Oh, Frothy Mix. How we've missed you so (NOT!).
Promoting his new film "One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty" on the American Family Association's radio program "Focal Point", Rick Santorum lamented on how business owners are being forced to serve Gay customers against their religious beliefs (because, you know, that damn Constitution says you gotta).
From Huffington Post:
“You now see situations with bakers and florists and photographers who are being forced to provide services for same-sex weddings or get fined, lose their business,” Santorum said during the appearance on the American Family Association’s “Focal Point” radio program on Monday. “In the case of Colorado, there was a Colorado case recently where someone had to go to a re-education camp if you will. And the amazing thing is that in Colorado gay marriage isn’t even legal!"
The "re-education camp" to which Frothy is referring is a 2012 ruling by the Colorado Civil Rights commission that Christian baker Jack Phillips was in violation of the state's anti-discrimination laws by refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on religious grounds. The ruling requires Philips to submit quarterly reports on implementation of new anti-discrimination business policies for this business and staff.
And speaking of Colorado, same-sex marriage there was legalized this year, but the ruling was stayed pending a review by the US Supreme Court. Nonetheless, same-sex marriage licenses were being issued yesterday after a federal appeals court ruled Utah's ban unconstitutional.
As in his movie, Frothy continues to promote the faux-Christian right-wing theme that they are the ones who are under attack from us godless homos, and that this is a "war" for their "religious freedom" (which, according to them, means you're free to be "Christian" and nothing else).
“They are fighting, they are fighting, they are not backing away, they are coming at us,” Santorum, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, added in the interview. He also urged conservatives to emulate the relentlessness of “liberal lawyer organizations” fighting for LGBT rights.For years, with the backing of courts, politicians, and even presidents, the faux-Christian right have been able to bully the LGBT community into silence. What we are now seeing from Frothy and his fellow homophobes is something that our parents taught us when we were going to school, that the worst thing you can do to a bully is fight back. Now that the LGBT community no longer has to suffer in silence, you hear the right-wing whine about their "religious liberty" and how they are now the ones being bullied. This must be especially galling for ole Frothy, who now finds himself no longer able to capitalize on the one social issue he was able to ride into power just a little more than a decade ago.
Still, he continues his futile search for past glory days (or holes) to stir up that special brand of politics that is so distinctively...SANTORUM.