Columnist Ann Coulter, whose work appears weekly on WND, is joining the advisory board of GOProud, the Republican homosexual activist organization whose leaders say they are “conservative.”
The move comes after her controversial decision last fall to speak to the group prompted another conservative conference to withdraw its speaking invitation.
Coulter said in a statement, according to Chris Moody of the Yahoo.com blog The Ticket, “I am honored to serve in this capacity on GOProud’s Advisory Council, and look forward to being the queen of fabulous.”
The report said GOProud “has caused a stir within the conservative movement, which is grappling with whether to accept organizations that identify as gay.”
Officials with the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, announced just a few weeks ago that they would no longer allow GOProud to participate as a sponsor of their conference.
CPAC, run by the American Conservative Union, is one of the largest annual conferences for U.S. conservatives. It had received negative feedback from traditional conservative organizations for including GOProud, with some major groups pulling out of the event.
Coulter had been invited to speak at WND’s “Taking America Back National Conference” in Miami in September, but WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah withdrew the invitation because of her GOProud appearance.
“Ultimately, as a matter of principle, it would not make sense for us to have Ann speak to a conference about ‘taking America back’ when she clearly does not recognize that the ideals to be espoused there simply do not include the radical and very ‘unconservative’ agenda represented by GOProud,” said Farah then. “The drift of the conservative movement to a brand of materialistic libertarianism is one of the main reasons we planned this conference from the beginning.”
Asked whether her appearance would not legitimize GOProud’s agenda, which includes open homosexuality in the U.S. military and same-sex marriage, Coulter said: “That’s silly, I speak to a lot of groups and do not endorse them. I speak at Harvard and I certainly don’t endorse their views. I’ve spoken to Democratic groups and liberal Republican groups that loooove abortion. The main thing I do is speak on college campuses, which is about the equivalent of speaking at an al-Qaida conference. I’m sure I agree with GOProud more than I do with at least half of my college audiences. But in any event, giving a speech is not an endorsement of every position held by the people I’m speaking to.”
Farah, however, insisted there was more to the issue.
“GOProud is about infiltration of the conservative movement and dividing it from within with twisted and dangerous ideas way out of the mainstream of American public opinion. Ann Coulter is, I’m afraid, validating this effort for money. I support her speaking to people with whom she disagrees on college campuses. That’s a good idea. I do it, too. But if you see the way GOProud is exploiting its coup in getting Ann Coulter to speak to its HOMOCON event, you begin to understand what a mistake this is for a conservative icon like Coulter.”
However, Farah said there was no question that Coulter would remain a weekly columnist for WND.
“There’s a different standard for columnists and speakers at our conference,” Farah explained then. “We boast the broadest ideological forum of commentators in any news or opinion publication or website anywhere on the planet – and we will continue to do that. We think people should hear all points of view discussed openly and honestly.”
The 2010 conference, he said, was “designed to provide some real leadership for those who are serious about changing the direction of this country. There is simply no room there for compromisers or for people who accept money from those determined to destroy the moral fabric required for self-governance and liberty.”
In response, Coulter attacked WND.
“These are fake Christians trying to get publicity,” said Coulter at the time.
Farah responded with: “Coulter called me a ‘publicity whore’ for my decision. But look who is on television talking about this – throwing mud, name-calling, smearing not only me but my entire staff. I will not engage in the kind of ad hominem attacks that have made Coulter so famous and that are making her even more of a media darling in this age of reckless anger and character assassination for the sake of entertainment. Every day, since we made this decision at WND, I thank God for giving me the clarity of mind and discernment to make the right choice.”
Coulter also spoke later about the dispute to C-SPAN:
She said, “If you’re born gay, why would you be liberal? Are you born liberal? Gays are a demographic group that have one of the highest incomes in America, they are victims of crimes. The Muslims don’t think too highly of them. So, you know, basically the entire Republican platform is fighting the same causes any sane gay person should care about, and the entire Democratic platform is sucking up to soccer moms and women who want abortions.
“What do you care about that for, gay person. Abortion isn’t at the top of your list, I’m guessing. And, by the way, as soon as liberals find a gay gene, guess who’s going to get aborted? So I think all gays who are born gay are overwhelmingly conservative, maybe apolitical. And all those angry gays, causing trouble for everybody, I don’t even think they were born gay. I think they just are angry at their fathers,” she said.
Farah eventually wrote, “Coulter’s action cannot be judged in a moral and political vacuum. Same-sex marriage and open homosexuality in the military and hate-crimes legislation are all political realities that are being shoved down the throats of Americans against their expressed will. This is hardly the time to be singing Kumbaya with the radical advocates of those positions. They’re winning. America is losing.”
In announcing that GOProud would not be invited as a sponsor for the 2012 CPAC event, the ACU explained the decision was a result of a vote of its board.
Coulter also wrote in a column on WND that she still opposes “gay marriage.”
WND previously reported when Andrew Breitbart joined the GOProud board.
“Andrew Breitbart is one of the most influential voices in the conservative movement today,” said Christopher Barron, chairman of GOProud, at the time. “We are thrilled to have him as part of the GOProud team.”
It was Barron who last September held a high-profile debate in Miami with Farah, arguing whether GOProud could even be considered conservative, based on its support for the homosexual agenda.
GOProud Chairman Christopher Barron, left, squared off against WND Editor Joseph Farah in a debate Sept. 17, 2010, at Miami’s Doral Resort as part of WND’s “Taking America Back Conference.” (WND photo)
Barron presented a number of his group’s stances on a variety of political issues to bolster his claim that GOProud is indeed conservative.
Some of them include support for cutting taxes, school choice, free-market health-care reform, the privatization of Social Security, fighting the spread of radical Islamic regimes, defense of Second Amendment rights and opposing any effort to federalize marriage through a marriage amendment.
Regarding marriage, Barron asked, “How many marriages have been damaged or destroyed by ‘gay marriage?’ My guess is not many. How many have been destroyed by divorce? A lot more.
“The real threat to marriage is divorce. I want to defend the institution of marriage because I believe in it,” Barron continued. “Why aren’t we pushing for amendments state by state repealing no-fault divorce? It’s bad for women, and it’s especially bad for children.”
Farah did not disagree on the divorce issue but hammered away on his point that homosexuality is inconsistent with being conservative.
“Chris, your argument is not with me. It is with God,” said Farah. “It’s with 6,000 years of Judeo-Christian history and the founding principles of this country.
“Our rights do not descend from government edicts,” he continued. “We’re endowed with them by our Creator. If that’s true, and I certainly believe it is, shouldn’t we listen to what our Creator has to say about the sin which forms the basis of your special-interest group?
“Should conservatives, the people who are supposed to preserve institutions that work, come to the rescue of homosexual activists? I say no,” said Farah.
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