"We must never APPEAR to be attempting to rob anyone of their rights"
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Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 09:42:24 AM EST
[ed - for the fuller context of this story, see Bruce Wilson's Talk To Action story, Christian Book On Manly Aggression Inspires Violent Mexican Fundamentalist Narco-Cult Leader.]

Given the current disturbing growth of the U.S. imperial presidency, you might think this headline was a leak from the bowels of the CIA or the NSA. But in fact, it concerns the dark past of a famous Christian inspirational book author who, at a top-secret anti-gay Colorado conference conference in 1994, outlined a strategy for stripping the rights from an entire segment of American society:

"To the extent we can control our public image, we must never appear to be bigoted or mean-spirited. And you noticed the qualification--- to the extent we can control our public image. We must never APPEAR to be attempting to rob anyone of their rights, of their constitutional rights...
Since his Focus on the Family days John Eldredge has made a major name for himself, along with Rick Warren, in the Christian inspirational book business and his 2001 book Wild at heart: discovering the secret of a man's soul has sold over a million copies.

But the fact that the book has become a key source of inspiration for a ruthless cultic Christian paramilitary fundamentalist crime syndicate that controls  most of the Crystal Meth traffic in the US and is fond of tossing severed heads into Mexican discos suggests John Eldredge's Christian pop psychology oeuvre is not all sweetness and light, and Eldredge's Focus on the Family career reveals a less flattering side to Eldredge's airbrushed persona.

In 1994 Mike Shaver, writing for Freedom Watch, infiltrated and recorded a major national conference of anti-gay activists sponsored by Colorado-for Family Values (CFV) - "a closed-door, invitation-only conference for nearly 40 national organizations committed to "roll[ing] back the militant gay agenda." "

As Shaver observed in his July/August 1994 Freedom Watch story, "if audio- taped portions of the proceedings are any indication, once the cameras are gone, anti-gay forces emphasize very different themes than those touted in public."

Eldredge was one of the major speakers at the top-secret conference which had the participation, according to Shaver's report, of many of the most well known organizations of the Christian right including "Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, Christian Coalition, Family Research Council, Traditional Values Coalition, Eagle Forum and the American Family Association."

"Anti-gay heavyweights" at the conference along with Eldredge, who at the time was Focus On The Family's Director of Seminars and Research and architect of FOF's Community Impact Seminars,  included Paul Cameron, Peter LaBarbera, and Judith Reisman.

Speaking at the conference, John Eldredge was emphasized the need for public relations gloss, but then proceeded to demonize the gay rights movement as ultimate evil:

"To the extent we can control our public image, we must never appear to be bigoted or mean-spirited. And you noticed the qualification--- to the extent we can control our public image. We must never APPEAR to be attempting to rob anyone of their rights, of their constitutional rights...

...I think the gay agenda, and I would not say this as frankly as I will now in other cultural contexts, I think the gay agenda has all the elements of that which is truly evil. It is deceptive at every turn...it is destroying the souls and the lives of those who embrace it, and it has a corrosive effect on the society which endorses it, either explicitly or even implicitly."




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