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Concerned Women For America finally learns to call out anti-gay rhetoric

by Jeremy Hooper

Over the years, the Concerned Women For America has employed Sandy Rios, Peter LaBarbera, Matt Barber, Robert Knight, and a whole host of conservatives whose rhetoric routinely breaks the bounds of political decorum. And right now, on CWA's main website, you can still find branded information like this....

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...and this...

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...and more stuff than I could ever round up. Staffers have attacked Rep. Nancy Pelosi's "surgically induced gash of a smile, which is hard to endure." Their current president suggested that LGBT youth are "probably troubled kids in a number of ways." They've portrayed us as bullies many times over. And so on. While it's true that the organization has slightly softened its rhetoric (but not its policy positions) in recent years, its history is long and content rich and irrefutably hostile to LGBT people.

So while I thank this organization for finally discovering that some who don't believe gay people are entitled to equal citizenship oftentimes use really nasty words to convey their thoughts...

Washington, D.C. — According to multiple news sources, South Carolina GOP candidate Anthony Culler wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that same-sex couples are “gremlins,” “bullies,” and a “pestilence that has descended on our society.” Culler, positioned in South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District race, posted that “Same-sex couples that seek to destroy our way of life and the institution of marriage are not cute and cuddly but rather (for those of you that are old enough to remember the movie), Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life.”

Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance said:

“Concerned Women for America (CWA) stands proudly in support of traditional marriage. However, neither side should engage in unkind, foolish verbal vomit. Anthony Culler has neither the temperament nor the judgment to thoughtfully represent the good people of the 6th district of South Carolina, and he certainly doesn’t represent the millions of Americans who support traditional marriage. CWA calls on both sides of this debate to show respect and humility in sharing our strongly held beliefs. As Americans, we should be able to debate this issue in a civil tone, making the case for our beliefs without being treated as ‘a pestilence,’ a ‘gremlin,’ or a ‘bigot.’ There are thoughtful people making high-level arguments for the importance of traditional marriage and against. Name callers distract and marginalize both perspectives.”
CWA Takes Issue with Congressional Candidate’s Mean Characterizations [CWA]

...I do wonder what took this organization so damn long. They've had years to take responsibility for in-house rhetoric that, frankly, hasn't been all that much better than what Mr. Culler said. Heck, "gremlins" is kind compared to the stuff Matt Barber used to say about us when he worked at CWA!

If this is a new leaf, then I applaud it—sincerely. But at the same time, let's not be revisionist. This organization has more than its share of "verbal vomit" for which to answer.

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