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Ann Coulter Booted From World Net Daily Conference For Speaking To Gay Group

A few weeks ago, the gay conservative group GOProud announced that Ann Coulter would be the keynote speaker at their September conference in New York, which they are calling Homocon 2010. The announcement that Coulter would attend raised a few eyebrows, and now the publishers of World Net Daily that Coulter’s decision to speak to the group is reason enough to dis-invite her from their own conference:

Conservative superstar Ann Coulter today was dropped as a keynote speaker for WND’s “Taking America Back National Conference” next month because of her plan to address an event titled “HOMOCON” sponsored by the homosexual Republican group GOProud that promotes same-sex marriage and military service for open homosexuals.

Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, said the decision was a gut-wrenching one for his team because of their fondness for Coulter as both a person and writer-speaker.

“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. “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.”

This isn’t all that surprising. After all, WND’s publisher Joseph Farah blasted CPAC organizers earlier this year when they allowed GOProud to be one of the conference’s co-sponsors, a move which also caused Mike Huckabee to call CPAC “too libertarian,” and led to one rather disgusting outburst by activist Ryan Sorba from the CPAC stage, for which he was roundly booed.

Coulter responded to Farah’s announcement by pointing out she speaks to a number of different groups:

Coulter responded: “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. I was going to speak for you guys, I think you’re nuts on the birther thing (though I like you otherwise!).”

But Farah sees this speech to GOProud in a very different light than does Coulter.

“Earlier this year, GOProud was permitted to sponsor the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, the biggest event of its kind,” said Farah. “This bad decision resulted in consistently conservative groups dropping sponsorship and withdrawing from participation – much to their credit. 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.”

Coulter went on to point out that she has spoken at previous WND events even though she considers Farah’s obsession with the birther issue insane. Moreover, her decision to speak in front of GOProud isn’t surprising at all once you see what they’re actually about:

GOProud represents gay conservatives and their allies. GOProud is committed to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy. GOProud promotes our traditional conservative agenda by influencing politics and policy at the federal level.

Moreover, their list of current legislative goals consists of mostly mainstream fiscal conservatism and contains only two items that could be described as explicitly “gay,” repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and opposition to a Federal Marriage Amendment. One could arguably state, in fact, that GOProud is more mainstream conservative than Joseph Farah or the readers of World Net Daily.

Now, Joseph Farah is hardly a serious person, and World Net Daily is not a credible news source, but he’s got a following so this is of some interest inside the conservative movement, just like the relative quiet on the right about the Proposition 8 ruling, and the fact that Grover Norquist recently joined the GOProud are interesting. It’s a sign, I think, that the anti-gay rhetoric that was associated with the right in the past just isn’t going to work anymore.

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  1. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Pelosi stiffles discussion of Park 21 Mosque.

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  2. James Joyner says:

    Although, I gather, part of the impetus for straight conservatives in supporting GOProud is that they’re a counterweight to the Log Cabin Republicans, who are more liberal on other social issues, too.

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  3. James,

    That’s certainly part of it, I believe the two founders of GOProud were formerly affiliated with the LCR’s.

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  4. Michael Reynolds says:

    This is such hypocrisy. They have no problem with the obvious fact that Coulter is a transexual, but they don’t want her talking to a gay group?

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  5. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Doug, while you attack the GOP, you missed a few items. I will update you as the Huffington post, the Daily Kos and John Stewart (your normal sources of news) will not be paying much attention. Seems your mistress, Nancy Pelosi has been working with the White House. Looking into those who oppose Obamacare. Now they appear to be expanding that program to investigation those who oppose the ground zero mosque. Guess it is dangerous to oppose Der Obama. As an aside, seems Ms Pelosi has been involved in some sort of land grap. Something to do with Treasure Island in the bay area. I guess these fascist never learn.

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  6. Zelsdorf,

    James already blogged about Pelosi’s idiocy:

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/pelosi-investigate-mosque-opponents/

    And my post isn’t about the GOP, it’s about World Nut Daily

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  7. mantis says:

    Man, you guys just love to feed the trolls here, don’t you?

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  8. It’s a sad day when the GOP is so out that there that Anne Coulter, Pat Buchanan, and Lou Dobbs are left as the voices of restraint and tolerance.

