Equality Supporters Bring Message To Santorum Crowd in Idaho

A handful of human rights supporters placed themselves among more than thirteen hundred conservative Rick Santorum fans in Boise Tuesday night to send the message that the GOP candidate’s views are too extreme, even for a conservative state like Idaho.

Holding an Add the Words, Idaho banner and other signs, the dozen or so were quickly spotted by Santorum supporters.

A Sign drawing attention to the 14th amendment

“You are in the wrong crowd,” one Santorum fan told them. “We are conservatives, not radicals.”

Add the Words, Idaho organizer Lisa Perry politely retorted, “I’m not a radical. I believe in equal protection as given to us by the constitution.”

Santorum’s speech itself was obviously crafted to tickle the social conservative’s ear, but was otherwise unremarkable.

“Frothy Mix’ repeated much of the same lies and claims he has made throughout his campaign including the President’s supposed war on religion, “The President has said he can force Catholics to hire women priests,” he told the crowd.

Santorum seems to have a fact checking problem. The fact is the President has never made any such claim, in fact, the administration’s stance on the issue has the exact opposite. As Think Progress reports,”The Obama Administration’s brief in the case Santorum cites expressly stated that it would be unconstitutional to tell the Catholic church to do so, a fact that Santorum would have been aware of if he had actually bothered to read the Supreme Court’s opinion in Hosanna-Tabor.” (Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. E.E.O.C.)

He also repeated the disproved, though popular, claim that only fifty percent of all American’s pay taxes. The truth is, “according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington, D.C., 46% of tax filers will owe no federal income tax this year. But when you figure in payroll taxes — such as those for Social Security, Medicare and unemployment — more than 80% of tax filers pay some kind of federal tax. And that doesn’t include sales taxes, state taxes, local taxes, gas taxes, etc., which catch just about everyone,” reports the USA Today.

Santorum drew big applause when he talked about things like breaking up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, border control and his belief that global warming is due to a “political climate,” but he offered the crowd in Boise little if nothing new.

Following the speech, equality supporters gathered at the back of the auditorium and held their signs as the crowd exited.

Perry says she feels the decision to be at the event was a good one. She says several people asked the group what “Add the Words” meant. “We were able to educate a new group of people about job and housing discrimination. In doing so, we gained several new supporters tonight, so it was totally worth it,” says Perry.

Christopher

Equality supporters are planning similar actions for both Ron Paul’s visit in Twin Falls on Thursday morning and Mitt Romney’s visit to Boise on Friday.

Paul will speak Thursday morning at Roper Auditorium in Twin Falls. The event starts at 11:30 am. Doors will open at 10:45. Romney will be speaking at Guerdon Enterprises, a modular building manufacturer in Southeast Boise, at 1:30 pm Friday. Both events are free and open to the public.

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One Response to Equality Supporters Bring Message To Santorum Crowd in Idaho

  1. Pingback: Watch: “Only Stronger” by Add the Words, Idaho « The Idaho Agenda

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