Dan Savage Responds to Santorum: ‘Rick Can Pray for Me. I’ll Gay for Him.’

Earlier this week, Rick Santorum was asked what he would say to Dan Savage if he ever ran into him.

"I would tell him that I'm praying for him. He obviously has some serious issues. You look at someone like that who can say and do the things that he's doing and you just pray for him and hopefully he can find peace."

Shale_santorumSavage has responded in a statement to Mother Jones:

"Rick Santorum thinks that women who have been raped should be compelled—by force of law—to carry the babies of their rapists to term, he thinks birth control should be illegal, he wants to prosecute pornographers, etc., etc., basically the guy wants to be president so that he can micromanage the sex lives of all Americans…and I'm the one with issues? Because I made a dirty joke at his expense eight or nine years ago and it stuck? I'm the one with issues?

"Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.

"Rick can pray for me. I'll gay for him. And we can call it even."

Comments

  1. jason says

    I actually agree with Rick Santorum’s comments about abortion. I think too many women use abortion as a means of escaping the consequences of their promiscuity. It indicates a total lack of responsiblity.

    As for the contraceptive pill, I think it has given women more chances to be deceitful in how they present their sexuality to men. Keep in mind that females are sellers. A seller has to sell by any means necessary. The contraceptive pill has increased the number of opportunities for women to deceive.

  2. Craig says

    Amazing. As a Christian, that is EXACTLY what I would say about Santorum:

    “I would tell him that I’m praying for him. He obviously has some serious issues. You look at someone like that who can say and do the things that he’s doing and you just pray for him and hopefully he can find peace.”

    The man clearly has issues. Anyone with that much hate and that much desire to control others, is seriously screwed up.

  3. Dback says

    Interesting how both of these guys have staked out opposite ends of turf, when they’re both at their core looking for similar things: a feeling of transcendence and giving and receiving love–and that often begins by kneeling. (“When you call my name, it’s like a little prayer, I’m down on my knees, I wanna take you there…”) Savage dismisses religion and spirituality; Santorum wants to control and regulate sexuality. Huh.

  4. QJ201 says

    @Jason, the 1950’s are over. Deal with it. Spoken like a stereotypical male, gay or straight, who will dump their load in anyone than say “whaaaa” when there are consequences to said load dumping.

    Anyway. My favorite sign from the last march on washington was a guy dressed as Jesus holding this sign: I suck cock for Christ

  5. Mary says

    Dback, that was an interesting analysis. But when you think about it all societies control and regulate sexuality to some extent. But Savage is being dishonest here. He didn’t “make a dirty joke” at someone else’s expense. He smeared a man’s name on the internet by creating a website, and that website is still here. He didn’t write a one-time comment or make a one-time statement 9 years ago that a person would have to search out deliberateley to view.

    Savage is a very gifted man with a lot of writing and speaking ability (and a lot of physical charm, if you ask me) but he keeps reverting to a snarky 13 year old. Here’s what he should have said:

    “I hope Senator Santorum (that’s capital S not small S!) spends his time praying for me. It won’t change anything about me, but it may keep him out of other anti-gay mischief.”

    But I can’t take credit for this suggestion. It is a paraphrase of what Phyllis Schlafly said years ago when she heard that feminist Betty Friedan was investigating her. Personally, I think Savage would have scored points with this response.

  6. Paul says

    I almost lost it last night watching Senator Frothy Mix stand under a banner that read ‘FREEDOM’ and talked about getting the government out of people’s lives. Do these people have no shame? Do they think the American people are too stupid or too lazy to look at a person’s record before voting for…uh wait. Never mind.

  7. Jakrabt says

    Rick and Dan need some time away together…. a nice resort house on the Isle of Crete surrounded by hot gay men, a case of booze and plenty of Axlegrease should do the trick.

  8. ChristopherM says

    Jason, you seriously need electroshock therapy to get over your hatred and distrust of women that inherently stems from the hatred of perceived femininity in yourself.

