Thursday, February 16, 2012

Santorum On Contraception: “It’s Not OK”

One may think that Rick Santorum, this week's surging GOP presidential candidate, only starts frothing at the mention of gays. Actually, this moral scold also looks askance at contraception “because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,” including sex without “purposes of procreation.” Listen as Santorum spoke to Caffeinated Thoughts on Oct. 2011 (start at 17:55):



Santorum: One of the things I will talk about that no President has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, “Well, that’s okay. Contraception’s okay.” It’s not okay because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They’re supposed to be within marriage, they are supposed to be for purposes that are, yes, conjugal, but also [inaudible], but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen. We take any part of that out, we diminish the act. And if you can take one part out that’s not for purposes of procreation, that’s not one of the reasons, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women, so why can’t you take other parts of that out? And all of a sudden, it becomes deconstructed to the point where it’s simply pleasure. And that’s certainly a part of it—and it’s an important part of it, don’t get me wrong—but there’s a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special.

Again, I know most Presidents don’t talk about those things, and maybe people don’t want us to talk about those things, but I think it’s important that you are who you are. I’m not running for preacher. I’m not running for pastor, but these are important public policy issues. These have profound impact on the health of our society. 
(h/t: Liberaland)

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