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  9. ponce says:

    “They have no problem with the obvious fact that Coulter is a transexual, but they don’t want her talking to a gay group?”

    haha.

    Will the Republican Party end in a nationally televised Thunderdome-style brawl between all its crazy factions?

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  10. Pug says:

    Grover Norquist recently joined the GOProud.

    I didn’t know that.

    Is Grover gay, or is he an ex-oficio member? Seriously.

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  11. Pug says:

    OK, checked it myself. Also interesting to whom he is married:

    Norquist is married to Samah Alrayyes,[32] a Kuwaiti PR specialist who was formerly a director of the Islamic Free Market Institute and specialist at the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs at USAID.

    Wiki is never wrong, of course. Married a Kuwaiti (don’t tell Michelle Malkin) who worked for the damn government, foreign aid no less. These Washington insiders are all the same.

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  12. Brummagem Joe says:

    What exactly is the difference between the LCR’s and GOP proud? Or is it impenetrable like the difference between the Mensheviks and the Bolsheviks? I once asked a friend of one of my kids who is active in the LCR’s why he’d belong to a party that would cheerfully burn him but never got a straight answer. This whole matter seems somewhat less substantial than a storm in a teacup, a thimble perhaps? But if anyone knows the difference between these two gay Republican organizations could they spell it out.

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  13. I would say that GOProud is more conservative on fiscal and defense issues than the LCRs.

    Also, the people who formed GOProud left the LCRs largely because they felt the group wasn’t doing much of anything to help gay Republicans beyond sending out press releases

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  14. mantis says:

    What exactly is the difference between the LCR’s and GOP proud?

    It’s all detailed here.

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  15. Brummagem Joe says:

    “These Washington insiders are all the same.”

    Er yes. They are actors in a profitable drama of their own devising.

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  16. Brummagem Joe says:

    mantis says:
    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 14:55

    yes I’m sure Cleese could make a memorable movie about the doctrinal differences between the two.

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  17. Tano says:

    “It’s a sign, I think, that the anti-gay rhetoric that was associated with the right in the past just isn’t going to work anymore.”

    Thats rather premature, isn’t it? That you can point to a few non-gay-haters? There have always been some people on the right who were relatively decent on these issues – Barry Goldwater comes to mind.

    I get the sense that the gay right still has an enormous amount of work to do to bring their fellow conservatives along – and that they are not making all that much progress since they seem more interested in winning acceptance from conservatives (by bashing the gay left), than having the courage to argue their case forcefully.

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  18. Brummagem Joe says:

    “Thats rather premature, isn’t it?”

    Given that much of the conservative base’s efforts are aimed at blocking the advance of gay right I’d have said it was immensely premature. Homophobia is deeply implanted in the way the right’s psyche. This is just another of the fault lines in the conservative movement..

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  19. Herb says:

    “I would say that GOProud is more conservative on fiscal and defense issues than the LCRs. ”

    The members of GOProud should change affiliations and make the Democrats “more conservative on fiscal and defense issues.” They might find a more open ear than they’re finding within the conservative movement.

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  20. G.A.Phillips says:

    ***This is such hypocrisy. They have no problem with the obvious fact that Coulter is a transexual, but they don’t want her talking to a gay group?***

    Harry, you should know that you don’t have to be gay to be a transexual.

    ***Homophobia is deeply implanted in the way the right’s psyche.***

    As lackluster and limp as this stawman is, I would like to point out that I have known and know crap loads of liberals who hate people who enjoy gay sex, er lifestyles, um think they was born that way……

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  21. sam says:

    @Michael R.

    “They have no problem with the obvious fact that Coulter is a transexual, but they don’t want her talking to a gay group?”

    Heh. Coulter left Washington a number of years ago, firing parting shots about the lack of datable men in the city. I’ve never been able to track this down again (maybe somebody else knows where it is), but some guy wrote an open letter to her on her problems meeting said datable men. The letter consisted of series of points she should think about. I don’t recall any of them except the first, which went:

    1) Ann, quit injecting yourself with your own urine.

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  22. Franklin says:

    UPDATE: it’s getting worse for her, she’s now been booted from speaking in front of the gay group, too.

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  23. Franklin says:

    UPDATE: it’s getting worse for her, she’s now been booted from speaking in front of the gay group, too.

    UPDATE: I am an idiot who cannot read. The above statement is false.

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