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Santorum and the Insanity of the Christian Right


Santorum was down and out just a few months ago. The laughing stock of the campaign. Nothing to offer as a new candidate. No new ideas, no leadership qualities, no track record of excellence.

Now he is a close second in the GOP national nomination process for their presidential candidate.

What changed? Santorum latched on to the Christian right. Romney couldn’t because the crazy Christian right sees him as a member of a cult. Paul can’t because he is a conservative who believes in individual freedoms (Christian Right believes in fascism in the form of forcing everyone in our country to adhere to Christian law). Sound familiar? It should. The same efforts we see in our Christian right in America are seen in the Muslim right around the world. The effort to work within the political process of the country to bring about submission and adherence to religious laws.

So the laughing stock of the campaign courted the Christian right, who for the first time in a long time did not have a “christian right” candidate in the race, and they accepted him as their candidate.

The insanity of the Christian right is that they do not conduct due diligence on any candidate that campaigns as the Christian candidate. They just love hearing their group’s name so much that they will take anyone. Remember Pat Buchanon? Remember Pat Robertson?

To understand the insanity of the Christian right you only need to look at their claims….

Pat Robertson : claim that some Protestant denominations harbor the spirit of the Antichrist, and his claims of having the power to deflect hurricanes through prayer; he has also denounced Hinduism as “demonic” and Islam as “Satanic.” Robertson has issued multiple condemnations of feminism, homosexuality, abortion and liberal college professors

So Santorum has hitched his presidential hopes on the votes of this radical group within our society. He has taken on the role of a radical and started spouting all the lies required to scare the Christian right into voting for him. Fear is the number 1 motivator of Christians. Bush used it for 8 years with phrases like “axis of evil” and “terrorist sleeper cells”. Now Santorum has take up the cause and has been spewing a long string of lies in the recent campaign trail.

Rationalwiki has documented his long history of bizarre and wholly incorrect statements:

Random positions
America as a Christian nation

During his 2012 Presidential campaign announcement, Santorum proclaimed that America was founded on the Bible and Judeo-Christian values. He repeated the old religious right lies that all the Founders were Christians and had planned to establish this country as a Christian nation.

But not too charitable

On 8 December 2011, Santorum engaged in a non sequitur in arguing that poor and unemployed Americans don’t need food stamps because there is an epidemic of obesity in the country.[3]

Intelligent Design
See the main article on this topic: Santorum Amendment

In 2001, Santorum tried unsuccessfully to insert language which came to be known as the “Santorum Amendment” into the No Child Left Behind bill that sought to promote the teaching of intelligent design while questioning the academic standing of evolution in public schools.

Homosexuality

Santorum is no friend of gays, he has been called a bigot. He has compared consensual homosexuality to having sex with a dog, adultery, bigamy, incest, polygamy, and doing “anything,” presumably anything outrageously bad.[4][5]

Rick is concerned about the effects of gay marriage on children.[6] In a 2003 interview with the Associated Press responding to a question about how to prevent sexual abuse of children by priests, Santorum said the priests were engaged in “a basic homosexual relationship,” and went on to say that he had “no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts.”[7] Santorum explained his views, particularly that the right to privacy (as detailed in Griswold v. Connecticut) “doesn’t exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution.” Santorum went further by explaining that, “whether it’s polygamy, whether it’s adultery, whether it’s sodomy, all of those things are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family.” Finally, he claimed that sodomy laws properly exist to prevent acts that “undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family.” When the Associated Press reporter asked whether homosexuals should not then engage in homosexual acts, Santorum replied:

“Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that’s what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality.[8] 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.”[9]

His opponents fought back by working to “attach his name to a sex act that would make his big white teeth fall out of his big, empty head,”[10] see Santorum.

Boston Catholic Church abuse scandal

In 2002, Santorum made an article about the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. Santorum wrote:

“It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning ‘private’ moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.”

WMDs in Iraq

In June 2006, Santorum declared that weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq. Officials of the Department of Defense, CIA intelligence analysts, and the White House have all explicitly stated that these expired casings are not part of the WMD threat that Operation Iraqi Freedom was launched to contain. The specific weapons Santorum referred to were chemical munitions dating back to the Iran–Iraq War that were buried in the early 1990s.

Accolades from colleagues

“Santorum — That’s Latin for asshole” – former Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE).[11]

Climate denial

“There is no such thing as global warming.”[12]

Abortion and African-Americans

Ricky has rather colorful views on African-Americans and abortion:

“He can’t answer that simple question, which is not a debatable question. I don’t think you’ll find a biologist in the world who would say that [a fetus] is not a human life. The question is, and this is what Barack Obama didn’t want to answer — is that human life a person under the Constitution? Barack Obama says no, well if that human life is not a person then…I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.'”[13]

Welfare and African-Americans bla-people

In case you thought the last one was just a mistake:

“…the state of Iowa is gonna get fined if they don’t sign up more people under the medicaid program. They’ve just pushing [sic] more and more of you to get dependent on them so they can get your vote—t-that’s what the bottom line is. I don’t want t-to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money, I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money, and provide for themselves and their families.”[14]

And the crowd claps.

It’s often quote mined to just “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better,” but it’s not much kinder in context. Many welfare recipients are of other ethnic groups, and Rick-baby seems to follow age-old stereotypes about black people.

Rick denies saying exactly that, instead preferring the term African American. The general consensus is he did only say “bla- people”, though whatever the hell that could stand for is up for debate.[15] Oddly enough, Herman Cain seems to be sticking up for him.

The only good news about Santorum is that should he win the GOP nomination, there is no way on earth that he can win the Presidency. The skeletons in his closet are stacked high and wide. The days of the Christian right being able to take a national election are over…..there are too many rational people in our country now who know the Christian right as dangerous and insane.

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