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Jason Holliston
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2003  
The Necessary Sentator Santorum Post

I read Andrew Sullivan's blog regularly, and agree with much of what he says, especially about the war in Iraq. As a gay man, he's been quite active responding to Senator Santorum's (basically, if you read the original article) anti-homosexual remarks the other day. As a person with mostly libertarian beliefs, I agree with him about the need for the government to stay out of people's bedrooms. My beliefs as a Catholic has nothing to do with the State putting it's noses into places it does not need to be. I did have to call him on one thing: his call for the Senator to withdraw his remarks.

He calls every homosexual in a relationship the equivalent of a child-molester. That is a despicable charge and Santorum must withdraw it.

It's a small disagreement, but important, I think. Even if he didn't mean it the way I read it, it's an important distinction to point out. As a US Senator and a US citizen, he has the right to say anything he wants to. He could say that he wants to burn at the stake everybody that doesn't believe in exactly what he wants -- that's his right. The Sex Police is scary, but the Speak Police is scarier, I think. He should withdraw his statement, but he must do nothing of the sort.

The great thing in this particular situation is that it's not some crazed guy spouting hate in some city square -- he's an elected representative of his state, and every six years, he needs to get a majority of their votes to keep making national policy. If you're a resident of Pennsylvania, you should remember his remarks, and get this guy out of office as soon as possible -- for speaking his free mind in a free country.

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