Several years ago, I had been invited by the American Family Association to come as their guest to the annual CPAC event in D.C. and host a couple half-hour programs for them on radio row. At that time, I remember there was a great deal of debate about whether or not GOProud, an LGBT advocacy group that claims conservative politics, should be allowed to be a sponsor of the conference.
How quickly times change.
Just about eight years later there is no longer any debate over the involvement of those who advocate the homosexual political agenda at the largest gathering of conservative activists in the country. The parent organization of CPAC, the American Conservative Union, has come to fully embrace the Log Cabin Republicans – the same group that just two years ago trashed pro-family conservatives with this ad in the USA Today:
Apparently the ACU sees nothing objectionable or left-wing about attacking as “losers” and “morons” all those who embrace traditional Christian morality. Behold the Trumpification of the conservative movement.
To be sure, there are several who voice thoughtful conservative politics who are simultaneously gay. To suggest that any person who experiences same-sex attraction cannot be a political conservative is mindless and absurd. But the LGBT political agenda is separate and distinct from “gay people.”
A gay person who holds conservative politics can and should object to the un-defining of marriage and family as deliberately disruptive to healthy society. A gay person who holds conservative politics can and should object to the bludgeoning of religious liberty. A gay person who holds conservative politics can and should object to the flagrant abuse of scientific reality in our understanding of sex and gender. A gay person who holds conservative politics can and should object to the silencing of dissent through gestapo tactics of speech codes and hate labeling.
But the Log Cabin Republicans consistently do not take a firm stance, if they take any stance, in opposition to these liberal policy objectives. Instead, as the attack ad in the USA Today demonstrates, they often advocate them.
Meanwhile, for those tempted to applaud CPAC for allowing “diverse opinions” even if that includes brazenly liberal advocacy at a convention for conservatives, it turns out that the American Conservative Union is now actively banning pro-family organizations for their hostility to the LGBT political agenda.
MassResistance, a socially conservative organization in Massachusetts – the very belly of the liberal beast – was recently informed by CPAC Executive Director Dan Schneider that despite having received prior approval for their exhibit at this year’s convention, they were being denied participation. Why? CPAC disapproved of the tough stand MassResistance President Brian Camenker took towards defeating the transgender agenda in public schools.
You can read more about the entire saga here, but suffice it to say that CPAC became concerned that MassResistance was too aggressive in their opposition to transgender indoctrination occurring in public schools. The same CPAC that did not find the Log Cabin Republican attacks on Christians as moronic losers too aggressive.
Eight years ago the debate was whether allowing LGBT advocates into CPAC would create a slippery slope that would erode the traditional conservative view of sexuality and family. Today, CPAC seems to be happily sliding down it.