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
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