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Porn business not something to be proud of

By Contributor Diane Kipp

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Rick Santorum is concerned about pornography and its affects on Americans. His website states he, “believes that federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced,” and, if he is elected president,  he vows to appoint an attorney general who will do just that.

According to Chris Moody, in an article on Yahoo’s “The Ticket” some of the main producers of American pornography claim not to be concerned about Santorum’s ability to impact their industry. Indeed, they seem to strongly disapprove of  Santorum’s plans, apparently based on their deeply held philosophical beliefs.

One Porn Titan (a title used in the headline of the article), obviously an earnest student of American political history who possibly minored in psychology, offers this insight, “This is not what the Founding Fathers envisioned. This is what Rick Santorum envisions. And I think the guy is crazy.” Does the Porn Titan think anything he produces is what the Founding Fathers envisioned? Does he imagine any of the Founding Fathers would feel satisfaction in knowing pornographers  appropriate the freedoms and protections of the United States Constitution to further their industry?

Another Porn Titan believes that even if Santorum wins the election and directs prosecutions of those in the pornography industry, the industry will prevail because, “People are more comfortable with hardcore pornography than ever before.” (Yay for us!  And yes, I’m being sarcastic.) An attorney for the pornography industry agrees, “Fortunately, we become a more tolerant society over time . . . we don’t want others telling us what we can and can’t do.”

Has our prevailing characteristic as a people become “neener neener, you can’t make me?” We will tolerate an epidemic of filth wallowing and all its subsequent consequences, we will look at the addictive, misogynistic face of pornography and say, “that’s ok, it can stay,” rather than have someone else “tell us what to do”?!  Is that the price we are willing to pay in order to have the satisfaction of stamping our little feet, sticking out our tongues, and yelling “you can’t make me”?  Of all the values I associate with the American people, that is not one I would choose to define us or to be a determiner in where we are headed as a nation and as a people. Would you?

Rick Santorum’s secret army: home-schoolers

By Daniel Burke
Religion News Service

Rick Santorum signs his autograph for supporters in Spokane Valley/Tracy Simmons - SpokaneFAVS.com

Strapped for cash and paid staff, Rick Santorum has enlisted a ragtag but politically potent army to keep his campaign afloat: home-schoolers.

Heading into Super Tuesday (March 6), Santorum is urging home-schoolers to organize rallies, to post favorable features on social media and to ring doorbells on his behalf.

“Santorum has been very aggressive in reaching out to the home-schooling community, especially in the last month,” said Rebecca Keliher, the CEO and publisher of Home Educating Family Publishing.

Drawing on his experience as a home-schooling father of seven, the former Pennsylvania senator has also sought to rally enthusiasm by pledging to continue that course in the White House.

“It’s a great sacrifice that my wife, Karen, and I have made to try to give what we think is the best possible opportunity for our children to be successful,” Santorum said during a March 1 campaign stop in Georgia. “Not just economically, but in a whole lot of other areas that we think are important — virtue and character and spirituality.”

Rallying home-schoolers could provide a huge boost to Santorum’s bare-bones campaign. The tightly knit and predominantly Christian communities are famous for furnishing favored candidates with hundreds of steadfast foot soldiers. Studies show that home-schoolers are disproportionately likely to vote, donate and volunteer for campaigns.

“When they find someone who gives credence to the fact that they home-school, they tend to be very loyal and active and engaged,” said Keliher, a home-schooling mother of five in Nashville, Tenn. Many are motivated by the unwelcome prospect of seeing home-schooling critics elected to office.

An estimated 2 million children are home-educated in the U.S., according to Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute. Nearly three-quarters have conservative Christian parents who seek to instill the moral and religious values that they believe are lacking in public schools, according to Ray and other experts.

Despite their growing diversity, home-schoolers also tend to be politically conservative.

“They have an army of volunteers when they want to get behind a candidate,” said Bob Vander Plaats, president of The Family Leader, a conservative group in Iowa. “They’re great at door knocking, stuffing mailers and phone calling. They are really the feet on the ground.”

Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, said Santorum staffers believe home educators have already provided a “huge” lift to his insurgent campaign. The Santorum campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Farris, a leader in the home-schooling movement, said he will not endorse a candidate during the GOP primary, but he has praised Santorum profusely “for his stalwart defense of life, marriage, and the rights of parents.”

Home-schooling families often use campaigns as real-world civics lessons, with mothers taking their children along on afternoons as they make calls and volunteer at campaign headquarters, Keliher said.

“And you have triple or quadruple the effort when they bring the children,” she added.

Santorum is getting several times that effort with the Duggars, one of the country’s most famous — and largest — home-schooling families. The reality TV stars and their brood of 19 children have been stumping for Santorum across the country in a campaign-style bus.

Like the Duggars, many home-schoolers say Santorum’s staunch opposition to abortion and gay marriage is as important as his experience in home education.

“It’s his willingness to speak up for what’s true and not back down,” said William Estrada, the HSLDA’s federal lobbyist.

Estrada has endorsed Santorum in his private capacity and is helping his campaign network with home-schoolers in Super Tuesday states.

Estrada also runs the HSLDA’s Generation Joshua program for teenagers. A recent post on the group’s blog portrayed “Sir Santorum” as a gallant knight preparing to battle the “Knight of Washington.”

But not all home-schoolers support Santorum. Many have a strong independent streak and favor Texas congressman Ron Paul. “One of the reasons people home-school is they don’t want anyone, especially the government, telling them what to do,” Keliher said.

Some home-schoolers also take issue with Santorum’s Senate vote for the No Child Left Behind Act, which increased federal oversight of local schools.

