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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Romney Speaks Out Against Bigotry

The Romney campaign is citing a speech Romney gave last fall as evidence that he can stand up to bigotry by social conservatives.  The bigot in question was Bryan Fischer, who has been a fierce critic of Mormonism and has lately played a role in the resignation of Romney’s gay foreign policy advisor (see The Gay Guy’s Gone).  In the speech, Romney said, “Our values ennoble the citizen, and strengthen the nation. We should remember that decency and civility are values too… One of the speakers who will follow me today, has crossed that line. Poisonous language does not advance our cause.” Too bad Romney has not taken the opportunity to speak out forthrightly against the poisonous language of Rush Limbaugh, Allen West and Ted Nugent. 

Mitt has made a stand
‘Gainst bigots in our land
At least when it’s addressed
Against the LDS
But when it’s Rush or Ted
And something that they said
He’s docile as a lamb
And silent as a clam.

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