The nation’s religious conservatives are at it again, seeking to define virtue and morality and script the behaviour of everyone else—this time, the issue involves the annual White House egg roll, taking place on April 17.
A coalition of organizers that include groups such as the FamilyPride Coalition, plan on using the event as an opportunity to publicize and raise the public profile of non-traditional families. According to a press release issued by the group, they’ve been working for the past five months to organize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families in an effort to introduce this group to the American public in a genuine and respectful way.
The Family Pride Coalition’s Executive Director, Jean Chrisler said, “Approximately 9 million children are being raised in LGBT-headed households. Our parents live in every corner of this country, rural and urban, red states and blue states, and we strive like every other parent in this country to give our children the best opportunities, to shower them with love, to teach them respect and a love for the rich and diverse traditions America has to offer them.”
Conservative groups however, don’t find the intentions of the Family Pride Coalition and others as benign. Instead, organizations such as the Institute for Religion and Democracy, World Net Daily and other groups, have been sounding the clarion call, beckoning their forces of intolerance to gather once again to stop the “homosexual Easter” from happening. According to their usual skewered view of reality, the annual Easter Egg Roll, which dates back to Rutherford B. Hayes, has been a non-political event. This year, however, groups like the Family Pride Coalition and Soulforce are going to “exploit the annual White House Easter Egg Roll for political purposes."
Mark Tooley, of the Institute for Religion and Democracy wrote an article for the Weekly Standard, which was critical of the motives of the various LGBT-family groups. This has apparently unleashed a flood of “hate-filled, venomous messages, telling us that our families aren’t welcome,” said Chrisler.
The issue came up at the Wednesday press briefing, when Whitehouse mouthpiece, Scott McLellan, was asked if President Bush would prevent gay families from attending.
You can bet that we haven’t heard the end of this. Conservatives could care less about the killing of innocent Iraqi children, by U.S. bombers. They never utter a “peep” when a mentally-challenged or teenage prisoner is executed, but mention homosexual egg-rolling, and brother, you’ve got a rumble on your hands!