CAP also has a solid get-out-the-vote effort, making an estimated 100,000 calls reminding evangelicals to cast ballots.

It controls a veritable army of God, with ballots in their hands.

For several years, CAP also had its own political action committee, which donated money to particular legislators. But this PAC was abandoned after 2008.

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Subscribers to CAP's e-mail blasts are kept abreast of the progress of bills of concern to evangelicals, provided talking points, and encouraged to contact their legislators via phone or e-mail.

Meanwhile, Herrod and her staff walk the halls of the state House and Senate like they own the place.

This doesn't necessarily engender good feeling in the legislators who are the objects of Herrod & Co.'s attentions.

Ex-state Senator Carolyn Allen takes guff from no one. The straight-shooting former legislator from Scottsdale is famously the only Republican state lawmaker who voted against Arizona's anti-immigrant legislation, Senate Bill 1070.

In 2004, she actually resigned as president pro tem of the state Senate rather than, as she put it, be "bullied" by Herrod and others into supporting a resolution asking Congress to pass a national same-sex marriage ban.

"I consider myself a Christian," Allen tells New Times. "And [CAP] purports to represent all Christians, and I do not believe that's accurate."

Allen refers to Herrod as the "church lady" and is proud of never having allowed the CAP president in her office. She believes Herrod had and still has too much access in the Legislature.

State lawmakers with less spine than Allen do Herrod's bidding because of their fear of getting "primaried" by a Republican backed by CAP, she says.

"The church lady's conduct is not very Christian-like," Allen says. "She is a bully . .  .  She wants people to understand there is a price to pay if you don't vote for her bills, and she will see to it that you have a pretty mean primary."

For Republican legislators who want to retain their offices, it's a serious threat. In the state House, three GOP representatives broke ranks to vote against SB 1062. They are expected to feel Herrod's wrath in this year's primary.

Ditto three Republican Senators who voted for 1062 but later reversed themselves and asked Governor Brewer to veto the bill, thus giving the governor added cover to exercise the option.

All the same, there are some legislative issues Herrod cannot control. Antenori told New Times that Herrod was not happy with his efforts regarding expanded gambling and liquor sales.

"No member should be intimidated by anybody," the Tucson Republican says, adding, "If they don't have the guts to stand up to them, they don't belong up there."

Groups such as the Secular Coalition for Arizona accuse CAP of violating strictures that federal law places on 501(c)3 groups. SCA and others have complained to the IRS, asking that it audit the nonprofit and claiming that, according to IRS rules, CAP has exceeded a vaguely defined limit on lobbying.

The IRS has acknowledged the letters but has taken no action. An IRS spokesman declined to comment on any complaints about CAP.

CAP itself didn't respond to requests for an interview with Herrod.

Asked about the IRS complaint against CAP, Equality Arizona President Rebecca Wininger, often Herrod's foil on issues related to gay rights, said she doubted that Herrod and CAP were breaking the rules.

"I bet she's pushing it right to the line," Wininger says. "I don't see her as the type of woman who's going to jeopardize her organization and their power base by doing something illegal."

As for affecting CAP's influence, the LGBT community's victory in the struggle over 1062 has been a boost for its morale, an opportunity to organize and raise money for anti-CAP forces.

But Wininger is realistic. She hopes for a Democratic governor and/or a possible tie in the state Senate after the fall elections. These are the changes that can lessen CAP's influence.

"Everyone wants to blame Cathi Herrod and CAP," Wininger says. "But I have no doubt that if Cathi Herrod and CAP went away, tomorrow another group would pick up the reins — until the voters of Arizona rise up and say, 'No more!'"

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budsan
budsan

She seems like a real hatemonger

FJSmith
FJSmith

As a supporter of CAP I feel you have misrepresented CAP starting in your title "Cathi Harrod's Center for Arizona Policy Hates Gays..."  There is no gay bashing done by Cathi or her organization.  On the contrary Christians are asked to love others.  The Bible does say that sex between men is not the way God has intended sex to be.  CAP is not out to hate gays.  They are out to promote a society with strong moral values and liberty for individuals.

