Today Students For Liberty Co-Founder and President, Alexander McCobin, spoke on a CPAC panel called “2 Minute Activist: Saving Freedom Across America”. In it he opened with this line:
In the name of freedom, I would like to thank the American Conservative Union for welcoming GOProud [a coalition of gay republicans] as a co-sponsor of this event, not for any political reason but for the message it sends….Students today recognize that freedom does not come in pieces. Freedom is a single thing that applies to the social as well as the economic realms and should be defended at all times.
Following Alexander was Ryan Sorba, author of The Born Gay Hoax. He had some unfriendly words in response:
“I’d like to condemn CPAC for bringing GOPride [sic] to this event. Civil rights are grounded in natural rights. Natural rights are grounded in human nature. Human nature is a rational substance in relationship to the intelligible end of the reproductive act of reproduction. Do you understand that?”
After that he was booed by the crowd of liberty lovers. He responded with more homophobic ranting and called out one of the supposed booers, Young Americans for Liberty’s Jeff Frazee, by saying “Guess what? You just made an enemy out of me, buddy.” You can read more about the incident at Salon here: http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2010/02/19/cpac_gays/ or see both speeches juxtaposed here: http://thinkprogress.org/2010/02/19/cpac-conference-dissolves-into-right-wing-civil-war-over-gay-rights/.
Check out the youtube video of Sorba’s rant here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuBlFflPOIg
The messenger may have been confused, but the message is still clear. Students For Liberty supports and defends liberty for ALL individuals!