9.30.2011

Values Voter Summit: What Kind Of Values, Exactly?

On October 7, thousands of will gather at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC for the Value Voters Summit, an annual political conference for American social conservative activists and elected officials from across the US.

The event's Facebook page states that the Values Voter Summit is held "in the cause of family, family, and freedom." I'm not so sure that's a typo, as the VVS is hosted by the Family Research Council, the conservative Christian hate group that spends the majority of its resources advocating against LGBT rights, women's heath, sex education, embryonic stem-cell research, gambling, and pornography. All of these things, according to the Family Research Council, are a threat to family.

Or at least the FRC's definition of family, which, according to their views, must include one heterosexual man and one heterosexual woman who are married to each other, and whose values must be aligned with the Judeo-Christian worldview.

What kind of values are these folks peddling? 
Based on the statements attributed to the event's sponsors and speakers, these values are: homophobia, xenophobia, dishonesty, ignorance, denialism, Christofascism, paranoia, hysteria, oppression, discrimination, bullying, misogyny, exceptionalism, and bigotry.


The Speakers
Let's take a look at some of the event's speakers, and some examples of their values:

Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins, President, FRC Action and Family Research Council (FRC)

Representative Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.)

Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.)
Rep Vicky Hartzler

Genevieve Wood, Vice President, Leadership for America Operations, The Heritage Foundation

Mathew Staver, Chairman, Liberty Counsel and Dean, Liberty University School of Law

Senator Rick Santorum, Republican Presidential Candidate


Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas), Republican Presidential Candidate


Rep. Steve King
Representative Steve King (R-Iowa)


Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Va.)
Herman Cain

Herman Cain, Republican Presidential Candidate

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Republican Presidential Candidate
Ken Cuccinelli

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R-Va.)

Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Republican Presidential Candidate
  • Said of Melissa Etheridge's cancer: "This may be an opportunity for her now to be open to some spiritual things, now that she is suffering with that physical disease. She is a lesbian.”
  • Said that we live in a time when "a judge will say to little children that you can't say the pledge of allegiance, but you must learn that homosexuality is normal and you should try it."

Bryan Fischer
Bryan Fischer, Director of Issues Analysis, American Family Association

Tom McClusky, Senior Vice President, FRC Action

Derek McCoy, President, Maryland Family Alliance

Brian Brown
Brian Brown, Executive Director, National Organization for Marriage

David Tyree, Former Wide Receiver, New York Giants
  • Said that the Marriage Equality Act would "be the beginning of our country sliding toward...anarchy," and would trade his famous catch and the team's Super Bowl title to keep marriage between a man and a woman.

Gary Bauer
Gary Bauer, President, American Values
  • Stated that President Obama, progressives, and Islamic terroris