• Santorum Revealed: President or Pope?

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    January 5th, 2012dbonnettUncategorized

    While this blog is targeted to younger members of the LGBT community, especially students, who our future leaders are and how they view us as people and as a community, is very important. Anyone who has watched the Republican circus this last several months will understand that if any one of the candidates currently running is elected it will cause a great many set backs in civil rights in general and the civil rights of the LGBT community specifically. These are the people who booed a gay soldier who was serving in a combat zone during a televised debate. Several of these contenders have jumped on the anti-gay wagon simply in an attempt to “out conservative” the rest of them but at least two are dangerously fanatic about this issue: Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum. Not only are these two vehemently opposed to civil rights for the LGBT, they are outspoken about their religious reasons for being so.

    Bachmann has dropped out of the race simply because her entire campaign focused on only attracting Christian Evangelicals (fundamentalists), and the vote demonstrated exactly how much political power they wield. Rick Santorum however is not only still in the race but he placed a shocking second in the Iowa Caucus, after staying well under 5% since entering the race and despite having little organization or money. You do not have to learn how to become a police officer to dig up any number of places that talk about Santorum´s position on homosexuality. When the gay soldier was booed it was after asking Santorum a question about “Don´t Ask, Don´t Tell” via video link from the battlefield. While it is extremely unlikely that Rick Santorum will ever see the White House it only makes sense now to find out exactly what his stands are regarding LGBT civil rights.

    Santorum´s anti-gay sentiments came to light during an interview with him conducted by the Associated Press in April, 2003 in which he claimed that American citizens have no expectation of privacy concerning sexual matters of any kind. Regarding homosexuality itself he claimed to not have a problem with the concept but the sexual act itself. When asked if he expected gays to not have sex he stated:

    “In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality —”

    There is no question that Rick Santorum relates any form of sex other than male and female in missionary position for exclusively procreation as the same as “man-on-dog”. Associated Press gave the Senator a chance to change those remarks before the interview and he refused and later, after the interview, he said, “I cannot deny that I said that and I cannot deny that it is how I feel.” But then, in a later statement, said that his remarks had been taken “out of context”.

    Even though he was a member of a historically Jewish Fraternity (Tau Epsilon Phi) he has been an advocate of Christian Conservative movements for his entire career. His views are simply that any lifestyle or relationship that is not based on a strict biblical definition of a “nuclear family” is wrong and will lead to the entire American “culture” to disintegrate. Santorum supports making any form of contraception illegal and banning the teaching of evolution in public schools. While he claims to be a family man, when John Ensign was about to be investigated for his sex scandal, Santorum emailed him to warn him before the ethics committee could be called.

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