Whilst perusing the latest and greatest the intertubes have to offer this morning, I happened upon the site of The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP), which bills itself as an “organization of lay Catholic Americans concerned about the moral crisis shaking the remnants of Christian civilization”. Appropriately enough for this collection of Catholic fundies, its online magazine is called Crusade. Now that’s what I call tradition!
Unsurprisingly, TFP is a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage. It wrote of the ruling overturning California’s Proposition 8 that the ruling “unmasks how the homosexual movement’s promotion of same-sex “marriage.” [sic] deprives marriage of its rational end, belittles a higher moral law and disregards the majority of California who hold marriage to be sacred.” Perhaps as a way to demonstrate just how outraged its readers are at the ruling, TFP posted a poll inviting readers to offer their opinion. Among the choices is “It is an irrational decision denying the nature and purpose of marriage” and “It was a slap in the face of California voters”.
Web site operators should know by now the dangerous terrain they tread putting up online polls. Over a decade ago, there was the case of Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf winning People Magazine’s online poll for its “50 Most Beautiful People” issue. More recently, comedian Stephen Colbert topped NASA’s online poll for whom to name its new wing of the international space station. The lesson is: never assume you’ll get the results you anticipated. It’s a lesson TFP is probably now just discovering, for when I clicked on its poll results (so far), the following popped up:
No wonder TFP hates democracy in the church.