It was just two years ago that I was invited to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. by the American Family Association and broadcast a couple radio programs for them from the convention hall.
It was a fabulous experience and I enjoyed every minute of it. I don't expect another invitation from AFA - not because I made them mad, but because AFA no longer attends CPAC. They made that decision when the American Conservative Union (the group that runs the CPAC show) decided that allowing participation by a homosexuality activist group (GOProud) was somehow not contradictory to conservative values.
I agree with the AFA. Any group that seeks to obliterate traditional morality and contribute to the breakdown of the family unit (the pillar to any civil society) does not belong at a conservative function.
Evidently, trying to win over the votes of the homosexual lobby (a futile and ridiculous task) appears to be more important to CPAC than maintaining the support of the 1000 times larger Christian contingent of voters...good call:
Other social-issues groups opting to avoid the conference include the Heritage Foundation, the Family Research Council, the Center for Military Readiness, the American Family Association, the American Principles Project, the Liberty Counsel and the National Organization for Marriage.
All of this is extraordinarily unfortunate, as CPAC had become such an important force within the Republican Party. Yet, it shows signs of internal corruption - and not just from the GOProud nonsense.
Frank Gaffney, a 30 year stalwart in the conservative movement is blowing the whistle on CPAC's affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood - a group working to bring Shariah Law to America.
It comes as no surprise to those who know Grover Norquist, that he is behind the infiltration of Islamism into CPAC. Norquist's ties to Muslim groups has been well-documented, but as a board member of the ACU, he has managed to get political activist Suhail Khan a seat at the ACU table. Khan will be facilitating the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood at this year's CPAC event.
According to a report from World Net Daily:
Paul Sperry, author of "Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington" and "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America," says Khan is running "an influence operation on Capitol Hill that's quite sophisticated and slick."
"Suhail is the firstborn son of the late Mahboob Khan, a founding father of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in America," said Sperry, a Hoover Institution media fellow. "Suhail has been a consultant to CAIR [The Council on American-Islamic Relations] and served on committees at ISNA [the Islamic Society of North America], both of which the government says are fronts for Hamas and its parent the Muslim Brotherhood."
The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist revivalist organization founded in Egypt in 1928 to establish Muslim theocracies around the world, by means both violent and non-violent. The group is banned in Egypt, where its members have a long history of political violence capped by the 1981 assassination of Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian president who signed a peace agreement with Israel.
Sperry says some members of Congress and their staffs have no idea Khan is "a Muslim activist with direct connections to Muslim Brotherhood groups implicated by the government in a conspiracy to raise millions of dollars for terrorism right here in America."
"The Brotherhood's stated mission," says Gaffney, "is to destroy Western civilization from within. Their agenda for the U.S. and the world is the triumph of Shariah law worldwide under a ruler known as a caliph."
Gaffney describes Norquist, who, ironically also serves on the board of the controversial GOProud, as the enabler for Muslim Brotherhood associates, providing them with access into the highest reaches of the conservative movement and the Republican Party through his many contacts.
What an unmitigated disaster. It wasn't that long ago that I had a fellow conservative tell me that there's room for everyone under the big tent of conservatism. I wonder what he says now.
Conservatism is a set of core ideas, a philosophy that plays out in multiple areas of life. When you begin jettisoning certain areas to try to appeal to those who disagree with conservative principles, it doesn't take too long of that strategy to realize you're no longer conservative. That's where CPAC is choosing to go, and it's a shame.