by Max Brantley
The Dobson/Falwell/etc. summit that Gov. Mike Huckabee attended last week was ground zero of the Christofascist Republican base. Huckabee got a little attention by urging a cross-cultural pollination between the Religious Right and, say, gay and feminist groups on issues of common concern. But he did it carefully. He also made fun of gays, made it clear that he thought government money should go to churches and otherwise provided sufficient code words to get a standing O from the crowd.
Some lesser known people didn't get quite the same attention. Too bad. This is from the blog of the Institute for Southern Studies:
Last weekend, a widely-touted "Values Voter Summit" hosted by the Family Research Council drew stars of the Republican Party including Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to Sen. George Allen (R-VA) and Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AK). Designed to boost spirits and turn around GOP fortunes, the gathering instead descended into controversy when a Bishop Wellington Boone took the stage and announced, “I want the gays mad at me.” He succeeded, and made others mad as well when he revealed his strategy to get "the gays" to be more forceful in challenging him:
Back in the days when I was a kid, and we see guys that don’t stand strong on principle, we call them “faggots.” … [People] that don’t stand up for what’s right, we say, “You’re sissified out!” “You’re a sissy!” That means you don’t stand up for principles. [Listen to the audio here; the awkward silence is deafening.]
Perhaps one of you reporters who communicates with The Huckster could get a denunciation of the good bishop from him.