Rick Santorum is an indictment on America

I guess you’ve heard by now that Rick Santorum has said that if he’s elected president not only will he try and ensure that gay people cannot marry anywhere, he’ll actually try to void the marriages of gay couples who have already legally gotten married.

He was confronted with the fact that most Americans support marriage equality and Santorum gave half of a good response.

“Just because public opinion says something doesn’t mean it’s right,” he said in the NBC interview.

True!  Doesn’t matter if the majority want to put a prayer banner on a government building’s wall or if the majority want atheists jailed.  It doesn’t matter if the majority wanted Christianity outlawed.  The majority does not make right.

But then Santorum continued…

“I’m sure there were times in areas of this country when people said blacks were less than human.”

They just had it wrong: blacks were 100% human and deserve equal rights, it was the gays that don’t get the same rights as full humans!

That’s the point, Rick!  People didn’t think a minority was equal, but they were.  How does it not occur to Santorum that this is an argument against his position, not for it?

The whole article is full of the standard list of bullshit attempts to dress bigotry up as nobility.

“Same-sex marriage is an oxymoron” because marriage can only be a male-female relationship, said the council’s Peter Sprigg.

Yes, you can’t change things because that’s the way they are right now.  Just like “free blacks” was once an oxymoron, because blacks were slaves.  Or just like “interracial marriage” was once an oxymoron, because blacks couldn’t marry whites until 1967.  That was the definition, and you can’t just go around redefining things willy nilly, can we?

This just in: if the definition of something is teeming with discrimination, the definition does not get precedence over ending the discrimination unless you are a horrible human being.

But here’s the deal: if it was just a couple of hateful people saying this shit, fine.  In any large population there’s going to be a couple of bad apples.  But this guy is leading the polls for Republicans.  Santorum is saying patently evil things to appeal to a lot of people, and it’s working.  Santorum’s words may confirm that he’s a bad person, but that his words resonate so effectively is an indictment on America.  Seriously, in what other nation can someone get so far running on a platform of gays are evil, my opponent wants to educate your children and keep you healthy, and if you’re a woman you’re going to get pregnant if you’re having sex?  Many American citizens are not special, they are humiliating, and they contribute to making America a laughing stock to the civilized world.

And the fact that the people with whom his words resonate are almost universally believers in Jesus is an indictment on religion as an promulgator of ignorance and hate.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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