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Feb 08 2008

Departure of ‘Fake Conservative’ Romney from Race is Good News

Republicans For Family Values

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Contact: Peter LaBarbera: 630-717-7631; rffv@comcast.net

Peter LaBarbera, founder of the website Republicans For Family Values (http://www.rffv.org/), issued the following statement today:

We who know his real record celebrate the news that the media’s favorite fake “conservative,” Mitt Romney, has abandoned his GOP presidential bid.  Congratulations to Mass Resistance’s Brian Camenker and all those who worked so hard to expose the truth about this man who, frankly, deceived many. Camenker’s report, “The Mitt Romney Deception,” was the linchpin of our campaign to expose Romney’s incredible string of flip-flops, anti-family sellouts and conveniently-timed conversions to the pro-family cause.

Said Camenker: “It’s quite astonishing that a rag-tag army of truth-tellers was able to take down the most well-funded and best organized political campaign in modern times — which was also in collusion with the “mainstream” conservative movement.”

Sadly, Brian is correct: the facts about Romney’s record that should have been reported by major “conservative” and pro-family leaders – such as his continued embrace of homosexual “special rights” laws and the $50 co-pay for abortion as a “benefit” resulting from his state health insurance plan — were left untold. Curiously, major conservative opinion-leaders like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and Hugh Hewitt – who readily bashed Mike Huckabee and John McCain for being too liberal — couldn’t bring themselves to expose the Real Romney.

Worse yet, some major Christian pro-family leaders failed in their role to inform the public about Romney’s social liberalism. Curiously, some embraced Romney even though his (post-pro-life-conversion) record on abortion paled in comparison to Mike Huckabee’s 100% pro-life record — and despite the fact that Romney’s (current) pro-homosexual-special-rights advocacy broke with decades of pro-family tradition. We know that some of these groups accepted large donations from Romney.

Right up to Super Tuesday, millions of Christians and conservatives – relying on talk radio and not hearing the truth from some major Christian organizations – were ignorant of Romney’s pro-homosexual, liberal record, demonstrating the lack of fair play of key conservative and pro-family leaders who — at the very least – should have exposed equally the warts of all the GOP contenders.

Politics is a tough business, but is it wrong to expect conservatives – and especially Christian leaders – to conduct it with more integrity?

This was a David vs. Goliath battle, and shows that truth is more powerful than fiction.  Now we must be vigilant as many of the same opinion-leaders will try to perpetuate their own myth by selling Romney as the “conservative” standard bearer waiting in the wings.

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Feb 06 2008

Super Tuesday Exposes Folly of Pundits Proclaiming Pro-Gay Romney as ‘Conservative’ Standard Bearer

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Republicans For Family Values
www.rffv.org

Contact: Peter LaBarbera: 630-717-7631; rffv@comcast.net

Super Tuesday Exposes Folly of Pundits Proclaiming Pro-Gay Romney as ‘Conservative’

Peter LaBarbera of the Republicans For Family Values website (www.rffv.org) offered the following lessons and observations from Super Tuesday’s surprising Huckabee performance:

  • Perhaps Mitt Romney should pull out of the race: he cost the more conservative Huckabee a victory in both Missouri and Oklahoma; says Texas pro-family leader Kelly Shackelford: “You’re not a conservative if you can’t win the south.  The south has spoken clearly- Huckabee is the conservative. … Losing in third place across the south, Romney needs to leave the race so true conservatives can coalesce around Gov. Huckabee.” 
  • Factoring the anti-Huckabee bias of both the liberal media and pro-Romney conservative pundits like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh (which should be worth at least 10 percentage points) — plus Romney’s huge personal spending advantage — and it is clear that the real “two-man race” in the GOP is between McCain and Huckabee;
  • The voters rejected the pundits’ and broadcast reporters’ promotion of Romney as “the conservative” candidate — since on social issues, which matter most to the GOP’s loyal grassroots base of religious, pro-life voters, Huckabee is the true conservative (e.g., he opposes “gay rights” laws, in contrast to Romney, who said state gay rights laws “make sense”);
  • Evidence of conservative pundit bias: Ann Coulter’s trashed Mike Huckabee’s alleged past liberalism while she ignored Mitt Romney’s longtime pro-abortion-on-demand, pro-gay record and his current liberalism – including Romney’s public support for state homosexual “special rights” laws and his creation of a state health insurance plan in Massachusetts that ended up including a $50 co-pay for abortion as “benefit.”  Later, after McCain moved ahead in the race, Coulter made a fool of herself by asserting that she would vote for Hillary Clinton — who is competing with Barack Obama over which Democrat is more pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality — rather than John McCain;
  • FOX News’ Sean Hannity and other conservatives should stop blatantly promoting Mitt Romney and belittling Mike Huckabee as a candidate; Hannity reached a new low when he led his viewers to believe (erroneously) that Huckabee had quit the race in Florida;
  • Evidence of the liberal media bias: the reporting on Huckabee’s speech urging a Human Life Amendment and Marriage Protection Amendment – making the Constitution more in line with “God’s standards.” News media like MSNBC (Joe Scarborough; see broadcast HERE) bristled at Huckabee’s religious reference while NOT reporting that the former Arkansas governor was merely offering rhetorical support for two planks that enjoy deep support among the GOP’s social conservative grassroots;
  • How much of the above bias and distortions surrounding anti-Huckabee/pro-Romney coverage result from standard anti-evangelical-Christian bigotry?
  • If Romney had been “Huckabee’d” by the conservative pundits – i.e., had they fully exposed the former Massachusetts governor’s extremely liberal past social record, unprecedented flip-flops, and current liberal positions – Romney likely never would have emerged as the purported “conservative” alternative to McCain; 
  • Some social conservative leaders are clearly putting politics over principle by opting for a candidate – Mitt Romney – who fails in two critically important areas for religious conservative voters: opposing all aspects of the homosexual activist agenda and being consistently pro-life (we applaud Romney’s pro-life conversion, but since that conversion he has supported or enabled some anti-life policies such as subsidizing abortions as a health insurance “benefit“). We understand why the Club for Growth chose Romney (although Romney is not a genuine economic conservative), but for key evangelical leaders to downplay Romney’s liberal policies – especially his current and novel pro-homosexual positioning as a Republican FAVORING passage of state homosexual “special rights” laws  – has damaged these leaders’ credibility;
  • There appears to be strong bias among conservatives in general that economic issues are more important than social issues (which is not to imply that Romney has a true conservative economic record); pro-life and pro-family voters should reject this.
  • Many pro-lifer and pro-family Republicans remain ignorant of Romney’s pro-homosexual-agenda record and his dubious pro-life record, including his support for stem cell research using excess embryos created during fertility treatments. Conservative media and some pro-life/pro-family leaders are complicit in not reporting or even covering up these crucial facts exposing Romney’s liberalism.

rickscarborough.jpgSays Rick Scarborough, founder and president of Vision America and a national leader among pro-life and pro-marriage advocates:

“I cannot support Mitt Romney.  His conversion to the pro-life position is suspect and his ongoing support of homosexual rights is not. His position on the deity of Christ does not align with orthodox Christianity and his positions on abortion and Gay rights does not align with orthodox Mormonism. He flip flops on the core values which drive Christian conservatives.”

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Feb 04 2008

Mitt Romney’s Liberal Paradigm Shift: a Republican FOR Homosexual ‘Special Rights’

Republicans For Family Values

www.rffv.org

Contact: Peter LaBarbera: 630-717-7631; rffv@comcast.net

Peter LaBarbera, founder of Republicans For Family Values (www.rffv.org), today criticized GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his “novel pro-homosexual positioning in the GOP.” On Dec. 16, Romney (the alleged “conservative” in the race) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “it makes sense at the state level” to enact pro-homosexual “sexual orientation” laws.  Last week, CNN’s Roland Martin reported that Romney told him that he opposes “gay marriage,” but supports “gay rights.”

