As the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) draws to a close at the Gaylord Convention Center today, religious conservatives have begun to express outrage at what one right-wing alarmist called “the homosexual infiltration” of CPAC 2013. Although CPAC has faithfully stonewalled gay Republican groups, the presence and occasional visibility of gay-friendly Republicans has so threatened the conservative identity that the word ‘conservative’ itself is at risk.
“The homosexuals have already destroyed the meaning of the word ‘gay,’ said Cliff Kincaid, “Now they’re tying to co-opt the term conservative by claiming gays can be conservative.” Kincaid is the founder and President of “America’s Survival,” a religious political activist group that says gays are anti-American, Communist, and bent on the destruction of the family unit. Kincaid’s group routinely refers to the U.S. President as a Muslim Marxist, also insisting that the Obama administration is part of a movement he calls “Global Jihad.”
“These are facts,” asserted Kincaid of the Marxist and anti-American roots of homosexuality. “and simply because I point out these facts, I’m painted as some kind of lunatic.”
“I agree with everything he says,” gushed Brian Fischer of the American Family Association. Kincaid spoke to Fischer on AFA’s online video channel. This was even before conservative U.S. Senator Rob Portman, an architect of the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, came out in favor of gay marriage Friday.
“It’s one thing to sort of tolerate homosexual behavior as long as people keep it in private,” said Fischer at another point. “The reality is that if homosexuals would keep their activity in the privacy of their own homes, nobody would know… there are some very harmful consequences of the homosexual movement to some of the values that we cherish.” He failed to elaborate on that threat, other than to chide gays for wanting to “bring their activity out into the street.”
The proof of the homosexual infiltration, apart from Portman’s treachery, was a panel discussion called “A Rainbow on the Right” hosted by the Conservative Enterprise Institute. To the dismay of religious conservatives, the event was attended by 200 young, enthusiastic conservatives, most of whom were probably not gay. The subject of gay marriage was discussed by the panel, which to Kincaid and Fischer amounted to wholesale ‘promotion of the gay agenda.’
“If things continue as they’re going,” warned a devastated Kincaid, “Next year, CPAC will opening its its arms to this kind of influence.”