Rick Santorum, Republican presidential candidate, is now playing the victim card, saying the gay community has waged jihad against him over his opposition to gay marriage.

During a campaign stop in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Santorum repeated his previous arguments against gay marriage, comparing the institution to inanimate objects.

“I said this is a napkin,” Satorum told a sparse crowd at the Beacon Drive-In. “This is a napkin. A napkin is what a napkin is. It isn't a paper towel. It isn't a car. You can call a napkin a car, but it doesn't make it a car. You can call a paper towel a chair, but it doesn't make it a chair. Marriage is what marriage is. It existed before there was the English language or a state.”

Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, went on to suggest that he's been unfairly targeted for his 2003 remarks, in which he compared gay unions to “man on dog.”

“I said if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consentual sexual activity, then you have the right to incest, you have the right to polygamy. You have the right to all these other sexual variations.”

“And so the gay community said, 'He's comparing gay sex to incest and polygamy. How dare he do this.' And they have gone out on a, and I would argue, jihad against Rick Santorum since then.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)