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The Daily Agenda for Thursday, May 24

Jim Burroway

May 24th, 2012

TODAY’S AGENDA (Ours):
Pride Celebrations This Weekend:Alkmaar, Netherlands; Bradford, UK; Cambridge/Kitchener/Waterloo ON; Dresden, Germany; Durban, South Africa; Düsseldorf, Germany; Eskilstuna, Sweden; Hanover, Germany; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Melbourne, FL; Moscow, Russia; Pensacola, FL; Salerno, Italy; and Washington, DC (Black Pride).

Other Events This Weekend: Bearpawcalypse, Chicago, IL; International Mr. Leather, Chicago, IL; Great Plains Rodeo, Oklahoma City, OK and Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Toronto, ON.

TODAY’S AGENDA (Theirs):
Family “Research” Council’s National Pastor’s Briefing:Washington, D.C. The FRC’s Watchmen On the Wall project convened its National Pastor’s Briefing yesterday, and it will continue through Friday at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. Today’s speakers include Sen. Mark Rubio (R-FL), Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera (D-The Bronx), FRC president Tony Perkins, vice president Tom McClusky, and senior fellow Ken Blackwell. The conference will break in the afternoon so that participants can board busses to Capitol Hill for Congressional meetings anda prayer walk.

TODAY IN HISTORY:
Pat Buchanan Declares AIDS “Awful Retribution”: 1983. “The sexual revolution has begun to devour its children,” proclaimed Pat Buchanan in a New York Post op-ed that was relayed in newspapers across America. “And among the revolutionary vanguard, the Gay Rights activists, the mortality rate is higher and climbing.” By 1983, the known AIDS epidemic was about to reach its two year mark. A general panic was spreading in the gay community, and a general backlash was brewing everywhere else. Buchanan fueled that backlash with this op-ed, warning that no homosexual should be permitted to handle food. He also warned that the Democratic party’s decision to hold their 1984 convention in San Francisco would leave their delegates wives and children at the mercy of “homosexuals who belong to a community that is a common carrier of dangerous, communicable and sometimes fatal diseases.” And he attributed all of it to divine retribution with his now-infamous money-quote: “The poor homosexuals… they have declared war upon nature, and now nature is exacting an awful retribution.”

Buchanan had a flare for the dramatic turn of the phrase, having served as an opposition researcher and speechwriter for President Richard Nixon. He would go on to serve as communications director for the Reagan White House from 1985 to 1987. His speech before the Republican National Convention in 1992 would bring the term “culture war” to a nationwide audience.

If you know of something that belongs on the agenda, please send it here. Don’t forget to include the basics: who, what, when, where, and URL (if available).

And feel free to consider this your open thread for the day. What’s happening in your world?

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