Santorum on Evolution and Sex

Santorum on Evolution and Sex February 28, 2012

More and more speeches by Rick Santorum from the last few years are surfacing. This one is hardly surprising given his history of advocating for the teaching of creationism in science classrooms, as he himself pointed out:

Former Senator Rick Santorum in 2008 told the audience at a religious forum how he supposedly managed to get an amendment into No Child Left Behind that stipulates teachers must be allowed to teach both evolution — or, “intelligent design,” — and creationism to ensure “academic freedom.” (The factual basis of this claim is dubious and has yet to be investigated.) Santorum participated in a question and answer forum titled “The Press & People of Faith in Politics,” hosted by the Oxford Center for Religion and Public Life. During the forum, Santorum said that the teaching of evolution is used to promote atheism.

It’s partly dubious. Yes, Santorum did manage to get an amendment urging schools to teach ID along with evolution into the No Child Left Behind act, but it was stripped from the bill by the conference committee before it was signed into law by President Bush.

Santorum told the audience that “what’s taught in our school system as a result of liberal academia, is evolution is an incontrovertible fact. There is no suspicion of it. It is decided science that cannot be questioned. There cannot be any doubts about it. If you have any questions or doubts, it’s trying to inject religion into the science classroom. So it is above reproach.”

Ah yes, the old “evolution is a liberal lie” argument, made only by people who are absolutely ignorant about the science of evolution. The theory of evolution, of common descent, is taught in science classrooms not because of “liberal academia” but because it has been established as the only viable explanation for an enormous range of data by a century and a half of scientific research.

And maybe you should read the ruling of Judge Jones in the Dover trial, for whom you were a major political benefactor. In fact, you helped secure his spot on the federal bench. And his ruling documented in great detail that intelligent design is nothing more than old-fashioned creationism in a fancy new suit.

“I obviously don’t feel that way. I think there are a lot of problems with the theory of evolution, and do believe that it is used to promote to a worldview that is anti-theist, that is atheist.”

Yes, the same argument that your church used against Galileo and Copernicus, that heliocentrism could be used to promote atheism because it conflicts with the church’s historical views on cosmology. But that fact did not make geocentrism true and it doesn’t make creationism true.

“Sex is a means, evolution is a means. And the aim is a secular world. It’s a, my opinion, a hedonistic, self-focused world, that is in my opinion anti-American…

“You’re a liberal or a conservative in America if you think the 60s were a good thing or not. If the 60s was a good thing, you’re Left. If you think it was a bad thing, you’re Right.

“And the confusing thing for a lot of people that gets a lot of Americans is, when they think of the 60s, they don’t think of just the sexual revolution. But somehow or other — and they’ve been very, very, clever at doing this — they’ve been able to link, I think absolutely incorrectly, the sexual revolution with civil rights.

“As if somehow or another, they came together. When of course, the civil rights movement was a religious-based movement that had nothing to do with the sexual revolution. But they happened at the same time, when you say the 60s was a bad thing, they say ‘You’re a bigot. You’re against civil rights.’ So you have to be very careful. And the Left has used that coterminous revolution, if you will, as a way to protect themselves.”

Except the same people who were opposed to the “sexual revolution” — that is, to rulings like Griswold, which legalized the use of contraception by consenting adults — also largely opposed the civil rights movement. In both cases, the opposition came from conservatives who were clinging to traditional prejudices. You know, people like you.

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