Romney to Speak Before Controversial Figure
Pandering to bigots to get past the primaries is bound to backfire.
Since Mitt Romney is battling suspicion among Christian conservatives about the depth of his opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion, it is no surprise that he is joining the other major Republican candidates this week to speak at the annual Values Voters Summit, a celebration of the political aims of the religious right.
The conference, from Friday to Sunday in Washington, is sponsored by the Family Research Council, the American Family Association and other evangelical Christian groups. It aims to energize social conservatives and test the fidelity of the candidates.
The conference planners have obliged Mr. Romney, scheduling him to speak right before Bryan Fischer, who is chief spokesman for the family association and is known for his strident remarks on homosexuality, gay rights, Muslims and Mormons. Their talks will be followed by a panel of same-sex marriage opponents.
The liberal advocacy group People for the American Way has called on the presidential candidates, and especially Mr. Romney because he will share a stage, to publicly disassociate themselves from Mr. Fischer and what it called, in a statement on Wednesday, his “unmitigated bigotry.” The Southern Poverty Law Center has made similar appeals to the candidates.
Why do I call Bryan a Bigot?
Because he hates gays:
Dominionists think Homosexuality ought to be criminalized
Gay Marriage is a sign of the end of times
Sexual Deviants will molest sleeping soldiers
He Hates Darwin, and Evolution
He Hates Blacks
He Hates Episcopalians
He hates Mormons
He hates people who curse ( but likes to curse people?!)
Let’s face it, Bryan Fischer hates everyone who isn’t a white male christian fundamentalist pretty much.