LaBarbera issued the following statement:

Mitt Romney just doesn’t get it on the homosexual agenda, and if he doesn’t get at after serving as governor of liberal Massachusetts — where “gay marriage,” homosexual adoption and pro-homosexuality indoctrination in schools ALL were advanced by the sort of pro-gay “sexual orientation” laws he’s now espousing — then he’s not going to get it at the federal level.

Romney is already using his bully pulpit as a candidate to affirm “gay rights”– even AFTER he’s earned the backing of pro-family leaders who seemingly would have much to teach him about the danger and misuse of pro-homosexual laws. (Note that Romney uses gay-affirming “discrimination” rhetoric even with regard to the Boy Scouts’ ban on homosexuals.) 

I don’t know any serious pro-lifers who are pro-homosexuality. We all have compassion for homosexual strugglers, but we draw the line at laws that would distort “civil rights” to include sinful and changeable homosexual behavior — because these laws will be used to compel individuals, business and even ministries to violate their beliefs and support homosexual relationships (see the Weekly Standard article, “Banned in Boston,” about Boston Catholic Charities electing to close down its historic adoption agency rather than place kids in homosexual households.

Romney is trying to shift the GOP’s pro-family paradigm on homosexuality, and it’s an unwise shift — much like retreating from a principled position on pro-life (e.g., “I’m pro-choice but not pro-partial-birth abortion”). Due to Romney’s potential for being the “Nixon-goes-to-China” president who advances pro-homosexuality agendas in the GOP — I cannot support him.

Why do the same conservative pundits who have assailed Mick Huckabee and John McCain as too liberal, promote the fiction that Mitt Romney – who strongly defended abortion-on-demand and who remains in favor of anti-Christian homosexual special rights laws as a Mormon – is a “conservative”?

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Jan 19 2008

Romney-Care Lists Abortion as a Covered ‘Benefit’

If this were ‘Huckabee-care,’ Ann Coulter would be writing another hit piece against him 

romney_care_abortion_benefit-2.JPG Abortion is listed as a $50 or $100 co-pay under “Benefit” in the “Commonwealth Care” plan touted by Gov. Romney. Click HERE for the Commonwealth Health Insurance Program benefit cost sheet PDF from which this is taken. (Emphasis added above.)

Hmmm. Abortion as a covered “benefit” under Gov. Romney’s vaunted health care insurance plan (the Commonwealth Health Insurance Program).  How did “CEO Romney,” a pro-life convert, let this get through?

The co-pay charge for this “benefit” is $50 for premium members or $100 for regular members. See the upper left side of page 2 of the PDF link. I wonder if Ann Coulter saw this before endorsing Romney…. — Peter LaBarbera

See page 2 of this:
 
http://www.mahealthconnector.org/portal/binary/com.epicentric.contentmanagement.servlet.ContentDeliveryServlet/About%2520Us/Connector%2520Programs/Additional%2520Resources/cc_benefits1220_pt234.pdf

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Jan 09 2008

Shock Poll: Huckabee Leads Romney in Michigan

Published by under Huckabee,Romney

Michigan native Romney trails after outspending former Arkansas gov $1 million to none on Michigan airwaves

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wed., Jan. 9, 2007
CONTACT:   Gary Glenn:  989-430-0652
 
Shock poll: Huckabee leads in Michigan
 
“According to the latest Rossman Group/MIRS/Denno-Noor survey, the GOP contest in Michigan is now shaping up as a battle between Mike Huckabee (at 23 percent), Mitt Romney (at 22 percent) and John McCain (at 18 percent).” http://www.rossmangroup.com/press_releases/article_read.cfm
 
“I think the big stor(y) shaping up in Michigan (is) Huckabee’s leap to the top of the GOP field…,” said John T. Reurink, president of Michigan Information & Research Service Inc. (MIRS) newsletter.
 
