Michele Bachmann is one of only two elected politicians who are scheduled to speak at this year’s annual “The Awakening,” described as “an in-depth Prayer and Patriotism event where people are united by our love for our country’s freedom and our faith in Christ.”
The Republican U.S. Congresswoman has increasingly aligned herself officially with anti-gay and anti-Islam events and organizations, including accepting a position on the board of directors of the anti-gay Thomas More Law Center. The only other elected official scheduled to speak is five-term Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM).
This year’s “The Awakening” features speakers from certified anti-gay and anti-Islam hate groups, including Ken Blackwell and Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council, Bradlee Dean, founder of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International, Andrea Lafferty, Executive Director of the Traditional Values Coalition, and Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), along with SIOA board member Jim Lafferty.
Other well-known professional anti-Muslim activists scheduled include Frank Gaffney, Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy.
Rep. Bachmann built her career on the backs of LGBT people, burnishing her political skills at the state level by railing against homosexuality and same-sex marriage, and even working to pass a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Several other scheduled speakers are from well-known anti-gay organizations whose main focus includes working against same-sex marriage and engaging in active campaigns against homosexuality:
National Organization For Marriage’s (NOM) Bishop Harry Jackson
Many come from the Liberty Counsel, chief sponsor of The Awakening, and their closely related “sister” organization, Liberty University, including Matt Barber, Dean Shawn Akers, Judith Reisman, and Mat Staver.
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