From: Burns Strider
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Subject: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A TV Ad Romney-Ryan Don’t Want You to SeeToday
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 13:01:34 -0400 (EDT)


Given Romney’s big announcement today, you should definitely take a look at this. The GOP just opened itself to massive values attacks, not good for its base.


Saturday, August 11, 2012
Contact: Rachel Johnson, [email protected], 540-672-8673

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TV Ad: Paul Ryan’s Values Based on Ayn Rand, Not The Bible
Christian Right leaders say ad could be political game-changer for Democrats

Arlington, VA- In response to Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate for the 2012 election, American Values Network reissued a 60-second TV spot [ ] “Ryan & Rand vs Jesus” along with its groundbreaking memo [ ], “Ryan & Rand vs. Christianity: A Fight for the Soul of America.” The ad and memo shine a light on GOP VP nominee Rep. Paul Ryan’s public admiration of the “morality” of atheist and anti-Christian philosopher, Ayn Rand, and how Ryan cites her as the reason he got in to politics.

AVN’s ad [ ], which features clips of Paul Ryan posted on facebook praising Rand’s morality and talking about the need for more people in DC to follow her teachings, also highlights the wide support for Rand within the Republican party. The video intersperses quotes from actual interviews Rand gave in which she said she is “against God,” and the “creator of a new code of morality . . . not based on faith,” with praise for her from prominent GOP and conservative leaders. Rep. Ryan is quoted as saying, “Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism.”

“Ayn Rand’s anti-Christian teachings are anathema to what most Americans believe. And yet she is the inspiration cited by Mitt Romney’s newly-minted running mate for entering politics, and the fingerprints of her heartless philosophy are found throughout his budget,” said Eric Sapp, Executive Director of American Values Network. “Ayn Rand’s America is not the one most parents would want to raise their children in, and the choice of her most vocal acolyte on the Republican ticket just created a major opportunity for Democrats with evangelical and Catholic voters.”

After the video’s initial release, conservative icons Chuck Colson and Marvin Olasky came out publicly condemning Rand for her anti-Christian views, with Colson even questioning Paul Ryan’s moral compass. Olasky went even further saying, “For nearly a decade Democrats have sought a religious wedge issue that could separate big chunks of white evangelical voters from their Republican home. Now they’ve found it, and are thrusting at the Social Darwinist/Ayn Rand underbelly of American conservatism.”

Glenn Beck did a radio program attacking AVN and the original 90 second version of the ad and had previously stated, “You’ve got to love Ayn Rand. She’s great.” But after listening to the ad live on air (clearly for the first time), he was forced to backtrack saying, “I think Ayn Rand . . . because she hated religion so much, became a bigot.”

The memo is a collection of Ayn Rand’s own teaching and statements about what the goals and purpose of her morality and thinking were-goals that stand in absolute contrast to Judeo-Christian morality and explicitly condemn the teachings of Christ. It also includes numerous quotes by Republican leaders and conservative pundits praising her, as well as Scripture references for the Bible’s teaching on the various subjects she addresses.