The Traditional Values Coalition - headed by the extremely homophobic Rev. Lou Sheldon - is considered the mother of all homophobic hate groups in the country (by watchdog Southern Poverty Law Center). Founded in 1980, the "Coalition" purports to represent 43,000 churches in the U.S. Lately, however, it has gotten waaay too far on the right with issues of immigration and anything it considers "Socialist" or "Anti-Christian."
In a 2005 posting on the TVC website, Sheldon wrote:
A dangerous Marxist/Leftist/Homosexual/Islamic (Sheldon covers ALL the bases) coalition has formed – and we’d better be willing to fight it with everything in our power. These people are playing for keeps. Their hero, Mao Tse Tung is estimated to have murdered upwards of 60 million people during his reign of terror in China. Do we think we can escape such persecution if we refuse to fight for what is right?
Soon after this episode, the Southern Poverty Law Center decided to list the TVC as a hate group. (Wikipedia)
Sheldon worked with Abramoff to lobby members of the US Congress to kill the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act. Abramoff directed his client, eLottery, to direct $25,000 in payments to Sheldon's Traditional Values Coalition.
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Now notice how the current article slams President-elect Barack Obama about undoing some of those "squeakers" of B**h deregulation noted several days ago:
President Obama To Use Executive Orders To Bypass Congress And American People
November 13, 2008 – When Barack Obama takes the oath of office in January, 2009, he will begin using Executive Orders to undo many of the Bush policies that protect life, national security, and other pro-family concerns. Read More...
Is it any wonder that the rhetoric of Traditional Values Coalition would cause hate crimes? They're getting to be inclusive haters. If there is any conspiracy going on, I would say that James Dobson and Lou Sheldon are part of it. Even though Sheldon now has "The Mark of Abramoff" on him, the TVC is this a viable operation for Dobson's purposes.
Obama election spurs race crimes around country
From California to Maine, police have documented a range of alleged crimes, from vandalism and vague threats to at least one physical attack. Insults and taunts have been delivered by adults, college students and second-graders.
Grant Griffin, a 46-year-old white Georgia native, expressed similar sentiments:
James Dobson. Lou Sheldon. Traditional Values Coalition. Anti-Gay Marriage. Anti-Socialist. Anti-Hispanic. Anti-African American.
"I believe our nation is ruined and has been for several decades and the election of Obama is merely the culmination of the change.
"If you had real change it would involve all the members of (Obama's) church being deported," he said.
Connect the dots.
Just a thought.