Up until just now, I was a member of the Patriot Action Network.
I say up until just now because I’ve had a running problem with them. About two weeks ago, I started getting “partner emails” from a group that pays PAN to send emails to users. I’ve never had a problem with any of them until now. Eugene Delgaudio, head of a group pseudo-benignly called “Public Advocate of the United States”, is one of those extremist fringe anti-gay hysterics that Jimmy LaSalvia was talking about in a recent public statement regarding Dan Savage. Delgaudio is almost famous for his lies regarding the gay agenda. Don’t get me wrong – there is a gay leftist agenda, and I’m still every bit as committed to stopping them as I am to stopping Obama’s re-election bid. Delgaudio, however, uses myths, distortions and outright lies to create a problem where there is none.
Here’s a portion of the claims made in his email, sent by PAN to its users:
You see, the Homosexual Classrooms Act contains a laundry list of anti-family provisions that will:
*** Require schools to teach appalling homosexual acts so “homosexual students” don’t feel “singled out” during already explicit sex-ed classes;
*** Spin impressionable students in a whirlwind of sexual confusion and misinformation, even peer pressure to “experiment” with the homosexual “lifestyle;”
*** Exempt homosexual students from punishment for propositioning, harassing, or even sexually assaulting their classmates, as part of their specially-protected right to “freedom of self-expression;”
*** Force private and even religious schools to teach a pro-homosexual curriculum and purge any reference to religion if a student claims it creates a “hostile learning environment” for homosexual students.
And that’s just the beginning of the Homosexual Lobby’s radical agenda.
In fact, it will set them up to ram through their entire perverted vision for a homosexual America.
Delgaudio is talking about HR 998, better known as the “Student Non-Discrimination Act.” You can read it in its entirety by clicking here. When I first got this ridiculous email, I posted a blog on my page on PAN’s website detailing why Delgaudio was a liar – at the same time I said that I was 100% against HR 998, I listed the reasons why, and I said specifically that if PAN was going to give Delgaudio a vehicle with which to push his extremist agenda, I was going to leave the network and publicly comment on what they’ve been supporting.
If nothing else, HR 998 runs directly afoul of the Tenth Amendment. The government didn’t have the power to start regulating education in the first place, and according to the Tenth Amendment it is illegal for the federal government to keep meddling in education in America. HR 998 claims to use the Fourteenth Amendment to supposedly protect the rights of GLBT youth in public schools, a claim that is outrageous on its face. The Constitution alone could stop this idiotic law from being implemented.
That’s not to mention the reason for the bill in the first place. It’s purportedly to stop anti-gay bullying; we already have laws that could be used to crack down on bullying. Harassment laws could be utilized, especially when social media is involved. Assault charges can be leveled at bullies who use physical violence against their victims. We don’t need any more laws – we already have plenty of them. HR 998 is a knee-jerk reaction by liberals who want more control over Americans.
Delgaudio is making the case for the liberal side of it. Absolutely nothing in that law says anything about sex ed classes (which I think were a poor idea in the first place) teaching gay sex acts to make gay kids feel included. Nothing is mentioned about private schools being forced to obey federal mandates on anti-bullying measures. The most appallingly insulting claim Delgaudio makes even offends the straight conservatives I know. He claims that the law would protect gay kids from punishment following claims of sexual harassment, something the bill says absolutely nothing about (not even in passing), and is a provision that even the most ardent liberal socialists would be reticent to include. That claim is so egregious I can’t believe that the email passed PAN muster.
Not only did it pass once – it passed twice. I just got the same maliciously lie-ridden email from PAN today. I quietly posted a blog to my PAN site that said I would be leaving because I could not in good conscience align myself with an organization that would accept money from a hack like Delgaudio so he can play on people’s religious sensibilities through emotional statements and complete fabrications. Within hours, Darla Dawald, the national director herself, responded with a nasty, defensive comment that they had “a lot of costs to cover” and “one person being offended was hardly a reason to change anything.” She went on to say that PAN has 90,000 users and they had to find a way to raise money.
Before I could respond to her, however – and before I could save the posts I’d made on the page – she suspended my account. The suspension made sure I wouldn’t be able to take a screen capture of her comment. She took a page straight out of the Huffington Post’s playbook, proving my point that PAN leadership is really no better than liberals. They’ll support people and groups who will lie and peddle those lies to members who won’t question their fellow conservatives, but when called out for their hypocrisy they pitch a fit and shun the person who had the nerve to speak up.
Like it or not, people like Delgaudio are hurting the conservative movement. You don’t want gay leftists indoctrinating our youth in extreme liberal beliefs in public schools? Fantastic! Neither do I! If this is the way you’re going to try to stop it, though, you’re only shooting all of us in the collective foot. Delgaudio is a shill, the kind that will be used as ammunition by the left when the presidential campaign really gets going. His brand of emotional ranting is what gay liberals wave in my face when they call me a self-loathing closet case. And when you have someone like that lying to stop a piece of legislation, you’re only furthering the cause of those who back that legislation. I really don’t want to hear about how you need to raise money, either – Tammy Bruce does it just fine without resorting to selling ad space to those she wouldn’t want to be seen as endorsing. If you refuse to distance yourself from Delgaudio, Darla, you are endorsing him.
We need to stop HR 998 and we need to boot the people backing it from office. We’ll never accomplish that goal as long as we appear to align ourselves with those who gamble with the truth. If we don’t learn to be wiser about this, the war is ours to lose.