This time it’s the Family Research Council, who will be in Smithfield next Saturday for the Family Research Council’s “New England Family, Life & Marriage Summit,” hosted by the National Organization for Marriage. Anti-gay organizations from five of the six New England represented, and discussion topics will include such things as “Homosexuality In Your Child’s Public Schools” and “Engaging Students In Pro-Family Activism.”
Queer Action of RI–whose name still annoys me, but whatever–is staging a passive counter-protest from 3-5 pm that day, hoping to catch the tail end of the summit (which starts at 9am.)
Lunch, incidentally, is being provided by Panera Bread. (I’ve contacted them to see if they’re officially sponsoring the event and at what level. I’ll let you know when I hear anything.)
The full schedule of events is here.
Here’s an excerpt from an e-mail sent by Panera to the Providence Equity Action Committee.
Panera is not sponsoring this lunch, nor have we spoken to or been approached by this organization. Our donations department never received a request either.
While we can not research every organizations or their events, we are going to modify our donation form by asking for a brief statement of organizational purpose and an event description that may yield information that would be useful in identifying organizations or programs that are not consistent with our core value of respect for all.
We did a little research and their flyer states that a Panera Bread lunch will be served, but none of our cafes have an order for them as of yet. We are not sure why the put our name on their flyer if this is the case…