DNichols
DNichols

Arizona's SB1070, and SB1062  was passed by legislators belonging to a church that still worships a child molesting  Poligamist leader that had about thirteen wives half of which were under the age of thirteen.

Brewer only vetoed SB1062 out of fear of lost revenues for the State, not for her lack of Hate.

This criminal has coledges in his name and fled justice for his crimes in Illinios.

What a "Saint"

serpico1000
serpico1000

And to think that millions of Dollars are being wasted just to push other people's beliefs down other people's throat, we need to force the Government and Supreme Court to stop allowing all of these religious groups which do not amount but to sect groups, and have a whole bunch of legislators both at State and National levels in their pockets, to push for enactments like these to enable these groups to push the envelope to the maximum and all they do is create doubt, hatred anxiety and anguish, and all for what!! to allow a bunch of politicians to give them a bigger podioum, and to give these religious zealots more freedom to create Havoc??? 

dkessler4
dkessler4

If being religious means that you have to be intolerant and to hate others most people don't want to be part of that.  Our government has to deal with everyone.  This has absolutely no place in our government.

naoma
naoma

I would like "freedom from religion."

naoma
naoma

James777:  I do not Hate anyone -- just feel sorry for the way  "these people"  feel about other human beings.  .  

Artaud49
Artaud49

All you have to do is read the comments below to appreciate the true hate that people like Herrod, Huckabee, and Palin represent and inspire. The insults operate on a 6th grade level, which appears to be the mentality of the people that organizations like the Tea Party and the Center for Az Policy represent.

ancientmath
ancientmath

Apparently Cathi Herrod doesn't understand "religious freedom".  Freedom of religion doesn't equate to freedom to discriminate.  While she is free to practice her religion any way she chooses (go to church, pray, dance with the devil, etc), she, nor anyone else, is not allowed to prevent my religious activities and as an equally-righted American Citizen, I am/will be allowed anywhere in public she chooses to be.  We Americans call this Liberty.

richard.grayson1
richard.grayson1

She can survive and thrive only in a shithole like your state of Arizona. In normal states on the Coast, this woman would be no more paid attention to than a bag lady screaming on the L train or Market Street.

timdlittle
timdlittle

She's a disgusting pig and waste of tax money.

slrman
slrman

As always, when attempting to persecute others in the name of their religion, the religious reich does not shrink from anything, no lie, no matter how stupid, egregious, or hateful is too much.  Nothing is forbidden, no matter how illegal, distasteful, ridiculous, or lacking in human decency is something they will not use joyfully.


Christians are the most judgmental and unforgiving people in the world.

LaMano
LaMano

As you correctly stated, most all of Arizona can ALREADY discriminate against the LGBT community.  SB 1062 would not change that.  So where is all this horrific discrimination NOW?

budsan
budsan

Lets pressure these wacko politicians from the other side. Why can't a groups of sensible, good, sane people of AZ organize. Then like the wackos lead by these Bible freaks find sensible people to oppose these crazy right wing politicians not only in the primary but in the general election as well?  We might be able to get rid of Biggs, Yarbrough, Reagan, Crandell, Kavanagh, Montenegro, Ugenti, DiCiccico, McCain, Franks, Flake and the other embarrassing nuts that now represent AZ. The sane and sensible people of AZ already had success we got rid of Frank Antenori and his clone Ron Gould.

naoma
naoma

Sadly, these people are still out there.  Have they met a gay person?  Spent any time with this person?  And, how about their (the anti-gay group) RELIGION.  Where in their Bible does it mention gay men and women?    I thought there was a "love thy neighbor,"  "judge not lest ye be judged,"  etc.  The way some people spout their religion can be rather disconcerting. No, I have no religion.  But then I have no prejudice nor any hate for anyone who is different.  

rockdog48
rockdog48

Don't hate the player, hate the game!  Gays have the problem but I still interact with them,  professionally.  I choose not to socialize with them because God has claimed that it is wrong.  I believe that is what this lady is all about.  Homey don't play dat!

rhall528
rhall528

@slrman just shows you that there is NO god and they know it or they wouldn't be doing and saying the things they do and say

rhall528
rhall528

@LaMano that's because the party of choice is the nazi fascist party of NO (repugs)

James777
James777

Except, perhaps, for "these people" who are so judgmental, prejudiced and hateful due to their religion?

timdlittle
timdlittle

@rockdog48  gawd claimed it was wrong? so he doesn't have any proof? You theists are whacked out.

slrman
slrman

@rockdog48 Yes, you do hate gays because you use your evil religion to condemn them. 


