By Bryan Fischer
The American Family Association has had limited participation with the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the past. AFA provided live video webstreaming of the 2009 CPAC conference, and sent some of our radio personalities to the conference.
However, AFA made a deliberate choice not to participate last year because of CPAC’s decision to allow an aggressive and radical homosexual organization, GOProud, to serve as a sponsor of the event.
Because CPAC has continued its association with GOProud again this year, AFA has once again chosen not to participate.
The reason we are not participating is simple: homosexuality is not a conservative value. Period.
As AFA’s president, Tim Wildmon says, homosexual behavior is “immoral, unnatural and unhealthy.” The simple truth is that no organization that wants to use the word “conservative” in its title would ever send a signal that such behavior is morally or socially acceptable, or behavior that ought to get special protections in law.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control make it clear that homosexual conduct is just as dangerous to human health as intravenous drug abuse. Our public policy toward both behaviors ought to be the same. Neither should receive special protections in the military or in the marketplace.
Conservatism, of course, is a three-legged stool of strong national defense, fiscal responsibility, and pro-family values. CPAC, by including GOProud, is systematically sawing off the third leg of the stool. The conservative movement, and America along with it, will collapse without third leg being strong and sturdy.
We shouldn’t forget that this event is called the Conservative Political Action Conference, not the Libertarian Political Action Conference. There is nothing conservative about homosexuality or the homosexual agenda, not one single solitary thing.
By giving GOProud a seat at the table, CPAC is lending its name to the endorsement of behavior that is enormously destructive to the people who engage in it, and giving stature to an organization dedicated to destroying the institution of natural marriage. Shame on CPAC for abandoning classic conservatism for something trendy and dangerous.
George Washington said that ‘religion and morality are indispensable supports’ of ‘political prosperity.’ GOProud is laboring to subvert both of these ‘great pillars of human happiness,’ as Washington called them, and CPAC is helping them do it. (Both pillars are being undermined, since the moral issues under discussion here are rooted in religion.) The AFA will resolutely take its stand with the father of our country on this one.
In fact, Washington said that no man could “claim the tribute of Patriotism” who would work to undermine these necessary pillars. I’ll stand with George Washington on that one too. I have absolutely no qualms about questioning the patriotism of CPAC and GOProud. GOProud’s agenda is bad for CPAC and, much worse, bad for America.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)