Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
I saw quite a bit of blatant bigotry in there. Yep, he has a shot at the nomination.
1. “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….If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.” [4/2003]
I don't see any prejudice there. I see an anti-gay marriage stance and opposition to an unlimited right to privacy. Now, I disagree with both statements, but bigotry? I don't see it.
2. “Is anyone saying same-sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?” [5/22/2008]
No bigotry. Whether you agree with the argument or not, it's an argument that an argument for same sex marriage doesn't hold water. I see nothing bigoted about this statement.
3. On repeal of DADT: “I’m worried when many people will stand up and say, ‘well whatever the Generals want.’ I’m not too sure that we haven’t indoctrinated the Officer Corps in this country that they can actually see straight to make the right decisions.” [2/20/2010]
This is a statement liberals would generally agree with if the subject matter of the conversation were different and if it came from, say, a Michael Moore discussing orders to make war on a foreign country.
4. On gay adoption: “A lesbian woman came up to me and said, ‘why are you denying me my right?’ I said, ‘well, because it’s not a right.’ It’s a privilege that society recognizes because society sees intrinsic value to that relationship over any other relationship.” [5/3/2011]
No bigotry here. He says adoption is not a right. He's right. It's not a right. Nobody has a natural right to adopt children. If anything, this is an equal protection issue, not an individual rights issue.
5. On teaching history of gay Americans: “I certainly would not approve of [a bill moving through the California legislature compels the state to add gay history to the state education curriculum], but there’s a logical consequence to the courts injecting themselves in creating rights and people attaching their legislative ideas to those rights that in some respects could logically flow from that. So I’m not surprised.” [5/10/2011]
He doesn't like a bill compelling the state to add gay history to the state curriculum. Is that bigoted? Doesn't seem very bigoted to me. I don't know the context of the rest of the statement and can't really figure out what he's referring to.
6. “I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people’.” [1/19/2011]
Stupid pot shot at Obama... no question. But bigoted? Not really.
7. “Marriage is an institution that’s a bridge too far for too many African-American women and is not desirable among African-American males….I think [Obama] has to realize that flying to New York is…self-indulgent. Go down to the corner bar and have a drink, a shot, and a beer.” [6/2/2009]
The breakdown of the African American family is a very real and has had very serious consequences for the African American community. We can debate the reasons until the cows come home, but the fact remains. Calling attention to it is not bigtory. Or was Daniel PatricK Moynihan a bigot?
8. “In far too many families with young children, both parents are working, when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might find they don’t both need to….The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness“. ['It Takes A Family,' 7/6/2005]
Not bigotry, but a legitimate political opinion.
9. Santorum responded to the Pentagon’s decision rescind its invitation to evangelist Franklin Graham to speak at the upcoming National Day over his statement that Islam is “evil” by saying that Graham’s comment was “a reasonable statement at the time.” [3/23/2010]
Yeah, this is a bad one; though the "at the time" qualifier seems to me to mean that Santorum excused Graham based on the idea that it's understandable to be so emotional right after 9/11. Still, I'll bet this is one Santorum wishes he could have back.
10. “I think the Democrats are actually worried [Obama] may go to Indonesia and bow to more Muslims.” [3/23/2010]
Please. This is obviously a quasi-joke based on the bowing to the Saudi king incident. That he phrased it that "the Democrats are actually worried" makes it obvious that this is tongue in cheek. If it's anything, it's anti-Obama and critical of him for the Saudi thing than it is anti-Muslim or "racist."
11. “The creeping Sharia throughout Europe and here in this country and in Canada. The Islamization of Europe that is already on the way and will visit these shores not too soon is a concern for us and something that we need to identify and we need to talk about and we need to fight with every ounce of our being“. [2/28/2009]
A little paranoid, but bigoted? Nah. I'm sure you would agree that IF Sharia law were to replace secular law in the US or Canada, that would be a bad thing. This isn't going to happen and the inroads it has made in Europe are greatly exaggerated, but is this statement bigoted? I don't think so.
12. “Now we have the Attorney General confirming to Osama bin Laden just bide your time and the effeminate and pampered Americans will cower away.” [2/28/2009]
Frustration with his perceived failure to go after OBL (in which he obviously turned out to be wrong) is not bigotry. Everyone in the US government has been criticized for failing to go after OBL adequately until they actually got him. No bigotry in this statement.
The point is that if this is the best they got on him from a 20 year political career, he's plainly not a Bachmann or a Palin.