Our friend and former Senator Rick Santorum's been busy trying to gain the attention of social conservatives everywhere, and considering how badly his poll numbers are, he's even failing at that.
Let's start with teh gay. Recently Lil Ricky was interviewed by Bradlee Dean in Minnesota. From the Minnesota Independent:
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum appeared on controversial preacher Bradlee Dean’s radio show Saturday, stating his support for so-called “sodomy laws” and criticizing supporters of same-sex marriage rights.And:
“This is not about gay marriage, it is about changing what is right and wrong and fundamentally changing what people of faith can say and do in society,” Santorum said on Dean’s radio show. “The ultimate objective here is to drive faith out of the public square, to drive morality out of the laws of this country, to secularize our society with a different set of values.”
Santorum said opponents of same-sex marriage rights are often characterized as “bigots.”Well...if you're opposed to some of your fellow citizens being as free as you are and you're using your faith to bolster that opposition, I'd say that's bigotry. It's not "not-bigotry" just because it's a faith-based value.
And now contraception. From Thinkprogress:
Rick Santorum pledged to repeal all federal funding for contraception, during a recent interview with CaffeinatedThoughts.com editor Shane Vander Hart, arguing that birth control devalues the act of procreation. “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country,” the former Pennsylvania senator explained. “It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be”For a guy who's looking to make the guv'ment smaller, he's certainly doing his best to give it the authority to exert more control.
I'll paraphrase Hitchens and say that all this only proves one thing, you can get away with the most extraordinary offenses to morality and to truth in this country if you'll just claim faith as your support.
And now what may be a Hitchens paraphrase:
The late Lillian Hellman was a ghastly piece of goods in numberless ways, but she did still have a percentage of courage and wit. At a campus event quite late in her life, when asked in a whiny way by a member of the audience "why have you not endorsed gay lib?" she paused briefly. Her thick and darkened spectacles were opaque. "The forms of fucking," she finally declared, "do not require my endorsement."