Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Fundies Control the Republican Party

I shamelessly borrowed the following from a diary at Daily KOS (because I was too busy to write it up myself):

In Closed-Door Briefings, Frist, DeLay Cement Ties With Religious Right On Schiavo Case, Judges, Abortion, Marriage, Church Politicking, Ethics Complaints

The Family Research Council, a Washington-based Religious Right group, held a closed-door "Washington Briefing" March 17-19, 2005. During the event, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) addressed attendees and pledged that Republican leaders in Congress would work to implement the Religious Right's controversial political agenda.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State obtained a recording of DeLay's and Frist's comments. Americans United believes this recording underscores the growing power and influence of ultra-conservative fundamentalist organizations on our political system. AU released it to the media and public because the organization does not believe that powerful groups with controversial and narrow fundamentalist agendas that they seek to impose on all Americans should be permitted to plot and scheme in secret.
The people speaking on this recording, in order of appearance, are:
Thursday, March 17

Connie Mackey, vice president for government affairs, Family Research Council
U.S. Sen. Bill First (R-Tenn.) [speaking via telephone]

Friday, March 18
U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) [speaking in person]

Tony Perkins, president, Family Research Council

Both speeches took place during the Family Research Council's "Washington Briefing" at the Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C., March 17-19, 2005.
Although, the site is currently overwhelmed you can download an mp3 file of Delay and Frist's comments here