Rick Santorum's Unholy War

I’m sure by the arrogance Rick Santorum conveys when lecturing the masses on morality that he believes he’s doing the right thing. Nevertheless Saint Santorum sounds completely out his mind when he says things like: “We see a president who is systematically trying to crush the traditional Judeo-Christian values of America. We saw it with Obamacare and the implementation of Obamacare, where his values are going to be imposed on a church’s values.”

Never mind that most of that “controversial” law was in place during President Bush’s administration. Or that “Obamacare” is nothing more than policy that forces people to buy health insurance from private companies. Jesus would probably prefer universal health care – you know, what conservatives like Santorum brand as socialism.

Lately he’s assailed the president for espousing “a phony theology, not a theology based on the Bible.” As it pertains to how government works, the comment nonsensical in of itself. Each of these ironies would be purposely lost by Santorum, though, as his true grip with the president, Democrats, and other less-prudish people all bogs down to the lingering issue that has blanketed much of his existence in public life: sex.

Speaking with CaffeinatedThoughts.com, pledged to repeal all federal funding of contraception. And in a moving tribute to Victorian points of view, said: "One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."

How is it supposed to be according to the Chastity Belt candidate?

“[Sex] is supposed to be within marriage. It’s supposed to be for purposes that are yes, conjugal…but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen.”

Anyone who thinks otherwise is the enemy, which is why Santorum described the Democrats as: “The prey upon our most basic primal lusts, and that’s sex. And the whole abortion culture, it’s not about life. It’s about sexual freedom. That’s what it’s about. Homosexuality. It’s about sexual freedom.”

No, it’s about him pushing a Catholic traditionalist perspective onto a society that’s clearly moved past it. He, much like the Vatican, can’t accept times and the people living them have changed. As Michael Coogan writes in God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says, “the Bible can be understood as the record of the beginning of a continuous movement toward the goal of full freedom and equality for all persons.” Santorum and those like him instead focus on its “pervasive patriarchal bias.”

That’s why he wants to continue fighting a woman’s right to have sex without procreating. Why in his eyes “Gay marriage is an issue just like 9/11.” An issue he pledged to “die on that hill” fighting.

In his eyes, this will all save the “traditional family,” and thus, the nation. For all this talk about Biblical tradition, need I remind Santorum that in the Bible Abraham fathers children with Sarah and his servant Hagar. Jacob marries both Rachel and her sister, as along with their servants. If these people were living now they'd be on a reality show Santorum would claim was ruining the traditional family.

Given America is an ever-evolving melting pot President Obama is not the one worth accusing of damning. Such an honor should be bestowed on the likes of Self Righteous Rick, whose paranoid views of sex distracts him too greatly to see him as a legitimate candidate for president. If you want to offer sermons on the sodomizing, birth control using, single mom parenting alleged pariahs of society, become a priest, Senator. The presidency isn’t for you.

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer currently based in Los Angeles. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick