The Christian Family Coalition says “anti-American extremists and racists” forced the cancellation of an appearance by Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, at an upcoming Wilton Manors Business Association meeting.
In response to West’s announced appearance, Michael Rajner, legislative director of the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus, demanded that Celeste Ellich, president of the Business Association, disinvite West. The Wilton Manors Business Association canceled West’s appearance this Monday.
According to the Christian Family Coalition:
The Christian Family Coalition (CFC), Florida’s tireless human rights and social advocacy organization, calls on all fair-minded Americans to reject the Wilton Manors Business Association’s (WMBA) disrespectful, undemocratic and hate-based cancelation of its previously scheduled August 8th meeting with U.S. Congressman Allen West, the popular, decorated Iraq war veteran.
While homosexual extremists continuously shed crocodile tears for allegedly being “victims” of “discrimination,” once they get their foot in the door, they brutally silence all who disagree with them. Their threats, intimidation, and blackmail forced the city of Wilton Manors to bow to their unjust and outrageous demands to disrespectfully snub and censor Cong. West.
These underhanded, undemocratic tactics are no different from those used against citizens by the KKK, Neo-Nazis, Stalinists and like-minded, bigoted, racist, anti-American extremists.
Anthony Verdugo, founder and CEO of the Family Coalition, tells The Florida Independent that the Wilton Manors Business Association decided to rescind the invitation because of “blackmail,” “cajoling” and “threats.”
“It is their prerogative to act in a cowardly manner,” he says. “Most of the businesses associated with Wilton Manors, or many of them, are homosexually oriented, and I would think they are worlds apart from mainstream society. At that point there is really not much one can do except publicly denounce and expose the hypocrisy. ”
Verdugo tells the Independent that those who called for West to be disinvited are “hate-mongers,” “bigots” and “racists.”
The Miami-based Christian Family Coalition “was founded with the purpose of serving as a voice for the pro-family citizens of Florida to ensure that our religious liberties are protected from government intrusion,” and “works to introduce pro-family legislation at the state and local levels.”
Congressional candidates Phillip Brutus, Karen Harrington, and Paul Crespo, as well as Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, spoke at a coalition forum in August 2010.
That same month, the Coalition also hosted Holly Benson and Pam Bondi, both candidates for attorney general, and state Reps. Esteban Bovo (now a Miami-Dade county commissioner) and Carlos Lopez-Cantera.