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Santorum: ‘Huge Moral Failings’ Are The ‘Root Cause’ Of Our Economic Problems

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), who placed fourth in the Ames Straw Poll with less than 10 percent of the vote, spent some time yesterday chatting with two hate group leaders, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association. Parroting Newt Gingrich’s rhetoric from last week, Santorum attempted to draw causation between the nation’s economic woes and “huge moral failings” like the “redefinition of marriage” and “not supporting strong nuclear families”:

SANTORUM: Letting the family break down and in fact encouraging it and inciting more breakdown through this whole redefinition of marriage debate, and not supporting strong nuclear families and not supporting and standing up for the dignity of human life. Those lead to a society that’s broken.

If you think that we can be a society that kills our own, and that disregards the family and the important role it plays, and doesn’t teach moral values and the important role of faith in the public square, and then expect people to be good, decent and moral when they behave economically, if you look at the root cause of the economic problems that we’re dealing with on Wall Street and Main Street I might add, from 2008, they were huge moral failings. And you can’t say that we’re gonna take morality out of the public square, morality out of our schools, God out of our schools, and then expect people to behave decently in a country that requires, capitalism requires some strong modicum of moral consciousness if it’s gonna be successful.

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Neither Santorum nor Gingrich provided any substantiation for their claims that marriage equality somehow compromises “free enterprise,” as Gingrich described it. Given that  both were speaking to social conservative audiences, the rhetoric seems a sad attempt to convince potential voters that continuing to discriminate against same-sex couples will somehow save the economy.

(HT: People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch.)

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