  9. Mary says

    “Anyway. My favorite sign from the last march on washington was a guy dressed as Jesus holding this sign: I suck cock for Christ”

    I hope most Towleroad readers will agree with me that signs like this are really a horrible, horrible idea. If nothing else, think of the LGBT people of the future who will be made to pay for this type of action – even when they were not responsible for it. Now HERE is an true injustice – and one that can be easily prevented. Things are going your way and now is a time for a more loving and grateful attitude. Gay rights in general is still a fairly recent cause in history. Why take unnecessary risks?

  10. Acronym Jim says

    Jason, does your mother know you think she’s a prostitute? Because it’s clear that’s what you meant by your “women are ‘sellers'” comment.

  11. Caliban says

    “I’ll pray for him” is fundie-speak for “I hate his f*cking guts.”

    If Santorum were Southern he would have said “Well bless his heart!”

    Same thing.

  12. say what says

    Mary you are 100% right

    societies have controlled sexuality

    So, away with you evil jezebel…. per paul in the new testament….”I do not allow women to teach men. They shall remain silent.” STONE the witch!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Tim says

    Jason #1, I wish to Heaven you would become a woman and then get raped so you can carry a bastard child that you did not agree to in your womb. Raise him, pretend to love him and be the mother you did not want to be. Remember, this child was conceived by violence and pain and torture. Not by love, by sharing and not by the will of the Lord. Jason, you really are a slime bag and belong with your buddy, Frothy.

  14. says

    Although he’s made some excellent arguments on our behalf, Savage is not the brightest bulb in the soup.
    The frothy mix stunt was disgusting, immature, and a huge strategic mistake. Of course Santorum would use it to demonize us. It’s perfect for that.
    Savage should have removed the site eons ago, but he was egged on by the self destructive crowd, who is often the loudest voice in the community.

  15. TJ says

    Yep, them damn women. Decievers, the lot of them. Entrapping poor, defenseless men, after enticing men like the irresistible sirens they are to lose their inherent virtue and give in to their otherwise controllable libidos.

  16. anon says

    RS carries around the common conservative fallacy of a just and glorious past that needs to be reconstructed. This type of nostalgia is more than a tad delusional. The problem is that as a child he could not have understood what was really going on in society, and apparently he’s never really bothered to mature or grow up enough to challenge his own beliefs.

  17. says

    1.mary is a troll. ignore “her” and she’ll shrivel up and die.

    2.Rick Santorum is an idiot, whose “real” Google Problem is that his entire collection of factually-incorrect, stupid and bigoted statements are available online at the click of a button.

    3. hating dan savage and complaining about him on a gay website will not bring about LGBT Equality. Some of you hate Savage more than you care about about fighting for Equality. rethink your priorities.

    4. every intelligent poster on here knows how history is going to play out. Rick Santorum is going to be apologized for by future generations. his name will be mentioned with great shame – think Jesse Helms. Sure, some braindead idiots will continue to cling to his name and insist he was a Great Patriotic American (again, see – jesse helms…) but that’s not going to last too long.

    his future grandchildren will not have the burden to live down “his frothy definition” – but will have the burden of his historic life of prejudice, bigotry, piety and hypocrisy on their backs.

    i repeat: Savage is not Santorum’s problem, Santorum’s overwhelming and unrepentant bigotry is his problem/

    and anyone who can’t see that should seek sterilization.

  18. sara says

    Well one, Santorum wants to be President & would have the potential to cause a great deal of harm while the other, does a sex column & exercises his free speech which you’re always free to ignore. Hardly the same.

  19. Rin says

    Rick Santorum won’t win. It will be Mr. ASPCA Romney. Obama won’t win because he’s being sold as the man who ruined the American economy with his socialism to the short-term memory loss American public.

    We’re all doomed.

    1) Romney and his magic underwear will take the presidency just as
    2) Israel bombs the crap out of Iran then
    3) We will get sucked into another war we can’t afford this time nuclear and
    4) Lose all credibility with Europe and
    5) Get stuck in a either a real or Cold War with Russia.

    oh, and

    6) women’s, gay, and minority rights are rolled back because its our fault that the economy sucks, our military is weakened, and we’re a bunch of whiney babies.

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