Brian Brown, Sharon Slater Are Also At Moscow’s Totally-Not-The-World-Congress-Of-Families

Jim Burroway

September 11th, 2014

Photo from the Charity Foundation of St. Basil's Facebook page.

Photo from the Charity Foundation of St. Basil’s Facebook page. (via Right Wing Watch)

Brian Brown is on the left. According to this online program, (Google translate here), he is spoke at a plenary panel this morning on “The Family, its Present and Future” at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior’s main hall. Patrick Buckley, an anti-abortion activist from Ireland, Thomas Ward of Britain’s National Association of Catholic Families, and John Weston of Canada’s Lifesite News were also on the panel. Just to give you an idea of the kind of company they’re keeping, other panel members include Abdolreza Azizi of Iran’s Islamic Consultative Council.

The program indicates that Austin Ruse is speaking today on “the status of life and family issues at the United Nations,”  ex-gay promoter and anti-abortion activist Miriam Grossman will present on whether “reproductive freedom frees procreation,” CBN’s Stephen Weber will speak on “restoration of paternity transformation of culture” (Google Translate may have mangled this),  Janice Shaw Crouse will speak on “successful communications strategy,” and Family Watch International’s Sharon Slater will speak on the “protection of children and families in the United Nations.”

Sharon Slater is a particularly ugly piece of work. Her organization, Family Watch International, which has managed to obtain consultative status with the United Nations, proudly features Ugandan Pentecostal pastor and “kill-the-gays” bill supporter Martin Ssempa as an African Coordinator for FWI. She has also spoken out in favor of Uganda’s horrific Anti-Homosexuality Bill, as well as similarly draconian laws in Nigeria and elsewhere. She has also worked closely with ambassadors from Syria and Iran to push her anti-gay agenda in the United Nations.

At least a couple dozen other Americans, Canadians and Europeans are speaking at the Totally-Not-The-World-Congress-Of-Families despite American and European sanctions against several of the conference’s Russian sponsors over the illegal annexation of Crimea and the Russian military’s incursions into Eastern Ukraine. Two of the American organizers of the Totally-Not-The-World-Congress-of-Families, World Congress of Families’ managing director Larry Jacob and communications director Don Feder, have prime speaking slots — although, ostensibly, they aren’t representing the World Congress of Families while speaking at the Totally-Not-The-World-Congress-of-Families conference. They are speaking on behalf of  Jacobs Consulting and Don Feder Associates, respectively, which I think are similar in nature to Burroway Consulting and Timothy Kincaid Associates.

The Totally-Not-The-World-Congress-Of-Families is taking place in several venues in the Kremlin and at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in the very same venues as the previously cancelled World Congress of Families, on the same dates, under the same theme, and with many of the same line-up of speakers. But remember: it’s not the World Congress of Families. Which is fitting, when you think about it. The Totally-Not-The-World-Congress-Of-Families is taking place in the land of the Totally-Not-Invading-Eastern-Ukraine. Authoritarian demagogues with totally-unbelievable propaganda machines seem to have a way of finding each other.


September 11th, 2014

Burroway, there’s a typo in the 2d sentence.

NOM probably dedicates probably a third of its messaging to the notion that the anti-SSM side is threatened by “censorship” and loss of free speech rights. Of course, they are complaining not about any actual deprivation of free speech, but about perhaps a half dozen cases in which private citizens denounced a CEO or media figure.

Yet, here Brian Brown goes to Moscow, where the government polices every private communication and fines citizens who express one viewpoint about gay people. Of the cases brought under the “gay propaganda” law so far, two have been against mainstream newspapers that were reporting on a gay-related story. Another was brought against a demonstrator on a public sidewalk who held up a pro-gay sign. Yet another was brought against a middle school girl who came out and said something positive about herself. And the law was used to expel from the country some Dutch filmmakers shooting a documentary. Under the law, parents who teach their kids to love and respect a gay cousin or uncle could be fined. Whenever NOM talks about the loss of freedom, we should always remind them of what they support.

Regan DuCasse

September 13th, 2014

Thank you, Smith.
Brown is fully embracing “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” concept here.
At the expense of moral and civil honesty about Russia and it’s exceptional oppression of free speech.

Which makes Brown a full on hypocrite.
In my years of disseminating the way hate speech or certain types of oppression grew in various countries, and how masses of people could believe dangerous propaganda and embrace it, I have NO doubt, that were this the mid 1930’s, Brown and his cohorts would eagerly embrace the Nazi doctrine and go along with the laws denying the citizenship of Jews and others.

He rejects the idea, as do his cohorts, that he’s capable of prejudice or acts in it’s name.
He believes he’s acting for the public and social good, and is tone deaf that any is actually occurring.
Fortunately our nation DOES embrace free speech, and can see the agenda beneath the kinds of smiling faces that Brown and company present to the world.

Is this photo, which resembles the classic DaVinci of The Last Supper, supposed to be deliberate?


September 15th, 2014

“I am a democrat because I believe that no man or group of men is good enough to be trusted with uncontrolled power over others. And the higher the pretensions of such power, the more dangerous I think it both to rulers and to the subjects. Hence Theocracy is the worst of all governments. If we must have a tyrant, a robber baron is far better than an inquisitor. The baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity at some point may be sated; and since he dimly knows he is doing wrong he may possibly repent. But the inquisitor who mistakes his own cruelty and lust of power and fear for the voice of Heaven will torment us infinitely more because he torments us with the approval of his own conscience and his better impulses appear to him as temptations.

And since Theocracy is the worst, the nearer any government approaches to Theocracy the worse it will be. A metaphysic held by the rulers with the force of a religion, is a bad sign. It forbids them, like the inquisitor, to admit any grain of truth or good in their opponents, it abrogates the ordinary rules of morality, and it gives a seemingly high, super-personal sanction to all the very ordinary human passions by which, like other men, the rulers will frequently be actuated. In a word, it forbids wholesome doubt. A political programme can never in reality be more than probably right. We never know all the facts about the present and we can only guess the future. To attach to a party programme — whose highest claim is to reasonable prudence — the sort of assent which we should reserve for demonstrable theorems, is a kind of intoxication.”
—C.S. Lewis

Sharon Slater

July 13th, 2015

Every time I google my name this one comes up. She is like the anti-me, and as I have had my name since birth I should be angry at her sullying it in this way.
Oh this Sharon Slater (the one typing) is an atheist and a lesbian, and married to a woman and we have children :D
If only I were in America, then I would gladly take interviews for the other Sharon Slater :D

Timothy Kincaid

July 13th, 2015

Sharon, how fun it would be! :)

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