July 14, 2004

Rick Santorum, Lover of Children

I just caught a clip of man-on-dog* Senator Rick Santorum on CNN Headline News, as he spoke yesterday on the subject of gay marriage during the debate over enshrining discrimination against gay people into our constitution. This is what he said:

"Some people would say I'm a hater. But I would say I'm a lover. I'm a lover of traditional families and children."

Here's what that last sentence would look like if there really was a liberal media that actively tried to make Republicans look bad:

I'm a lover of... children.

Here's what it would look like if it got the ABC News/Jeff Greenfield treatment:

I'm a lover of [breakaway shot to scribbling reporters] children.

I'm waiting for the outraged articles by washed up shrinks trying to make it as pundits wondering when Santorum will get help for his pedophilia.

*From an AP interview where Santorum also stated, curiously, that cases like the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal were the natural result of upholding people's right to do what they wanted in their own homes. One has to wonder what exactly it is that Senator Santorum would like to do in his own home if only the full might of the law wouldn't come crashing down on his head [emphasis mine]:

SANTORUM: ...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. 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 _

AP: I'm sorry, I didn't think I was going to talk about "man on dog" with a United States senator, it's sort of freaking me out. ...

Yeah, we're freaked out too. But thanks to the behavior of Republicans in the Senate, we're all learning new definitions of polite conversation.

Update: Minor quote fix thanks to Pandagon

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Bilmon points out that not only did the AP screw up the story of the vote today but Frist's incompetence neutralized one of Rove's objectives, getting Kerry and Edwards to vote on the issue. A jab at Santorum a well:

As I expected, both of "my" Senators here in Pennsylvania lined up with the pro-hate caucus - little Ricky Santorum, of course (I guess now he can move on to that proposed man-dog sex amendment of his) and, in a typically craven gesture of appeasement to the know-nothing right, Arlen Specter, who apparently is more worried about apathy in the conservative heartland of central Pa. this November than he is about protecting the integrity of the U.S. Constitution. Not for the first time.

Many have suggested that the most vocal homo-phobes may actually be afraid of their own feelings, Santorum seems like a probable candidate. An interesting twist on this is found in Bishop John Shelby Spong's Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism. He suggests that the man who is responsible for a good share of The New Testiment, Paul of Tarsus, was a closet homosexual. Since Paul held the law sacred he referred to his feelings as demonic. His writings are filled with this personal conflict he feels.

Posted by: Ron In Portland at July 15, 2004 12:18 AM