I choose not to have anything to do with people as willfully ignorant and hypocritical as you are.

splashdoggie
splashdoggie

@rockdog48  I assume you wait by the fireplace each December 25th for Santa as well? There are many books that proclaim Santa exists, even books to tell children to behave or Santa won't visit them. It sounds a little bit like the bible huh?  Be good, follow what we say or you won't be resurrected into heaven. All fairytales and scare tactics, luckily some of us are still rational people.

rhall528
rhall528

@ConcernedCitizenAZ @slrman have never met a good christian and there is NO god never was never will be. ALL RELIGIONS STARTED AS CULTS AND STILL ARE CULTS

slrman
slrman

@ConcernedCitizenAZ @slrman  

I agree.  It's become so bad that "hypocrite" and "christian" are semantically equal.

FYI, there is no evidence that the mythical Jesus  ever existed.

As stated by Dr. Bart Ehrman, Professor of religious studies at the University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill, NC said, "In the entire first Christian century, Jesus is not mentioned  by a single Greek or Roman scholar, politician, philosopher, or poet.  His name never appears in a single inscription, and it is never found in a single piece of private correspondence.  Zero!  Zip references!"


I also have an essay about it at:

http://slrman.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/does-it-matter-if-jesus-existed/


It's not an anti-christ piece but one with which I think you might agree.


Finally, instead of putting christ back into Christmas, how about putting christ back into christians?

rockdog48
rockdog48

@slrman @rockdog48  Well that sure is gonna' cost me some sleep tonight!   Just one less queer to deal with!   

James777
James777

Does your "rationality" ever cause you to question your simplistic views of religion? Does it ever make you wonder, if Christians are merely following such an obvious behavior control system, why are scientists, physicians, artists, highly imaginative and successful entrepreneurs, and many other people who are smarter and more successful than you, followers of such a system?

rockdog48
rockdog48

@splashdoggie @rockdog48  Don't assume anything!  It might cause an overload for that fat ass of yours.  Then the rest of all those fudgepackers wouldn't be able do their thing!

slrman
slrman

@rhall528 @ConcernedCitizenAZ@slrman 

They are mostly very wealthy cults, too.  I read that, if all religions paid taxes like any other business, it would result in 71 Billion dollars of revenue in the USA alone.  I'm not certain about that number, but it would certainly go a long way toward health care and education. 

rhall528
rhall528

@rockdog48 @slrman another nazi fascist party of NO (repugs) follower who likes to spread lies, fear, hate and racism. not worth wasting time on

rockdog48
rockdog48

@slrman @rockdog48  Wah, wah, wah!   Go back to sucking on your bong freak!  Oh, excuse me.  That ain't no bong, that's your boyfriend!

slrman
slrman

@rockdog48 @slrmanThat's right, you stinking coward.  Hide and make insults that you know you won't have to back up.  What a disgusting, craven PoS you are.


Like most christians, you're a liar, coward, hypocrite, and fool.

splashdoggie
splashdoggie

@James777 If it were a true statement that many scientists, physicians, and artists did follow Christianity then yes it would make me wonder. The fact is most physicians and scientists believe in evolution, hence the basis of their career so no I don't ever wonder about that.

rockdog48
rockdog48

@splashdoggie @rockdog48  One thing about Christians: we don't claim to be perfect.  Unlijke you self righteous libtards.   But if it comes down to it,  I'll drop you where you stand!  That sissy boy,  is one thing that you can take to the bank....!

 
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