Why are they coming to Philly specifically? Because the Rev. Herb Lusk, of North Philly's Greater Exodus Baptist Church, invited them in. Lusk, unlike virtually every other Philadelphian, is an admirer of President Bush, and a recipient of his pork. In fact, Lusk apparently "admires" Falwell and Dobson. As such, I thought that in the extended entry, I would go through a few of Dobson, and Falwell's greatest hits. And, to Senator Santorum, I have to say- just as you seem to be trying to moderate your image (with the ol flip-flop on Intelligent Design), I thank you for reminding us who you really are.
Jerry Falwell, on the root causes of 9/11:
I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.
Falwell, on HIV/AIDS:
AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharaoh's charioteers . . . AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.
Falwell, on Islam:
I think Muhammad was a terrorist. I read enough by both Muslims and non-Muslims, [to decide] that he was a violent man, a man of war.
James Dobson, on Gay rights:
Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth.
Dobson, on the place of woman in society:
My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership.
Dobson, on our public universities:
State Universities are breeding grounds, quite literally, for sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV), homosexual behavior, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, alcoholism, and drug abuse.
So, these are the people coming to Philly, eh? And why does Santorum want to associate with them. Oh wait, I forgot:
Rick Santorum, on the priest abuse scandal:
It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning "private" moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm
Santorum, on his stance towards gay people:
I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts.
Santorum on working women (of which his mother was one):
Many women have told me, and surveys have shown, that they find it easier, more "professionally" gratifying, and certainly more socially affirming, to work outside the home than to give up their careers to take care of their children. Think about that for a moment...Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism, one of the core philosophies of the village elders.
And, Santorum on College education for poor mothers:
The notion that college education is a cost-effective way to help poor, low-skill, unmarried mothers with high school diplomas or GEDs move up the economic ladder is just wrong.
I am glad Philly's own Herb Lusk admires these men. I plan to admire them with a good ol Philadelphia salute, myself.