Morality call – say no to the Values Voter Summit

The SPLC is asking elected officials to stop courting the anti-GLBT hate groups that sponsor the so-called Values Voter conference.

It’s a simple ask.

“If you are elected to represent *all* people, you can’t treat some people as sub-human.”

Morality call, no human is sub-human. If a “values voter” considers a fertilized egg to be fully human,  how can he or she treat a living breathing person as a sub-human?

Here is the SPLC email.

October 7, 2013

Dear Pariahdog,

Elected officials shouldn’t lend the prestige of their office to hate groups that have a long history of telling incendiary lies about the LGBT community and spreading other forms of bigotry.

But a handful of U.S. Senators and Representatives are scheduled to do just that at the Values Voter Summit in Washington this weekend.

That’s why the Southern Poverty Law Center, along with several other human rights groups, are urging them to take a stand against bigotry and refuse to speak at the Summit.

Tells these officials not to attend the Values Voter Summit 

Sen. Rand Paul
Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Ted Cruz
Sen. Tim Scott
Rep. Paul Ryan
Rep. Randy Forbes
Rep. Michele Bachmann
Rep. Jim Bridenstine
Rep. Louie Gohmert
Rep. Jim Jordan
Rep. Steve King
Rep. Steve Scalise
Rep. Scott Turner

The Summit’s host, the Family Research Council (FRC), has repeatedly portrayed gay men and lesbians as sick, evil, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a threat to the nation.

The American Family Association (AFA), a major co-sponsor, says that gay people orchestrated the Holocaust and were responsible for the killing of six million Jews. AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer has said African Americans “rut like rabbits” and said women should be kicked out of politics.

Public officials should understand the real “values” they’re endorsing when they attend the Values Voter Summit. Offensive and bigoted lies are still hate speech when spoken by groups with the word “family” in their names.

You can help. Contact the officials slated to speak at the Summit and ask that they reconsider lending their credibility to an event like this. And please help us spread the word to your friends and communities. Forward this e-mail and share this story on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks for standing with us.


Richard Cohen
President, Southern Poverty Law Center