Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Santorum: The Left Wants Same-Sex Marriage To Undermine Faith

The right-wing fallout–or freakout–over legal same-sex marriage in New York continues. Speaking at the Lyon County Republican dinner,  presidential candidate Rick Santorum was frothing at the mouth:

“The reason the left has gone after same-sex marriage is because it’s a two-fer,” Santorum said. “When you redefine marriage, you cheapen marriage. You make it into something less valuable, less special … [and] it is a sure bet that will undermine faith.”

By Santorum’s logic, since the majority of New Yorkers support same-sex marriage, they must be part of this plot. Even stranger, the majority of Americans, including people of faith, must also want to undermine faith.

Santorum, in refusing to debate gay marriage in terms of the rights of citizens, demonstrates a trait common to the religious right: an unwillingness to debate issues on their merits. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), for example, states that the liberal belief in a role for government in meeting citizens’ needs is really a “hatred of God…and belief that government should replace God.” For Pat Robertson, standing for a woman’s right to choose is motivated by making straight women more like lesbians. The religious right invariably views those who disagree with them as part of an anti-religious, leftist conspiracy.

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