Mike Huckabee joins 79 other religious leaders in pleading with Australia to stop canceling venues for the international conference of a U.S. based anti-gay hate group's conference, slated to start Saturday.
The World Congress of Families is a purveyor of ideologies so right-wing they weren't even popular a century ago. A certified anti-gay hate group, the WCF exists to "affirm that the natural human family is established by the Creator and essential to good society." They say their "purpose" is to "defend the family and to guide public policy and cultural norms" on all of these issues: "divorce, devaluation of parenting, declining family time, morally relativistic public education, confusions over sexual identity, promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, poverty, human trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, isolation of the elderly, excessive taxation and below-replacement fertility."
Clearly, they're very busy people.
In short, they're an Illinois based anti-gay, anti-women hate group that recently has applauded Vladimir Putin's war on gay people.
One of their international conferences starts this weekend, and the WCF's leaders are even busier than usual.
On top of finding solutions to "confusions over sexual identity" and other "problems," they are now scrambling to find a venue in Australia that won't cancel on them.
Three already have.
"After two venue changes so far, the Conference is now scheduled to happen at Brunswick’s Aurora Receptions," Same Same reports.
And, unfortunately for the World Congress of Families, Brunswick’s Aurora Receptions just canceled on them too.
So flustered are they that, as Buzzfeed Australia reports, the World Congress of Families published a letter explaining that they're just innocent victims of “unremitting and grossly misleading attacks" by "sexual radicals" who have "launched a smear campaign" against them.
And who has signed on to this open letter to the good people of Australia?
80 religious zealots in total. Among those from the U.S.:
Former GOP Governor of Arkansas and Fox News host Mike Huckabee.
Also, National Organization For Marriage President Brian Brown.
Barbwire founder Matt Barber.
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman, of the anti-gay hate group, Liberty Counsel.
Tom Delay, former Republican Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives.
And several other anti-gay leaders.
On Saturday there is a pro-equality Day of Action scheduled to "Give the World Congress of Families the welcome they deserve!"
Image: World Congress of Families 2012. Photo by HazteOir.org via Flickr