Target: Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Goal: Demand that the Republican National Committee cut ties with homophobe David Lane
The Republican National Committee (RNC) has recently announced a partnership with the organization American Renewal Project. The American Renewal Project is run by a highly incendiary homophobe by the name of David Lane. Demand that the Republican National Committee disassociate itself from and denounce David Lane.
The RNC will be inviting a number of its most prominent members on an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel, courtesy of of the American Renewal Project. The American Renewal Project is the political action front for the Christian nationalist David Lane. Lane has a history of radical homophobia and religious intolerance, even by the standard set by the Republican Party. He has claimed that “homosexuals praying at [Obama’s] inauguration” would compel God to put “car bombs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Des Moines, Iowa;” that the religious right should “wage war” to halt the advance of marriage equality; and that Mitt Romney should never be president because of, for all the reasons that exist, his “false God of Mormonism.” Despite this history, the RNC seems to have no problem getting into bed with Lane.
For a party that has been trying so desperately to update its image and appeal to younger generations, the Republican Party’s continuing reliance on bigots such as Lane is nothing short of laughable and serves to underscore just how hopelessly out of touch the party is. Sign the petition below to demand that the RNC cut its ties with David Lane once and for all.
Dear Chairman Priebus,
I am writing you today about your recent announcement that many prominent members of your party are going on an all-expenses-paid vacation on the dime of David Lane’s American Renewal Project. To be frank, I am concerned with how close your party is with this man and his organization, and do not understand why you are not concerned yourself.
David Lane is a noted homophone and Christian nationalist. Clearly his ideology overlaps in many respects with your party’s, but the fact that you continue to associate with him is alarming. Your party has been desperately trying to update its image to appeal to a younger, more diverse generation. You should cut all ties with Lane from an ethical and moral standpoint because it’s the right thing to do. The fact that you can’t seem to grasp the negative relationship between “updating your image” and continuing to associate with bigots like him is as disappointing as it is laughable.
Merely including the caveat that “although this is a trip for RNC Members and guests, this trip is not an RNC event” doesn’t make it so. Your party is pursuing and benefiting from links to this bigot and his agenda. I demand that you immediately and publicly end all associations between your committee and David Lane and his American Renewal Project, and denounce him and his views.
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