Letter to the Editor: Student responds to Feb. 21 opinion, “Santorum’s last-minute surge”
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The recent article run on presidential candidate Rick Santorum does not show an accurate representation of what he stands for and against.
While no one can question Santorum’s faith, his statements can be a cause for worry. The doctrine of separation of church and state was created for a very good reason, which appears to be something that Santorum has forgotten.
While (The Bells writer) shows Santorum to be fairly moderate, he omits several extreme aspects of Santorum’s beliefs. Santorum’s pro-life status, while true, goes so far as to criminalize victims of rape and incest. This is a fairly new idea for the candidate, with this change in ideology exhibiting a trend of taking ideas to the extreme over time.
Most Americans, even Christians and pro-life advocates, believe in exceptions, with a meager 16% agreeing with him on this issue. As for contraception, Santorum aims to repeal a Supreme Court ruling that prevents states from banning birth control and has been quoted as saying, “…it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”
Again, this is not the belief of the common American. Birth control is not always used as such and is often prescribed for several different medical issues among women, such as hormonal imbalances, relief from severe cramps, reparation of the ovaries due to cancer treatment and even acne.
The concept that the use of contraception leads to deviant sexual behavior is absolutely absurd. Santorum is playing on poorly constructed rhetoric and moral panic in order to attempt legislation which strikes at the activities of the American public.
The GOP often accuses the left of meddling in people’s lives to an unbelievable extent, yet Santorum seeks to do the very same thing on an extremely intimate level. Matters of the bedroom should remain between a husband and his wife. A traditional conservative would recognize that and honor it.
The last thing the author would like to address about this article is the comment regarding the late President Kennedy.
Yes, Kennedy was Catholic, which appears to be one of the few things he had in common with Santorum. Kennedy was a serial adulterer (need the author remind the reader of the dalliances he had with Marilyn Monroe, among others) and nearly started a nuclear war with his mismanagement of the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Should Santorum prove anything like Kennedy, one wonders how he would handle his first international crisis, let alone when internal scandal rocks the pillars of government and society. This is not to say that having a strong faith is a negative quality in a president.
However, even faith should be put aside when in deference to the Constitution, the rule of law, and due process when one is elected to lead this melting pot of many different faiths, ethnicities and viewpoints.
Junior Psychology and Art Major