Rick Santorum is lecturing us about tolerance

There’s that poker “tell” again. Rick Santorum, one of the most bigoted, hateful, opinionated members of Congress, has the nerve to lecture anyone about tolerance.

Conservatives love to accuse liberals of things conservatives are already doing and liberals have never done. In this case, the folks who ripped marriage away from tens of thousands, if not more, gay couples in California are actually the oppressed. And the list of those who are oppressed, according to Santorum, extends to the Mormons who have been on a two decade long jihad to force gay Americans (all Americans, really) to live under their strict and unique religious code.

It’s must be really tough being in the majority, ripping away people’s civil rights every day of the week, and then, horror of horrors, someone stands up to you and says ‘no.’ Why can’t we live in a world where Ricky is free to hate with impunity? When will America stop being so intolerant of intolerance?

Conservatives, and the religious right in particular, think that free speech means they get to talk and you have to listen in silence.
If you dare stand up to the bullies, they try to shout you back down by accusing you of being intolerant (it’s the Hannity approach, just yell the other guy down if he starts making a good point). Sorry, Rick, that trick may work on the FOX News, but it doesn’t work in the free world.

What is interesting is that this is the second screed against the judge in the Prop 8 case in as many days. Clearly the religious right has decided that they need to publicly demonize the judge. The question is why? Maybe Rick is still upset about that #1 result when you Google his name :-)


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