The World Congress of Families, an international coalition of anti-gay hate groups, will bring its annual convention to Salt Lake City next year. The will be the first US convention for the Illinois-based coalition.
The organization had to cancel this year’s international conference in Moscow due to turmoil related to Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Its previous world conferences were in Madrid, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Mexico City, Geneva and Prague. The World Congress of Families chose Salt Lake City for its October 2015 gathering because it has many good partner organizations in Utah, spokesman Don Feder said. The Sutherland Institute is leading the planning for the event, which is expected to draw about 3,000 people. “Marriage between a man and a woman forms the sole moral context for natural sexual union,” the World Congress of Families’ website says. “Whether through pornography, promiscuity, incest or homosexuality, deviations from these created sexual norms cannot truly satisfy the human spirit.” The theme of the Salt Lake City event likely will be religious liberty, Feder said.
One of the leaders of the World Congress of Families is Breitbart columnist Austin Ruse, who was fired from the American Family Association radio network earlier this year after declaring that liberal college professors “should all be taken out and shot.” More on Ruse below.
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: In November 2013, US House Speaker John Boehner provided
federal office space to the World Congress of Families after Sen. Mark
Kirk (R-IL) had them booted out of the space they had reserved in the
Senate office building. The WCF has colluded with NOM president Brian Brown in furthering Russia’s pogrom of hate and violence against
LGBT people and its leaders have endorsed Uganda’s proposed death
penalty for homosexuals. In September 2013, the WCF colluded with local neo-Nazis to successfully pressure the Serbian government to ban Belgrade Pride for the third year in a row. In 2012 WCF leader Austin Ruse, who is also a Breitbart columnist, spoke at CPAC where he denounced the United Nations for a resolution that condemned the “extrajudicial executions” of LGBT people. Ruse is the president of C-FAM, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. Also in 2012, the WCF protested against the US Embassy in Prague for its support of local gay pride events. Signees of a letter to the government were a virtual who’s who of hate.