"Rob Smith" <nob...@gmail.com>, Thu, 1 Nov 2007 11:55:57 -0600:
Heads up, Andy.
A subversive infiltrator at the Values Voter conference. From [[PRA]] site,
Setting up in DC
*Three of us from PRA (Katherine Ragsdale, Tarso Ramos, and Chip Berlet)
have arrived in Washington DC, and are setting up our base of operations at
the Washington Hilton. *
It is a busy schedule of events, but we will do our best to cover aspects of
the conference that may not make headlines, but will be of interest to our
Details to follow...
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 Join PRA for Special Coverage of the 2007
"Values Voters" Summit
(Washington, DC) Thousands of Christian Right activists from around the
country will gather in Washington, DC, from Friday through Sunday, October
19th – 21st, for a national political conference. The event, dubbed The
Washington Briefing <http://www.frcaction.org/index.cfm?c=WASH_BRIEFING>, is
billed by its sponsors as "the largest gathering of values voters from
around the country." At a time when the Christian Right is in discord over
who to support in 2008, virtually all the Republican presidential candidates
will appear in person to make their cases. The results of a straw poll on
these candidates will be announced before the end of the conference.
The summit is sponsored by some of the most influential Christian Right
groups in the country including the political arms of Focus on the Family,
Family Research Council, and American Family Association; Gary Bauer's
American Values group; and the High Impact Leadership Coalition, headed by
Bishop Harry R. Jackson.
In addition to speeches from politicians, top Right Wing leaders will
address a broad range of issues including abortion, "the homosexual agenda,"
the threats posed to national security by immigration and Islam, racial
reconciliation, and voter mobilization. Confirmed speakers include Gary
Bauer, Bill Bennett, Robert Bork, Ken Blackwell, James Dobson, Newt
Gingrich, Bishop Harry Jackson, Richard Land, Edwin Meese, Star Parker, Tony
Perkins, Robert Rector, Alan Sears, *Phyllis Schlafly, and Paul Weyrich*.
PRA will be filing brief reports from this Christian Right political rally.
For additional background and in depth analysis, visit our website's special
section on the Christian