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In the 1980s, they supported the slaughter of liberal Catholics and indigenous tribes in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and defended apartheid in South Africa. Three decades later, the far right is still allegedly destroying evidence of its human-rights crimes.
Operating today under the banner of the World Congress of Families, the same U.S. far-right organizations that lobbied for aid to Nicaraguan contras and Salvadoran death squads are now aiding anti-gay violence and imprisonment in Russia -- and seeking ways to re-import that culture war back to the United States, in order to save what they call the "natural family."
The WCF had planned a Capitol Hill symposium for today (November 15) that would tout recent victories for antigay coalitions in Australia and Africa, and promote rising voices in the Christian Right:
- Dr. Allan Carlson, President of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society and Editor of The Family in America;
- Austin Ruse, President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute;
- Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, think tank for Concerned Women for America; and
- Steven Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute
The New Civil Rights Movement offers a rundown of these activists' recent antigay campaigns.