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THAT’S SHOW BIZ

Yes, the contentious, national discourse on race and religion continues. But the contentious national discourse on gay conservatism is also under way with a flourish, and much political theater. World Net Daily (WND) has dropped conservative icon Ann Coulter from their speaker’s lineup for the “Taking America Back” conference in Miami next month. Seems Ms. Coulter also opted to appear at “Homocon 2010,” an event sponsored this fall by GOProud, an activist group that supports traditional conservative values like limited government, individual liberty, and a strong national defense - along with same-sex marriage and gays in the military.

Shunning Ms. Coulter was a matter of principle for WND founder Joseph Farah, who says that his event will not include “the radical and very ‘unconservative’ agenda represented by GOProud,” adding, “the drift of the conservative movement to a brand of materialistic libertarianism is one of the main reasons we planned this conference.”

But Ms. Coulter represents something different to the GOProud crowd, who could represent an emerging voting bloc.

“The gay left has done their best to take all the fun out of politics, with their endless list of boycotts and protests. Homocon is going to be our annual effort to counter the ‘no fun police’ on the left. I can’t think of any conservative more fun to headline our inaugural party then the self-professed ‘right-wing Judy Garland‘ - Ann Coulter,” says Christopher Barron, chairman of the board of District-based GOProud, which features a video of former President Ronald Reagan on its website.

On center stage is Ms. Coulter, who plays the ever-practical pundit, stripping away the emotional entanglements from her appearance at Mr. Barron’s event, which takes place in Manhattan on Sept. 25.

“They hired me to give a speech, so I’m giving a speech. I do it all the time,” she says.

THE MOSQUE MOMENT

“More Americans disapprove than approve of President Obama’s recent comments concerning the planned construction of a mosque near where the Sept. 11 terror attacks occurred in New York City, but 4 in 10 do not have an opinion on the matter. The vast majority of those with an opinion hold it strongly,” says Gallup Poll analyst Jeffrey Jones.

Twenty-percent approve of the president’s supportive remarks, 37 percent disapprove and 41 percent are undecided, the pollster found in a survey of 1,009 adults conducted Tuesday. Among Republicans, 5 percent approved and 68 percent disapproved. Among Democrats, 35 percent approved, 14 percent disapproved.

MISS ME YET?

“Could George W. Bush end the mosque madness?” (Max Fisher, The Atlantic)

“I pine for George W. Bush. Whatever his flaws, the man respected religion, all religion.” (PeterBeinart, The Daily Beast)

“It’s time for W to weigh in.” (Maureen Dowd, The New York Times)

MINIMALIST MEDIA

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