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Critics blast Brownback for attending prayer day hosted by ‘inhumane’ anti-gay groups

August 1, 2011

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The leader of a Kansas gay rights group on Monday expressed outrage that Gov. Sam Brownback was going to a highly publicized prayer event put on by anti-gay groups.

Thomas Witt, chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition, said organizers of “The Response” at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Saturday are beyond extremists when it comes to anti-homosexual rhetoric, and Brownback should not be associating with them.

“These aren’t groups who just don’t want gays to get married,” Witt said. “Everyone knows where Sam Brownback stands on that; he doesn’t like it. But this is about showing support for organizations that would rather see us dead.”

In June, Brownback’s office said the Republican governor had accepted an invitation from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, also a Republican and possible presidential candidate, to attend the event which is being dubbed “a call to prayer for a nation in crisis.” Brownback’s office said he would be going at his own expense.

Since then, however, Brownback’s office has been quiet on the subject. In recent days, the governor’s office would not confirm his plans, only to say that Brownback would be on vacation during that time.

Several groups that have leadership roles in the event have gained national attention.

The American Family Association is listed as a host of the event, and several of its leaders are involved in putting it on. Mississippi-based AFA describes itself as a pro-family group that opposes abortion and homosexuality. It is currently calling for a boycott of Home Depot because AFA says the company has sponsored and participated in gay pride parades.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated AFA as a hate group, citing statements about homosexuality, such as a direct mail fundraising appeal that said, “For the sake of our children and society, we must oppose the spread of homosexual activity! Just as we must oppose murder, stealing and adultery!”

In 2010, Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for government and public policy at AFA, said, “Homosexuality gave us Adolf Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.”

“The Response” leadership team also includes several members of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., and TheCall.

Anti-homosexual minister Lou Engle is a leader with the International House of Prayer, co-founder of TheCall and has had a long association with Brownback.

Engle and other anti-gay ministers from the United States have been accused by gay rights and religious groups of attempting to increase anti-gay sentiment in Uganda, where officials have been considering legislation that would criminalize homosexuality up to the point of including the death penalty for gays and lesbians.

A video of Engle speaking against the “homosexual agenda” at a rally in Uganda has been widely viewed. Engle has said his comments were misunderstood.

“I don’t know if extremist is a strong enough word,” Witt said of some involved in the prayer event in Houston. “Supporting the death penalty for gays, that’s not extreme; it’s inhumane.”

Brownback and Engle have known each other for years and for a seven-month period shared a condo in Washington, D.C., when Brownback was a U.S. senator. Engle said he had dreamed that Brownback would be president of the United States. Brownback ran for the Republican Party nomination for president in 2007 but was unsuccessful.

In 2009, Brownback participated with Engle in a “PrayerCast” in which participants prayed against the passage of federal health care reform. Brownback has also spoken at rallies with Engle.

But last year, Brownback’s relationship with Engle became an issue during the governor’s race when the Democratic candidate, state Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City, called on Brownback to denounce Engle.

At the time, Brownback said he disagreed with some of Engle’s statements and that he hadn’t spoken to Engle for several months. Brownback said in the past he worked with Engle on measures that called for apologies for the treatment of American Indians and blacks.

Witt said even though Brownback is going to “The Response” on his own personal time that doesn’t matter. “He’s the governor, full-time. And he’s everybody’s governor, not just the governor of the right-wing base,” he said.

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Agnostick 2 years, 8 months ago

This has nothing to do with religion.

This has nothing to do with prayer.

This has nothing to do with God.

This has nothing to do with homosexuality.

This has nothing to do with morality.

This is only about coattails; specifically, Rick Perry's coattails, and who gets to ride in the rumble seat.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 8 months ago

So far, Mullah Sam seems to be the only other governor stupid enough to attend this event. Check out the sponsor's web opinions. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/03/280108/profile-the-outlandish-beliefs-of-rick-perrys-prayer-rally-endorsers/

"On August 6th, Gov. Rick Perry will host a rally of prayer and fasting for a “nation in crisis.” Perry has invited all 49 other governors to share in the event he defines as “a nondenominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting.” He is expected to announce his presidential intentions soon after the rally.

A quick look at the event’s endorsement list features a who’s-who of extreme right-wing religious figures. They warn of dire consequences for our nation: birds dying out because gays can serve in the military, hurricanes ravaging “sinful cities,” even Oprah Winfrey being a sign of the Apocalypse. Yet despite their outlandish beliefs and rhetoric, Perry features their support prominently on the event’s website......"

I wondered why I saw a dead bird in my yard the other day; it's because we allow gays in the military. Finally, a straight answer to a complex problem............

