Homosexual DC Councilman Under Fire for Threatening Salvation Army

By Matt Pyeatt | July 7, 2008 | 8:28 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The conservative Culture and Family Institute has asked for an apology from Log Cabin Republicans after a GOP District of Columbia councilman bullied Salvation Army officials over their opposition to homosexuality.

In a recent address to a homosexual conference, D.C. Councilman David A. Catania described a conversation between himself and a Salvation Army official. "This faggot (referring to himself) controls federal grants in the District as well as local and you'll never see another cent as long as you live. I'll subpoena every one of you ... and I'll bring you down and I'll turn my chamber into a national circus. Do we understand each other?" Catania asked.

The remarks were made at a "Redefining the Gay Agenda" conference held July 21 in Chicago and posted on the website of the Liberty Education Forum, a think tank founded by the Log Cabin Republicans.

Catania's office did not return phone calls Friday for comment on the matter.

However, Peter LaBarbera, senior policy analyst for the Culture and Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America, said Catania's arrogance at the homosexual conference needed to be addressed.

"Its just so interesting because we're always told, well, what about the Republican gays? They're supposed to be the good guys. They're supposed to be the good gays in terms of politics. And here's this guy just berating the Salvation Army. It's incredible," LaBarbera said.

"That's the whole thing we've always talked about, is that the gay rights laws would be used to persecute Christians and Christian groups and anyone who opposes the homosexual political agenda," LaBarbera said. "Here's a group that's not even doing any of that, the Salvation Army. They just want to be able to live by their biblical creed and they get this brow-beating by Catania."

Concerned Women for America's Vice-President, Michael Schwartz, has sent a letter to Rep. Joseph Knollenberg (R-Mich.), asking that Knollenberg, who chairs the Subcommittee on Appropriations for the District of Columbia, "issue a public statement disavowing Mr. Catania's words and actions and making it clear that only the law -- and not the personal agenda of any public official -- is the determining factor in making federal grants within the District of Columbia."

Chris Close, communications director for Rep. Knollenberg, said the congressman's office had seen the letter from Schwartz but had not yet responded.

Rebecca Riggs, a CWA Representative, said, "Our letter to Mr. Knollenberg was to make him aware of this situation and to make sure that Congress is aware that they are the ones who can control funding and not the D.C. Appropriations board, as far as the various criteria that are available for judging these grants."

LaBarbera said Catania's comments were unacceptable and warranted an apology. "I think the Log Cabin Republicans also ought to issue some sort of apology. They are a very powerful group within the Republican Party. They've got this tiny number of people, but they exert influence far beyond their means," he said.