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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Attending the Prayer Breakfast?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 7:17 AM

I'm  guessing no Arkansas politician will be dissuaded from attending, but critics have finally stirred up some public opposition to today's National Prayer Breakfast. It's the work of a secretive, radically conservative group, The Fellowship, which in addition to harboring hypocritical skirt-chasing Republican politicians, has ties to anti-homosexual hate activities in Uganda.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a government watchdog group, sent a letter this week to the president and Congressional leaders urging them to skip the prayer breakfast. They have also called on C-Span not to televise it this year.

Melanie Sloan, executive director of the ethics group, said: “It is a combination of the intolerance of the organization’s views, and the secrecy surrounding the organization. It doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be allowed to hold their breakfast; of course they should. The question is, Should American officials be lending legitimacy to it, giving their imprimatur by showing up.”

President Obama and Hillary Clinton will be there. Sen. Mark Pryor likely will be front and center, too, given past support.

Obama at least delivered a worthy message this morning.

In his speech, Obama said:

“We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are — whether it’s here in the United States or, as Hillary mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda.”

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