'Sissies' and 'faggots' and Republicans, oh my.

The 2006 "Values Voters Summit" was a real success. Oh, everybody was there: Gonzales for torture, Coulter for killing, Hannity for hate, George 'Macacawitz ' Allen and many others shooting their love all over the place.

Even Tony Snow, the White House spokesman.

Wellington Boone, a preacher of hate, said the words below and none of the above has yet to disavow any tie to this hatred. The PRESIDENT'S SPOKESMAN, remember. Via Nico Pitney:

"I want the gays mad at me." Boone said that while "the gays" are "saying a few things" about him, "they’re not coming at me strong." In an effort to change that, Boone declared:
Back in the days when I was a kid, and we see guys that don’t stand strong on principle, we call them "faggots."
I don't particularly care about Boone -- ditto Coulter and Hannity. They can spout whatever diarrhea they like, but representatives from our government are another story. I just long for the day when the Republicans have the balls to pitch a tent for the gays. A big tent.

But here's the kicker: According to a recent poll, the Values Voters myth is even more myth-y than believed, at least according to the conception that hatred of gays and control over women are of utmost importance to voters. Among the findings that should increase love for your fellow man and woman:
Social issues such as abortion and gay marriage rank last in importance to the vast majority of Americans when deciding how to vote.
An overwhelming majority of Americans, including at least three-quarters of every major religious tradition, say issues like poverty and health care are more important than hot-button social issues.
When people think about “voting their values,” more people think of the honesty, integrity, and responsibility of the candidate than any other values.
Americans overwhelmingly agree that too many religious leaders focus on abortion and gay rights without addressing more important issues such as loving our neighbors and caring for the poor.
(Thinkprogress, PFAW)

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