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Gay rights groups willfully ignore positive Palin, Angle comments at CPAC; GOProud hits back

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      Jeff Winkler

      Jeff Winkler is a Daily Caller staff writer covering firearms, as well as campaign advertising and fringe culture topics. He worked previously for several Arkansas and New Zealand publications. His byline has appeared in Slate, Reason, Good magazine, the Guardian, Washington City Paper and most notably, Worm Digest.

The nation’s largest gay rights advocacy organization, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has instituted its own “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy toward conservative firebrands Sarah Palin and Sharron Angle after they implicitly — but clearly — voiced support for the gay-oriented Republican group GOProud.

The buzz surrounding GOProud’s involvement in this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has been the focus of media attention, after groups that normally participate in the “conservative Woodstock” pulled out of an event accepting of a self-identified gay group.

On Wednesday, Palin reiterated her support for CPAC’s inclusion of “different, diverse groups … involved in political discourse.” Palin will not be in attendance at the conservative-fest, but told the Huffington Post that she is “always in favor of freedom” and encourages “discussion.”

Angle, unlike other high-profile political figures, did not boycott CPAC because of GOProud’s involvement. In attendance herself, Angle echoed Palin’s sentiment when she told the Huffington Post: “We need to be very careful when we get to talk about our opinions and be inclusive.”

The HRC — whose stated goal is to ”achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality” — appears to be holding a second Day of Silence.

“We have no comment on this matter,” HRC Deputy Press Secretary Paul Guequierre told The Daily Caller when asked for a comment regarding Palin and Angle’s recent support of GOProud.

Other prominent nationwide gay-rights organizations, like the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), did not respond to numerous inquires from TheDC regarding Palin and Angle’s comments. On its website, GLAAD does, however, state that by “ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.”

Another organization, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force referred similar questions regarding Palin and Angle to GOProud.

Having two of America’s most prominent conservative women vocally indicate their acceptance of alternative lifestyles seems like a positive sign for “equal rights” groups like the HRC, as well as an opportunity to foster further discussion. So what gives?

“It’s not surprising to me. At the end of the day, Human Rights Campaign is nothing more than a partisan Democratic organization,” GOProud’s Chris Barron told TheDC.

“They spend days publicly attacking something [Sarah Palin’s] teenage daughter said on Facebook — on Facebook; but they can’t bring themselves to thank Gov. Palin for having the courage to stand up for gay people,” said Barron. “It speaks volumes about what a joke that entire organization is.”

According to its internal search engine, the HRC has more than 60 press releases related to Sarah Palin — none of which are positive. One release, which relates to Bristol Palin’s Facebook incident, is titled, “HRC to Sarah Palin: Two Days of Silence, Will You Speak Up?”

“They ought to save money on rent and move in with the DNC, because they’re one in the same organization,” said Barron. “They hold themselves out as a nonpartisan/bipartisan organization, and things like this just prove that nothing could be further from the truth.”

  • Rowwdy

    It is time the “hate crime” issue goes both ways. Gays are becoming more and more violent, in rhetoric and physical threats alike.

    The following comments are FROM GAYS and by gay activists going back many years…

    Demands made in 1972 ““Repeal all laws governing the age of sexual consent.” 1972

    “Anti-homophobic curriculum in the school” 1972

    “Public and private institutions should support parenting by lesbian or gay couples.” “The government should provide protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, public accommodations and education just as protection is provided on race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.”

    “Public and private institutions should support parenting by lesbian or gay couples. 1985

    By Clinton Fein ….

    “On “hate thoughts” and “hate speech” laws: “Homophobic inclinations alone, even without any actions, should be criminal and punishable to the full extent of the law.”

    On influencing public policy: “Make sure that gay representation permeates every level of governance.”

    On “same-sex marriage”: “Demand the institution and then wreck it. James Dobson was right about our evil intentions. We just plan to be quicker than he thought.”

    On “gays” in the Church: “Reclaim Jesus. He was a Jewish queer to begin with, and don’t let anyone forget it.

    Lie about your sexual orientation when giving blood.

    Ensure that you preserve DNA samples to be used for cloning purposes if necessary.

    Any homophobic persons, even former homophobes that have been rehabilitated, should be required to register using the same model as child molesters”.

    The following comments came after Prop 8 failed for gays…

    The Web site antigayblacklist.com published a list based on data by electiontrack.com of anyone who contributed more than $1,000 to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign.

    Read more: California Musical Theatre director steps down | Sacramento Business Journal
    http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/stories/2008/11/10/daily40.html?jst=pn_pn_lk

    On yet another site, “Americablog,” “scottinsf” wrote, “Trust me. I’ve got a big list of names of mormons and catholics that were big supporters of Prop 8. … As far as mormons and catholics … I warn them to watch their backs.”

    “I hope they all rot in hell, those servants of a lying, corrupt devil! BAN RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM,” wrote Angelo.

    Read more: ‘Gay’ threats target Christians over same-sex ‘marriage’ ban http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=80220#ixzz1NaLq12vj

    Want more? There are 1,000s of vile comments and threats FROM gays toward ANYONE who speaks out against their agenda.

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  • lrgon

    CPAC, conservatives, libertarians need to recognize people for what they truly are. Remember Sun Tzu’s teachings in the Art of War. The strategy is defeating your enemy by using the art of deception. Pretending that you are their friend and then stabbing them in the back once you are in the “big GOP tent.”
    http://hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2071/The-Overhauling-of-Straight-America.aspx

    • thephranc

      I recognize you for what you truly are.

  • lrgon

    Sarah Palin has taken a Neoconpath of war, big government and chumming up to the morally bankrupt economic policies of the GOP establishent. Check it out:
    http://thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/politics/6224-palins-neocon-path

  • Alammbrito2010

    Women of America, do not be fooled, Sarah Palin is a Woman like you….Sar­ah Palin will fight for all the women of America…­.Please support Sarah Palin ….