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Rick Santorum Says Piers Morgan Called Him a 'Bigot', Gets Ripped by Penn State Student: VIDEO

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Rick Santorum held a Q&A at Penn State with students at the HUB-Robeson Center yesterday. In an exchange about his positions on homosexuality, gay adoption, and same-sex marriage, Santorum got upset that Piers Morgan called him a bigot in an interview earlier this week:

“I had Piers Morgan call me a bigot. Because I believe what the Catholic Church teaches with respect to homosexuality. I'm a bigot. So, now I'm a bigot, because I believe what the Bible teaches. Now, what 2000 years of teaching and moral theology is now bigoted. And, of course, we don't elect bigots to office, we don't give them professional licenses, we don't give them preferential tax treatment! If you're a preacher and you preach bigoted things, you think you're going to be allow to have a 501(c)3 as a church? Of course not.”

Then, a Penn student called out Santorum over falsehoods in his argument, pointing out studies by the American Psychological Association

STUDENT: "It is extremely unfair for you to say that there are no social science reports that suggest that children are okay in a same-sex relationship. There are plenty of statistical studies that they are just as happy and successful and everything else as long as they have two parents."

STUDENT: The American Psychological Association has enumerated - in 1974, that gay marriage does not prohibit (inaudible)...

SANTORUM:Yes but the American Psychological Association is made up of people who agree with the American Psychological Association, just like the AMA...all these associations prove is that they have a point of view and the people who join them agree with that point of view...That's not evidence!"

Santorum then raises his voice at the student and screams "Time out, time out, time out!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Frothy's position is, "who you gonna believe? Me or the scientists whose job it is to know something about this?"

    Posted by: Danny | Aug 31, 2011 1:38:43 PM


  2. Its annoying... Is your position on the topics so weak that they cannot withstand debate?

    Posted by: Chuck | Aug 31, 2011 1:41:44 PM


  3. Coward. Idiot. Loser.

    He's only pretending to run for President to up his asking price as a professional right-wing tool. It is hysterical that, instead, this fiasco of a fake campaign is actually going to lower that price.

    If he's stupid enough to keep this up, I'm happy to laugh at him while he does.

    Posted by: ohplease | Aug 31, 2011 1:44:12 PM


  4. he looks like a deer in the headlights! ASS!

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 31, 2011 1:44:12 PM


  5. He just keeps picking himself up just to trip over himself again.

    Posted by: sleepy bear | Aug 31, 2011 1:49:21 PM


  6. The APA is not a bunch of doddering, long-winded old fools who got together in a room, chatted about "the gays", and decided we're OK. They are scientists who conducted systematic observations of human behavior, hypothesized explanations, tested them by further experiment and observation, and submitted them to their peers for review. Then, as a professional body, they came to a consensus and published guidelines for other scientists and practitioners in their field, so that they could treat patients in the best possible manner.

    This student's exchange with Santorum is a perfect illustration of the absolute nightmare that is the Tea Party. To wit, the Tea Party is composed of -

    A). Citizens who are ignorant of the very processes and substance of science, and value superstitions and resonating rhetoric over data and reason,

    B). Bigots who, while not ignorant of science and reason, choose to disregard it in favor of their own illogical prejudice, fear and/or hatred,

    C). The ethically bankrupt rich and powerful, who are more than willing to lead the screaming, violent mob in furtherance of their own wealth and power.

    FSM help us all.

    Posted by: Aaron A. | Aug 31, 2011 1:59:02 PM


  7. I'm glad the student spoke up. Power to her!

    Besides, religions are filled with people who agree with each other, just as Santorium said about the APA and AMA.

    Posted by: Stan L | Aug 31, 2011 2:00:35 PM


  8. Santorum does not speak for all Catholics, let alone all Christians. We need to call him on that.

    Posted by: Gus | Aug 31, 2011 2:01:33 PM


  9. what a stupid turd!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Aug 31, 2011 2:06:16 PM


  10. "we don't give them preferential tax treatment!"

    That's really what it all boils down to. Preferential treatment (not just in taxes, but all things).

    Posted by: Talisman | Aug 31, 2011 2:08:14 PM


  11. There's absolutely no point in arguing with someone like Frothy Mix. He has his own bigoted beliefs that are rock solid in his mind, and that's it. No amount of evidence will sway him. It's like trying to argue with a member of the Manson family. Frothy Mix tries mightily to project the image of a moral paragon, when all he looks like is a 1950s prude. He'll never be president or anything like it, so he's small potatoes. The real one to worry about is Rick Perry, who's quickly sewing up the aw shucks cowboy teabagger vote. He's the one to go after.

