A Pre-Emptive Strike Against The Big Tent

We’ve mentioned before that new RNC Chairman Michael Steele is walking a fine line as he tries to adhere to his pledge to honor the Republican Party’s right-wing platform as well as his own slightly more moderate views and desire to build bridges with moderates within the party.

And while we have seen nothing to suggest that Steele has any current plans to actually engage in any outreach beyond the GOP’s anti-gay, anti-choice core, Peter LaBarbera is taking no chances and demanding that, under no circumstances, should Steele even contemplate meeting with the Log Cabin Republicans:

Americans For Truth (AFTAH) President Peter LaBarbera today urged Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele not to promote the divisive agenda of the homosexual activist group ‘Log Cabin Republicans’ – which has just 20,000 members nationwide — at the expense of the huge, grassroots pro-family conservative GOP base.

AFTAH is encouraging Republicans and pro-family citizens nationwide to contact Steele and the RNC to urge them not to sell out the conservative GOP platform by courting an organization that works to undermine traditional marriage and supports anti-religious, pro-homosexual special-rights legislation.

“Michael Steele and the GOP need to do the math: it is foolish and impractical to risk alienating millions of pro-family, pro-life, conservative grassroots Republicans to appease a tiny homosexual special interest group with fewer members than the population of Liberal, Kansas,” LaBarbera said. “If the Republican Party is to turn itself around, it must reach out aggressively to real, pro-family minorities like Steele himself — not homosexual activists whose agenda would restrict our precious religious and First Amendment freedoms by using the government to promote aberrant sexual lifestyles.”

When Steele was elected to head the RNC last month, he declared that his goal was to bring “a brand new message to the American people,” and it looks like he can expect the full support of the GOP’s anti-gay base … so long as his new message in no way differs from the traditional GOP message.