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youraveragewoman 2 years, 8 months ago

Good Grief! I thought this was a free country. Can he not go where he wants on his vacation?

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grammaddy 2 years, 8 months ago

This is just a stunt to get his name out there for a run at higher office. I wonder who the Koch brothers called to cater this.

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Kirk Larson 2 years, 8 months ago

A former state legislator once said, "You're either for Fred Phelps or your against him." At least we know where the Governor stands.

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pace 2 years, 8 months ago

It will take decades to repair the damage the radical right hater are doing to this country, the economy and to the people of this state. The only ones who are getting more secure and richer are the Brownback protected billionaire. Taking food and books from children to feed the rich. Watta guy, He has a right to attend hate conference, we have to right to think it is disgusting.

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naturalist 2 years, 8 months ago

"As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy."

As a nation, we are not all Christian, so why should we come together to call Jesus on the mainline? It makes better sense to ask all of us to call upon our own gods for guidance, doesn't it?

PS if you think this trip to TX isn't all about Brownback's hopes to run for a national office, possibly on a ticket with Rick Perry, then think again. Brownback is a self-serving hypocrite.

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ksrush 2 years, 8 months ago

Scotty Rothschild is doing a great job of stirring the libs lately with the " reproting". Anything to pimp a paper aye Scotty. Your articles should start with the disclaimer "facts may be manipulated to fit my liberal view".

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Jimo 2 years, 8 months ago

"Brownback said he disagreed with some of Engle’s statements"

That's the same thing Brownback said when his efforts working with "The Family" to get passed the "Kill the Gays" law in Uganda came to light.

True to form, Brownback has one position when he thinks no one is aware of what he's doing but a much more moderate one when exposed to the light.

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WilburNether 2 years, 8 months ago

Has Tom Holland called on Barack Hussein Obama to denounce Rev. Wright?

If not, he is a hypocrite.

I already know that he's a liar.

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oldexbeat 2 years, 8 months ago

expose the misrepresentation of the radical homosexual agenda

huh? what the f)_)) does this mean ? You think it means that being gay is a choice ? Huh? Ok, so Sam hangs out with stupid bigoted people. So Sam probably is bigoted. (OK, not stupid -- clearly -- and will play his religian on his sleeve for your vote.)

"We believe that America is in a state of crisis. Not just politically, financially or morally, but because we are a nation that has not honored God in our successes or humbly called on Him in our struggles. According to the Bible, the answer to a nation in such crisis is to gather in humility and repentance and ask God to intervene. The Response will be a historic gathering of people from across the nation to pray and fast for America."

We believe that America is in a state of crisis because there are not real Christians in charge -- that care about people, their health, their housing, their children, their peace.

Now that might make a difference.

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Liberal 2 years, 8 months ago

What does The Response believe? The Response is a non-denominational, apolitical Christian prayer meeting and has adopted the American Family Association statement of faith.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Why is The Response happening? Why should I come?

We believe that America is in a state of crisis. Not just politically, financially or morally, but because we are a nation that has not honored God in our successes or humbly called on Him in our struggles. According to the Bible, the answer to a nation in such crisis is to gather in humility and repentance and ask God to intervene. The Response will be a historic gathering of people from across the nation to pray and fast for America.

Does AFA Hate Homosexuals?

Absolutely Not! The same Holy Bible that calls us to reject sin, calls us to love our neighbor. It is that love that motivates us to expose the misrepresentation of the radical homosexual agenda and stop its spread though our culture. AFA has sponsored several events reaching out to homosexuals and letting them know there is love and healing at the Cross of Christ.

Now do I hold these beliefs? No I do not even consider myself Christian, Do I think Gay's need to be healed or saved? No I think people are people and if they want to be married...go ahead. It just is not a problem to me. Millions of people think otherwise.

But here is a little info taken from the orgs websites that clearly show they are praying for the country and that they do not hate homosexual individuals. Where was that part of the piece?

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Liberal 2 years, 8 months ago

Here lets rewrite a little of this article copy and pasted.

The leader of a Kansas Christian Hate group on Monday expressed outrage that Gov. Sam Brownback was going to a highly publicized prayer event put on by Christians.

Thomas Witt, chairman of the Kansas Equality Coalition, said organizers of “The Response” at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Saturday should not speak or share their belief in traditional christian values, belief in the bible and belief in God is beyond extremists, and Brownback should not be associating with them.

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deec 2 years, 8 months ago

It's quite amusing that the usual suspects attack the reporter rather than making any attempt to refute the information contained in the article, with, you know, facts and stuff.

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jayhawxrok 2 years, 8 months ago

Brownback is a loon, a right wing zealot. He was a train wreck in the House and now he's come "home" to change our calendars back to 1860 in prep for a Senate run.