    Posted by: Jim | Aug 31, 2011 2:08:38 PM


  12. He's a blip. He looks and sounds too much like a wimpy whiny belligerent weakling to ever get elected into office.

    Posted by: Jexer | Aug 31, 2011 2:14:19 PM


  13. Gus--I can't say I agree with you there. While Santorum may not be speaking the views of all Catholics, his POV exactly coincides with that of the Church hierarchy. Everything the Pope and bishops say regarding homosexuality is designed to encourage exactly the bigotry Santorum spouts. Religious-based bigotry is bigotry, period.

    I am an ex-Catholic with a loving and supporting family who still attend the services of that church. And I know there are good people in the church. But like the Evangelicals, Mormons and other Orthodox faiths, the Catholic Church is guilty of propagating hate.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Aug 31, 2011 2:18:15 PM


  14. It's not a question of a "point of view." It's a question of *research evidence,* ALL of which says that kids raised by two same-sex parents are no worse off, on any measure, than kids raised by two opposite-sex couples. Some research actually indicates that kids raised by same-sex parents do *better* on some measures. This makes theoretical sense, because such kids are more likely to be wanted (no one ever got drunk one night and adopted a child), and are more likely to be taught to value diversity and are more likely to be aware of their rights and how to assert them.
    But this is not a matter of opinion, as if to suggest that the APA's position is no more or less valid than anyone elses. It's a matter of psychological science, based on sound theoretical and empirical evidence. And yes, Frothy, that *IS* evidence.

    Posted by: John Equality | Aug 31, 2011 2:20:07 PM


  15. wrt adoptions, it is NOT true that if you don't follow the State's rules on providing equal access to adoption services that is required of agencies who receive State funding that you lose the right to provide those services. You do not lose the license. You do, however, lose the license to receive State funding for providing those services.

    Big difference.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Aug 31, 2011 2:27:41 PM


  16. He is such a bad speaker.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 31, 2011 2:39:44 PM


  17. To add to evidence shared by JOHN EQUALITY, studies have shown that gay parents are often better parents, possibly because their parenting is often under scrutiny and the parents become "super parents" in order to prove worthiness and be above reproach. When you take the role of parent for granted, you don't necessarily approach the job with the same vigilance.

    Oh and yeah, frothy is an idiot.

    Posted by: TJ | Aug 31, 2011 2:45:30 PM


  18. I can't help think that there are better ways to spend our time. Listening to Santorum is like listening to a pre-recorded message and you can't change it. So, I think our valuable time should be spent where we see the possibility of progress. This is just giving voice to another ignorant wanna-be...who will disappear shortly and never be heard from again...can you say george bush?

    Posted by: Paul | Aug 31, 2011 2:45:42 PM


  19. What an ego! Good luck on your next TV appearance Miss Crawford. Hope there's no gays there! It's Van Sustren so, just one.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 31, 2011 2:47:22 PM


  20. He's not only a bigot, but he's also a nut case! So glad we fired him here in PA as our Senator!!! Good to see Penn State students stand up this clown!

    Posted by: John Simpson | Aug 31, 2011 2:51:43 PM


  21. God I wish I was in that room. The American Psychological Association is not a sufficient source for evidence regarding the matter, but the BIBLE IS?

    This guy is a joke. Someone should have called him out on it right then and there. It is amazing to me that people like this even get their bar cards. Idiot.

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 31, 2011 2:55:44 PM


  22. Yes you can have deeply held religious beliefs and still judge fairly, but when you impose those beliefs on everyone else and compare their relationships to man on dog relationships, you are not being respectful or honest or fair.

    By the way, I used a paper towel as a napkin today.

    Posted by: john patrick | Aug 31, 2011 3:03:56 PM


  23. His "everybody comes to the public square" bit completely undermines his whole argument. I, as a tax-paying, patriotic, American citizen will not accept anyone who denies my humanity through the distorted prism of his religious beliefs, or faith. His use of Genesis as where "marriage began" is also bogus. There actually is no mention of "marriage" in Genesis, but there IS a lot of incest and polygamy and fratricide and patricide.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 31, 2011 3:10:51 PM


  24. Penn State is a very large school. A relatively "small" room for him to speak. Must have not had a lot of interest.

    Posted by: jj | Aug 31, 2011 3:53:49 PM


  25. What are Santorum's goals? Does he really think he's going to be successful at any political office for which he runs? It's sad to be a loser and think you're going to prevail.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 31, 2011 4:29:22 PM


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