The poll was conducted Jan. 6-7, after Romney had spent at least $1 million in television advertising in Michigan, as reported Jan. 2nd by the Detroit News, while Huckabee had had no paid advertising in the state. http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080102/POLITICS01/801020375
 
Gary Glenn, Midland, a volunteer spokesman for grassroots supporters of Huckabee in Michigan, said the new poll results “will put the motivation level of Gov. Huckabee’s volunteer army here in Michigan through the roof in the final push to next Tuesday.”
 
“Gov. Huckabee doesn’t have to win Michigan to show well, but the fact that he’s in a position to even threaten Mitt Romney in Romney’s native state is a testimony to how strongly Gov. Huckabee’s message appeals to voters in Michigan and nationwide.”
 
“Just to stay even, Mitt Romney has had to spend a million dollars on TV ads to buy the support he has,” Glenn said, “but it’s Gov. Huckabee’s heart for the values and concerns of the average American family that is obviously winning the hearts of Michigan voters.”
 
Glenn said he expected that the socially conservative voters who dominate Republican presidential primaries will continue to move to Huckabee the more they learn about the issues.
 
“Gov. Huckabee has been a life-long defender of prenatal life and traditional family values, while until running for president, Mitt Romney had a long record of promoting abortion on demand, the homosexual agenda, and gun control.,” Glenn said.
 
For example, he said, Huckabee helped lead the campaign for a Marriage Protection Amendment to the Arkansas state constitution, while Romney as a candidate for governor in 2002 opposed a marriage amendment to the Massachusetts constitution and Sen. John McCain was one of only a handful of Republican lawmakers who voted against a federal marriage amendment.
 
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Jan 04 2008

Election Story the Media Missed: Pro-Family Truth Campaign Helped Sink Romney in Iowa

Republicans For Family Values Media Release
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Contact: Peter LaBarbera (630)717-7631; rffv@comcast.net

January 4, 2008

Election Story the Media Missed: Pro-Family Truth Campaign Helped Sink Romney in Iowa

Peter LaBarbera, founder of the Republicans For Family Values website, issued the following statement on Mitt Romney’s stunning Iowa Caucuses defeat Thursday:

There is a story the media missed in its reporting of Mitt Romney’s humiliating loss in Iowa to the comparatively vastly under-funded Mike Huckabee: how a dogged “truth campaign” by pro-family advocates –– mostly from Romney’s own state of Massachusetts –– to educate social conservatives on his liberal record on abortion and homosexuality helped seal his defeat.

Much as Romney tried to run away from his pro-abortion and pro-gay past –– and as hard as Romney backers like Hugh Hewitt and Jay Sekulow worked to paper over it and discredit his socially conservative critics –– the truth got out, cracking Romney’s carefully-built facade.

While conservatives leaders tore into Mike Huckabee’s record –– and appropriately knocked him for some past liberal policies –– there seemed to be a kid-gloves approach among most conservative media power-brokers toward Romney and his liberal social record. 

Where were the Ann Coulter hit-pieces against the man who once promised that he could do more for Massachusetts homosexuals than Ted Kennedy?

Part of the silence stems from Romney’s (present) strong rhetoric against “gay marriage,” which obscures his past as a strongly pro-homosexual politician who supported “domestic partners” legislation in Massachusetts and failed to back the original state amendment that could have preserved marriage as between a man and a woman in Massachusetts.

Ironically, had Romney done the Reagan-esque thing and stood up to the Massachusetts judges on “gay marriage,” he’d be a national hero now and running away with the nomination.  Instead he went overboard the other way and needlessly (and illegally) passed out “same-sex marriage” licenses.

