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Rick Santorum Condemns the Execution of Gays in Iran

Picture 10 But would he support jailing them? That question wasn't asked.

The Washington Blade reports:

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday pledged to speak out against the executions of gay people in Iran — calling it “a grave moral wrong” — and accused President Obama of not addressing the issue.

“I would talk about it,” Santorum said. “This president doesn’t talk about those things. He doesn’t talk about the torture, he doesn’t talk about the killing of women and gays and imprisonment. These are fundamental violations of human rights that I would speak about.”

Chris Barron, chairman of GOProud, also accused Obama of weakness on gay rights in Iran. 

Barron commended Santorum while saying the Obama administration has failed to address the issue.

“While leaders like Israel’s Bibi Netanyahu have addressed the United Nations about the barbaric treatment of gay people in Iran, this administration has chosen to turn a blind eye,” Barron said.

Despite claims Obama hasn’t addressed the issue, the president has spoken up more generally in favor of LGBT rights during a speech last month before the United Nations General Assembly, making him the first sitting U.S. president to do so.

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  1. Did Rick and Chris come up with this nonsense after a frothy lovemaking session in Motel Delusion?

    Mr. Man-on-Dog-a-napkin-is-not-a-paper-towel is suddenly concerned about gay rights in Iran? And of course Chrissie would be first in line to congratulate Rick for his stellar record on gay civil rights, one far superior to our President's. And Frothy actually talks about what he'll do in the White House with a straight, so to speak, face. What a nutty world!

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 8, 2011 9:05:50 PM


  2. Santorum has to decide whether he believes in the bible as the inspired word of god or not. That wicked tome clearly calls for the execution of homosexuals, adulterers, those who curse their parents, work on the sabbath or worship other gods than the jealous and wrathful yahweh. Is Santorum more humane than the murderous god he worships?Perhaps there is hope for Ricky. But, I doubt it.

    Posted by: John Leddy | Oct 8, 2011 9:44:50 PM


  3. "— and accused President Obama of not addressing the issue."

    Well, has Obama addressed this issue or not? The word "accused" makes it sound like the issue is up for debate.

    "Despite claims Obama hasn’t addressed the issue, the president has spoken up more generally in favor of LGBT rights during a speech last month before the United Nations General Assembly, making him the first sitting U.S. president to do so."

    From the excerpts it sounds like people are being EXECUTED and Obama can only bring himself makes some general comments about gay rights. It's sad, but apparently Santorum (of all people) would be a stronger advocate for gays on this issue than Obama is right now.

    By not denouncing the executions, Obama is giving them his tacit approval, not just in Iran, but in the rest of the world.

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Oct 8, 2011 9:50:52 PM


  4. And denying homosexuals the right to marriage isn't a fundamental violation of human rights?

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Oct 8, 2011 9:51:36 PM


  5. Why are people trying to protect Obama on this topic? He's clearly failed us and his actions are inexcusable.

    And who does he lose support from by not being against executing gays? Are there people on the left who love Iran that much? I can't even understand why he wouldn't address it clearly and blatantly.

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Oct 8, 2011 9:55:41 PM


  6. Not defending Santorum at all here, but Obama has been very clear about keeping out of Iran's affairs. Unlike, you know, those of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, etc.

    Posted by: Max | Oct 8, 2011 9:58:07 PM


  7. I would imagine that the motivation for this statement is probably Rick Santorum's desire to show that although he is not a fan of "the homosexual agenda" (I put it in quotiations so as not to offend Little Kiwi)he is also not homophobic. There IS a difference between opposing full legal equality for gays and wanting to see them oppressed or tortured. I doubt the Senator is "switching sides" in the culture war. At the same time his statement is proof of how American culture has changed in the past decade or so. Swing voters may not be pro-gay, but they are no longer indifferent to homophobia. This is a GOOD development, isn't it?

    Posted by: Mary | Oct 8, 2011 9:59:45 PM


  8. Whithin the kingdom of the blind, a one - eyed person can be a leader. People, information that is used out of it's context is just another war tactic.

    Posted by: Robert Baker | Oct 8, 2011 10:15:01 PM


  9. Even a nut like Rick is right every so often.

    Posted by: Drew | Oct 8, 2011 10:49:35 PM


  10. I think most of you have missed the point here. The only reason Mr. Frothy Mix would say such things is if by doing so he can score political points. He doesn't actually believe it. Make no mistake: if he could, he would execute every GLBT in this country. He just wants to appear as if he's more "enlightened" than Obama, which he's not.

    Posted by: atomic | Oct 9, 2011 12:23:23 AM


  11. Not a fan of Rick's, but we should give him props for this.

    Posted by: dh | Oct 9, 2011 12:26:29 AM


  12. Santorum has the moral indignation to say that Pres Obama has not done anything when Obama has probably done more for the LGBT community than any one person in the last 40 years.Santorum is the one who is spouting hate and bigotry everyday about gays in this country..the country he wants to become a president of..what a hypocrite.

