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.
“CWA has decided not to participate in part because of GOProud,” CWA President Penny Nance told WND.
What has GOProud done to the Family Research Council of Concerned Women for America? Not a darned thing. GOProud hasn’t tried to subvert either of these groups or the conservative movement in general. They’re not campaigning against them nor trying to drag people away from their mailing lists. GOProud shares the very same limited government, low tax, strong national defense views as the FRC and CWA. In fact, GOProud laid aside the “social” part of its platform in order to ally with fiscal conservatives to get a handle on the looming spending disasters in front of us.
The only qualms either of these groups, or any of the other marginal conservative groups who have bowed out of CPAC, have against GOProud is that the members are…ummm. Can I say this without getting into trouble?
Well, you see, they’re…uh.
They’re GAY! Okay? Are you happy? I said it. Great. Now a bunch of ridiculous punters whose underwear are doubtlessly two sizes too small are going to boycott my blog, too.
I said at the beginning of this post that this CPAC boycott was stupidity and I meant it. Here’s why. CPAC is the largest gathering of conservatives in the world. Thousands of people of varying levels of political interest and involvement will be there. The four days of the convention proved literally thousands of opportunities to spread a message, gain new members, increase mailing lists, and generally exert influence and make allies. I can guarantee you that very few people will think about the Family Research Council during CPAC. They’ll be far too busy visiting other groups’ booths, including GOProud’s. If the FRC and CWA really want to make a dent on conservative thought, they’re going to have to do it through persuaion, not by an infantile tantrum covered seriously only by a fringe news service whose claim to fame is that it’s head guy is an avowed Birther.
And you know what? The boycott isn’t drawing much attention from the right, if any at all. Take a look at this memeorandum thread. See all those blogs writing about this story? They’re almost all left-wing blogs and I can guarantee you they’re not writing about the noble moral stand of the Concerned Women of America or the Family Research Council. Without even looking, I can tell you they’re eating up the “I hates me some gay people” quotes like sweet, sweet candy and using words like “bigot” and “hater”. It’s a mortal lock that they’re playing those two groups as representative of conservatives as a whole, to make us all look like homophobic cretins.
So, thanks a lot for that.
I’ll have a lot more to say about this, and why the SoCon/FiscCon fight hurts everyone on this week’s episode of The Delivery. If you don’t catch it live on the UStream feed, I’ll post a link to the show as soon as it’s available. Trust me, there’s a lot more to say.