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MediaDeit
11-16-2013, 11:06 AM
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/boehner-gives-anti-gay-group-hand




When it comes to conservative culture-war groups, the World Congress of Families probably isn’t much of a household name. It’s an Illinois-based group that seeks to “restore the natural family” – i.e., no gays – as “the fundamental social unit in the seed bed of civil society.”

As Rachel explained on the show back in September, the World Congress of Families gained greater prominence this year when it announced it would hold an international gathering next year at the Kremlin in Moscow. The point, of course, was for these anti-gay American activists to celebrate Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay crackdown.

As it happens, the World Congress of Families was also scheduled to hold an event in a U.S. Senate room today, and asked their in-state senator, Republican Mark Kirk, to give them a hand. Initially, Kirk obliged, but yesterday, the senator canceled the group’s access. The Illinois senator is pretty moderate on LGBT issues and as his office explained last night, Kirk “doesn’t affiliate with groups that discriminate.”

Larry Jacobs, the World Congress of Families’ managing director, blasted Kirk for listening to “radical sexual minorities,” adding, “Obviously Senator Kirk doesn’t care about families and children and freedom and has chosen to side with the policies of decline, death and disease promoted by the Sexual Radicals.”

But there was also a more short-term, practical concern for the far-right group: if they just lost their Capitol Hill meeting space, what will they do this afternoon? It turns out the group has friends in high places.
The office of House Speaker John Boehner secured meeting space for the World Congress of Families after their original sponsor, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, canceled their space in a Senate office building following an outcry from LGBT activists, the group’s leader said.

World Congress of Families president Allan Carlson praised Boehner’s intervention at in opening remarks at the event, which is focusing on what “pro-family legislators” can learn from foreign laws like Russia’s ban on “promoting non-traditional sexual relationships to minors.”

“At least in the House of Representatives people have not succumbed to the great fear” of LGBT activists, Carlson said, likening the situation to developments in Germany, France, and Italy as fascism took hold of Europe.
Yesterday the House Speaker offered a ridiculous explanation for his opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and today he’s coming to the rescue of the anti-gay World Congress of Families.

Right-wing social conservatives often question congressional Republican leaders’ commitment to the culture war, but it certainly seems as if anti-gay forces have an ally in the Speaker’s office.

Update: Boehner’s spokesperson said in a statement this morning, “One of the duties of the Speaker’s office is scheduling rooms throughout the Capitol complex, and we routinely provide a forum for discussion of public policy issues from across the political spectrum, including for liberal causes. This administrative task obviously does not imply endorsement of any particular point of view.”

After Republican Senator Mark Kirk revoked his help calling them basically a hate group..... Boehner needs to ponder to the psycho tea partiers and their stoneaged moral agendas.

MediaDeit
11-16-2013, 03:55 PM
video link

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/rachel-maddow/53570183/#53570183

Dan916
11-16-2013, 04:02 PM
I'm okay with this.

Isn't really an issue though

ElMariachi
11-16-2013, 04:06 PM
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/boehner-gives-anti-gay-group-hand



After Republican Senator Mark Kirk revoked his help calling them basically a hate group..... Boehner needs to ponder to the psycho tea partiers and their stoneaged moral agendas.



So what you're saying is you have an issue with free speech? So this group was given space to hold a discussion in tax-payer funded facilities. Once again, what is the problem?

brighamw
11-16-2013, 04:23 PM
So what you're saying is you have an issue with free speech? So this group was given space to hold a discussion in tax-payer funded facilities. Once again, what is the problem?

The Left in this country have a an issue with anything free or having to do with freedom, period...

MediaDeit
11-16-2013, 04:30 PM
So what you're saying is you have an issue with free speech? So this group was given space to hold a discussion in tax-payer funded facilities. Once again, what is the problem?

So would you be okay with the KKK hosting a meeting in the Capital then?

MediaDeit
11-16-2013, 04:33 PM
The Left in this country have a an issue with anything free or having to do with freedom, period...

I don't see anyone saying to arrest the group, or to stop them, but a HATE GROUP SHOULDN'T BE GIVEN FREE SPACE IN THE CAPITAL, WHICH LEGITIMIZES THEIR HATE.

Maybe we can give the KKK, Black Panther Party, Nation of Islam, and a bunch of Holocaust Denial groups free space in the Capital as well, lets legitimize their causes as well no?

Why is the right so eager to use tax funds to sponsor hate groups?

brighamw
11-16-2013, 04:39 PM
I don't see anyone saying to arrest the group, or to stop them, but a HATE GROUP SHOULDN'T BE GIVEN FREE SPACE IN THE CAPITAL, WHICH LEGITIMIZES THEIR HATE.

Maybe we can give the KKK, Black Panther Party, Nation of Islam, and a bunch of Holocaust Denial groups free space in the Capital as well, lets legitimize their causes as well no?

Why is the right so eager to use tax funds to sponsor hate groups?

If they're citizens, why not?

They're supposed to be our buildings and our nations capital...

Then again, you & yours showed during the shut down how you view public lands, buildings, etc...

HELIX35
11-16-2013, 05:00 PM
They have the right to go there and speak, just like the KKK would.

I have the right to consider Beohner a piece of ****, just like I would for someone who helped the KKK.

Ge_Tech
11-17-2013, 07:25 AM
This aside, Boehner is clearly one of the worst speakers in recent memory. He can't even keep his own people in line. He won't allow a vote on ENDA because he is afraid he would lose again. Quite pathetic.

ElMariachi
11-17-2013, 12:36 PM
So would you be okay with the KKK hosting a meeting in the Capital then?


Absolutely, they have a right to free speech as much as anyone else does. Unlike you, I don't support free speech rights for only the people I agree with.

No7
11-17-2013, 01:28 PM
do you say Boehner like 'boner'