Politics

Rick Santorum: Gays Waging "Jihad" on Me

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is accusing the gay community of waging a "jihad" against him because of his opposition to gay marriage.

The New York Daily News reports that gay activists have "despised" Santorum ever since a speech he made in 2003 in which he compared gay marriage to having sex with children or animals.

The newspaper The Hill reports that during a campaign stop in South Carolina on Friday, Santorum said:

"So the gay community said: 'He's comparing gay sex to incest and polygamy; how dare he do this,' and they have gone out on a, I would argue, jihad against Rick Santorum since then.

"I said, 'This is a napkin. A napkin is what a napkin is. It isn't a paper towel. It isn't a car.' You can call a napkin a car, but it doesn't make it a car. You can call a paper towel a chair, but it doesn't make it a chair. Marriage is what marriage is."

Whatever that means.

The anti-Santorum website SpreadingSantorum.com doesn't disagree with the "jihad" comment, writing:

What he doesn't realize is that his fear-mongering statement that the gay community is committing 'jihad' against him is actually the most accurate thing he's said possibly ever.

The writer said since "jihad" means "struggle," Santorum is correct to say that the gay community is in a struggle with him.