • 61. Rhie  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Oh! I’ll play! I almost bet that the Orioles will win the Series in this decade!

  • 62. Etuko Sato  |  November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm


    We will obstruct it to your site.

    It is a good site.

    The mind is very healed. It is my this time site.

    Please come to the [nimo] play.

    Thank you.


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