Thursday, September 28, 2006

When Conservative Wackos Get Together…. and lash out at homosexuals!

Think Progress reported earlier this week on the meeting of some of the nation’s leading conservatives at the Christian conservative non-profit lobbying organization Family Research Council called “Values Voter Summit.”

Influential figures such as Tony Snow (the White House Press Secretary), Attorney General Gonzales, Sen. George Allen (R-VA), Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AK), Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity attended.

Some of the speakers lashed out against homosexuality with the full force of their hatred:

They had the usual religious wackos of course, like "Bishop" Wellington Boone, who declared:

Back in the days when I was a kid, and we see guys that don’t stand strong on principle, we call them “faggots.” … [People] that don’t stand up for what’s right, we say, “You’re sissified out!” “You’re a sissy!” That means you don’t stand up for principles.

[Of course Boone, who is black, also said things like "slavery was ultimately beneficial" and on Justice Sunday, he said that "Uncle Tom is a role model". That says it all!]

Another speaker apparently claimed “the gay rights movement was inspired ‘from the pit of hell itself,’ and has a ’satanic anointment.’ … even suggesting that the anti-Christ is himself gay, citing a verse from the book of Daniel saying the anti-Christ will have no desire for a woman.”

Were the US Attorney General and the White House Press Secretary actually present during that load of crap?

What I actually find a bit more worrisome though is when some elected officials, like Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) seems to have nothing better to do than spend their entire time, money and energy to fight gay marriage. Well of course, she says we are in a cultural war, so anything goes, and all hell breaks loose, so to speak; Here's what she said:

I believe that when you’re in a cultural war like this, you have to respond with equal and hopefully greater force if you want to win this battle. But this battle is the most important issue that we face today, and what an honor it has been to serve in the United States Congress and carry the Marriage Amendment. (video here on Think Progress)

Among other things, her trivial use of the word “war” should put her to shame at a time when there are fellow citizens actually dying in a real war in Iraq. But it doesn't really matter - after all the *real* war is not in her mind an issue that matters so much. The 4th District of Colorado should be embarrassed and vote her out in November.
Anyway, when Think Progress reported this second piece on the Family Research Council, I thought I should post about it.

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