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notleft_notright 2 years, 8 months ago

"The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated AFA as a hate group"

The Southern Baptist Convention has designated the extremist Kansas Gay Rights Group a "hate group".

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Ray Parker 2 years, 8 months ago

Sodomites do not get to cancel free exercise of religion just because Christians are forbidden by the Bible from endorsing, condoning, or tolerating sodomy in their midst.

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kawman_sense 2 years, 8 months ago

Just curious. Can someone please explain or point us to the 'evil' that folks are referring to?

I don't see it......

Fellow Americans,

Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.

Some problems are beyond our power to solve, and according to the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, this historic hour demands a historic response. Therefore, on August 6, thousands will gather to pray for a historic breakthrough for our country and a renewed sense of moral purpose.

I sincerely hope you’ll join me in Houston on August 6th and take your place in Reliant Stadium with praying people asking God’s forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation. There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.
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verity 2 years, 8 months ago

"In 2009, Brownback participated with Engle in a “PrayerCast” in which participants prayed against the passage of federal health care reform."

Apparently, God didn't agree with Brownback.

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tange 2 years, 8 months ago

"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward."

Matthew 6:5 (KJV)

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BABBOY 2 years, 8 months ago

Brownback is all about Brownback.

I call BS on him paying his own way there. Someone paid for it. If not the taxpayers, then someone else.

I am still betting some my tax dollars paid for this self stroking little agenda of trying to suck up to the geeks on the religious right. (Sheeeshh -- see above)

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

Scott Rothchild is reporting news. This story is circulating elsewhere in the country.

It is Sam Brownback and Richard Perry that have people concerned.

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edjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

In 2010, Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for government and public policy at AFA, said, “Homosexuality gave us Adolf Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.”

Uh, last time I checked Hitler viciously persecuted homosexuals like he did the with the Jews.

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 8 months ago

Scott Rothschild stirring the Larryville Liberal pot yet again. Sheeesh!

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plynth 2 years, 8 months ago

Liberal queries: "Is this article news or commentary?"

It's news to forum libs and commentary to the remainder of us sane and discerning readers.

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cabocrazed 2 years, 8 months ago

But when Queen Kathleen hosts a party for a late term abortionist - at her taxpayer-funded residence, where are all your voices? Where's your outrage? What a bunch of hypocrites!

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

Richard Perry has stated that americans have pulled away from God. No doubt Brownback subscribes to that thinking. How the hell would these lying corrupt politicians know anything about another one's God? They don't!

What drives Perry,Brownback and other like politicians is power,money,BIG GOVERNMENT and facism. The boys and girls attending this fiasco are as phoney as a 3 dollar bill IMO!

If the news media looked about and close up there just might be some special interest money in the crowd using the word GOD and BIBLE as a front.

Did Brownback and any other Kansas Reps spend our tax dollars? If so I demand OUR money back!!!!!

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reverber 2 years, 8 months ago

Sam can go anywhere he wants as long as he foots the bill. Just like Barack Obama can go to any church he wa...never mind.

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senegal66025 2 years, 8 months ago

Everybody just lighten up a little. Its really a very hot day. Brownbacks meeting isn't worth all the heat being put out about it. Cool thoughts for a very hot day.

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Lana Christie-Hayes 2 years, 8 months ago

About as Anti-Christian as you can get. Abhorrent! I wonder if Phelps will be there too.

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LHS56 2 years, 8 months ago

He can attend any event he wants as long as no tax dollars are involved. He said he is paying his own way. Ok...does that include his staff? Security? Family?
I'm a firm believer in the seperation of church and state. Brownback isn't and has never hidden the fact that there is no seperation. "We" voted him in. Just like Obama, we can vote him out. Time to start working!

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 8 months ago

If the gov were to choose a blueberry muffin instead of a bran muffin, the usual suspects would be outraged.

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Liberal 2 years, 8 months ago

Is this article news or commentary?

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senegal66025 2 years, 8 months ago

Here is the deal. The last I knew this was a free country and Brownback can attend any meeting he wants.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 8 months ago

Brownback has long had links to very disturbing anti-abortion and anti-gay groups, groups that go beyond advocacy and stating disagreement and that delve into violent and extreme rhetoric.

Engle is leading anti-gay crusades in Uganda that have resulting in laws calling for the death penalty for homosexuals. Brownback's links to this man, including his co-residency at the Family, are very troubling.

Brownback should explain these links and denounce this nut job Engle.

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Jake Esau 2 years, 8 months ago

Is anyone really surprised by this?

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 8 months ago

I said this before, but you don't see any other big name politicians going to this event, it's poison, even for Republicans. And it will sure come up if Perry runs for president.

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