The Republican-led legislature in Arizona is nearing passage of a bill in which “Women in Arizona trying to get reimbursed for birth control drugs through their employer-provided health plan could be required to prove that they are taking it for a medical reason such as acne, rather than to prevent pregnancy”, because we all know that there is nothing that any woman likes more than discussing the most intimate details of her life with her employer.
Meanwhile, Rick Santorum, clearly thinking that his pro-god, anti-women, anti-college, anti-sex, anti-gay message has struck a chord with voters, has decided that a Santorum administration would also vigorously fight pornography. Yes, that should be a real winner. Can the Republican war on masturbation be far behind?
In doing so, he is essentially declaring war on the internet, since has been plausibly argued that the main driver for its rapid development is the desire for easy access to high-quality pornography.
The interesting thing about Santorum is that unlike with most other politicians who take these extreme anti-sex stands, he comes across as a true believer and not a panderer. I don’t know that he is an evil person in the sense that he seeks to willfully do harm to others. I can well imagine that he is liked by those around him who do not find his sanctimony annoying.
But he is the classic manifestation of the proposition that it takes religion to make a good person do evil things. I can just see him in the garb of a cardinal during the period of the Inquisition, piously condemning someone to death by torture because he firmly believes that that is what god wants and that it is good for the morals of society that all sinners and heretics be punished and that torturing the sinner’s body is worth it if it saves his immortal soul. He even looks the part in those old paintings where the inquisitors are usually depicted as lean with narrow, humorless faces.
His is the face of what a theocracy would look like in the US.