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Santorum Lies About Obama and Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

Rick Santorum told a townhall meeting in Florida on Wednesday that Obama had handed down a regulation that prohibits sex ed teachers from even talking about abstinence or mentioning the risks of premarital sex. And he says Obama is deliberately trying to make people poor. Seriously.

And it isn’t the first time. During one of the New Hampshire debates he said, “In fact, he (Obama) has required programs not to talk about marriage, not to talk about abstinence, if — in order to get federal funds.”

This is a lie. Obama has continued funding abstinence-only sex education, just at a lower level than it was previously. And even if he hadn’t, the alternative is abstinence-plus. Every sex education program I know of that isn’t abstinence-only still teaches that abstinence is the only way to be 100% certain to avoid the risks of pregnancy and disease, but that if you’re going to have sex you should do so in the safest possible way.

And then there’s the bizarre speculation that Obama just likes people being poor. Seriously, when someone says something that stupid, everyone should just point and laugh at them.

Comments

  1. says

    The only truth in the video is between :30~:58 seconds. And that is only if you take it completely out of context.

    {deliberately misinforming the most vulnerable people of our society. And targeting them for a life that has less economic potential. Why would a president do that? Why would a government deliberately go out and have programs designed to help people to stay away from and target themselves toward healthy behavior and not give them the tools needed?}

    It’s a pretty good argument against abstinence-only programs.

  2. Mr Ed says

    Yesterday there was a video where Rick was bemoaning the evils of college because those with an education were less religious. Today we see his plan to keep the faith, get young people – especially women- to start families before they can go to college. Santorum’s America barefoot and pregnant but believing in god.

  3. d cwilson says

    If we put together all of Santorum’s recent statements, maybe his plan is to hire men to travel the country and, when they find a teenager girl who is bound for college, give her “the gift from god”.

  4. jamessweet says

    Abstinence-only sex education, like supply-side economics, is one of those things where it was once possible to make an interesting case in favor of such a policy, but now we have the data and there is no purpose in making reasoning-based arguments about it. I don’t have to explain why abstinence-only sex education doesn’t work; I merely need to point to the data. You can disagree with my logic on why it’s a bad thing, but you can’t disagree with the data.

    But of course reality and politics have only the most tenuous connection…

  5. John Hinkle says

    When in doubt, cast the other guy as a cartoon super villain. There’s an evange-fundie at work who actually believes our economy is in the tank due solely to “ObamaCare”, and that Obama’s doing it on purpose to destroy the country.

    How can anyone believe that?

  6. Tony says

    d cwilson:

    give her “the gift from god”.

    -catholic radio had a speaker on a few days ago talking about the greatness that is the RCC (I needed a huge puke bag). At one point, she talks about a mother who lost her 4 children, ages 4-8, which made my heart sink. The she offers hope. You see, it wasn’t a tragedy. No. This woman actually said it was ‘a blessing’ from god. I kid you not. Somehow theists can turn a loss of incalculable proportions into something good. I was cursing that womans while I was driving. I just can’t imagine saying something that horrible.

  7. exdrone says

    In conservative set theory, Venn diagrams never intersect. If you are not in the astinence-only closed curve, then you must be in the no-astinence one. Stop questioning the unassailable logic.

  8. Tony says

    Oops, forgot to add this:
    >I just can’t imagine saying something that horrible.<

    …and then I just turn on the news and listen to the ridiculous crap coming out of Santorum's mouth. I really do worry when people like him have kids. The hatred, bigotry, misogyny, and unthinking that is spread to a new generation is horrifying.

  9. Ichthyic says

    How can anyone believe that?

    well, that’s just it.

    aren’t you curious how it is that your workmate DOES believe this garbage?

    Have you ever asked to explain not WHAT he believes, but why, and what the source is?

    I’m always curious to see where people get this shit from. It’s usually secondhand from some peer who heard something similar from a right-wing talking head on the radio, and twisted it even further.

    But they’ve convinced themselves it’s the “God’s honest truth!”

  10. Nemo says

    Well, the theory behind “Obama wants to keep people poor” is that poor people vote for Democrats, so to stay in office, Democrats need to keep people poor.

    It’s the same reason we accuse Republicans of wanting to keep people stupid.

  11. pacal says

    Once again a Republican knowingly and deliberately lies. Of course the obvious question to ask the frothy mix is “Why are you lying?”, “Why are you such a liar?”.

  12. bananacat says

    from even talking about abstinence or mentioning the risks of premarital sex.

    Why do Republicans only want to teach the risk of premarital sex? Marital sex can be dangerous too! Getting a piece of paper from the government doesn’t magically make people safe from all the risks of sex. And Santorum should know this, since his wife’s health was in danger because of a pregnancy. So yes, let’s teach about the risks of sex, but not exclude it to just premarital sex.

  13. M Groesbeck says

    richardelguru@4:

    It’s worse than that, even — I heard that he likes to rick santorum.

    jamessweet@7:

    Abstinence-only sex education, like supply-side economics, is one of those things where it was once possible to make an interesting case in favor of such a policy, but now we have the data and there is no purpose in making reasoning-based arguments about it.

    Abstinence-only “education” is like the analytic philosophy of sexual education: “Our opinion is the absolute definition of correctness, and if reality disagrees with it, then reality is wrong.” See also: “Libertarian” politics.

  14. sunsangnim says

    Good god, has there ever been a candidate that was so sex-obsessed? That’s all this clown talks about. He already has the fundy anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-premarital sex vote pretty well locked up. Does he really think he can get any more traction by hammering away on the same subject? I think he needs some real psychological help.

    How long before he gets caught with a “rent boy” lifting his luggage?
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=lifting%20my%20luggage

  15. says

    almost everything Santorum says is vile and/or a lie, and his ideas, if implemented, would be dangerous. But his populism pisses me off even beyond the base-level of disgust and pissed-off-ness. He talks about how social mobility is greater in Western Europe; he talks about how Mitt Romney got rich at the expense of “regular people” and that Romney would just continue this in office, etc. and every time it happens, I want to scream “yes but you support the policies that made that happen and that will continue to make it happen!” I mean, Mitt Romney was created by Republican policies, and now the mob and his creators are coming after him with the pitchforks.

    …that sounds oddly familiar. As if someone once wrote a novel about something like that…

  16. hunter says

    sunsangnim:

    That’s all he has. He doesn’t seem to be very bright, so all he can offer is repetitions of Catholic dogma.

  17. matty1 says

    Why do Republicans only want to teach the risk of premarital sex? Marital sex can be dangerous too! Getting a piece of paper from the government doesn’t magically make people safe from all the risks of sex.

    Good point, it can be argued that some of the risks associated with sex vary with age or number of partners but legal recognition of a relationship does nothing about those risks. A monogamous couple who for whatever reason aren’t married have exactly the same risks as a married couple.

  18. Aquaria says

    Well, the theory behind “Obama wants to keep people poor” is that poor people vote for Democrats, so to stay in office, Democrats need to keep people poor.

    It’s the same reason we accuse Republicans of wanting to keep people stupid.

    Except for how, you know, the Republicans actively do things that result in making people stupid (slashing education budgets, pushing creationism and abstinence-only programs, cutting arts programs, gutting science), while the Dems don’t do things that make people poor.

    Other than that, totes the same!

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