Exclusive: Email Interview With Chris Littleton Cincinnati Tea Party President – Not Only Does The Tea Party Not Know It’s Own Affiliates. (Or Care) It Also Refuses To Take Any Social Or Moral Responsibility For It’s Members Or Itself.

A few weeks ago I was watching the Rachel Maddow Show and Rachel did a story about the Tea Party Express being kicked out of the Tea Party. (Watch video above)  Well anyway, Rachel mentioned the National Tea Party Federation which boasts an affiliate relationship with none other than the anti-gay Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council! 

The NTPF claims to be “A broad coalition of local and regional Tea Party groups have announced the formation of the National Tea Party Federation (NTPF). The NTPF is established to create a unified message and media response amongst key leadership and their affiliates.”  But also while looking over the NTPF Membership list I saw The Cincinnati Tea Party listed.  The Cincinnati Tea Party is one of the biggest and loudest Tea Party Groups in the Midwest.  The Cincinnati Tea Party also  has close very close ties to the Ohio organization “The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes” (COAST) which is a conservative republican based group and founded by Chris  Finney, a Cincinnati, OH lawyer and  resident, who has helped defeat many tax levies on the ballot, mostly ones for Cincinnati Public Schools and who once was a Board member and stil is an active memeber of The Citizens For Community Values, Ohio’s own anti-gay hate group.  Finney and the CCV were not only responsible for writing Article 12, a charter amendment passed by voters in 1993 that prohibited city officials from passing any laws that included sexual orientation as a protected class. (Which was later overturned) But Finney and the CCV also had a hand in writing the state of Ohio’s Defense of Marriage Act, which is among one of the most anti-gay in the country and will not even allow recognition to “civil unions” or “domestic partners”.  Finney has also publically said landlords shouldn’t be forced to rent to gays or lesbians if they didn’t want to do so and employers shouldn’t have to hire them. Moreover, restaurants shouldn’t be forced to serve gay couples if other customers are disturbed by their presence.

So in a nutshell Finney who is anti-gay, an ex-board member of the anti-gay CCV, current founder of COAST, which is affiliated with The Cioncinnati Tea Party, which the National Tea Party Federation says is one of its group members, who has ties to the Affilate ties to the anti-gay national hate groupTony Perkin’s and The Family Research Council.  (Get your scorecards here! You can’t tell your nutjobs without a scorecard)
So to make a long story even longer I sat down and emailed The Cincinnati Tea Party President, Chris Littleton about the CTP’s association with the NTPF and its association with Tony perkins and The Family Research Council, Finney, COAST, The CCV, and where the Tea Party Stands on LGBT issues especially for the fact that if Tea Party members are going to run for public office they will eventually have to vote on social and civil rights issues.
I have prepared a Word Doc transcript of the e-mail exchange and posted it on SCRIBD.  I also retain all original email’s and please note that in the first email I do say my questions are for an article that I am writing and thus “on the record”
It’s an intesrting read and basically boils down to the following.  The Tea Party has no clue about who it associated with and doesn’t care who it’s members are and what they stand for, be it antigay, racist, anti muslum  as long as they follow their three fiscal reform points.  (That is until they caught like the Tea Party Express. Then they suddenly become a sham Party group run by Republicans)  They say they aren’t a “political party” despite the fact that there is now a Tea Party Caucus in the Senate and Tea Party members are running for Goverment office, and will have the reponsibilty of not only the financial welfare but also the social and civil rights or millions of United Stattes citizens in thier hands and they take absoultely no MORAL  RESPONSIBILTY for any harm to other that thier members or affilate groups can and will cause to others.
After all, as Littleton put it.  “I didn’t see that these are “anti-gay” groups” including this one which is the Family Research Council link that I sent him.  http://www.frc.org/issues


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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