Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Presidential Candidate Pawlenty and his "Marriage Metaphors"

It seems as though presidential candidate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the master of metaphors, has become the nationwide expert at using them to illustrate the relationship between heterosexual and homosexual marriage.
"Rick Santorum is clearly no fan of marriage equality, and he is making sure to educate others about this topic. The former Pennsylvania senator started by linking marriage equality to incest, and he's been on a roll ever since. As Santorum climbs aboard the Values Bus this week in conjunction with the National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council Action’s Faith Family Freedom Fund, and the Susan B. Anthony List to rally conservative voters, we take a look at some of his more provocative comparisons concerning marriage equality and gay rights."

Climbing on the bandwagon of GOP hopefuls who have made an issue of gay rights the headline of many of their campaigns,  Santorum has gone to the extreme with his metaphors in an attempt to illustrate how same-sex marriage wil bring the skies down around us and end modern civilization as we know it. Among those statements, several stand out as quite absurd, such as:
Comparing marriage equality to statutory rape and bestiality
"Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that's what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be."
- The Associated Press, April 7, 2003

Comparing the abolition of slavery to marriage in New York
Comparing marriage equality to beer versus water
Comparing marriage equality to paper napkins versus paper towels 
Calling same-sex marriage a marriage would be like calling a cup of tea a basketball 
Comparing congressional debates on marriage equality to terrorism
Comparing marriage equality to incest

Beware of the   wolf dressed in sheep's clothing!

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