Speaking the right-wing Voter Values Summit Friday, Rep. Paul Ryan spoke in front of a background featuring a list of sponsors that did a lot of talking, too. On Politics Nation on Friday, Rev. Al Sharpton took a look what wasn't verbalized in Ryan's speech.
- The American Family Association opposes same-sex marriage, is anti-Muslim, promotes religious intolerance, and attempts to use therapy to cure homosexuality.
- Liberty University won’t employ teachers or accept students who are gay.
- Liberty Council supports “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and is against unions.
- The Family Research Council opposes and lobbies against LGBT rights, abortion, and divorce.
The continued focus on divisive issues is perplexing, according to Guardian correspondent Ana Marie Cox.
“When your winning issue is the economy, when your winning issue is getting back to business,” Cox said, “Why do you throw light on these divisive issues that most Americans are really willing to live and let live as long as you let them do what they want to do, which is work, which is supposedly what Romney is going to give them?”