Skip to comments.Focus defends decision to sponsor CPAC
Posted on 01/18/2010 2:46:07 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
An executive with Focus on the Family says the Christian ministry intends to maintain its co-sponsorship of next month's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) despite the inclusion of a Republican homosexual activist group at the event.
"We think we've got to engage the broader conservative movement and to be salt and light in that environment," he explains. "We believe that social conservatism, biblical Christianity has a lot to say to the political culture -- and we want to be where the action is, so that's why we're engaging it."
Minnery believes boycotting the event is the wrong strategy for social conservatives.
According to Minnery, if all social conservative groups "charge off in a huff, pick up our marbles and go home," there will be no one at CPAC to counter the agenda of GOProud.
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Although to be honest, the argument would more strongly apply to attending the conference (where you could counter the message you disagree with), rather than being a co-sponsor of the event, per see.
If every conservative sponsor pulled out, it might well convince CPAC to be more auspicious in which groups it allows to sponsor it's meetings.
On the other hand, there are several legs of conservatism, and an organization trying to reach out to all conservatives may not want to start applying a litmus test on every last issue.
Focus seems to be changing since Dobson stepped down. there was a big hubaboo a few months ago about obamma, if I remember correctly, even shocked Dobson when he heard about it. It is a shame, no matter how you dress it up.
I agree with Focus 100%.
Actually, this is a good move.
The more presence the religious right has, the better. We can’t just give up on once-conservative institutions because the anti-religious hordes come on in. We have to put up a fight, or we’ll fall into the trap of taking the path of least resistance.
CPAC is mostly Washington insiders and some donors who think that the insiders actually represent somebody. The best way to bring them to heel is not to participate so that it is plain that CPAC’s leadership has no constituency. This is yet another stupid decision by Focus.
“we’re engaging it” might be the wrong term
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