1AngryOldLesbian.org puts spotlight on Brad Dacus and Pacific Justice Institute
Update: Event photos below
An otherwise idyllic year-round vacation spot became host today to a fear mongering, falsehood generating, anti-LGBT hate group—The Pacific Justice Institute and its President, Brad Dacus—speaking at the Estero Bay Republican Women Federated luncheon at the Morro Bay Golf Course, the poor man’s Pebble Beach.
Fortuitously, a member of 1AngryOld Lesbian.org is vacationing at the same California coastal community and spent some of her valuable downtime to help the town give Mr. Dacus a proper welcome.
Before we share the “fun”, let’s help refresh your memory about Mr. Dacus’ and Pacific Justice Institute’s “illustrious” past and present, unfortunately:
Pacific Justice Institute has been deemed a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Brad is best known for things like serving as a spokesperson for Prop 8, comparing stopping marriage equality to stopping the Nazis, defending a pastor who said gay people are abominations who deserve to be stoned to death, referring to a law protecting transgender students as “hideous;” claiming it will lead to “many casualties”, and turn CA schools “into a horror film”, fabricating a story about a transgender teenager harassing other students, fighting a law designed to protect LGBT people from hate crimes (the same way others, including religious people, are protected), calling it “unjust,” “unnecessary,” and “unwise.” A basic all-around hatemonger.
Now that you have the picture, let’s share some fun:
During the week prior to Brad’s visit, a “press release” (yes, that is in quotes), was issued from the Estero Bay Republican Women Federated entitled “Estero Bay Republican Women Welcome Prop8 Proponent and Hate Group Leader”, quoting President Sandi Tannler as she commends Dacus:
“Brad and the Pacific Justice Institute continue to stand up for our right to discriminate, masterfully masquerading, convincing America it is our “religious liberty” at stake, not just our ancestral desire to practice xenophobia, homophobia, and all the “isms” of our choosing.”
The press release is here.
In addition to local media, 1Angry helped publicize the event for the Federated Women by dropping off releases at the area County Supervisor, Bruce Gibson’s office, and to the office of Republican State Assemblyman Katcho Achadijian who happens to be running for Congressional Equality Caucus member, Lois Capps’ seat (Yikes! Send money to his opponent!).
Additionally, “invitation posters” (yes, that’s quotes, again) entitled “We Love to Hate”, including the names of the five Board members were displayed in Board members neighborhoods and around the community.
On Tuesday, a three minute (as mandated but way too short for the subject) public comment, “Something is Rotten in Paradise” was made before the County Board of Supervisors demanding this hate group and others not have access to taxpayer funded facilities (the county manages the golf course for the State).
Discussions were had with the Park & Rec Dept. but they resulted in the ridiculous idea that if employees of the Golf Course who are protected by both non-discrimination and harassment ordinances felt harassed, why they should just ask for the day off!
So folks are talking, calls have been made to the Republican women, and they just don’t understand why people are so upset. This morning the New Times quotes Sandi Tannler, the Republican Women Federated Chapter President saying “People who haven’t heard him say he is a hate monger, but after they listened to him they walk away saying, ‘Hey he’s a good guy.’”
Really Sandi? I’m sure there are lots of people who think folks are “good guys”, even while they engage in genocide, raping of the environment, war-mongering and other pillaging behaviors like say Dick Cheney but they are just not people anyone is interested in anymore… well, except by last gasp “religious liberty” folks clinging to dreams of legalized bigotry like you!
Today’s Shredder column (who had published great commentary of Ted Cruz’s visit to the county earlier this year) summed it up best with:
Hey, if these Republican women want to eat salmon salad while listening to a pious Christian man bloviate about why it’s perfectly OK to strip gays of their rights, they should! Because freedom!
The Federated Women’s luncheon is later today. If you’re in the neighborhood, maybe you can still make it, just give Gayle Bickford a call. Her number is right on the press release…