On the heels of the "Values Voters" summit, religious right icon Phyllis Schlafly (Eagle Forum) and Janet Porter (Faith2Action) held their "Take Back America" workshop in St. Louis last weekend. 600 people attended this event, which the co-sponsors claimed to be their largest ever.
Schlafly, known for her opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment, claimed that gays and feminists are responsible for every single social ill in the country, with gays coming in a 5% and feminists at 95%. The things that gays and feminists are responsible for include drugs, sex, suicide, poor grades, runaways and just about anything else under the sun. (The audio is difficult to hear, so you may need to turn up your speakers.)
Kitty Werthman, president of the Eagle Forum's South Dakota chapter, told spellbound listeners how to recognize Nazism. She claims that Hitler rose to power because of women going to work and socialism and urges her audience to "keep your guns and buy more guns" in order to take back America. (The audio is hard to hear.)
Speaking of socialism, here are highlights from the "How to Stop Socialism in Health Care" workshop featuring Larry Huntoon, Frank Rosenbloom, and Allen Unruh. Attendees at the workshop were told to be vocal because national health care will re-institute slavery.
Gays, of course, were also discussed at the conference. According to Peter at Right Wing Watch, members were urged to stop being so nice when it comes to dealing with "the homosexual extremist movement." He writes:
Workshop speakers Matt Barber and Brian Camenker urged people to be loud rabble-rousers when opposing the teaching of tolerance or sex ed in public schools. They said not to worry about being nice or polite or liked, but to push God's anti-gay agenda forcefully. "Christ wasn't about being nice," said Barber. Camenker bragged about having once sent two congregations to scream outside a targeted legislator's home
David Weigal at The Washington Independent posted photos from the conference, which feature heavily decorated cars, Joe the Plumber's golden wrench and more.
Janet Porter claims that Mike Huckabee's show on Fox is the one show that Christians can watch where they will not be "assaulted by an anti-Christian agenda." When introducing him as a speaker at the conference, she said the values voters fasted and prayed to God about who should be the next president and the answer was clearly Huckabee.