By James Tillman
August 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Anne Coulter has been dropped from speaking at WorldNetDaily's “Taking America Back National Conference” after it was announced that she would speak at “HomoCon,” a party hosted by the self-proclaimed “gay conservative” organization GOProud.
Coulter, who is well known for her unrestrained tongue, responded in an email to the Daily Caller by saying that WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah was dropping her for the sake of “publicity alone.”
“Attack [A]nn [C]oulter, get publicity,” the email stated. “[L]iberals figured that out a long time ago, so he's a little late to the party.”
Earlier this month, GOProud announced that Coulter was giving the keynote address at “HomoCon,” to the shock of both advocates of traditional family values and advocates of “gay rights,” who have previously attacked Coulter for her supposedly homophobic language.
The GOProud event will be taking place Saturday, September 25, in New York City. GOProud endorses repealing the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” ban on homosexuals serving in the military, wishes to change the tax code to “provide equity for gays and lesbians,” and opposes any constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage.
“Ultimately, as a matter of principle,” said WND editor Farah, “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.”
He continued: “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.”
GOProud has previously caused conflict within conservative ranks by appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
In an email exchange between Coulter and Farah published on WND, Farah told Coulter that she was legitimizing a group fighting for “the idea that sodomy is just an alternate lifestyle.”
Coulter responded by stating that speaking for a group did not amount to an endorsement of that group, and that she had spoken at Harvard, to Democratic groups, and to liberal Republican groups before.
Coulter has also told the Daily Caller that the “fellow evangelicals” she knew all thought that it was “great that I'm doing this,” and said that she was not “changing [her] mind on gay marriage even though I like gays.”
Despite Coulter's statement that she does not endorse GOProud's agenda, some have tried to spin her appearance as a positive move congruent with increasingly liberal tendencies on gay marriage within the Republican party.
“Conservatism and gay rights are actually natural allies,” S.E. Cupp told columnist Matt Lewis, “Conservatism rightly seeks to keep the government out of our private lives, and when you strip away the politics of pop culture, it's this assertion of privacy and freedom that the gay rights movement is essentially making.”
Recently Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck have also leaned in the direction of the gay agenda.
Additionally, Senator John Cornyn and Representative Pete Sessions, chairmen of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee respectively, are participating in a September 22 fundraiser for the Log Cabin Republicans, another openly homosexual group.
According to Farah, this is exactly the problem that the “Taking America Back” conference is meant to fight.
“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,” he said.
The conference's website proclaims that the only way to reestablish freedom is to “break the hammerlock of statism and the notion that moral relativism holds the answers to ordering people's passions and behavior.” Rep. Michele Bachman, Alan Keyes, Tom Tancredo, Jerome Corsi, and many other speakers will be attending.
Farah said, however, that Coulter would remain a weekly columnist for WND. He tried to explain the different standard by stating that the website is a place for people to “hear all points of view discussed openly and honestly.”
He continued: “However, this conference is a serious event 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.”
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