Rick Santorum

Republican candidate for president Rick Santorum spoke on the campus of Oral Roberts University today where I attend school. I did not go, but elected to take a nap instead (and, oh, was it a good one). I elected not to go because I do not give ear to public figures who foment homophobic fear while at the same time slipping in the word “Jesus” or “God” every few sentences to establish some sort of connection with the conservative Evangelicals who comprise their base. Rick Santorum is probably a well-enough guy to be around and I’m sure he’s a great husband and father. He’s also a brother in Christ and I look forward to breaking bread with him at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Until that time, however, he will have neither my support nor respect so long as he continues to build his political career on ignorance and prejudice.

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7 thoughts on “Rick Santorum

  1. Unless you can show some good proof that Rick is homophobic, meaning a fear or hate of homosexuals, I think that what you said is unqualified. I watched like 4 videos of Rick talking about his views online, and I could not find that present. Just because people disagree on policy decisions concerning the governement honoring homosexual marriages does not mean that he foments homophobia. Just because someone disagreees with the goals of the Gay Rights Movement does not mean that they have a fear or hate of homosexuals “homophobic”. It makes it really easy for the Gay Rights movement to call everyone else dirty names as well.

    • I think we might be viewing the situation through two different frames.

      Here’s how I see it: Rick Santorum is a politician who 1) has made comments in the past that put homosexual sex on par with polygamy, incest, and bestiality, and later defended those comments; 2) supports archaic and medieval anti-sodomy laws and does not believe there is a constitutional right to privacy (i.e., that LGBT people have a right to sexual relations of their choosing, within reason); 3) supported and continues to support “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which forced people to choose between their desire to defend their country and to express their chosen sexual identity (or hide the latter to pursue the former); 4) and has stated it would be better for a child to have his/her father in prison than to be raised by lesbian parents.

      More problematic is the fact these positions are, for the most part, supported at best by specious reasoning and at worst by outright logical fallacy. And then, to top it off, he uses these false arguments to stroke the fears of conservative voters that the Gay Rights Movement is a conspiracy to destroy the “traditional family” and that it is an attempt to squash religious liberty. While there is a limited element of concern with regard to religious liberty, the fact that Rick Santorum employs these means to capitalize on the fears and prejudices of conservatives as a means of drumming up support for his political campaigns is, in my view, a type of actively fomenting homophobic fear. Whether or not Rick Santorum actually believes any of this nonsense is beside the point (though I’m inclined to believe he does).

  2. I’ve heard Santorum speak and I think Roy-Gene was being kind. Santorum has made it quite clear that if he becomes president, he’ll do what he can to block gay rights, women’s rights when it comes to availablity of contraception and abortion.

    I’m sorry but Rick Santorum believes that our laws should reflect his own beliefs. I’ve got no problem with Santorum believing whatever he wished to believe but I do have a problem when he wants to force me to live by those beliefs too.

  3. You apparently have some major misconceptions about Senator Santorum. It’s unfortunate you didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to hear him speak, your opinion of him would have likely improved.

  4. How ironic then that the advertisement below your post is of Perez Hilton, who has actually built his career on ignorance and prejudice…bash one guy, advertise the other…

    (Of course, I realize that you likely don’t have control over the ads like that…I just thought that was kind of funny)

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