The Conservative Political Action Conference, now underway near Washington, D.C., is coming under fire from one of its sponsors over another sponsorship, and a group that it has allowed to have exhibitor space.
This year, Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT activist group that promotes Bruce Jenner, same-sex "marriage," and open homosexuality in the U.S. Armed Forces, has been added as a sponsor. CPAC also welcomed Atheist Voter as an exhibitor, both of which drew the ire of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.
"It pains me to say this, but CPAC is turning left," American TFP Director Preston Noell III said. "It's alienating true conservatives and shattering the cohesion of the conservative movement.
"Nothing is more corrosive to the movement (than) the deliberate efforts of LGBT and atheist activists to be accepted as bona fide conservatives and the naiveté of those who view them as such. Ronald Reagan gave us a brilliant metaphor. He said the stability and unity of the conservative movement is like a stool with three legs—social, fiscal and defense conservatives.
"By giving the homosexual movement a platform of legitimacy, CPAC organizers are cutting off one of the legs—pro-family, pro-God Americans—and the stool will come crashing down. And that's exactly what the Left wants."
Friday, American TFP issued the following statement:
"We call upon the American Conservative Union to rescind its welcoming of organizations like Log Cabin Republicans and Atheist Voters as sponsors and exhibitors. Doing so would show consistency with the word conservative in its name.
"We are proud to have been CPAC sponsors for many years. However, if the Log Cabin Republicans or similar organizations continue being CPAC sponsors, we lament to say that the American TFP will not be a CPAC sponsor in 2017. We will choose to be consistent with true conservatism."
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