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17 August 2011, 2:00 pm No Comments

Politics: Don’t Let Santorum Fool You


Submission by Brandon Thomas

Did you watch the GOP debate the other night? I didn’t either.

However, I did catch some interesting tweets in my news feed suggesting well-known homophobe Rick Santorum was for the rights of gays, at least those gays in Iran.

Hey, that’s great if Santorum really cares about people he will never be able to hurt through legislation or venomous rhetoric, but don’t let the man behind the curtain fool you. If you do it could get pretty messy.

Here is the video of what Santorum actually said: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA_aOn586rg&feature=player_embedded

Santorum said that Iran was a mullahcracy that tramples on the rights of women, and tramples on the rights of gays. True, Iran when it comes to human rights has a very sketchy history at best, but I doubt Santorum has had a coming to Jesus moment with the gays.

Just in the past week he justified why queer people shouldn’t get married by illustrating queers and marriage to that of a napkin, which got an amazing response from Lawrence O’Donnell.

Also, in the past, Santorum has used the old queers are incestual and adulterers line. He even went as a far as to say that gay sex would “undermine the fabric of our society.”

Is Santorum trying to steal the gay vote from Fred Karger, who would have likely put Santorum in his place had Fox let him debate, or is he playing into the typical conservative rhetoric  - a type of rhetoric that is used every day on talk radio to justify why “Islamic extremist” are taking over America and a way to vilify people that live in the Middle East?

It never fails for the talk radio station in my area of Nashville, TN, to blab on about why those people “over there” are bad. These shock jocks typically point to human rights issues, and emphasis the plight queer individuals in countries where being gay is punishable by death (a nice scare tactic to get their listeners riled up).

It may seem for a brief moment these conservatives support the rights of queer people, but when put in full context these radio hosts are simply being sick and cynical.

These conservatives are once again not acknowledging the cultural differences of the Middle East (like same-sex people can dance together, hold hands and it not be considered “gay”), and using ignorance to widen the already yawning gap between the queer community and those of the Islamic faith.

Santorum just so happens to be the mainstream version of what you can hear every day on the radio. He is not for queer rights, Santorum an opportunist that will surely throw the queer community under the bus once again, in the near future.

In the interim, don’t forget to Google “Santorum”.


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