PROVE They're As Good As We Are!"
Rick Santorum to Pew Forum:
They have no studies. They have no information whatsoever about what it would do to the moral ecology of the country, y what it would do to religious liberty, what it would do to the mental and physical health of children -- nothing. They've made no case. Basically the case they've made is, "We want what you want, and therefore you should give it to us."Pew Research Forum (Shannon Price Minter)
There is not one study showing children are harmed in any way by having lesbian or gay parents. To the contrary, as Mary Cheney recently stated in response to criticisms of her decision to have a child with her female partner that every piece of remotely responsible research that's been done in the last 20 years has shown there's no difference between children raised by same-sex parents and children raised by opposite-sex parents. What matters is that children are raised in a stable loving environment.
O.K., I'll bite on the second one: what the hell is "moral ecology"? Santorum, I think, has coined his own phrase, but it's bogus. Maybe he means morals about the ecology? If so, what do they have to do with gay marriage? Do male plants want to marry other male plants? If so, what about plants and animals that contain both sexes or have role reversals? Do seahorses want same-sex rights? I think Santorum thinks he's being clever with his phrase and oh so deep...in it.
What would a man marrying a man do to religious liberty? Nothing. Again, Santorum is talking about two different things. Or maybe HIS definition of religious liberty is not freedom of religion, but freedom of a religion to espouse anything it wants without criticism. Santorum is really talking about the freedom of pulpit pimps to spew hate speech, thereby endangering others who do not share the same view.
"Mental and physical health of the children". If the Religious Right were not so deliberate in their hate by banning books educating children (e.g. "Heather Has Two Mommies") and were not so diligent in pointing out gays as "sinners" and "pedophiles" children of gay parents would have an easier time at school, don't you think?
And as far as "wanting" is concerned: what gays want are RIGHTS and not necessarily four kids, a mortgaged McMansion and two "hers and hers" SUVs.
Santorum goes on to say that for Christians, it is difficult waging the culture war because if they oppose same-sex marriage they are perceived as "intolerant" "bigots""haters". WOW! I didn't know that! Are those righteously arrogant pastors, preachers, ministers of God really Christians? And here I was, all the this time, just calling them "stupid." YES! In the case of religion, one bad apple CAN spoil a whole bunch of people. Today's ministers of the Religious Right are proud of how many people they command, as Rod Parsley would put it, as "warriors for Christ." To them, the culture war is a jihad with a "take no prisoners" policy.
So Santorum is ready to fight. He'll be the man of iron in the war. But with feet of clay.
Note: several commenters made observations that were, well, direct: why does the girl have a doll that's dressed exactly like her? And why does the boy look so ...strange? Is this the American family Santorum is fighting for? Makes you want Gomez Addams to run for office just for the sake of normalcy.