Robert Oscar Lopez

World Congress of Families, begins its rather odd convention in Budapest on Friday. The hatefest gathers together Christian right fanatics to kvetch about LGBT people, abortion and rubbers. World Congress of Families is a hate group and SPLC has a good rundown on some of the major players at the event this week.

Taking a look at the schedule I see that Robert Oscar Lopez is on a Friday afternoon panel titled Pro-Family Messages for Emerging Leaders. “Pro-family” isn’t your family, or countless other families. Their idea of a family is limited to one cisgender male married to one cisgender female and their offspring. Extra points are available if both were virgins before marriage, neither were previously divorced, the couple forswears contraceptives and the wife is a stay-at-home mom. Round trip airfare for “Bobby” to babble is about $1,200.

One crazy Jew is on the schedule — Slomo Köves, Executive Rabbi of EMIH Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation. Schmuck! He lives in a blatantly anti-Semitic country but chooses to participate in discriminating against others. Most of us have learned a thing or two after 6,000 years of oppression.

Ben Carson was originally scheduled but has been deleted from the schedule. Only one U.S. politician is on the menu. That would be Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska’s 1st district. I wonder who paid his airfare and hotel expense. At least one US government official is a participant. That would be Gilbert Crouse, senior economic adviser at HHS. His panel is titled: “Happy Families, Healthy Economy” — Whoopee!

Of course there is the expected contingent of eunuchs. These include Cardinal Péter Erdő — Primate of Hungary and Msgr. László Bíró. And a joyful time will be had by all.

By the way, I did some research yesterday. Neither World Congress of Families nor International Organization for the Family are properly registered with the State of Illinois as assumed names for the Howard Center for Family Religion and Society. Apparently the Howard Center has not filed required reports and is thus not in good standing. That, in turn, prohibits them from filing assumed names.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.