By Chad Groening
Several pro-family organizations have announced they won't attend an upcoming conservative gathering in Washington, DC, because among its sponsors is a homosexual activist group.
The American Conservative Union's (ACU) Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is normally one of the largest annual gatherings for conservative activists and a platform for Republican presidential candidates. However, this year's event, scheduled for February 10-12 in Washington, DC, will be missing some major conservative heavy-hitters, including the American Family Association (AFA), the Family Research Council (FRC) and Concerned Women for America (CWA), as those groups boycott CPAC because it is receiving sponsorship from the homosexual group, GOProud.
"We decided to stay home last year because GOProud was a sponsor," reports AFA's Bryan Fischer, director of issues analyses. "GOProud is a radical homosexual activist organization. They are determined to obliterate laws against same-sex 'marriage;' that's their agenda."
He goes on to point out that the activist group has actively supported the effort to repeal the exclusion of homosexuals from military service.
"That was one of their objectives, and they've accomplished that first objective," Fischer laments. "Now they're going after the institution of marriage, and conservatives need to rise up and say, 'No - we're going to draw a line in the sand here.'"
He explains that homosexuality is not a conservative value, which is why the AFA cannot be part of a conference that condones that lifestyle.
Another prominent pro-family group, Focus on the Family, announced earlier this week it is considering ending its sponsorship of the conference in the future. But Focus spokesman Tom Minnery told a Colorado newspaper that they will participate this year to help offset the influence of GOProud. Still, he said, this may be the last year it is a sponsor.
'Huge blow to CPAC': More big guns say bye - WorldNetDaily
David Keene: Full steam ahead for CPAC - HotAir
US conservatives object to gay Republicans at conference - Telegraph
Homosexuality: The Christian Perspective - Bible.org (Lehman Strauss)
Another CPAC Dust-Up Over Gays - Wall Street Journal (Blog)