Others accuse Santorum of enrolling his children in a public cyberschool and sticking Pennsylvania taxpayers with the bill while he lived in Virginia from 2001-2004.

“In spite of all of his rhetoric about the evils of public schooling, Santorum had his children enrolled in a public school but called it ‘home-school,'” Catherine Dreher, a home-schooling mother in St. Charles, Mo., wrote on her blog, “The Tiny Libertarian.”

Still, many home-schoolers see Santorum as the more viable candidate, and have begun rallying to his side in large numbers, said Bruce Eagleson of the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership.

“The key for a candidate is to excite the imagination of home-schoolers,” Eagleson said. “And Santorum has taken charge on that.”

Santorum rallies conservative Spokane voters

By Tracy Simmons
SpokaneFAVS.com

SPOKANE VALLEY —Rick Santorum has a lot of people praying for him.

More than 500 supporters filled New Life Assembly Church in Spokane Valley on Thursday to show the Republican candidate that they champion his Christian values.

“Thank you Rick, you’re in our prayers,” people called out to him.

Rick Santorum speaks in Spokane/Tracy Simmons - SpokaneFAVS.com

They cheered when he boasted about being a long-time conservative. They hailed when he knocked the idea of man-made global warming and spoke about unborn babies and the sanctity of life. And they hailed even louder when he slammed the Obama administration’s healthcare plan.

Santorum touched on those issues briefly, and he only had to speak about Washington’s new same-sex marriage legislation momentarily to stimulate the crowd.

“I know what happened here in Washington,” he said. “I know you feel like you’ve been railroaded and bulldozed. Well now you have a chance to speak to the country.”

And that’s exactly what 70-year-old Terry Thach wanted to hear.

“I came (today) because I like the Christian principles that Santorum stands for,” he said. “He’s taken a lot of heat from the press because he stands up to issues that are controversial…like gay marriage.”

Thatch, a member of Life Center Church, said he, an evangelical, supports the Catholic candidate, “because we learn from the same Bible.”

Rick Santorum visits with supporters/Tracy Simmons - SpokaneFAVS.com

Before Santorum delivered his speech (almost an hour late because of travel delays), New Life Lead Pastor Steve Williams asked the crowd to bow their heads.

“We come here today with great joy in our hearts, with anticipation for the future,” he prayed. “We ask today that you lead us in a common journey to restoring truth and faith. Let it begin in us. We pray that the process our founding fathers started so many years ago would be honored in the months ahead.”

“This race is about what kind of America you’re going to leave to your children and grandchildren because big things are happening in this country, and most of them are not good,” Santorum said when he took the stage.

He said the country needs a conservative republican to take the reins — not a moderate like the other candidates, who he didn’t name specifically.

Santorum supporters sign gay-marriage petition/Tracy Simmons - SpokaneFAVS.com

“I didn’t decide to become a conservative a few weeks ago to run for president. I’ve been a conservative and have fought in the trenches for conservative causes when they were unpopular,” he said.

He asked the crowd to stand firm for “the values that made this country great,” by voting for him on Saturday at the at the GOP caucuses.

Ron Paul is expected to make a similar plea today when holds a noon rally at the Spokane Convention Center.

View a photo gallery of this event on our Flickr page.

Photo Gallery: Santorum visits Spokane church

By Tracy Simmons
SpokaneFAVS.com

Rick Santorum speaks at New Life Church/Tracy Simmons

Rick Santorum signs his autographs for supporters in Spokane Valley/Tracy Simmons - SpokaneFAVS.com

View lots more photos on our Rick Santorum Flickr album.

Check back soon for a video and full story.

Santorum rally draws hundreds

By Tracy Simmons
SpokaneFAVS.com

Rick Santorum speaks in Spokane/Tracy Simmons - SpokaneFAVS.com

Rick Santorum spoke to hundreds of supporters today at New Life Assembly Church about conservatism, health care and Christian values and urged them to vote for him Saturday at the GOP caucuses.

Check back for the full story, a photo gallery and a video.

BRIEF: Group plans to protest Santorum

Tracy Simmons
SpokaneFAVS.com

UPDATE: SANTORUM TO HOLD RALLY AT 3 P.M., THURSDAY – NOT NOON, AS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED.

Wikipedia Photo of Santorum

Upon learning that Rick Santorum would be in Spokane this week, a group of activists organized an impromptu protest.

The group will be at  New Life Assembly Church from 12 to 3 p.m. Thursday — the same time Santorum is planning to be at the church hosting a rally.

According to the protestors Facebook page, “This is a non-violent protest and people of any political background who believe Santorum’s views are dangerous or bad is invited.”

Santorum to host rally in Spokane

By Tracy Simmons
SpokaneFAVS.com

UPDATE: SANTORUM TO HOLD RALLY AT 3 P.M., THURSDAY – NOT NOON, AS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has broad appeal among some evangelical voters because his conservative Catholic views dovetail with their social concerns. RNS photo courtesy Gage Skidmore.

On Thursday presidential candidate Rick Santorum will hold a rally at New Life Assembly Church in Spokane.

Spokane County GOP Chairman Matthew Pederson made the announcement today.

Santorum’s religiosity has made lots of headlines lately. He says he’s a devout Catholic and recently said President Barack Obama’s agenda “is based on ‘some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.'”

This week he got more attention when he told talk show host Glenn Beck that “62 percent of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it.” He also has called President Obama a “snob” for wanting more Americans to attend college.

However experts have challenged this claim.

Presidential hopeful Ron Paul will also be in Spokane this week. On Friday, at noon, he’ll hold a rally at the Spokane Convention Center. He’s mostly stayed out of the religion limelight and has many Muslims rallying for him.