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01/12/2011

Focus on the Family: We must come together (as long as GOProud is not there too)

by Jeremy Hooper

We must be more respectful and less divisive in our discourse, says Focus on the Family. Which they will then bear through their continued insistence on making an issue out of certain gays' desire to attend a conservative conference:

Are we suggesting there's a direct connection between the kind of incendiary words that call for/imply violence and those that make a stink over something like GOProud? No. But they are at least distant, rhetorical cousins. Because anytime you, in your influential role, call for further shunning, banning, marginalization, etc., of a person or group by virtue of nothing more than a characteristic like sexual orientation, you are going to combat with peace. A battle that brings potential pain to the target. A battle that brings potential retaliation to the person who did the targeting. A battle that keeps us divided as a people. A battle that brings unneeded negative attention to people of faith. A battle that would not exist, if not for these self-appointed faith groups that have declared "culture war" against certain populations, goals, or ideas.

And we say this from a standpoint that doesn't even think GOProud should want to be part of CPAC, as long as groups that are seeking their inequality are still serving as sponsors. But as long as CPAC exists and as long as a group does want to represent there as both gay and conservative, they simply cannot be banned by virtue of their sexual orientation. On that note, we will go to the mat both defending GOProud. Or more accurately: We will reject Focus on the Family's continued insistence on placing them in a ring to begin with (which is of course the root of why we take issue with GOProud's attendance at a conference FoTF sponsors).

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