Photo: CONLAMIC director Miguel Rivera outside the Bronx Court House on March 3, 2004, announcing a pro-Bush and anti-same-sex marriage rally, and some community activists rejecting CONLAMIC's hateful message.
Interesting news from DC: Today the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released a statement crediting the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) for "the work they’ve done to promote immigration reform and fair treatment for undocumented immigrants" but also wishing to set them straight, as it were, or - in DNC parlance - telling them "the truth."
Apparently CONLAMIC hosted the Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Ken Mehlman today at a gathering in DC where he spoke about all the wonderful things that President Bush had done for Latinos in general including Latino immigrants (huh?).
To tell "the truth" though the DNC would do well to do some research, 'cause they ain't necessarily going to teach CONLAMIC anything they don't know:
- In 2003 CONLAMIC honored the oh-so-"immigrant friendly" Traditional Values Coalition leader Louis P. Sheldon (which, credit be given, was representative of a split in the conservative right's attitude towards immigration).
- In 2004, CONLAMIC bused in hundreds of people from Connecticut, Maine, New jersey, DC and Maryland to a pro-Bush, ant-gay marriage rally in the Bronx.
- The Reverend Ruben Diaz, Sr., a long-time anti-gay advocate and a New York State Senator, opened the doors wide for CONLAMIC and their hateful message to reach Latinos in New York City throught that same 2004 anti-gay marriage, pro-Bush rally.