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April 23, 2003

American Taliban I'm sure most

American Taliban

I'm sure most of you know what's going on with Senator Santorum right now. If not, here's a decent summary.

Here's a portion of what he said, taken from this transcript

SANTORUM: I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts. As I would with acts of other, what I would consider to be, acts outside of traditional heterosexual relationships. And that includes a variety of different acts, not just homosexual. I have nothing, absolutely nothing against anyone who's homosexual. If that's their orientation, then I accept that. And I have no problem with someone who has other orientations. The question is, do you act upon those orientations? So it's not the person, it's the person's actions. And you have to separate the person from their actions.

In other words."You know me, honey. I like my beer cold, my TV loud and my homosexuals repressed!" It's just stupid, a page right out of the Taliban's Book of Intolerance. Remember the Taliban, the group that jailed Christians? They had no problem with Christians, they said, just with people practicing Christianity. Rewrite the Santorum quote just a bit, and it could have could have been a Taliban statement on the missionaries they arrested.

I have no problem with Christianity. I have a problem with Christian acts. As I would with acts of other, what I would consider to be, acts outside of traditional Islamic tradition. And that includes a variety of different acts, not just Christian. I have nothing, absolutely nothing against anyone who's Christian. If that's their religion, then I accept that. And I have no problem with someone who has other religions. The question is, do you act upon those religions? So it's not the person, it's the person's actions. And you have to separate the person from their actions.

Rewrite it even less, and it fits the Taliban's position on homosexuality even better.

I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts. As I would with acts of other, what I would consider to be, acts outside of traditional heterosexual relationships. And that includes a variety of different acts, not just homosexual. I have nothing, absolutely nothing against anyone who's homosexual. If that's their orientation, then I accept that. And I have no problem with someone who has other orientations. The question is, do you act upon those orientations? So it's not the person, it's the person's actions. And you have to separate the person from their actions before we execute them.

The most common reaction to this is "You have to draw the line somewhere, and who are you to tell Sen. Satorum where he can draw his? Are you so liberal that you are in favor of any sort of sexual practice whatsoever?"

My basic answer is "As long as it doesn't scare the horses, and doesn't involve sex with a partner of mental capacity insufficient for them to make a decision on a particular act, then people should do what they like." Requiring adequate mental capacity not only rules out bestiality and pedophilia, but sex with any number of politicians.

Consider it a bonus.

Update: Note that the "sufficient mental capacity" rule does not rule out things like consensual incest, something William Saletan talks about in Slate. Once you've read that you may want to take a look at Westermark's childhood aversion theory before you decide that we're in for a incest epidemic. Also, Omnibus Bill casts some light on the issues Satorum was apparently struggling with before the toe met the tonsil.

Posted by Bigwig at April 23, 2003 01:53 PM | TrackBack
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