Romney continues to equivocate on homosexuality: why are pro-family leaders who have spent their lives fighting against homosexual activism now supporting a candidate who, despite experiencing firsthand the effects of radical pro-homosexual laws in Massachusetts –– legalized “same-sex marriage,” state-enforced homosexual adoptions, and pro-homosexuality programs in pubic schools –– is still recommending gay ‘special-rights’ laws to other states? (Meet the Press interview, Dec. 16) 

In addition to all his money –– and perhaps in large part because of it –– Romney has the backing of some key pro-life and pro-family leaders, such as Sekulow,  Hewitt, pro-life attorney James Bopp and Rev. Lou Sheldon.  But try as they might, these accomplished men cannot re-construct Romney’s liberal social record.

“The Mitt Romney Deception” –– Mass Resistance’s devastating report documenting Romney’s long pro-abortion and pro-homosexual history –– is there for all to see. 

The question remains: will “pro-family” Romney apologists respect the Republican pro-family grassroots enough to stop carrying water for a candidate who is widely regarded as a phony on the very issues –– life, marriage and preserving the natural family –– that are most important to them?

For identification purposes only, LaBarbera is president of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (www.americansfortruth.org). RFFV can be reached at rffv@comcast.net, or: RFFV, PO Box 2721, Naperville, IL 60567-2721.

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Jan 04 2008

Richard Viguerie Says Huckabee Win is Bad News for GOP

Here’s a different view from conservative icon Richard Viguerie, who is NOT a basher of religious conservatives like some on the Right, and who is an expert on the Reagan coalition that has led to Republican dominance in presidential politics.  What Viguerie fails to mention below is that among the other major contenders on the GOP side — especially Romney, McCain, and Giuliani — their “social issues” leg of the electoral stool was broken, leading to deep distrust among “values voters” who ultimately fled to Huckabee. — Peter LaBarbera

Richard Viguerie Says Huckabee Win is Bad News for GOP
MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 3 /Christian Newswire/ — Richard A. Viguerie, the author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause (Bonus Books, 2006), issued the following statement regarding Mike Huckabee’s victory in the Iowa caucuses:

“Mike Huckabee’s victory in the Iowa caucuses is bad news for the Republican Party.

“Mike Huckabee is a Christian socialist. He is a good man, but with a Big Government heart. He is the most liberal of all the Republican presidential candidates on economic issues.

“Huckabee’s approach to every problem or perceived problem is to pass a law and launch another government program. If you like President George W. Bush, you’ll love Mike Huckabee.

“If, on the other hand, you’re a limited government conservative in the grand tradition of Robert A. Taft, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan, you will want to redouble your efforts to make sure Huckabee doesn’t win the Republican nomination. Four years of a Huckabee presidency would ensure that there wouldn’t be a penny’s worth of differences between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party on economic issues.

“Much has been made of Mike Huckabee’s strong stance on social issues. In the 1970s, we conservatives had two legs on our stool–economic responsibility and a strong national defense–but that wasn’t enough to win many elections. It wasn’t until we added the third leg to our stool–social issues–that conservatives were able to win elections consistently.

“Now Huckabee wants to go back to a two-legged stool–social issues and defense. He would saw off the economic leg. That’s a recipe for disaster for the Republican Party. Economic and traditional conservatives would stay home in droves, turning the country over to the Democrats.

“Conservatives in New Hampshire and the other early primary states had better wake up, and make certain the Huckabee victory is confined to the subsidized ethanol fields of Iowa.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard A. Viguerie pioneered ideological and political direct mail and has been called “the funding father of the conservative movement” for his role in helping build dozens of conservative organizations. He is the author of Conservatives Betrayed–How George W. Bush and Other Big-Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause (Bonus Books, 2006).

