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GOP’s War on Sex
Anti-sex opinions are hardly new to the Republican Party. Candidates have passionately shared views against premarital sex, gay sex — even non-procreative sex within marriage. Has the US turned into a culture of killjoys or is this just the view of the ultra conservative right?
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has compared gay sex to bestiality, while another candidate Rick Perry has condemned the “sin” of homosexuality, and dropout Michele Bachmann has compared homosexuality to a “personal enslavement.”
This anti-sex agenda is not new to the Republican Party. The party is well known for restricting access to contraceptives and abortion.
This presidential campaign season however, the GOP candidates are finding themselves to be out of line with the sexual beliefs and practices of most Americans. According to sex therapist Marty Klein, “the private sexual behavior of all ages, of all political persuasions is getting more liberal. The vast majority of Americans have sex before marriage,” and they are ok with it. In addition, 99% of Americans who have ever had sex have used some sort of contraception. When it comes to sex-related policy, over half of Americans are in favor of nationally recognized same-sex marriage.
Then why is the Republican party becoming more sexually conservative when the rest of America is becoming more sexually liberal? It seems that with more states legalizing gay marriage, the more opposition increases from the right. The Republican Party depends on the religious right and can’t win the White House without talking about preserving religious morality.
Yet, a Public Religion Research Institute poll found that nearly 90% of catholic women are in favor of expanding access to birth control to women who can’t afford it.
The ultra right needs to see the opposition of a culture of sexual promiscuity. And this is exactly what Republican hopefuls are giving them. With sex though, things are different. According to Klein, “every time it’s about sex, we’re going in ewith one hand tied behind our back - and not in a good way.”
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What do you think about the Republican Party’s anti-sex agenda?
In light of 2011’s war on the uterus, presidential candidate Rick Santorum is kicking 2012 off with even more utero-hate by stating that “The state has a right to [outlaw birth control], I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statutes they have. That is the thing I have said about the activism of the Supreme Court, they are creating right, and they should be left up to the people to decide.”
I would like to personally extend a kind, warm, “fuck you” to Rick Santorum, who proves every time he opens his mouth that he just doesn’t give a shit about the bodily autonomy of, well, anybody.
oh my god this letter is amazing! another excellent paragraph:
“Forgive us. As you know, we are not church-going people, so we are unable to fully appreciate that “gay marriage” is incompatible with Christian values, despite the fact that those values carry a biblical tradition of adultery such as yours. We applaud you for keeping that tradition going.”
“It [presumably gay families] does in fact affect society, it affects children, it affects families, it affects educational systems, it affects people’s freedom of religion, it changes the entire value structure of our country, it undermines family, it undermines faith. You know what? We respect the ability of people to live their lives the way they want to live it, but don’t try to change society so, to, devalue things that we value in society.”
Aside from the fact that the rest of the article also points out Santorum’s clear insanity, please look at the bolded portion of the excerpt.
Now please, tell me. How does equality interrupt someone’s right to freedom of religion and faith? Hm? I don’t know about you, but I think Mr. Santorum is forgetting the freedom from religion portion of the US Constitution.
Kind of unrelated to this post but something that bothers me about a lot of the criticism of the Republican candidates involves calling them crazy or insane. Or saying things like “the voice in your head isn’t God.” They don’t have an psychological illness. They are using their beliefs and their religion as a manipulative tool. Their beliefs aren’t the problem, they can believe whatever they want, it’s the fact that they want to inforce their beliefs on others. That doesn’t make them mentally ill, that just makes them bad people. Don’t equate mental illness with these people, all of the mentally ill people I know are really awesome people.
Other than that, look at how horrible these politicians are, please don’t vote for them.