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This year's CPAC conference now includes "conservative" homosexual activist group with radical anti-family agenda. (Going on now in D.C.)

Conservatives falling for classic Alinsky strategy

POSTED: Feb 19, 2010

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) started Thursday in Washington, DC, and runs through this weekend.

CPAC is billed as America's largest conservative conference. It attracts nearly 10,000 activists and features a who's who of speakers, including congressmen, major media people, governors, and presidential candidates. But in recent years - probably for fundraising reasons - CPAC has stressed taxes and fiscal issues while ignoring the "social issues" as much as possible. And in turn, CPAC has attracted more RINO-Republican types of attendees, particularly among students.

But this year CPAC has included a homosexual group that espouses most of the radical homosexual agenda that many conservatives are battling against -- as co-sponsor of the entire event and a participant in a panel discussion.

Shockingly, despite a plea from a major pro-family activist, a large number national pro-family groups have decided to embrace this new "big tent" approach to conservatism and co-sponsor and/or participate in CPAC. A few major groups, to their credit, pulled out when CPAC insisted on including the homosexual group. (MassResistance was also going to attend but we decided not to.)

The "conservative gay" group GOProud is a co-sponsor of this year's CPAC, has a booth, and is fully involved. GOProud describes itself as "committed to a traditional conservative agenda" that "represents gay conservatives and their allies."

But according to their website, here's some of what GOProud's agenda includes:

  • Legalization of homosexual marriage. They have articles cheering the progress of homosexual marriage in Washington DC and bemoaning the loss of the gay-marriage effort in New York state.
  • Against the Federal Marriage Amendment, which they term as "anti-gay".
  • Supports the repeal of the military's "Don't ask don't tell" policy.
  • Supports expansion of federal national health care legislation to facilitate "expanding access to domestic partnership benefits."
  • Having America's foreign policy support homosexuality abroad: America should: "Stand strong against radical regimes who seek to criminalize gays and lesbians" (i.e., sodomy and other homosexual behavior).
  • Supports special federal pro-gay legislation, including "Package of free market reforms to encourage and support small businesses and entrepreneurship in the gay community."
  • GOProud's chairman, Christopher R. Barron, described the pro-family movement this way: "Unfortunately there are far too many folks in this country who deserve the label anti-gay, and some of those folks are politicians. Indeed some people in this country make a living demonizing gay people and our families."

Plea from Liberty University and Liberty Counsel to chairman of CPAC

Back in December, Jerry Falwell, Jr. of Liberty University and Matt Staver of Liberty Counsel wrote a letter to David Keene, the Chairman of CPAC, outlining his concerns about GOProud and asking him to disallow them from participation in CPAC. Matt also circulated copies of that letter to various pro-family groups around the country.

Keene refused to make any changes in GOProud's status. As a result, Liberty University pulled out of co-sponsoring. Also, Family Research Council (FRC), Gary Bauer's Campaign for Working Families, Bott Radio Network, and American Family Association (AFA) declined to be co-sponsors. AFA is also not providing the web-casting for CPAC as they have in the past. (TownHall is doing it instead.) Congratulations to these groups for standing on principle.

Unfortunately, a large number of national pro-family groups decided to continue co-sponsoring and participating in CPAC this year. It's pretty disappointing.

Speaking on a panel and fitting right in

In addition to having a booth as CPAC, on Saturday morning GOProud's executive director, Jimmy LaSalvia, will be part of a panel, "Using Technology to Mobilize Conservatives." He'll be joined by Tom Keeley of FreedomWorks, Adam DiAngeli of Campaign for Liberty, Sandy Greiner of American Future Fund, and Kate Obenshain of Young Americans for Freedom. No problem!

Conservatives falling for classic Alinsky strategy

From a strategic standpoint, this is the classic Saul Alinsky approach: Work within the system, from the inside. Try to appear as moderate as possible on the surface. Slowly but surely introduce radical "change" framed in progressive, reasonable, and rational terms. This is what they've been doing in schools and government (and many other places) for a long time. And our side continues to fall for it.

There's a lot of money and visibility to be had by being in CPAC, but at what price? The conservative movement continues on its troubled path.