Delgaudio’s advocacy group put on anti-gay watch list
Public Advocate of the United States, a non-profit “conservative advocacy group” run by Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, has been added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) hate map as an anti-gay organization.
SPLC listed Public Advocate as an “active hate group” in 2011 based on research compiled through hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.
According to the SPLC, an internationally recognized civil rights non-profit, “all hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
Delgaudio (R-Sterling) founded Public Advocate in 1981.
“This is a political battlefield I’m involved in,” Delgaudio said by phone in early March. “I’m trying to change entire populations of people, turn them in a different direction.”
In January, Delgaudio was wrought with controversy when Public Advocate pushed a marketing email through a contact list of political magazine, “The Weekly Standard.” The email stated that Congress desired to “indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and eliminate traditional values from American society.”
Delgaudio said at the time, “If someone thinks they can deny me this discussion, they are smoking serious weed.”
The email focused on what the Loudoun supervisor calls the “Homosexual Classrooms Act.” The official name for the legislation is the “Student Non-Discrimination Act.” U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced the bill to end discrimination and bullying based on sexual orientation in schools.
Delgaudio claimed the bill would “require schools to teach appalling homosexual acts,” “spin impressionable students in a whirlwind of sexual confusion and misinformation,” and “force private and even religious schools to teach a pro-homosexual curriculum ...”
The SPLC counted 1,018 active hate groups in the United States in 2011. Virginia is home to 34 of those, including “Ku Klux Klan chapters, neo-Nazi, Racist Skinhead and Black Separatist” organizations.
According to the SPLC report, the American radical right grew substantially in 2011, “a third consecutive year of extraordinary growth that has swelled the ranks of extremist groups to record levels.”
“The dramatic expansion of the radical right is the result of our country’s changing racial demographics, the increased pace of globalization, and our economic woes,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and editor of the report.
“For many extremists, President Obama is the new symbol of all that’s wrong with the country - the Kenyan president, the secret Muslim who is causing our country’s decline,” Potok said.