Description: Viral quote / Satire
Circulating since: March 2012
Status: Fake (see details below)
As posted on Facebook, March 27, 2012:
"While the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families, that will change under a Santorum Administration. I will ban all pornography. Especially gay pornography. Gay pornography is the reason people choose the gay lifestyle or what I call the deathstyle. If we got rid of that, homosexuality would be gone within a matter of months. This is one of only a few things I see eye to eye on with the Taliban."
Americans for a More American America
Analysis: Only the first sentence of the above quotation, widely attributed to Republican presidential primary candidate Rick Santorum, was actually uttered by him. The rest is fictitious and amounts to a caricature of his views.
For example, though he does, as a conservative Catholic, generally oppose pornography and "homosexual acts" (which he distinguishes from a "homosexual orientation") both of which he says harm the institutions of marriage and the family Santorum has never claimed that gay pornography is "the reason people choose the gay lifestyle," nor that if gay pornography were banned "homosexuality would be gone within a matter of months." Nor has he ever claimed to "see eye-to-eye with the Taliban" on anything.
He has, however, indicated support for state anti-sodomy laws prohibiting homosexual behavior. And though Santorum has not, in so many words, vowed to "ban" all pornography, he has effectively promised to do so if elected President, stating that he would appoint an Attorney General who will "vigorously enforce" existing federal obscenity laws prohibiting the distribution of hardcore pornography.
Actual Rick Santorum statements on pornography:
"America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography. A wealth of research is now available demonstrating that pornography causes profound brain changes in both children and adults, resulting in widespread negative consequences. Addiction to pornography is now common for adults and even for some children. The average age of first exposure to hard-core, Internet pornography is now 11. Pornography is toxic to marriages and relationships. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sex trafficking." [Source: RickSantorum.com]
"Every family must now be concerned about the harm from pornography. As a parent, I am concerned about the widespread distribution of illegal obscene pornography and its profound effects on our culture." [Source: RickSantorum.com]
"The Obama Administration has turned a blind eye to those who wish to preserve our culture from the scourge of pornography and has refused to enforce obscenity laws. While the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families, that will change under a Santorum Administration." [Source: RickSantorum.com]
Actual Rick Santorum statements on homosexuality:
"I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts. As I would with acts of other, what I would consider to be, acts outside of traditional heterosexual relationships. And that includes a variety of different acts, not just homosexual. I have nothing, absolutely nothing against anyone who's homosexual. If that's their orientation, then I accept that. And I have no problem with someone who has other orientations. The question is, do you act upon those orientations? So it's not the person, it's the person's actions. And you have to separate the person from their actions." [Source: Associated Press interview]
"We have laws in states, like the one at the Supreme Court right now, that has sodomy laws and they were there for a purpose. Because, again, I would argue, they undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family. And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does." [Source: Associated Press interview]
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Sources and further reading:
Protecting Families, Women, and Children through Enforcement of Federal Obscenity Laws
RickSantorum.com, posted March 2012
Excerpt from Rick Santorum Interview
Associated Press, 23 April 2003
Rick Santorum Biography
About.com: U.S. Politics
Last updated 04/04/12