If one needed further proof that the GOP's "big tent" story line is a fiction, this ought to help put the myth to rest. It should get interesting watching the Christianist attempt to drive all gays (and moderates) from the GOP. Here is a portion of the newsletter sent out by the Idaho Values Alliance, which proudly identifies itself as an affiliate of the American Family Association:
One larger issue must be addressed. The Republican Party platform clearly rejects the agenda of homosexual activists. The Party, in the wake of the Mark Foley incident in particular, can no longer straddle the fence on the issue of homosexual behavior. Even setting Senator Craig’s situation aside, the Party should regard participation in the self-destructive homosexual lifestyle as incompatible with public service on behalf of the GOP.
No member of the Republican Party in the 1860s could represent his party and be a slaveholder at the same time. Nor can the Republican Party of today speak with authority and clarity to the moral issues that confront our society and at the same time send ambivalent messages about sexual behavior.
As I decide about five years ago, one cannot be a gay Republican unless and until the Christianist choke hold on the Party is broken. The complete newsletter can be found here: http://www.idahovaluesalliance.com/news.asp?id=596