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Conservative Radio Host: Discriminating Against Gays Helps Protect Them From Getting Stoned To Death - VIDEO

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Anti-gay activist Dana Loesch, the editor-in-chief of Andrew Breitbart's BigJournalism.com, has said that failure to protect the “right” of Christians to discriminate against people in public accommodations will lead to gay people being stoned to death on the streets, reports Right Wing Watch.

Appearing on a CPAC panel on religious liberty last weekend along with Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer and Tony Perkins, the leader of listed hate group the Family Research Council, Loesch made the bizarre connection between the right to discriminate and the potential murder of gay people, saying:

"You don't have to be a Christian to be affected by loss of religious liberty, because if one liberty is taken, more liberties will be taken.

“If I'm not speaking up [while] you're losing rights then what will happen to me when the day comes, if someone comes to me? What if you're stoned for walking out in the street for being gay? I mean, come on, that's where the conversation needs to go.”

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California GOP Tells Log Cabin Republicans 'Get Out Of The Back Of The Bus,' Votes to Formally Recognize Gay Group

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In a move that drew comparisons to Rosa Parks and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the California Republican Party voted this weekend to officially recognize the Log Cabin Republicans. 

The Los Angeles Times reports:

The Log Cabin Republicans, a 38-year-old organization that had unsuccessfully sought a charter from the state party several times in the past, received the formal imprimatur on a 861-293 vote at the party’s biannual convention in Sacramento.

It is among the first gay groups officially sanctioned by a state Republican Party.

Brandon Gesicki, a delegate from Carmel who supported the effort, said the vote showed how much the party in California has changed in recent years.

“It would have been the complete opposite 15 years ago,” said Gesicki, who also turned in a proxy vote from former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado supporting the recognition. “The fringe does not control the party anymore. We truly are a big tent once again.”

The victory for Log Cabin in California comes on the heels of the national group's exclusion (then re-admittance) as Conservative Political Action Conference sponsor this year. 

The LA Times reports that despite the decision to charter Log Cabin, the California GOP platform still includes anti-LGBT language: 

John Briscoe, president of the socially conservative California Republican Assembly, pointed to Log Cabin’s support of same-sex marriage.

“I have a hard time understanding how we’re going to charter an organization that’s in opposition to our platform,” he said during the debate.

The party’s official platform says homosexuality is unacceptable.

“We believe public policy and education should not be exploited to present or teach homosexuality as an acceptable ‘alternative’ lifestyle. We oppose same-sex partner benefits, child custody, and adoption,” the platform says.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that while some social conservatives like Briscoe voiced strong opposition to the decision, the vast majority of those attending the state GOP convention supported it. 

And, many said, their inclusion was long overdue.

“We’re Republicans,” said Brandon Gesicki, a longtime GOP strategist. “We’re not East Germany.”

“Get out of the back of the bus,” said Scott Wilk, Republican Assembly Caucus chair to the Log Cabin group at the close of the debate. “You deserve a seat.”

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Log Cabin Republicans Will Now Be Allowed To Participate In CPAC Alongside All the Anti-Gay Nuts

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Amazing what can change over a weekend. Just last Friday we were telling you how the Log Cabin Republicans had been denied participation - yet again - in the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. According to Edge Boston today, however, that stance has been reversed and not only have the LCRs been allowed to attend, but have even been invited to speak on a panel titled "Putin's Russia: A New Cold War?" and will take place this Saturday, February 28th at noon.

Edge snarks:

Among the many right-wing luminaries scheduled to speak at this year's CPAC are: Sam Brownback, the pig farmer turned governor of Kansas who recently stripped LGBT state workers of employment non-discrimination protections, Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon turned professional Obamacare basher who compares marriage equality advocates to supporters of bestiality and pedophiles, and half-term Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin who is well, Sarah Palin.

The only way the party will change is when that change starts coming from within. One has to offer a certain amount of respect to a group that's willing to meet with the fanatical dogmatic lunatics that comprise far too much of the Republican Party and threaten to rot it completely from the inside out when the rest of us would rather - and justifiably so - completely wash our hands of them.

GOProud was never, ever, ever - like, seriously? omgwtflolno - going to affect any kind of positive change within the Republican Party, so quixotic as it may be, here's hoping that LCR getting their foot in the door is something that helps eventually move the GOP to a party of educated politicians from the circus of crazy-eyed, dominionistic, hateful, paranoid nutbags that it has become.


CPAC Excludes Log Cabin Republicans As Sponsors For Third Year In a Row

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For the third year in a row, the Log Cabin Republicans have been excluded as sponsors for the Conservative Political Action Conference, arguably the year's biggest event for the Republican Party. Maybe they're still sore over that Politico ad from a few years ago asking the GOP to please not be so anti-gay, a sentiment repeated last summer by political strategists? 

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union which is CPAC's sponsor, said that the reason that LCR was excluded was because they simply didn't apply to be sponsors. Also, that LCR is timid and insufficiently conservative, whatever that means.

AngeloLCR executive director Gregory T. Angelo (right) counters Schlapp's claim with a paper trail of emails from himself to ACU executive director Dan Schneider - all of which went unanswered - explicitly requesting to be sponsors of this year's CPAC.

Most likely, the reason for the exclusion is the very conclusion that Angelo has come to:

CPAC has a problem allowing any formal recognition for organizations affiliated with gay people. That is the only logical conclusion to come to.

 


Would Rick Santorum Have Voted For Arizona's Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill? 'Absolutely' — VIDEO

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Rick Santorum sat down with the National Review after CPAC a few weeks ago to talk about Arizona's "religious freedom" bill that would have allowed the "sincerely held beliefs" of business owners to legally discriminate against homosexuals. When asked whether he would have signed the bill had Santorum been in Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's place, he emphatically said yes, surprising absolutely no one. Also, somehow Obamacare is the government infringing on people's freedom of religion. Also said during the interview, utterly lacking in self-awareness:

The trunk upon which all other branches of rights flow from is freedom of conscience. If you don't have freedom of conscience, then freedom of speech doesn't mean very much, freedom of assembly doesn't mean anything because you can't speak or do what you believe is right. And what we're seeing is the government increasingly encroaching upon this very sacrosanct area of our Constitution and using all sorts of excuses to suppress people's rights

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Jon Stewart Mocks the Wingnut Line-Up at CPAC: VIDEO

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What do full stomachs, empty souls, and filthy Denny placemats have in common?

They're all on the minds of the wingnuts at CPAC, and Jon Stewart thoroughly relishes the opportunity to shred GOP heirs apparent, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Wayne LaPierre.

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