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A Fundamental Freedom: Why Republicans, Conservatives, and Libertarians Should Support Gay Rights Hardcover – June 16, 2012
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Armed with a simple argument—that '[t]he anti-gay agenda of the Christian Right succinctly exposes the hypocrisy of those who talk of limited government and individual rights but ignore both when it comes to gay rights—' Lampo’s sustained, heavily documented study makes its point again and again. Noting that the Founding Fathers were vehemently opposed to the merging of church and state, Lampo addresses the issue of gay rights from all conceivable angles—attacking evangelicals’ efforts to keep talk of high divorce rates among heterosexual Protestants out of public policy discussions, and discussing the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; motions by certain Religious Right organizations to restore sodomy laws; and the proposed Defense of Marriage Act. Using numerous quotes and poll results to support his argument, his position is convincing....Though folks opposed to gay rights are his target audience, Lampo’s work will likely find purchase amongst liberals already on the bandwagon. Nevertheless, his parsing of “judicial activism” and “unlimited majoritarianism” is enlightening and thought-provoking.
Lampo has obviously put a lot of thought and effort into this book, and it is helpful to have such an up-to-date picture of gay rights laws and poll numbers. (National Review)
A Fundamental Freedom is a serious, thoughtful, and important analysis of gay rights and marriage equality from a conservative and libertarian perspective. It is crucial for Republicans to appreciate the importance of this subject – for the good of the Party, but also for the well-being of this nation. Republicans must stand for decency, respect, and equality for all of our citizens. Lampo has made an invaluable contribution to this dialogue. (Ted Olson, U.S. Solicitor General under President George W. Bush, Lead Counsel, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger)
It’s time to move past the divisive lens of the culture war when discussing gay rights and recognize that these debates are fundamentally about the proper limits of government. David Lampo does just that in his new book, A Fundamental Freedom. It should be a must read for anyone concerned about building a majority committed to rolling back big government. (Carrie Lukas, Executive Director, Independent Women’s Forum, Author, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism)
At its historical core, the Republican Party is a political organization committed to individual freedom. Unfortunately in recent years, many in the GOP have strayed (often far) from that premise, especially in matters involving personal relationships and behavior. I admit – I was one of them. But in recent years, I found my way back to the foundation of freedom in this great country, which is maximized individual liberty and minimized government power. I hope many others will have the courage to reexamine their views on matters of individual liberty, including gay rights, and do the same. A Fundamental Freedom provides a readable and timely explanation of these important issues. (Bob Barr, Former Representative of Georgia (R-GA))
A Fundamental Freedom is an excellent contribution to the growing movement and argument for why the Republican Party must embrace gay rights, complete with all the history, facts and arguments. As important, Lampo's finger is on the pulse of the tectonic shifts occurring at the foundation of the conservative movement that will make way for it to return to the legacy of freedom and capture a new generation of Americans. (Margaret Hoover, contributor, Fox News; author, American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Help)
About the Author
David Lampo, director of publications at the Cato Institute, is a long-time libertarian activist and vice president of the Log Cabin Republican Club of Virginia. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Newsday, National Review, Chicago Tribune, Richmond Times-Dispatch and many other publications. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Lampo also provides a much-needed history of the Founding Fathers' vehement opposition to the merging of church and state, an issue that is particularly acute at institutions like the Air Force Academy With God on Our Side: One Man's War Against an Evangelical Coup in America's Military.
He also points out that an increasing number of religious conservatives are much more concerned about the destruction of the Lord's creation than they are about gay marriage Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action
While there are many issues on which politicians exhibit a hypocritical stance - such as being for "small government" while advocating for an ever larger Pentagon Why We Fight and a war on cannabis that ensnares hundreds of thousands of people in the prison industrial complex The New Jim Crow - learning of the breakdown of anti-gay bigotry is further evidence that "hope and change" aren't just campaign slogans, they're words that can be made real. That hopeful change comes from thoughtful books like Lampo's.
I'll cut him some slack on some of his (and the Cato Institute's) other positions, but he really needs to look at the issue of not just Big Government but also Big Business The Corporation.
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"... objective, well researched opinion not easily dismissed," without mentioning Lampo's libertarian bias and contempt for religious...