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Mr. Santorum: rape is god's gift, he's got two beautiful daughters

Postby Aba-Dula » 25 Jan 2012, 17:55

Rick Santorum thinks pregnancy through rape is God's gift?

Kate Harding
Wednesday 25 January 2012

Invoking God's will as a supporting argument to his position on abortion hardly fits with the constitution he claims to uphold

As a lapsed Catholic turned atheist, a staunch feminist and someone who has a strong general aversion to sleazy, disingenuous men, I was shocked yesterday to find myself feeling something like respect for Rick Santorum, Pope Benedict XVI and Piers Morgan all in the space of three minutes.

The three minutes in question are a clip from Morgan's interview with Santorum on the former's CNN talk show. In it, Santorum declares that even if his own daughter were raped – a hypothetical scenario both men manage to discuss with remarkable calm – the Roman Catholic presidential candidate would maintain his adamantly pro-life position regarding abortion.

I sincerely feel a tiny, grudging mote of respect for that degree of consistency. As anti-choice zealots go, those who will take the "baby killer" argument to its extreme appeal to me slightly more than those who can say with a straight face that abortion is murder, except when the woman didn't want to have sex.

Of course, that's the beginning and the end of my respect for Santorum, who had the gall to tell Morgan that his opposition to legal abortion is "not a matter of religious values". He insists that it's founded on his interpretation of the US constitution, as opposed to his interpretation of the teachings of Jesus Christ: "[L]ife begins at conception and persons are covered by the constitution, and because human life is the same as a person, to me it was a pretty simple deduction to make that that's what the constitution clearly intended to protect."

Hang on, I need a moment. Reading those words just gave me a bad flashback to tutoring hopeless freshman composition students in a university writing lab.

We're to believe that Santorum's desire to overturn Roe v Wade is "not a matter of religious values", yet, when discussing a hypothetical pregnancy by rape just moments later, he says: "I believe and I think that the right approach is to accept this horribly created, in the sense of rape, but nevertheless, in a very broken way, a gift of human life, and accept what God is giving to you." ("In the sense of rape." Deep breaths, Kate.) "Gift from God," "person under the law" – why quibble about semantic differences? The point is: Life! Glorious life! Santorum will defend it!

And here's where my blip of respect for Morgan comes along. "I know that your position is – correct me if I'm wrong – that you believe in the sanctity and the innocence of life. How do you equate that with supporting the death penalty?" he asks. Boo-yah! I dearly wish more American reporters would put that question to self-styled "pro-life" candidates who evince little interest in the sanctity of human life ex utero.

That brings us to my smidgen of respect for Pope Benedict XVI – and for that matter, John Paul II before him – for making it clear that Catholic doctrine, in a moment of convergence with common sense, holds that a pro-life position contraindicates revenge-killing born people. "It cannot be overemphasised that the right to life must be recognised in all its fullness," Pope Benedict said in 2009, praising the abolition of the death penalty in Mexico. So at least in that one respect, Santorum can truthfully say that his political intentions are not based on his professed religious values.

Still, if you can't even speak for a whole minute on a political issue without invoking "God's will" as a supporting argument, you have no business running for president of a country whose constitution actually – no weasel words or tortured logic necessary to make this case – enshrines freedom of religion. That alone should be enough to make any American who truly loves liberty and the vision of the "founding fathers" lose all respect for Rick Santorum as a politician.

But if you're not persuaded by that, just try remembering that he said becoming pregnant by a rapist is a gift from God. Out loud. With a camera on him. And he wants to be president of a country that has women in it.

What does this man have to do to get drummed out of the race? ... -pregnancy

Re: Mr. Santorum: rape is god's gift, he's got two beautiful daughters

Postby elias » 25 Jan 2012, 18:17

Santorum's social values are closer to most Ethiopians than that of Obama.

Re: Mr. Santorum: rape is god's gift, he's got two beautiful daughters

Postby eden » 25 Jan 2012, 18:51

aba dula, don't get your news from the liberal media. read books. you want to know santorum, listen to santorum or read a book by him.

Re: Mr. Santorum: rape is god's gift, he's got two beautiful daughters

Postby Aba-Dula » 25 Jan 2012, 19:42

elias wrote:Santorum's social values are closer to most Ethiopians than that of Obama.

President Obama's family value is openly known to the world, the Obama family have two kids, and they are raising them well. At the same time he does not impose his opinion of what type of family a couple has, he understands there are several types of families around the world, and its nobody's business how people form their family. Some people raise irresponsible kids, Meles Zenawi's parents raised a monster, and he is raising another monster, keeping with the tradition. Meles' parents failed him and now he is failing his kids.

Others raise their kids to be good global citizens, while some have babies and do not care for, and there are those that care too much they feed their kids to morbid obesity. There are also those that provide good homes and all the essentials plus some more, such as nutritious food and cloth for their bodies and morality for their conscience. There are several types of families, single parent home, two parents home, inter-religion homes, interracial family homes, multi-family homes, parents and grand parents live-in home, two female parent homes or two male parent homes. There are all types of families raising kids.

The most important element is providing the child the essentials, nourishment and home to grow up happy and healthy. It is not anyone business to dictate how one raises his or her child. If there is abuse in the family, then take the child out and put that child in a home the child can get the essentials and grow up. Recently, I was watching a documentary program where some women would buy frozen sperm and get inseminated, they do not know the person where the seeds came from, they just want to experience pregnancy and have a child and raise that child on their own. These are smart women by definition successful and achievers, they have a good financial and health standing, but they prefer to raise them without a man involved in their lives.

Some presidents marry a divorce, others marry a single mom who had a baby out of wedlock, like Mr. Sarkozy's wife. Some leaders marry a librarian and some leaders marry their tutors like Barack Obama did, and raise two fabulous daughters together. Some people in the US marry three or four sister wives in places like Utah. The meaning of family continue to grow with society and circumstances. There are people that adapt children every three or five years giving homes to kids not well cared for by their biological parents, others have 20 kids like the Duggar family from California. There is no one clearly defined family that satisfies everyone.

Re: Mr. Santorum: rape is god's gift, he's got two beautiful daughters

Postby Shalom » 25 Jan 2012, 20:46

Santorum would liek to see this picture.
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Re: Mr. Santorum: rape is god's gift, he's got two beautiful daughters

Postby YeSat-Nebelbal » 26 Jan 2012, 01:18

This is a funny picture, what makes it even funnier is that the pope held and kissed like a little girl. :lol:

Shalom wrote:Santorum would liek to see this picture.

Re: Mr. Santorum: rape is god's gift, he's got two beautiful daughters

Postby username18 » 31 Jan 2012, 22:42

Is Mr. Santorum aware that his surname has entered the English language to cover a previously un-named mixture of fluids? Check the urbandictionary dot com.

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