Friday, January 1, 2010

Conservative Political Action Conference Muzzles Gay Group

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), to be held in February, lists as one of its co-sponsors the conservative gay rights group GOProud. According to the right-wing WorldNetDaily, social conservatives object to the group's co-sponsorship:

A campaign is being assembled to demand that the American Conservative Union, whose annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington draws the biggest names of the movement, reject a sponsorship from a homosexual activist group.

"CPAC's tenuous' Big Tent' could collapse altogether as social conservatives led by Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber threaten to launch a boycott of the conference … unless CPAC drops a homosexual activist group, GOProud, as a co-sponsor," says Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

..."Urge Keene to drop GOProud as a CPAC co-sponsor because GOProud supports the same radical homosexualist agenda as other GLBT organizations – which is corrupting children and tearing apart America’s moral fiber," [LaBarbera] wrote.

In response, David Keene, chief of the American Conservative Union (above), stated that the group can co-sponsor the event but must be muzzled:

In his e-mail response, Keene admitted GOProud "has signed on as a CPAC co-sponsor, but will have no speakers and we told them that, in fact, since opposition to gay marriage, etc. are consensus positions (if not unanimous) among conservatives, these topics are not open to debate."

So the representatives of one of CPAC's co-sponsors are not allowed to speak and certain topics are not to be debated. How big a tent is the conservative movement?

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