I’ve met Peter Wolfgang, the Executive Director of The Family Institute of Connecticut, and I can’t help but like him, but … except … well … but … But … I’m falling back on typical language used in reference to the FIC: We support the FIC, but … We agree with the FIC, but … We endorse the FIC full hog, but … but … but … but … But the FIC scatters exclamation points on its web site like peanut shells in a zoo’s elephant cage; but Peter Wolfgang forever hyperventilates; but he cannot see that today’s adversary might be tomorrow’s friend; but Peter sees no gray areas, only black and white – and those suggesting gray fail to see that gray is a shade of black.
Tag Archives: Enfield
June 28, 2010
Come. Hear the echoes of human pit bulls. Drive north on I-91 in Connecticut toward Enfield, where its 44,895 residents have seen America’s secular bar mitzvah morph into a cause, a principle, a dogma, with a cast of characters including the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United For the Separation of Church and State, a state-wide family-values organization called the Family Institute of Connecticut, a federal judge, The American Center For Law and Justice – which Pat Robertson founded in 1990 as an ACLU counterweight – and a Board of Education with Gregory Stokes, a respected pastor, as its chairman. There’s been a lawsuit, a federal ruling, and an open feud between the FIC’s Executive Director Peter Wolfgang, and Rick Green, a newspaper columnist. Dedicated people – volunteers who serve their community for no pay – have been portrayed as wishy-washy, liars, conspirators, and extremists.