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Jan 03 2008

Gary Glenn: Michigan Grassroots Coalition for Huckabee Same as Iowa’s

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The following is a statement by Gary Glenn, the foremost pro-marriage activist in Michigan, and a nationally respected pro-family leader, who has emerged as a nightmare of sorts for Mitt Romney — by exposing Romney’s egregious flip-flopping over the years on abortion and the homosexual agenda: 

Statement by Gary Glenn following Huckabee’s Iowa Victory

(for purposes of identification only, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, which does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office)
 
The same coalition of social conservatives, Fair Tax advocates, and blue collar working families who voted for Gov. Huckabee in Iowa also lives here in Michigan.  Even before the boost Gov. Huckabee will obviously get from winning Iowa, four polls showed the race in Michigan to be a statistical tie between Gov. Huckabee and Mitt Romney — despite Romney’s paid staff and million-dollar TV buy in Michigan, versus no paid staff or advertising for Huckabee.
 
The fact that Gov. Huckabee is in a position to even threaten to defeat Mitt Romney in Romney’s native state is a remarkable testimony to the broad appeal of Gov. Huckabee’s positive message for America.  It is obviously not limited to one demographic group or one region of the country.  Gov. Huckabee doesn’t have to win Michigan to do well, but if he actually beats Romney in his native state, that will be a devastating blow to Romney’s prospects, especially if Mitt comes into Michigan not having won anywhere else.
 
Michigan is a strongly pro-life state where voters overwhelmingly approved a Marriage Protection Amendment in 2004. In the next ten days, Huckabee supporters will be working hard to make sure voters know the difference between Gov. Huckabee’s life-long record of working to protect traditional marriage and the lives of prenatal children, versus Mitt Romney’s long record of promoting abortion on demand and homosexual activists’ political agenda.
 
For example, Gov. Huckabee led the campaign for passage of a Marriage Protection Amendment in Arkansas, while Mitt Romney opposed a Marriage Protection Amendment to his state constitution while running for governor in 2002, then later flip-flopped on the issue after the horse was out of the corral.
 
Gov. Huckabee has been endorsed by Michigan Chooses Life, a statewide pro-life advocacy group, while Romney in 2002 was endorsed by the pro-abortion Majority for Choice PAC.  Gov. Huckabee is supported by pro-family and pro-marriage campaign leaders, while Romney was twice endorsed by the homosexual Log Cabin Republicans.
 
Where a candidate stands on such important issues is far more important to Michigan voters than where a candidate was born or who his father was..
 
Gov. Huckabee has also won the key endorsement in Michigan of the International Association of Machinists union, a third of whose members are Republicans.

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Dec 11 2007

LaBarbera Says Huckabee Was Right: AIDS Is Over-Funded Compared to Other Diseases

fair_foundation_spending_pie_chart.jpg Fair Foundation (www.fairfoundation.org) exposes disproportionate federal AIDS funding. Click on image for larger view.

Republicans For Family Values
www.rffv.org

Contact: Peter LaBarbera: 630-717-7631; rffv@comcast.net

Peter LaBarbera, founder of the Republicans For Family Values website (www.rffv.org), said GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is right not to back down on past statements that homosexuality is sinful and that AIDS research gets disproportionate taxpayer funding compared to other deadly diseases.

LaBarbera said the thrust of what Huckabee told the Associated Press in 1992 is true: homosexual behavior is aberrant and wrong, it poses a ‘dangerous public health risk,’ government AIDS spending is disproportionately high compared to maladies like heart disease, and HIV/AIDS prevention is not a civil rights issue.

“Mike Huckabee is right to reject the liberal media’s talking points on homosexuality. We need more — not less — debate on why HIV/AIDS has been singled out as a politically protected disease, and why it gets such a huge percentage of taxpayer funding vis-à-vis other diseases, as documented by the Fair Foundation (www.fairfoundation.org).”

Huckabee told AP in 1992, “I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk.”

LaBarbera contrasted Huckabee’s remarks with those by Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who defied the Bible and thousands of years of human history by proclaiming that homosexuality is not “immoral.”

