Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hate Groups Are Bailing on CPAC Hate Fest

by Pa Rock 
Citizen Journalist

The Conservative Political Action Conference, more commonly known as CPAC, will hold its annual Hate-a-Palooza in Washington, DC, during the second week of February, 2011.  This gathering is where conservatives trot out their potential presidential candidates for public display, and the organization's faithful get the election season started with a preference poll that theoretically will give one or two of the candidates a leg-up on their opponents in the long race to the White House.

Conservatives, being basically racist, homophobic, and anti-poor, have some serious problems putting together majorities because greedy, straight, white people are not showing up at the polls in sufficient numbers to deliver the government they feel they deserve.

So this year CPAC decided to do some outreach.  Apparently without the knowledge of all of the parties involved in the umbrella group, CPAC officials invited a gay Republican organization, GOProud, to help plan and participate in the conference.  That inclusionary gambit could have been a big plus for the basically reactionary group, but unfortunately for all concerned, CPAC's uglier elements could not abide the gesture of  tolerance.

When the news of this invitation to GoProud was announced, the American Principles Project, American Values, Capital Research Center, the Center for Military Readiness, Liberty Counsel, and the National Organization for Marriage all backed out of the conference.  This week the Family Research Council and the Concerned Women for America have added their names to the list of organizations that won't rub elbows with gay Republicans.

The conservatives seem to be struggling with the "Big Tent" concept!

As an interesting aside to this tale of snake-pit democracy, it needs to be mentioned that the Family Research Council, Concerned Women of America, Liberty Counsel, and the National Organization for Marriage have all been recently designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) because they "continue to demonize homosexuals and other sexual minorities."

It's lucky for CPAC that they didn't invite some Latino gay group - or nobody would have shown up!  One wonders why they didn't hold their convention in Phoenix!

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