Santorum: Studies show gays aren’t like blacks (uh, no they don’t)

Actually, there’s no such thing as a study showing that gays aren’t like blacks. Santorum, as usual, can’t string together a coherent thought.

As for his assertion that banning gays in the military is somehow different than banning blacks, again, Santorum’s argument succumbs to his weak intellect. The issue isn’t whether being gay is genetic just like race is genetic (though the prevailing science is that genes play a role in sexual orientation), the issue is whether prejudice hurts morale and cohesion in the armed forces, and if it does, then why is Santorum in favor of racially integrating the military?

And Santorum’s argument, namely that prejudice does hurt morale and cohesion, is justification for excluding minorities from the military as well. Was it no less a “social experiment” when Truman integrated the armed forces? Does anyone honestly believe that white racists experienced immediatelyl improved unit cohesion when a minority was included in their unit? Doubtful. They were probably pretty ticked off and didn’t want to work with the new guy in their unit (the very definition of “harm to morale and cohesion”). But over time everyone learned to live and work together, and they realized their prejudices were wrong.

Finally, as for Rick Santorum’s explanation as to why you can’t compare racial prejudice and bigotry against gays, Coretta Scott King said you can and should compare the two. And I think she knew a little more about civil rights than a guy whose name means something not safe for work.


CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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