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Ad Charges CPAC Betrays Conservative Principles and Threatens Conservative Unity
Contact: Misty, Vision America, 936-560-3900

MEDIA ADVISORY, Feb. 7, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- In a full-page ad in today's Washington Times, a group of conservative leaders say they are deeply troubled by the direction of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) – which opens on February 10. Click here to see the ad as it appears in today's Washington Times" (including a list of signers).

Vision America President Pastor Rick Scarborough, who initiated the project, noted: "For the third year in a row, GOProud will be participate in CPAC. GOProud seeks repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, without which judges will ultimately legislate homosexual 'marriage.' Last year, GOProud advocated for homosexuals serving openly in the military, which will devastate our armed forces and sacrifice unit cohesion on the altar of 'inclusiveness.'"

Some of the most prominent conservative groups and leaders are boycotting CPAC, due at least in part to the presence of GOProud. They include American Family Association, Liberty Counsel, Family Research Council, the Heritage Foundation, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Jim DeMint and Sean Hannity.

"Ronald Reagan spoke at CPAC in 1977. But would Reagan be comfortable at CPAC 2011?" Scarborough asked. "Our 40th president spoke of conservatism's three-legged stool, economic, defense and social (family values) issues. Remove one, and the entire structure collapses."

"CPAC organizers have decided that while limited government and national security are sacrosanct, the family is unimportant. American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene was quoted in the January 27 New York Times saying that CPAC could allow participation by a group promoting abortion, if it also supported the principles that really count, in his estimation," Scarborough noted. CPAC is sponsored by the ACU.

"This is ultimately self-defeating," Scarborough added. "Capitalism depends on individuals willing to make short-term sacrifices. Only families provide the incentive for such sacrifices. Without families to protect, who will want to man the ramparts to defend freedom?" Scarborough added.

The ad charges: "CPAC is betraying conservative principles and threatening conservative unity by creating the false impression that gay activism is somehow compatible with conservatism." Click here for the ad as it appears in today's Washington Times, including a list of signers.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Rick Scarborough or other spokesmen for the project, contact Misty at 936-560-3900.

For more information, contact Vision America, P.O. Box 10, Lufkin, Texas 75902 or 936-560-3900 www.visionamerica.org