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World Congress of Families To Meet in Utah for 2015

Jim Burroway

July 2nd, 2014

The World Congress of Families, a project of the Rockford, Illinois-based Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society and an officially designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has announced that it will be holding its 2015 Congress in Salt Lake City:

The World Congress of Families is to be held at the Little America and Grand America hotels in late October 2015. It’s an event that could attract a couple of thousand people, said Paul Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute, a Utah conservative think tank that is hosting the gathering.

Mero, who serves on the congress’ management committee and used to work for The Howard Center for Family Religion and Society, which founded the Congress, said Salt Lake City is the perfect place for the conference.

“I think there’s no better locale more focused on family as the fundamental unit of society than Utah,” Mero said. “I think Utah is exceptional in faith, family and in freedom.”

I am so there! Anyone with me?

The World Congress of Families typically holds its Congresses outside of the United States with the aim of exporting anti-gay rhetoric and other socially-conservative ideas to other countries. This year’s Congress, scheduled to take place in Moscow, was “suspended for the time being” after Russia invaded the Crimea. Not so much because WCF was dumbfounded that Russia would violate human rights on such a massive scale, but because U.S. and European Union sanctions “has raised questions about travel, logistics, and other matters necessary to plan WCF VIII .” The fact that WCF and its partners were happy to heap praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin for passing its so-called “homosexual propaganda” law should tell you everything you need to know about the WCF’s concerns over human rights.



Timothy Kincaid
July 2nd, 2014 | LINK

Sounds fun!!

July 2nd, 2014 | LINK

I’m hoping their Congress will take place right on Halloween.

But actually, I would rather not give any attention to these hate-certified people coming to my host city for their convention. Let them spend the money on hotels, food and car rentals and then leave…

….Not with a bang but a whimper.

But if Mr. Kincaid comes I’ll be sure make his visit memorable. Spelunking, zip-lining, hike the Zions Narrows, 4-wheeling in Moab, etc.

July 3rd, 2014 | LINK

It will be nice to have them out of Illinois for the weekend…

July 3rd, 2014 | LINK

Victor – thanks for the chuckle. I needed that!

July 4th, 2014 | LINK

Reserve now at the Hotel Monaco. They make the best martini in town, welcome pets (bring your Chihuahuas!) and have animal print robes in all the rooms. And it’s a Kimpton property, so that’s a plus.

The Little America hotel is another story, one that makes it clear why they will host the hate fest.

Little America is owned by Earl Holding, an minor oil magnate from Salt Lake whose refinery in Wyoming has been responsible for more deaths and injuries than any other in the state. In fact, deaths and injuries at his refinery in Sinclair (his oil company is called Sinclair) have helped make Wyoming #1 in workplace deaths and injuries for the past five years.

His three Little America hotels are mostly regarded as Eisenhower-era roadside kitsch along I-80. The Little America in Cheyenne boasts “the world’s largest filling station”. I can attest that gas pumps are the hotel’s finest feature.

Décor at Little America’s flagship property in Salt Lake might be charitably described as “cold war luxe” or “LDS luxury.” For a time, they used the same design firm that did LDS temple interiors. The similarity is not subtle. There is no bar. The building is an eyesore and many Salt Lakers just pretend it’s not there.

Salt Lake is a bastion of blue and would make a fantastic gay getaway for a weekend in October. The aspens will be turning and the weather should be lovely. There’s good food and drink and decent enough gay nightlife.

I’m not going to miss this.

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