Liberty Law School is taking its toys and going home, so to speak:
Liberty University Law School has withdrawn as a co-sponsor of next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington because a Republican homosexual activist group is being allowed to co-sponsor the event.
Liberty University chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Liberty Law School dean Mat Staver had penned a letter to CPAC organizer David Keene last month, requesting that he disallow the homosexual group GOProud from co-sponsoring the conference. The letter was also signed by other evangelical Christian leaders, including Gary Bauer of American Values. GOProud supports, among other things, same-sex “marriage” and repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
Staver reports that he never received a formal response to his complaint, so Liberty University is dropping its co-sponsorship. Liberty Counsel, however, will still have a booth at CPAC.
So really, they’re not taking their toys and going home, they’re just taking them into a corner and refusing to share them. Apparently it is that terrifying to have your name on a list of sponsors near a gay name — because what if one of the other sponsors thinks that means you’re gay too? Anyway, this temper tantrum from Liberty Law is predictable and lame, but at the same time, I agree with those questioning just precisely why GOProud would want to join forces with people who see them as less-than second class citizens, people who give aid, comfort and support to eliminationist policies aimed at LGBT people at home and abroad, etc. I know that “gay Republicans” have convinced themselves that the most important issues facing LGBT Republicans are keeping healthcare as “whites only” as they can, and wetting their pants over Nigerians who fail to make their underpants explode, because those failed underpants bomber boogeyman guys also aren’t fond of gays, but give me a break. This group doesn’t stand to add anything to CPAC that will benefit the majority of LGBT people. For whatever reason* they’re gay wingnuts, and they shouldn’t be surprised when the Barons of Wingnuttia react with open revulsion and fear to the idea of having their names on a list next to a gay group. GOProud is simply finding out what happens when you try to make nice-nice with people who hate your existence.
(h/t Right Wing Watch)