Thousands of grassroot conservatives meeting at the Values Voter
Summit in Washington have made two things very clear....they have
no problem mentioning God and confirming Jerusalem as Israel's
The event was opened by Tony Perkins, president of the
Family Research Council (FRC) and one of the primary sponsors of
In a satiric moment of chastising the Democratic National
Convention (DNC) of its indifferent attitude towards the submission
of God in its party platform, Perkins called for a voice vote
approving the mention of God in the events deliberations and
confirming Jerusalem as Israel's capitol.
In a roaring chorus of "yeas," Values Voter attendees
overwhelmingly affirmed the mention of God as well as standing with
Israel and its capitol of Jerusalem.
With a giant gavel raised in the air, Perkins also amended the
theme of the annual gathering and announced, "A motion has been
made to include no apologies in 'God we trust'."
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was the first speaker of the summit,
held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Paul noted outbreaks of violence
around the world by extremist Islamists, economic challenges as
well as the killing of 50 million unborn babies over the past
"I think there is crisis in our country. It's not
just a fiscal crisis. I think it's a moral crisis. I
think it's a spiritual crisis," said Paul. "I don't think the
answer is in any politician. I don't think the answer is in
any particular law. I think the answer really is that we need
to somehow find our way back to God."
Later in the morning Republican vice presidential nominee
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan fired up the crowd as he launched into a
full frontal attack on President Barack Obama and the current
Romney, who spoke to the gathering in person last year but went
with a taped video message this year, dispatched Ryan to appear on
his behalf before this core part of the GOP base.
Ryan's prepared speech was interrupted two times by protesters
strategically planted in the audience. Just seconds in Ryan's
remarks one female protestor screamed, "Corporations are not
"Thank you so much," Ryan quipped. "I appreciate your support.
Thank you so much. I appreciate it."
Values Voter attendees loudly chanted, "U-S-A, U-S-A,
U-S-A" to drown out the protestor as security removed the
In a celebratory moment Family Research Council's office
facilities manager Leo Johnson was honored along with two other
Johnson received an award for his heroic actions in August when
a gunman attacked FRC's Washington DC headquarters.
Investigating agents have said that his actions saved many
It was Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn), whose oration
received one of the best responses of the day. In a day that called
for standing with Israel, Bachmann called for Obama to "get his
"What he needs to do is cancel his interview with David
Letterman, cancel his meeting with Beyonce, cancel his meeting with
Jay-Z and instead agree to meet with the prime minister of Israel,
Benjamin Netanyahu," Bachmann said.
Radio host Bill Bennett, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), U.S.
Senate candidate Ted Cruz, actor-producer Kirk Cameron, House
Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Sen. Radio host Dennis Praeger, Tim
Huelskamp (R-KS) and Sen. King (R-IA) where among others who spoke