Wow, this is a spit in the face. GOProud recently announced its co-sponsorship of the next Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), setting off alarm bells of the anti-gay right. In fact, when the wheezing about a fundie boycott occurred, CPAC director Lisa De Pasquale defended GOProud, stating that those in the gay org “do not represent a ‘radical leftist agenda’ and “should not be rejected as a CPAC cosponsor.””
Anyway, the latest word is that after ponying up to sponsor, conference organizer David Keene rolled that support back, taking the money but not allowing GOProud an opportunity to speak. Why? Because equality issues aren’t up for discussion.
In his e-mail response, Keene admitted GOProud “has signed on as a CPAC co-sponsor, but will have no speakers and we told them that, in fact, since opposition to gay marriage, etc are consensus positions (if not unanimous) among conservatives, these topics are not open to debate.” [...]
This is such a stupid tactic on CPAC’s part. The growth area isn’t with the fundie element; they are on the losing side of history. The social conservatives are already dragging the GOP down, do they really want to join them in the cellar?