U.S. conservatives organize social-issues congress in Poland
DATELINE: NEW YORK
“It’s a jamboree for people who very often find themselves outside the mainstream,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for a Free Choice. “They’re living the fantasy for a couple of days of what the world would be like if their ideas prevailed.”
O’Brien, a native of Ireland now based in Washington, D.C., said Poland’s conservative bent is at odds with most of the continent.
“American conservative groups don’t find much succor in Europe,” he said. “It’s moved on, toward tolerance and respect for how people live their lives, for people who are gay, single parents, different forms of family.”
This article originally appeared on the International Herald Tribune website on May 9, 2007.