Moderates attack Tea Party for having pro-family themes
by Mass Resistance
The odious phenomenon of establishment "conservatives" actively subverting pro-family activism they don't approve of has been happening for some time across the country (and certainly throughout the Republican Party). The most recent example was in Maryland, where the marriage battle in their legislature was lost because of the "moderation" tactics enforced by the establishment. But it's particularly vicious here in Massachusetts, where there's been a large-scale conservative establishment cave-in on the homosexual issue since the "gay marriage" ruling.
In an outrageous move, a small of group of fiscal-conservative Tea Party leaders has begun a vicious campaign to subvert Sunday's Patriots Day Tea Party on the Boston Common because three of the speakers - Scott Lively, Brian Camenker, and Rep. Louie Gohmert -- are known for their pro-family stands.
They claim that all Tea Party events must be only about fiscal issues -- a "rule" which they feel they must personally enforce. They have started a campaign with a flood of vicious Internet postings and emails. They have contacted some of the other speakers to persuade them to withdraw. They have even set up an opposing "Tax Day Tea Party" event at the same time that day in Worcester. And they are using the local media and other venues to attempt to get people to go there instead of the Boston Common.
|Anti-family "conservative" Tea Party leader Christen Varley has organized the efforts to subvert and hopefully shut down Sunday's Patriot's Day Tea Party because pro-family speakers are appearing there.||
Here is just a small example of the flood of postings and messages targeting statewide Tea Party activists (all quotes are verbatim):
A sample of Facebook postings on Tea Party websites:
Feb. 11 - Christen Varley: [Before the speakers were announced]
Tell you what - once you guys publish your list of speakers and we can see there are no homophobic, hateful, foul mouthed hate mongers coming, we'll share. Or is you-know-who your headliner?
April 2 - Christen Varley: [After the speakers were announced]
So Brain Camenker won't talk about the mechanics of homosexual sex this time? Wouldn't want to offend any families!
April 4 - Christine Morabito
You may not want to be associating with this Boston rally on the 15th. At least 2 of the speakers are vehemently anti-gay and are well known for saying so in public. That's why GBTP can have nothing to do with it. The media will have a field day! Just hope it doesn't damaged the movement too much.
April 6 - [Patrick Humphries posted YouTube video attacking Rep. Louie Gohmert for his stand in Congress against federal hate crime legislation. It was followed by these posts:]
Patrick Humphries: From Louie's own mouth . . . sounds like he will be among friends on Boston common. This is NOT part of the Tea Party messaage.
Christen Varley: BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
Christine Morabito: They couldn't embarrass us more if they tried.
April 9 - Email sent statewide by Varley and Morabito:
Our concern about this event and how it could reflect on the tea party movement as a whole was reinforced when we saw the list of speakers. We are appalled at the inclusion of two speakers that routinely "preach" anti-gay sentiments. There is no room for this at a tea party rally. It is irrelevant at best and could prove to be harmful to the reputation and work of tea party activists everywhere. The GBTP has an excellent reputation as a policy advocacy organization that engages taxpayers and voters in the political process. We have good relationships with elected officials and respectful relationships with the Boston, massachusetts and national media. It has taken years of consisten and mission driven activity to get us to where we are and we are very concerned this event damage could our reputation.
Now the news has gone national. [NOTE: Link is to vile homosexual blog.] We will do our best to distance the Greater Boston Tea Party from this event and will continue to stress that, despite the location of this rally on the Boston Common, we are in no way part of it and do not condone it.
And it's gone on and on. You'll notice that they use of the Left's terminology when describing pro-family activists:, e.g., "bigoted", "anti-gay," "homophobic." And they make good use of the Saul Alinsky tactic of "isolate, freeze, and escalate." They identified the particular speakers they don't like and have been demonizing them over and over. This is all meant to cause intimidation and to silence everyone else. Not exactly the spirit of the Tea Party.
Who are these people?
Christen Varley is a co-founder and spokesperson of the Greater Boston Tea Party (GBTP). It is basically a shell group consisting mostly of a 7-member Board and a large mailing list, But using the "Greater Boston" title they have staged several large events, and Varley has positioned herself with the liberal Boston media as the state's "reasonable" Tea Party representative -- and has often been quoted in news stories and invited on radio talk shows to the exclusion of other Tea Party leaders.
Varley has long seen herself as an enforcer against pro-family subjects being brought up at any Tea Party meetings in the state -- even those to which she has no connection. In 2010 she orchestrated the shutting down of a large Lexington Tea Party rally -- organized by others -- by haranguing the main speakers to withdraw (and then bragging about it). Later that year she attempted to shut down a similar South Boston Tea Party rally, but was unsuccessful.
Although Varley moved back to Ohio several months ago, she continues to work with the GBTP to carry on her anti-family crusade here via phone and email, even appearing recently on local Boston radio.
Christine Morabito and Patrick Humphries are longtime cohorts of Varley and fellow board members at GBTP.
Varley is the main organizer of the alternative Worcester event, along with the other GBTP board members and various state Republican Party types, mushy Republican state reps (fearful of the Boston Globe's opinion of them), and others.
But guess what: The pressure's not working!
To their credit, none of the 40-plus Tea Parties in the group running the Boston Common event have budged an inch in response to Varley's and Morabito's flood of harangues and negativity. If anything, they are even more resolute that a broad, diverse message is necessary for our freedom. And many are increasingly angry -- as they should be -- that an outsider (who now lives in another state!) should try give them orders on how to run their event.
Big crowds are expected! After all, the celebration of freedom covers many fronts.