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Song - Artist - Album
Master Hunter - Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
To get a better idea of what I’m talking about, check out this video.
Rick Santorum is one of the new terrifying options we have for the upcoming election for the President of the United States. Before I go tearing this guy apart for some of his other views, I’ll start by saying that he’s not all around the worst person ever. One thing that I really liked about him was the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, which would require employers to accommodate the religious practices of their employees as long as these practices did not cause any sort of unnecessary problems for the employer. I find that to be completely reasonable and a great idea. However, that’s pretty much where I stop liking the guy.
One thing that really sent up a red flag was the amendment he tried to make to the No Child Left Behind bill, which would have promoted intelligent design in schools as well as curriculum that brought evolution into question. The exact language of the amendment was as follows…
"The Conferees recognize that a quality science education should prepare students to distinguish the data and testable theories of science from religious or philosophical claims that are made in the name of science. Where topics are taught that may generate controversy (such as biological evolution), the curriculum should help students to understand the full range of scientific views that exist, why such topics may generate controversy, and how scientific discoveries can profoundly affect society."
Sure it sounds great, I don’t think anyone would call it a bad idea to tell children that there are some things in science that aren’t settled yet and still need a lot more work, but evolution isn’t one of these things, and that’s where this all falls apart and we can see through this guy’s thick cloud of bullshit. He’s a pro-Christian crusader out to destroy education in favor of dogma, under the guise of a caring humanitarian who just wants the best for the children.
He has a great talent for making himself sound like a caring politician without a personal agenda, but I’m not buying it. The real reason I’m writing this is because of the video I posted a link to, and you can see a perfect example of his convoluted reasoning there. He says that sexual preferences shouldn’t even be an issue in the military no matter who you are. Basically, nobody is allowed to tell anybody else what they do with their genitals. I certainly like the sound of his fair and balanced ideology, but would it ever work? This would mean that anyone with a picture of them on their wedding day on display would be out of the military. Picture of your family taped above your bunk? Discharged. Go out with some buddies to a bar and get seen flirting? Discharged. Hell, with this moronic policy, you can’t even talk about your significant other.
There’s only one way this can possibly play out. No heterosexual military member would get in trouble for anything because nobody would care, but anytime a homophobe in our military wants to get rid of a gay soldier they’d just have to wait for a single indication of that person’s sexual preference, and report it. This guy doesn’t care about freedom, he doesn’t care about equality, he cares about what the Bible tells him to care about, and I honestly don’t see how that can lead us to a good place as a country.