College Republican National Committee: the problem with our LGBT image is that not enough people believe a lie.

The College Republican National Committee has made recommendations to the GOP on how to stop getting pummeled so drastically at the polls by young voters.  Not surprisingly, the CRNC identified gay marriage as one of the problem areas for the Republican Party:

With the culture shifting away from the party’s policies, here’s what they recommend:

The best course of action for the party may be to promote the diversity of opinion on the issue within its ranks. (After all, for quite some time, former vice president Dick Cheney was to the left of President Obama on same-sex marriage) and to focus on acceptance and support for gay people as separate from the definition of marriage. Where the Republican Party will run into the most trouble over this issue is when it is not winning on any of the more prominent issues, either – the economy and spending. If a candidate is compelling enough on economic opportunity and spending, they may well be able to overcome a difference of opinion with young voters on same-sex marriage.

The authors conclude: “On the ‘open-minded’ issue, yes, we will face serious difficulty so long as the issue of gay marriage remains on the table. In the short term, the party ought to promote the diversity of thought within its ranks and make clear that we welcome healthy debate on the policy topic at hand. We should also strongly oppose the use of anti-gay rhetoric.”

The problem isn’t that the GOP opposes equality for LGBT at every turn, but merely that Republicans aren’t talking enough about the diversity in their ranks on the issue while they oppose equality for LGBT people at every turn.  Got it.

Now the CRNC is sponsoring a conference.  Right Wing Watch talks about it:

But it turns out the College Republican National Committee is sponsoring the “Road to the Majority Conference,” hosted by Ralph Reed’s far-right Faith & Freedom Coalition, along with other anti-gay groups like Concerned Women for America, the Manhattan Declaration, the American Civil Rights Union and televangelist Pat Robertson’s Regent University.

In fact, some of the GOP’s most stringently anti-gay leaders like Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum are scheduled to address the conference, and Robertson will receive Lifetime Achievement Award.

The problem, you see, is not that prejudice against LGBT people is what the GOP stands for, but that they’re not doing a good enough job of convincing people that prejudice against LGBT people isn’t what they stand for.  Maybe the CRNC should’ve included a pro tip (to themselves): don’t sponsor conferences bursting at the seams with some of the most anti-gay people on planet earth?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Zinc Avenger

    I get it. I hate it when people judge me by my words and actions too.

    • Baby_Raptor

      It’s just so UNFAIR!

  • Carol Lynn

    If a candidate is compelling enough on economic opportunity and spending, they may well be able to overcome a difference of opinion with young voters on same-sex marriage.

    No. Even if they had policies that promoted reasonable economic opportunity or rational government spending (not that they actually have either anyway, imo) we would still be forced to exist under their repressive and regressive social agenda and unable to benefit from those policies unless we happened to conform to their narrow expectations of what it means to be human. So, no, it is NOT enough to overcome anything.

    • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

      Well, it is for some people. People rank their priorities differently, and for a lot of straight people who don’t know a lot of (openly) LGBT people, economics is their priority. They’ll hold their nose and vote based on that, no matter a party’s other stances on other issues.

      I don’t like it, but it is true. Now, considering that Republican economics are also stuck like 400 years in the past (I swear, they’ve gone past laissez faire and back into mercantilism), I don’t think any of us have to worry too much that Republicans will come to their sense on any issue.

  • Zinc Avenger

    Shorter conference: Stop judging us based on our policies that negatively affect you and people you care about, and vote for us based on how well we fellate the rich!

    • baal

      ^ this.

      Really, the (R) cannot solve their PR problem. It’s not a problem of the PR. They bought up entire media markets and lied their asses off last election and folks still did not go their way. The only thing keeping the (R) in power in some places these days is gerrymandered districts.

    • Brudder

      You forgot:

      Or we’ll shoot you with the guns that are totally not the problem with shootings.

  • Loqi

    The words “LGBT image” are a variable, right? Because I feel like that title would work with just about any issue. Economic policy, immigration policy, education policy, foreign policy…

  • invivoMark

    I feel the need to point out that the CRNC only mentions openness on the L, G, and possibly B of LGBT. They conspicuously leave off the T.

    Probably because they realize no Republican would take them seriously if they didn’t.

  • busterggi

    In all fairness to the LGBT community it needs to be noted that the Repubs also hate non whites, non Christians, literate, science accepting persons and ecologists among other communities so they aren’t alone.

  • Stev84

    Republican economic policies are a disaster for everyone who isn’t rich. Fortunately for them too many people don’t realize that.

    • Zinc Avenger

      “But I am going to be rich soon! I mean, I’m living on food stamps now (but I’m not a welfare handout taker, they’re blaaaaah… bad people!) and all the enterprise in the town I live in has just been outsourced to China to save costs, and I broke a leg a few years ago and paying off the medical bills is slowly killing me, my house was foreclosed on because of some shady financial practises the mortgage lender was using, but I’m going to become rich ANY DAY NOW and the historically low tax rates on the rich are SO UNFAIR because of all the poor people mooching off the system.”

      ^Sarcasm.

      • Derrik Pates

        Or, to quote John Steinbeck:

        “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Where the Republican Party will run into the most trouble over this
    issue is when it is not winning on any of the more prominent issues,
    either – the economy and spending.

    Psst, kids: The Republican position on economics is just as stupid and non-reality-based as their positions on gay marriage, creationism and global warming.

  • Baby_Raptor

    You notice how, in all their talk of rebranding, they aren’t even mentioning women’s rights? Aren’t even making fake noise about it.

    Most of the self-proclaimed conservatives that I know who voted for Obama did so because they abhor the TeaOP’s new obsession with controlling women. It might not have been the big loser, but it definitely factored in.

    And yet they won’t even mention it, because they know they’ll lose the big reliable voting bloc they have left: Religious assholes who think “I think God said so” is a good enough reason to screw everyone else over.


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