Actually, this GOProud sponsorship is turning out to be kind of fun to watch. Now Jerry Falwell's Liberty Law School has dropped out of the CPAC because they refuse to kick out GOProud, the newer gay Republican group:
Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Liberty Law School Dean Mat Staver had penned a letter to CPAC organizer David Keene last month, requesting that he disallow the homosexual group GOProud from co-sponsoring the conference. The letter was also signed by other evangelical Christian leaders, including Gary Bauer.
GOProud supports, among other things, same-sex marriage and repealing the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.
Last week, GOProud's Christopher Barron took to Metro Weekly to chide gay liberals/leftists/Democrats/anyone-who-ever-dared-criticize-him for not supporting GOProud's sponsorship of the CPAC. I found it interesting that, while gays on the left may be having some fun with the fact that gay Republicans are advancing their more precious cause of lower taxes and more wars, it's not like any of us can do anything to keep them out of the CPAC. Barron ignores the folks who actually can get them kicked out of the CPAC.
Either it's because he knows who the family is and is more hurt that we'd criticize him (haha), or his political loyalty lies over there and GOProud's first goal is to advance a conservative agenda among gays and lesbians, not to advance gay and lesbian goals in the Republican Party and conservative movement.
The question does come down to who can be a conservative and who can't, as Peter Labarbera argued a few weeks ago. If the conservative movement were about advancing an ideology and certain policies, they wouldn't care so much about who was in their club as about what those people believed and were working for. But this is movement conservatism we're talking about, and it's always been about tribalism and who you are.
And conservatives are willing to accept people with different ideas on policy, but their "No homos" rule is really important to some:
"Obviously as an exhibitor or participant, you don't necessarily have to think that everyone agrees with you, and some people might even work against you," Staver notes. "But as a co-sponsor, even though not everybody would have the same mission, not everyone would agree with the same tactics, and some would actually focus on economics whereas others might focus on social issues and others might focus on national defense - the fact is they're all conservative in nature. You wouldn't expect, however, a co-sponsor to actively work to undermine another co-sponsor, and that is in fact what GOProud does."
Not everyone has a problem with other cosponsors working to undermine them, though. Take GOProud, for example. Everyone else there thinks that they need to be sent to pray away the gay camps, yet they're willing to give money to fund the convention. They're a model of openness.
This came in the inbox while I was working on this post. Press release from GOProud:
The gay left, always willing to do the bidding of the DNC, is attempting to characterize Scott Brown as 'anti-gay'. This paper ran a headline that blared "Could an anti-gay Republican win Kennedy's Seat?" The Edge, a New England gay paper, had a similar headline in December, "Anti-gay Mass. Pol Seeks to Succeed Kennedy."
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. However, attaching the label "anti-gay" to every single politician or person who is not 100 percent aligned with the political agenda of the gay left is not only unfair but wildly counter-productive. In the case of Scott Brown, the gay left is guilty of being little more than the partisan boy who cried wolf.
What's the truth about Scott Brown? I will concede up front, that Scott Brown doesn't support same-sex marriage. Brown, however, has stated that same-sex marriage in Massachusetts is settled law and that he personally supports civil unions. Brown has also said that he believes marriage is a state issue and that each state should be free to make its own law regarding same-sex marriage. Sound familiar? It should, because it's the same position taken by President Barack Obama.
The gay left indeed "always" does the bidding of the DNC, which is why a group of gay Democratic bloggers is trying to get the entire community to boycott donations to the DNC. And it's terrible that those gay leftists assume that everyone should agree with their unreasonable agenda of same-sex marriage rights.... Oh, wait, the gay right supports that, often more fervently than the left (the left happens to also care about other gay issues, while for the right, including GOProud, it's relationship recognition and military participation all the way).
But I do love the last line about Barack Obama, since I see it in so much gay Republican polemics: Barack Obama believes something, so it's gotta be OK! Strangely, that logic applies to absolutely no other issue.