The Closet in the Big Tent

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Next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is being cosponsored by GOProud, a gay conservative organization (that I will admit I’ve never heard of before). Because GOProud thinks that the question of same-sex marriage should be left to the states, the New York Times is reporting that a number of conservative organizations are boycotting CPAC, including the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, and Liberty University–not to mention a number of church-based groups.

In the article, the Dean of Liberty University Law School is quoted as saying:

“GOProud is working to undermine one of our core values,” said Mathew D. Staver, dean of the Liberty University School of Law. Letting gay men and lesbians attend the conference is one thing, he said, “but they shouldn’t be allowed to be co-sponsors.”

So, apparently, LGBT persons are OK so long as they are not visible. The message from this law school dean is: stay in the closet and we will tolerate you; come out in the open and we will shun you.

-Tony Infanti

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  2. thebewilderness says:

    I beg your pardon?
    Icky people can come to the event but they can’t be co-sponsors is a core value of who? What us is he talking about?
    When peons like myself wonder what the heck is wrong with the educational system there is always some guy like this that is happy to demonstrate.

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