With all the excitement generated at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), we at The New American thought it would be appropriate to look back at an older and earlier CPAC, when the nation’s highest-rated elected conservative member of Congress addressed the convention. It was on the morning of February 9, 1979, when Congressman Larry McDonald — who was then both a member of the National Council of The John Birch Society and a two-and-one-half term U.S. Representative from the state of Georgia — gave a speech on the threats to and importance of U.S. internal security.
A “pro-choice” Canadian priest whose views on abortion, homosexuality and contraception frequently clash with Catholic teaching is suing LifeSiteNews.com, a non-profit media service, for alleged libel and defamation. Fr. Raymond Gravel (photo, left) of Quebec, an admitted former homosexual prostitute, is seeking $500,000 in damages — a figure that represents the pro-life news organization’s entire yearly budget and could very well force it to shut down.
Thanks to pro-family groups like the Parents Television Council (PTC), Focus on the Family, and the American Family Association, parents across America are getting the low-down on what’s wrong with what’s on TV — and what can be done about it beyond merely flipping the switch.
The main attraction at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) each year is not just the speeches given by rank-and-file conservative politicians and celebrities, but rather with what goes on in the basement exhibition halls. From Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty to Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum to The John Birch Society (the parent organization of The New American) and to the highly controversial participation of GoProud, the exhibition halls this year were teeming with all sorts of participatory groups, each of which was trying to get its message across to as many like-minded people as possible.
The pro-life movement is making strides in several state legislatures by declaring that unborn children are persons who deserve legal protection. One such bill overwhelmingly passed North Dakota's House of Representatives, and bills are pending in Iowa, Texas, and Oklahoma.