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A viral alarm spreading among conservatives that the American Conservative Union is accepting homosexual sponsorship for its annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington is not the first indication that the organization is stepping away from its conservative foundations, based on an invitation from CPAC to WND a few months ago.
Joseph Farah, WND’s chief executive officer and founder, said he received an invitation from CPAC’s Lisa DePasquale for WND to be a cosponsor for the 2010 event, scheduled Feb. 18-20, and he responded with a brief private e-mail suggesting an interest in discussing the issue of President Obama’s eligibility to hold office at the event.
“Never heard back from her – not even a polite acknowledgement of receipt of my e-mail,” he said. “But months later she offered to an interviewer from the L.A. Times, among others, that CPAC ‘turned me down.’”
“She said even though CPAC officials recognized this would be the most well-attended event of CPAC because of the widespread interest, the organization would have nothing to do with the topic,” he said.
“In other words, she took a private e-mail from me and made a public spectacle of it in the media – in the interest of making CPAC look more ‘responsible,’ apparently than me,” he continued. “I concluded after this highly unprofessional action that CPAC was no longer a forum where important controversial topics could be addressed – unless they met the L.A. Times’ litmus test for acceptability.”
WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges – including multiple trips to the U.S. Supreme Court – over Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen.” The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Some of the lawsuits, including those by Democrats, question whether he was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama’s American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama’s citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.
Further, others question his citizenship by virtue of his attendance in Indonesian schools during his childhood and question on what passport did he travel to Pakistan three decades ago.
Adding fuel to the fire is Obama’s persistent refusal to release documents that could provide answers and the appointment – at a cost confirmed to be at least $1.7 million – of myriad lawyers to defend against all requests for his documentation. While his supporters cite an online version of a “Certification of Live Birth” from Hawaii as his birth verification, critics point out such documents actually were issued for children not born in the state.
CPAC had invited WND to be a cosponsor at the rate of $4,000, or $3,500 if registered early.
“Your participation would add much to the overall quality of CPAC 2010,” the invitation said.
But after the organization’s non-response to WND, an article appeared in the Times about how insiders “fear” extreme rhetoric and conspiracy theories are undermining the GOP credibility.
“Some are pressuring the Republican National Committee and other mainstream GOP groups to cut ties with WorldNetDaily.com, which reports some of the allegations,” the report said.
The September story in the Times by Peter Wallsten described how DePasquale, who had invited WND to be a cosponsor, had boasted of rejecting a request “to schedule a panel on whether Obama was a native-born U.S. citizen.”
“It would fill a room,” she told the paper. “But so would a two-headed monkey. There really are so many more important issues, and it’s only a three-day conference.”
Now a controversy has arisen over CPAC’s confirmation of its acceptance of a cosponsorship from GOProud, which calls itself “the only national organization for gay conservatives and their allies.”
Already, there have been several calls by activists for conservatives to abandon the American Conservative Union.
“CPAC’s tenuous’ Big Tent’ could collapse altogether as social conservatives led by Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber threaten to launch a boycott of the conference … unless CPAC drops a homosexual activist group, GOProud, as a co-sponsor,” wrote Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.
WND also has reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records and his adoption records.
The “certification of live birth” posted online and widely touted as “Obama’s birth certificate” does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same “short-form” document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true “long-form” birth certificate – which includes information such as the name of the birth hospital and attending physician – is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted its release for public or press scrutiny.
Oddly, though congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a “natural born citizen,” no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama’s claim to a Hawaiian birth.