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04/19/2007


Bryan Fischer Welcomes Hateful Anti-Gay Michigan RNC Committeeman Dave Agema: VIDEO

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In most situations and settings, it’s difficult for someone else to overshadow American Family Association spokeshater Bryan Fischer in terms of anti-gay bigotry. But Fischer had some stiff competition on his show yesterday when joined by embattled Michigan RNC Committeeman Dave Agema, who is under intense pressure from Republican Party officials to resign for his laundry list of virulently anti-gay and anti-Muslim statements. 

Quick to play the victimization card, Agema detailed how he was being persecuted like Ducky Dyansty's Phil Robertson and boxing champ Evander Holyfield for telling the truth about homosexual behavior. Right Wing Watch reports that Agema also reiterated his vow to not resign from the RNC and become a victim of “political correctness.”

"Political correctness is taking the place of freedom of speech," Agema told Fischer. "And if you look at what's happened just here in the news media and particularly in Hollywood in the Grammys, they are just shoving this stuff down our throats and very few people are speaking up. And if you do speak up, you can expect to be slammed, and that's exactly what they call it, slamming and jamming, what they're doing to me right now"

The (separated at birth?) duo also discussed the methods the Republican Party would need to employ in order to oust Agema from his position.

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Michigan GOP Refuses to Condemn Vile, Anti-Gay Comments Made By RNC Committeeman

Dave AgemaLast week, Michigan RNC Committeeman (and noted homophobe) Dave Agema came to the defense of 'traditional marriage' at a GOP holiday reception by saying that gays falsely claim people with AIDS as their lovers in order to cheat the system and get free medical benefits.

Disgusting comments right? Well the Michigan Republican Party doesn't seem to think so. ABC 13 reports that the state party held a meeting on Saturday in Lansing and chose to ignore a proposed measure that would have disavowed the party of "demagogic rhetoric that is incendiary and unbecoming of civil discourse." Although the measure didn't mention Agema by name, it was widely interpreted to be in reference to Agema's incendiary comments. But neither the measure, nor Agema's comments, was addressed publicly at the meeting.

Agema also made no mention of the controversy when he spoke at the meeting. He did, however, promote the party platform, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman and urge party members to avoid "the quagmire of political correctness."

In a Facebook post, Equality Michigan managing director Emily Dievendorf denounced the party's decision to ignore Agema's comments:

Today was more than a missed opportunity, it was a slap in the face to all those who are harmed enough by an almost complete lack of basic rights in Michigan for LGBT people," she said. 


GOP Hires First National Youth Director in Effort to Reach Out to Millennial Voters

Elliott EcholsThe Republican Party took its first step in a new effort to reach out to more young voters last Thursday by naming Elliott Echols (pictured right) as the party's first national youth director, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports:

"Today's announcement is groundbreaking," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured below). "Bringing Elliot on board in an off-year will help us build relationships with young voters and mobilize students and young professionals to take our message to their peers."

Yet Echols' work will resonate beyond the 2014 elections, Priebus said, noting that "young Americans are independent-minded people who are concerned about getting our nation's economy back on track." Echols, 23 of Rome, Ga, told the Tribune-Review he has goals for his new role.

Priebus"The biggest is to bring young, energized people to the GOP," he said. "There are a lot of young people who are eager to make a change, but they can't change anything if they're not a part of the process."

The RNC's new efforts have also extended to attracting minority voters. In recent weeks, the RNC has hired new heads for black media communications and rolled out an aggressive Hispanic outreach program in Pennsylvania, California, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, and Virginia.

Presumably, these efforts are in response to the party's report released back in March that analyzed data from its 2012 presidential election loss. The report, entitled "Growth and Opportunity Project," proposed ways that conservatives could attract young, gay, women, and minority voters, all blocs that sat firmly on Obama's side during election night last year.

The Daily Kos, however, remains skeptical of these so-called "groundbreaking" developments on the GOP's part:

Basically, Echols's job will be to convince young voters that Republicans aren't anti-gay, anti-immigrant, or anti-21st century, and then, once he accomplishes that, his job will be to convince those same voters that it's just a coincidence that GOP policies are perfectly consistent with a party that is anti-gay, anti-immigrant, and anti-21st century. Then, and only then, will his achievement be groundbreaking, because he'll have achieved the impossible. 

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RNC Speaker Says Gay, Immigrant Issues Have Pushed Blacks to the Back of the Bus

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The Republican National Committee celebrated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech this past Monday with a luncheon. One of the speakers was Center for Neighborhood Enterprises head Bob Woodson, who is unhappy that gay, immigrant, women, and environmental issues have moved to "the front of the bus" ahead of issues facing poor black Americans. According to Woodson, “You never hear any talk about the conditions confronting poor blacks and poor people in general,” which is desmonstrably untrue with a five-second Google News search.

Woodson also takes issue with those he calls "moral traitors," Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in particular for their fierce condemnation of George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin, but tepid response to the murder of Chris Lane in Oklahoma.

We should pray for the families of these people just as we do the family of Trayvon Martin. We should not wait for a white face before we get outraged. Evil is evil, whether it wears a white face or not. I’m sorry to be the skunk at the garden party, but I think if Dr. King were alive today, he would step on some of these sacred issues.

Woodson received a standing ovation for his speech.


RNC to Vote on Resolution Affirming 'One Man One Woman' Marriage and Urging Supreme Court to Do the Same

The Republican National Committee is set to convene tomorrow at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in L.A. for a 3-day spring meeting where they will discuss the party's direction and vote on several motions, one of which would reaffirm party opposition to same-sex marriage, reports Chris Moody at Yahoo's The Ticket:

RncAt the meeting, a group of state party leaders is expected to submit a set of proposals to the RNC's Resolution Committee that aim to "re-affirm conservative principles." One in particular will take the temperature of the party's opposition to same-sex marriage. (The official Republican platform, which was approved at the national convention last August, calls for a constitutional amendment that would effectively ban same-sex marriage.)

According to the text of a marriage resolution, which was acquired by Yahoo News, the RNC panel will vote on a resolution stating, "[T]he Republican National Committee affirms its support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America; and be it further resolved, the Republican National Committee implores the U. S. Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage in its rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act."

While the result of the vote could reveal a headline-grabbing schism among party leaders over the issue, the same-sex marriage issue will likely not be the focal point of the conference.

The text of the resolution, via Yahoo! (click to enlarge):

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UPDATE:

Zack Ford at Think Progress notes that the six points the resolution attempts to make are backed up by citations from Mark Regnerus's politically-motivated junk science study on the inferiority of same-sex parenting or NOM's talking points.


Rachel Maddow Wonders How The Republican Party Can Possibly Rebrand its Image: VIDEO

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Yesterday, I posted the RNC's 100-page report intended to counter the wacko headlines coming out of CPAC with points and recommendations aimed at helping the party recover from the losses it suffered in 2012 by portraying itself as more tolerant to minority groups, gay people, and younger voters.

Last night Rachel Maddow took a look at the report and wondered how they can possibly rebrand.

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