Friday, March 15, 2013

Elderly CPAC Attendees and Pastors Attack Portman

In a post this morning I looked at the stunning but welcomed reversal of Ohio Senator Robert Portman on the issue of gay marriage.  Another post also looked at the growing strains between the younger conservatives and the Bible thumping older crowd at CPAC on social issues.  Think Progress spoke with some of the latter set and not surprisingly, the spittle was flying and Portman was under attack.  Particular telling were the comments of an 88 year old bitch woman who blamed Portman for his son's sexual orientation:

WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) decision to support marriage equality was not warmly received at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday.

ThinkProgress spoke with 10 attendees about the Ohio Senator’s announcement this week that he was reversing course and backing marriage equality after his own son came out of the closet. Every person we spoke with opposed same-sex marriage, and many had harsh words for Portman.

“Horrible!” said Tony Mele, an 88-year-old woman from New Jersey, of Portman’s decision. When told he did so because of his gay son, she responded, “That’s his fault! He gets no sympathy from me.” A pastor from Georgia, William Temple, told Portman to “quit being so selfish as to only think about his son,” and if he won’t reverse himself, “to step down and go home.” Another pastor, Rev. Robert Lancia, dismissed Portman’s point that we should treat each other according to the Golden Rule: “That doesn’t cover it.” One man, David Kern, even said Portman’s son’s choice of college turned him gay. “Well what did Sen. Portman expect when he sent his son to Yale?”

These people are horrible and certainly fit the mold of the Pharisees that Christ so roundly condemned in the Gospels. Yet, these old bats and hate merchants wonder why the Christian brand has become toxic with the younger generations.  These people are walking, talking advertisements as to why one should flee screaming from Christianity.

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