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Rick Santorum Fails To Rest His Case

Gabe Delahaye | September 1, 2011 - 11:15 am

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum spoke to a group of college students (probably law students, since he keeps addressing one of them as just “Lawyer,” as in, “Let me talk, Lawyer.” Cool guy, this Rick Santorum guy) and during the question and answer session he goes on an aggressive and shout-y defense of his anti-homosexual beliefs as they were taught to him by the catholic church. OK. I mean, no. But sure. He seems particularly upset that anyone would call him a bigot, which is exactly what a bigot would say! Haha. I’m not sure how well that holds up as a logical argument, but also Rick Santorum IS a bigot, so I don’t even know what he’s so upset about. Anyway, he gets into a debate with one of the students (“Lawyer”) about whether or not children can grow up happily in a home with two gay parents. He argues that they can’t because of 2,000 years of catholic-backed hatred. She argues that you can because of numerous social science studies that have proven that you can. And that is when Rick Santorum fails to rest his case.

Oh brother. How sad is Pennsylvania that this guy isn’t their senator anymore? The saddest? Look, we don’t actually need to get into how gross and wrong homophobia is because AH-NO-DOY, and we also don’t really need to worry too much about people like Rick Santorum because they’re just shitty assholes for real, and no amount of yelling at them in some airless classroom just off the stacks in the undergrad library on the west quad is going to change their opinion. And you know what, I will even go a step further and say that I kind of understand Rick Santorum’s point that many organizations are established simply to reinforce their pre-conceived notions and make them seem more official and legitimate. He knows this because politicians do shit like this all the time. I’m not entirely convinced that this is the case with the American Psychological Association, but even setting that aside for a moment, the part where his whole argument just falls straight to hell is that even if everything he was saying is true, that the American Medical Association is just some nefarious clan of “so-called” doctors (which, also, what is THAT all about? That some doctors shouldn’t be there? Eek. You definitely don’t sound like a weird, angry bigot, you weird, angry bigot!) his counter-argument IS JUST AS UNSUBSTANTIATED. Even if you feel that the science is incorrect, you can’t just counter it with “I THINK I READ IT IN THE BIBLE ONE TIME” as a more sound position to take. At the very best they are now EQUALLY terrible arguments (they’re not, but we’re playing Santorum’s Advocate here) and that means that both sides would have to at least acknowledge that they didn’t have enough information to feel entirely confident in their own position and that they would have to at least leave open the possibility that the other side was the correct one until they had gotten more verification (from God Herself?). Just nonsense.

In closing, Rick Santorum is a crap. I rest my case. (Via TheDailyWhat.)