    Posted by: Nathan | Oct 9, 2011 12:34:27 AM


  13. The BIGGEST homophobe of all the republican candidates actually have the nerve to accuse the man that has given the LGBT community the most progressive rights of not doing enough. WHERE WAS SANTORUM DURING THE GAY SOLDIER BOOING?

    Posted by: Jacob | Oct 9, 2011 3:16:10 AM


  14. and Atomic I agree with you,i also think Santorum is trying to create a division within the gay community. divide and conquer sorta thing and judging by some of the posts like from Jason and others his plan is working.

    Posted by: Jacob | Oct 9, 2011 3:34:26 AM


  15. "If you sup with the devil use a long spoon".

    There is nothing that Santorum has to say to us that should be listened to.
    Nothing. Period.
    No if's ; no but's; no equivocations.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 9, 2011 8:08:21 AM


  16. I am absolutely shocked that Obama has failed to speak out against the execution of gay people in Iran. Absolutely shocked. He's always pandering for our vote but he's failing to criticize Iran.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 9, 2011 8:43:52 AM


  17. Well, that's big of him. It still doesn't make him any less of a bigot, though.

    Posted by: shle896 | Oct 9, 2011 8:44:52 AM


  18. Why is Iran even in the United Nations? It's a thug state. The United Nations ought to be ashamed of itself. It's become a pathetic, sleazy organization dominated by African dictatorships and Middle Eastern Neanderthals.

    Obama needs to speak up against Iran specifically, and not generally. He needs to name Iran and the heinous acts it is committing on gay people. If he doesn't do this within the next month, I won't be voting for him.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 9, 2011 9:29:37 AM


  19. These are the same republican'ts who chastise the President when he DOES speak up for equality for all....

    Posted by: Paul Leary | Oct 9, 2011 10:14:32 AM


  20. Santorum and Christie are SCUM. Than again so is Romney

    Posted by: Kevin Thor | Oct 9, 2011 10:58:19 AM


  21. Then, perhaps, Mr. Santorum should stop condemning Gays her in America. We have had enough of his double talk. Forked tongue, Rick.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 9, 2011 12:16:52 PM


  22. With a HUGE election year just around the corner....is it so unusual that a long-shot Republican candidate would do or say ANYTHING to pander to special groups (in this case, the LGBT community) to widen his base?
    C'Mon people, GET REAL! With all the economic woes, marches on Wall Street, health care debates, fighting to get ANY legislation past the Tea Party, wars and protests to get our soldiers out NOW, etc.. just WHEN was Obama supposed to address THIS situation in Iran? Or Uganda or Malaysia, etc?
    I believe the fact that Iran has or is developing nuclear weaponry probably is a scarier prospect right now than any human rights issue. Not positive but just a crazy hunch I have.
    Obama promised to repeal DADT, & it is done. There is STILL a long road ahead right HERE, in the USA to get true and full equality. But we ARE making inroads.
    Just because he hasn't addressed it yet..does ANYONE here believe Obama is FOR gay executions?
    And Sec. of State Clinton has most likely talked with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the violations of human rights and will no doubt continue to do so. She has a great record on human rights & it's a subject near & dear to her heart.
    Rick Santorum knows jack SQUAT about what this administration is doing behind the scenes!
    One thing that we DO know about Obama is that he is no "saber rattler"
    He makes a stand then quietly takes action without announcing to the world when & where the "dance" is being held.
    After EIGHT long, tortuous years of Bush, Cheney and Rove...is there anyone who REALLY thought that Obama could turn the Titanic around on a dime?
    Give the man more TIME! JESUS! "Rome was not built in a day"!
    There are major human rights violations every day across the globe. I'm a woman and in some countries, that fact ALONE would deprive me of ANY rights and subject me to pain, rape, suffering and yes..even death!
    And Rick Santorum did NOT arrive from the skies in a fiery chariot folks. He is NOT the answer to anything.
    I'll stick with our educated, thoughtful Prez who speaks softly and carries a big stick.

    Posted by: queenrosered1 | Oct 9, 2011 12:32:05 PM


  23. Exactly right, Atomic. Anyone who thinks that Frothy deserves props for this or is sincere in his concern for gay people in Iran (or anywhere else) is very gullible. Frothy's only goal is to put Obama on the side of foreign Islamic torturers because, you know, Obama supports that sort of thing whereas Rick is so pro-gay pro-woman (as long as they're not in the US). It's transparent politicking--the opposite of his true anti-gay colors. The only surprising thing is that he's sophisticated enough to play the wedge card. Somebody must have coached the brainless wonder because Frothy has all the political sophistication of a napkin, or is it a paper towel?

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 9, 2011 12:47:13 PM


  24. Now all we need is evidence RS supported the kill-the-gays bill.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 9, 2011 1:32:58 PM


  25. Hillary clinton said : human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights, once and for all. Now, it's time to take actions Clinton.

    Short film about LGBT in Iran.

    www.adelamiri.com

    Posted by: Adel | Oct 9, 2011 2:08:57 PM


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