Now here’s some news. Someone stood up against bigotry at the “Values” Voter Summit, even if it was in order to defend a fellow Republican.
Longtime GOP personality Bill Bennett angrily reacted to a Texas preacher’s attacks yesterday at the summit against Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion, drawing applause and a few gasps from the audience of social conservatives with this line: “Do not give voice to bigotry.”
Romney himself offered a rebuke for another bigot allowed on the summit’s stage – Christian radio host Bryan Fischer, who makes a living spewing anti-Mormon, anti-gay, and anti-Muslim slurs.
One of the speakers who will follow me today, has crossed that line. Poisonous language does not advance our cause. It has never softened a single heart nor changed a single mind. The blessings of faith carry the responsibility of civil and respectful debate. The task before us is to focus on the conservative beliefs and the values that unite us – let no agenda, narrow our vision or drive us apart.” – Mitt Romney, Values Voter Summit (10/8)
Unlike his silence last month when the Florida debate crowd booed the gay soldier Romney gets riled up when bigots target him. Still, keep up this sort of talk and bigoted speakers might no longer be valued at the “Values” summit.
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