So Senator Rick Santorum says he was misquoted and misinterpeted. Let’s take a look at what he said (full text can be found here):
I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts. As I would with acts of other, what I would consider to be, acts outside of traditional heterosexual relationships. And that includes a variety of different acts, not just homosexual. I have nothing, absolutely nothing against anyone who’s homosexual. If that’s their orientation, then I accept that. And I have no problem with someone who has other orientations. The question is, do you act upon those orientations? So it’s not the person, it’s the person’s actions. And you have to separate the person from their actions.
For those who’ve never seen this before, this is the traditional Conservative Christian stance on homosexuality. It’s fine to be gay, as long as you don’t actually have gay sex.
He also nicely reminds us about a fundamental right we don’t actually have, even though everyone thinks we do:
Again, it goes back to this moral relativism, which is very accepting of a variety of different lifestyles. And if you make the case that if you can do whatever you want to do, as long as it’s in the privacy of your own home, this “right to privacy,” then why be surprised that people are doing things that are deviant within their own home? If you say, there is no deviant as long as it’s private, as long as it’s consensual, then don’t be surprised what you get.
It baffles me that people like this still exist. Not only that, but they feel so comfortable with these views that I’m sure he has no idea why anyone would have a problem with them.
Now granted, in the long run, it’s a good thing. Anything that has Republicans at each others’ throats is fine by me. I have no problem with having them pull off their own rubber masks to reveal the rodent-eating lizards they truly are. Saves us the trouble. But I am still confused. Why is the possibility that somewhere out there a gay man is putting his peepee in another gay man’s bottom more of a dire problem than, say, Enron? Or poverty? Though I can’t understand why it’s an issue at all for these people, I really don’t understand why it’s so big of one.
I guess this kind of explains what was confusing me before, about how all the conservatives are so terrified of the leftists even though the leftists are all a bunch of goldfish flopping about and gasping for air on dry land. If the thought that somewhere out there are two gay men having sex, somewhere there’s a guy who doesn’t like the war in Iraq, somewhere there’s a college professor not teaching that Capitalism is ordained by God, if all that’s so terrifying then yeah, I can see where they would have reason to still be huddled in fear of the world around them, even though they own it.
If there are any Republicans still reading this far, just remember. The so-called party of smaller government insists it must know where your genitals are at all times and what you’re doing with them. If that’s not government intrusion, I really don’t know what is.