Said LaBarbera: “Of course homosexual behavior is a dangerous public health risk, as evidenced by the fact that men who have sex with men (MSM) – or women who have had sex with such men – are banned from giving blood. The CDC reports: ‘MSM accounted for 71% of all HIV infections among male adults and adolescents in 2005 … even though only about 5% to 7% of male adults and adolescents in the United States identify themselves as MSM.’” (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/msm/resources/factsheets/msm.htm)

“Despite the obvious link between male homosexual behavior and AIDS, gay bathhouses where men go for anonymous sodomitic encounters with other men are flourishing in cities like Cleveland and Chicago. If homosexual and AIDS activists – and public officials — would work to close these disease-spreading centers down, it would protect the lives of homosexual men and also women who unknowingly get infected by male spouses who secretly engage in homosexual perversions.”

Republicans For Family Values website (www.rffv.org) supports pro-life and pro-natural-family values in the GOP. For informational purposes only, LaBarbera is also president of Americans For Truth (www.americansfortruth.org).

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Dec 10 2007

Ex-‘Gay’ Steve Bennett Applauds Huckabee for Not Backing Down on Homosexuality

The following was released by Steve Bennett, a leading ex-“gay” activist and founder of Stephen Bennett Ministries, on behalf of The Parents Group

Huckabee on Homosexuality: A Man of Integrity

HUNTINGTON, Conn., Dec. 9 /Christian Newswire/ — Stephen Bennett is executive director and founder of www.TheParentsGroup.com, a worldwide Christian support community for parents with children who are homosexual, HIV positive or children who have died from complications due to HIV/AIDS.

Stephen has devoted his life’s work to exclusively dealing with the homosexual issue – and HIV/AIDS – from a biblical, Christian perspective.

There is an underlying passion that drives Bennett.

Stephen is a FORMER homosexual, one who has lost homosexual partners and friends to HIV/AIDS. Due to his risky behavior, it’s a miracle Bennett is even alive.

Stephen is now happily married 14 years to his wife Irene, and he is the father of the couple’s two young children.

It’s a coincidence that Stephen left his homosexual lifestyle in 1992 — the same year now presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made his statements on HIV/AIDS and reference to homosexuality as being “sinful.”

“It was just a matter of time before Huckabee’s statements resurfaced and I am thankful they did. I’m even more thankful for Mike Huckabee not denying what he said, but clarifying his remarks and holding true to his firm moral convictions on homosexuality. It is also clear he has a deep concern for those affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as prevention of the virus and the protection of the general population,” said Stephen. “This is a real man of integrity.”

Other presidential candidates have taken similar positions on the same issues at hand.

This past September, Stephen participated as a private citizen in the Values Voter Presidential Debate in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was honored to be asked by the organizers of the event to pose a question on the issue of homosexuality to all of the attending presidential candidates.

All of the Republican and Democratic candidates were invited. Unfortunately, all of the Democratic candidates declined. Several Republicans also declined and included Giuliani, Romney, Thompson and McCain.

Mike Huckabee participated in the debate.

Bennett’s question to all of the presidential candidates was:

“My name is Stephen Bennett. I used to think I was born gay and was sexually active in the homosexual lifestyle for 11 years. Now, I’m happily married for almost 15 years to my wife, Irene, and we have two wonderful children. Homosexual behavior is immoral and dangerous – I know: Many of my friends, both male and female, are now dead. Even so, schools across the nation teach our children that homosexuality is healthy, normal and unchangeable. I’m living proof that’s NOT true. As president, would you support legislation ensuring that schools forfeit federal funding if they expose our children to homosexual propaganda that puts them at risk?”

Every single presidential candidate on stage – including Mike Huckabee – answered Stephen exactly the same.

“YES.”

(To view Stephen at the debate, go to: http://afa.net/debate/ Scroll the timeline to 108 minutes to play). For interview requests, please contact Stephen Bennett in Connecticut at (203) 926-6960. Stephen has appeared on almost every major network and cable news broadcast. For further information, please visit www.SBMinistries.org or www.TheParentsGroup.com. Stephen is not endorsing nor promoting ANY presidential candidate or party, but commenting on the issues SBM and TheParentsGroup.com regularly deal with.   www.SBMinistries.org

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