Santorum Says Criticism Of His Views On Homosexuality Is ‘An Act Of Bigotry’

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"Santorum Says Criticism Of His Views On Homosexuality Is ‘An Act Of Bigotry’"

In an interview that aired on CNN last night, Piers Morgan pressed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on his views opposing marriage equality, including his suggestion of a gay “jihad” against him. Santorum tried to avoid answering whether he believes homosexuality is a sin, but confirmed that as a Catholic, he subscribes to the Catholic Church’s teachings that indeed it is a sin. Asked how he would respond if one of his sons came out, Santorum said he would be supportive of what he sees as a “very difficult and troubling time in their life,” going on to say he “knows a lot of gay people” and some of them continue to “struggle” even after coming out and “admitting” their identities.

Morgan responded by pointing out that many people struggle coming out because of bigotry in society, and suggested that Santorum’s views “border on bigotry.” The former Senator did not take kindly to this:

SANTORUM: I think just because we disagree on public policy, which is what the debate has been about — which is marriage — doesn’t mean that it’s bigotry. Just because you follow a moral code that teaches that something’s wrong doesn’t mean that — are you suggesting that the Bible and that the Catholic Church is bigoted? If that’s what you believe, fine. [...] Well, I shouldn’t say — not fine. I don’t think it’s fine at all. I think that is contrary to both what we’ve seen in 2,000 years of human history and Western civilization, and trying to redefine something that has been — that is — seen as wrong…I think is in itself an act of bigotry.

Watch the full exchange:

Because the word “bigot” is being tossed around, here is the definition: “a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion” or “a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his own, especially on religion, politics, or race.” Given Santorum’s eager propensity to demonize gays and lesbians and use the law to restrict their rights, it is hard to argue he isn’t intolerant. Still, calling someone a “bigot” doesn’t seem to accomplish much except shutting down the conversation.

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