Right now, I am highly pissed off. I personally wish that the politicians would keep their mouths shut, stop sticking their feet in their mouths and being so ignorant. This time, it’s Rick Santorum. Yes, the same Rick Santorum that thinks he can censor Google search results…
Earlier today, Mr. Santorum gave an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” in which he made two particular statements that I found to be completely misinformed, asinine and homophobic. First, he stated that the comparative argument between “being a minority and being homosexual” for the repeal of DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) was a fallacy: (The following excerpts are from the Fox News Sunday interview.)
“I mean, we are talking about people who are, you know, simply different because of the color of their skin, not because of activities that would cause problems for people living in those close quarters.”
“The idea that somehow or another, that this is the equivalent, that being black and being gay is simply not true. There are all sorts of studies out there that suggest just the contrary, and there are people who were gay and lived a gay lifestyle and aren’t anymore. I don’t know if that’s a similar situation — I don’t think that’s the case with anybody that is black.”
In amongst Mr. Santorum’s argument lies one major falsehood regarding homosexuality: the idea that being homosexual requires engagement in homosexual behavior:
“It’s not the same. And I know people try to make it the same, but it is not. It is a behavioral issue, as opposed to a color of the skin issue, and that makes all the difference when it comes to serving in the military.”
Seeing as Rick Santorum has never had experience in these matters, I don’t quite know what qualifies him to make these judgements. Just because his parents worked at a VA hospital in Butler, PA and lived on the hospital post, doesn’t make Mr. Santorum an expert on what it takes to serve in the military, or what military life is like for service members. (Rick Santorum has never served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.) As for his assumptions about gay people, Rick Santorum is just ignorant. A gay man can be attracted to other men, and not be sexually active. In other words, being gay doesn’t require that one is actively engaged in homosexual activities.
Sorry folks, but I don’t think we need a homophobe in the White House in 2012.