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Santorum compares 9th Circuit to Soviet Union, calls court ‘intolerant’ for striking down Prop 8

By Igor Volsky
Think Progress
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

McKINNEY, Texas — During a town hall in McKinney, Texas on Wednesday afternoon, Rick Santorum lashed out at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for striking down Proposition 8, arguing that the judges displaced “intolerance” towards conservatives and labeled proponents of “traditional” marriage as “bigots” when they found the measure unconstitutional.

Yesterday’s decision affirmed a lower court ruling and concluded that “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”

But Santorum, who did not raise the issue until the very end of the event, argued that the judges had offended religious people.

“Where is the tolerance of someone having a belief structure that is based in nature, that is based in reason, that is based in faith,” Santorum asked. “The intolerance of the left, the intolerance of the secular ideology, it is a religion on to itself, it is just not a biblical based religion. And it is the most intolerant — just like we say from the days of the atheists in the Soviet Union.”

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43 more reader comments:

  1. lol i find that hysterical lol

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:46pm
  2. Funny. I think he’s “intolerant”.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:47pm
  3. Pot calling kettle black…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:47pm
  4. I think he is the INTOLERANT one, the court is just the opposite!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:47pm
  5. Rick is a Douche Bag !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:48pm
  6. I wish he would just get hit by a speeding bus

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:49pm
  7. I think we need to send him a copy of the Oxford dictionary.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:51pm
  8. I really hope this buffoon doesn’t make it as a candidate to run against Obama. What the heck does he mean “Common scene” and “in nature”?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:52pm
  9. Aw, poor little Frothy Mix! If this guy was any deeper in the closet, his mailing address would be in Narnia.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:53pm
  10. Lindsay, I hope he does get nominated. Then it would be our turn to strike him down…..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:54pm
  11. Well maybe her prefers Dante’ 9th circle instead.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:54pm
  12. My parents live there… Haha.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:55pm
  13. wow. He has to go……back home and stay there! I’d rather have Mitt than Rick any day.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:56pm
  14. Right now Russia is trying to make it illegal to speak publicly about being queer, so I’d say his comparison is invalid.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:56pm
  15. Rethugliturds are swirling in the toilet with santorum. Yuck.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:57pm
  16. lol intolerance coming from the biggest fascist to ever run for president. thats rich

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:57pm
  17. oh god he makes my brain hurt

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:00pm
  18. lol he’s not serious. so much for this supposed separation of church and state but he was careful not to the term”Christian” people although.. Christianity is the “basis” of this “free nation” .. instead he used the blanket term “religious” people.. I guess he wants the Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu etc. support on this one.. anything to go against the LGBTQ community. lol

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:03pm
  19. Please put him out of our misery!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:06pm
  20. Santorectum.
    You promoting Greed, Hate &
    Oppression.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:06pm
  21. He is a MORON!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:07pm
  22. Yes, and in the dictionary under redundant it says see redundant.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:09pm
  23. Someone please shut this man the hell up!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:10pm
  24. We are in backwards land……………

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:16pm
  25. Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:16pm
  26. All I can say is; Keep talking Santorum, keep talking. The more shit that comes out of his mouth the better. It’s called ” if you give ‘em enough rope, they will hang themselves”. Every sain person on the borderline will vote Democrat, because the repulirats are all insane this time.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:19pm
  27. There goes Santorum, frothing away again.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:25pm
  28. …and they call us gay folk perverted. Mr. Santorum twists like a lewd contortionist to come up with this fecundity. Soviet Union? Really?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:31pm
  29. The more we know…the better.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:37pm
  30. what an ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:46pm
  31. dude why are we paying any attention to the frothy mix?

    spreadingsantorum.com

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:48pm
  32. BHAHAHAHA. Wow, Santa.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:51pm
  33. THANK GOD THIS MAN WAS NOT RUNNING WHEN PEOPLE OF COLOR WERE IN THE BACK OF THE BUS, STILL BE THERE!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:54pm
  34. So says the deluded religio-fascist. Ugh.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:55pm
  35. Believe Me We in Pennsylvania cannot wait for him and His wife to come here for the election, especially in Philly. We got rid of him once, he will be reminded of all his issues once he is here and this time it will be for all the world to see….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:19pm
  36. He should just stick his head up his butt and walk around on his elbows!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:27pm
  37. Dick santorum is so full of shit because he constantly has his head up his ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:59pm
  38. No matter how many distorted analogies he attempts or how hard he squeezes his eyes closed, the world will not rearrange itself to fit into his little Christian bubble. I think it’s time Santorum & his ilk learn how to exist in the world with all its scary diversity without attempting to use government & legislation as a weapon to beat others down.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:42pm
  39. the man must be standing on his head, ’cause he surely has things upside down.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:42pm
  40. STFU, Sanitarium…you’re the biggest effing hypocrite right now…HATER!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:49pm
  41. Santorum can lick my shoes.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 11:34pm
  42. This guy has some sort of obsession with Gay marriage.! What is it to him if the same sex wants to get married, its none of his business!! You don’t see me snooping around saying he cant do this or that. This guy wants to F£cking learn something. He says he’s not homophobic or hatred towards anyone, then why does he keep trying to change something which is done…KNOB!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 8:11am
  43. spoken like a true self righteous republican

    Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 9:45am