FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2010

CONTACT: Jameson Cunningham Shirley & Banister Public Affairs 703-739-5920/800-536-5920 jcunningham@sbpublicaffairs.com

SOCIAL CONSERVATIVE GROUP OPTS OUT OF CPAC
Letter to CPAC Chairman Blasts Gay Group’s Participation
Washington, DC—Yesterday, the American Principles Project (APP) sent a letter to David Keene, Chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), informing him that the organization has decided not to participate in CPAC 2011 because of the planned participation of GOProud, a gay rights group that stands in diametrical opposition to a core principle of conservatism. “This is a critical moment for conservatives and the conservative movement,” stated Frank Cannon, President of APP. “Even while the electorate demonstrates the enduring appeal of conservative issues, we are witness to an unprecedented effort to destroy conservatism from within by those attempting to marginalize social conservatism. The American Principles Project will not support such action from other organizations purporting to represent conservative principles.” “Having now examined closely GOProud’s mission and its behavior since its inception,” wrote Mr. Cannon in the letter, “we can only conclude that the organization’s purposes are fundamentally incompatible with a movement that has long embraced the ideals of family and faith in a thriving civil society. They have further defined themselves with their attacks on Senator Jim DeMint, one of the key leaders of this year’s conservative victory.” Following Sen. Demint’s comments on the importance of strong role models for children, the chairman of GOProud, Christopher Barron, told MSNBC that this able leader, who helped bring to Washington a class of legislators that is giving the conservative movement renewed hope after four years in the political wilderness, ‘has given up the ability to lead on any issues conservatives care about.’ “While we support any effort to strengthen the conservative cause, we cannot allow an obsession for inclusiveness to erode the core principles of conservatism,” said Andy Blom, Executive Director of APP. “A sound conservatism stands equally upon the pillars of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and traditional values. To actively seek to undermine or destroy one of these ‘legs’ of the conservative foundation is to endanger the movement as a whole. By allowing GOProud to be a prominent part of CPAC 2011, Mr. Keene and the American Conservative Union have demonstrated a dangerous disregard for the importance of faith, marriage, and the family in our conservative values. The American Principles Project, which was created to honor all of our most fundamental American Principles, cannot participate where the entirety of conservatism is not held worthy of respect.” The American Principles Project is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and propagating the fundamental principles on which our country was founded - universal principles, embracing the notion that we are all, "created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Through our efforts, we hope to return our nation to an understanding that governance via these timeless principles will only strengthen us as a country. For further information, please contact Jameson Cunningham with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or (800) 536-5920. ###

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