Rick Santorum Invited Back to Michigan High School After Cancellation

Yesterday I reported that Rick Santorum was outraged after Dr. Thomas Harwood, the superintendent of Grosse Pointe High School in Michigan, canceled an appearance because Santorum hadn't provided a copy of his speech in advance. Santorum freaked out, saying his "free speech rights" had been violated.

Rick_santorumSantorum has now been invited back, ClickonDetroit reports:

Harwood says parents will now be able to sign a permission slip to decide if students can attend the event to hear Santorum speak.

This compromise was reached between the school administration and the South student club Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), the event organizers.

The district says students participating in YAF raised $18,000 to bring Santorum to Michigan.

Comments

  1. Dastius Krazitauc says

    It stuns me to think of kids thinking that spending $18,000 for an approximately 45 minute speech is a good thing. Are there no causes in their community that $18k would be better used for? Feeding the hungry, cancer centers, homeless shelters?

    Future Republican voters, indeed.

  2. nick says

    What’s next Frothy?- going to go into the trenches of Birmingham -perhaps a speech at Mitten’s alma mater Cranbrook? Not doing any engagements in Detroit proper while you visit Michigan? You’re missing so much and I am sure the people of Detroit would give you a wonderful welcome as you tell them how you feel their pain……

  3. Continuum says

    Hopefully,. . . there will be a Q&A afterwards, and some of the kids will actually ask him tough questions about his prior history of hate and bigotry and ignorance . . . Hopefully.

  4. e.c. says

    Wow, $18,000 for a speech from a guy who admitted he doesn’t actually prepare any remarks but just gets up and wings it. Nice work if you can get it I guess.

  5. jamal49 says

    It is amazing that this morbid pervert, Rick Santorum, would charge high school students $18,000 to give a speech to the student body when that money could have been donated to some worthwhile charity. Rick Santorum is a money-grubbing hypocrite.

    Santorum “freaked” because the school’s standing policy has been that all speakers must submit their speech in advance for clearance by the school’s administration and, since Santorum didn’t, his speaking engagement was cancelled.

    Of course, if anyone has been listening or reading the right-wing media since Santorum’s speech was first cancelled, they’ve been going RABID over this and playing it up as a “righteous, moral man” being persecuted for his “christian beliefs”. It is F*cking disgusting!

    $18,000!! To a man who took the corpse of his stillborn baby home from the hospital so his other children could touch and coddle and hug and kiss their dead sibling for a night before burial the next day.

    Rick Santorum is one, sick man.

  6. MichaelJ says

    As much as I hate Santorum and Young Americans for Freedom, if students have the right to decide whether to attend or not and have the right to protest, I would not have a problem with the event being held. What I do have a problem with is having parents of high school students sign permission slips for anything. The students are old enough to decide for themselves whether they want to attend the event. I would not want parents to decide whether or not their kids hear a gay speaker.

  7. Moz's says

    why was he invited to a public school in the 1st place?

    he is a failed senator = lost his seat in an election

    he is a failed repub candidate during the repub primaries

    he is an extreme religious nut who never goes without preaching about his dark ages religious views

  8. Caliban says

    @MichaelJ, originally attendance at Santorum’s speech was MANDATORY all students. And most high school students are minors so it’s proper to get their parents’ permission. If I were a parent and discovered my kid(s) had been exposed to the views of this Pope-humping Catholic freak only AFTER the fact I’d be truly and righteously pissed!

    The fact of the matter is I probably *would* sign the permission slip if my kid showed an interest in attending, but I’d make sure to explain why Santorum’s Bible-based (well, Vatican-based anyway) batshittery is so ugly and offensive.

  9. Francis #1 says

    Replace Santorum’s anti-gay hatred with the word “Jew” or “woman” and he wouldn’t have been invited in the first place. And as I read, it was school officials that after Santorum and his team denied requests from the school to obtain copy of Santorum’s speech before the event, they wanted him canned. Several school officials were against Santorum being allowed to speak but the community and students stood up for Santorum.

    Supposedly, Santorum’s speech is going to be more of an economic one. We’ll see about that.

  10. Fahd says

    Someone told me that Santorum loves to take it up the ass.

    You know his career will end with some rentboy coming forward announcing that he spent 2 hours in a hotel room with Santorum.

  11. Jay says

    You libs always want freedom of speech but it has to be your version of “freedom”. You must accept all and never judge others. It’s ironic as I hear a lot of snap judgements about a man none of you know personally. Maybe you should turn off MSNBC once in a while and think for yourself.

  12. Rawn says

    Nobody on earth is worth $18,000 a speech. This whole affair sends the wrong message in so many ways that merely canceling it would have failed to address the problem at all.

    I’ll bet they have a wonderful football/sports team there too.

    What is wrong with America’s schools? If they can’t manage to do a better job than the crackpots homeschooling, why even bother.

  13. says

    awwww, poor conservative Jay. still screaming at liberals from a place of cowardly anonymity 😀

    whatcha so scared of, sugarpie?

    p.s. this has nothing to do with the first amendment. this message has been brought to you by a canadian who apparently knows more about your Constitution than you do.

  14. Jeffrey York says

    He should not be paid anything. It should be completely voluntary with NO repercussions and no record for not attending or walking out. Maybe he will see how his message is accepted by youth.

  15. simon says

    Why he is so eager to speak to 12 graders? He can’t seem able to find a spot in a university. Not even the Liberty University willing to lower their standard (if there is any) by inviting a moron?

  16. Randy says

    Students themselves should be given the option to do something else during Santorum,

    Further, a competing speaker should be provided to balance out his nonsense, for those who do attend.

  17. andrew says

    $18,000.00 for a speech, to a High School Assembly, that he has said in advance he just ad libs, no prepared text. That is more money than a minimum wage worker earns working 40 hours a week for 52 weeks a year.

  18. Rich says

    Here’s hoping that every normal thinking man, woman, couple, child, nanny, brother, sister, mother, father, son, daughter, cousin, aunt, uncle, mom, dad, grandfather, grandmother or friend will picket the event. And everyone must google search the following…”Frothy Santorum”.

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