CPAC, the largest yearly conservative convention in the US, is coming up, and it seems like the Religious Right set is more prepared for the homocons this year than they were last year. Two rightwing orgs have already announced that they aren't going:
Two of the nation's premier moral issues organizations, the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America, are refusing to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in February because a homosexual activist group, GOProud, has been invited.
"We've been very involved in CPAC for over a decade and have managed a couple of popular sessions. However, we will no longer be involved with CPAC because of the organization's financial mismanagement and movement away from conservative principles," said Tom McClusky, senior vice president for FRC Action.
Fiscal mismanagement is par for the course with conservatism; it's a fundamental part of their ideology. Something tells me that "movement away" can't even be support for LGBT rights, which the American Conservative Union clearly doesn't support. It's about the people attending, not the politics or behavior or anything as polite as that, since GOProud is filled with gays who are completely willing to put up with being told that homosexuality is wrong
The Liberty Counsel and Liberty University aren't going either:
"[ACU has] gone libertarian, that's their focus," said Mat Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, a public interest law firm. "Libertarianism is right on the economy, often wrong on national defense, and doesn't care about social conservatism. Libertarians only respect one leg of the Reagan revolution, and you can't stand for long on one leg."
"[GOProud is] why Liberty Counsel and Liberty University dropped out of CPAC," Staver told WND. "Last year Liberty University was a CPAC sponsor, and we worked on a committee selecting speakers. We were not informed that GOProud was a consponsor. They were brought in at the eleventh hour, and we learned about it in a homosexual blog."
Liberty Counsel responded by sending a protest letter to the ACU.
"We said GOProud is not a conservative organization," said Staver. "They are undermining the military" by promoting open homosexuality, and "undermining marriage" by opposing the Defense of Marriage Act, which preserves the traditional definition of marriage by limiting it to one man and one woman.
"Anything that undermines marriage also undermines our freedom and economy," said Staver. "It is contrary to our fundamental values to have as a cosponsor an organization that promotes same-sex marriage."
"GOProud doesn't fit in any of the areas of conservatism within CPAC," Staver continued. "We asked CPAC to disassociate themselves from GOProud, but they refused to.
"The only way we would return to CPAC now is if CPAC openly disassociated itself from GOProud and carried on a pattern of activity that convinces us they are truly broad-based conservatives."
These are the first statements to roll in after the organized boycott of CPAC was announced last month:
Five organizations have joined the American Principles Project in boycotting the Conservative Political Action Conference this year over the inclusion of a homosexual activist organization, GOProud.
American Values, Capital Research Center, the Center for Military Readiness, Liberty Counsel, and the National Organization for Marriage have joined APP in sending a letter announcing the decision to American Conservative Union chairman David Keene, the chief organizer of CPAC.
APP announced its own withdrawal from CPAC last week, as WND reported.
The boycott announcement comes as CPAC's board of directors is voting on whether GOProud will continue to be permitted to participate in this year's CPAC. GOProud was a sponsor of last year's conference, and is currently listed as a participant in the upcoming conference in February.
Last year only a few small orgs pulled out and I'm guessing the Religious Right just won't have any of that this year. They may no longer be the stars of the conservative coalition like they were in the 80's, 90's, and especially in 2004, but they're still providing foot soldiers to the neo-feudalist regime and they won't be disrespected, at least not that openly.