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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Pennsylvania Politics -- They're getting really nasty now.

It's no secret that the Democrat leadership has targeted Sen. Santorum for a takedown. He's one of the most outspoken social conservatives in Congress. Millions of dollars are pouring into the state to support Little Bobby Casey [son of one of our best former governors], and the attacks on Santorum are getting really strange. A national gay and lesbian publication last week ran a feature on one of Rickey's staffers who is openly gay. The story was picked up and ran in papers from coast to coast, apparently in the expectation that the information would embarrass the Senator and cost him support among Christian conservatives.

Here's the Senator's response -- one that every Christian can appreciate.

PLAINS TOWNSHIP — U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, who has likened homosexuality to incest, bigamy and polygamy, said Monday that an openly homosexual member of his staff is “a trusted employee” who will continue to “have my confidence.”

During a visit to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mr. Santorum said there’s no contradiction between his criticism of homosexuality as a lifestyle and his employment of the gay staff member, director of communications Robert L. Traynham.

“I think it squares very clearly with my public positions on every other issue, which is that I treat people fairly, I treat people equally, I treat people with dignity and respect, and irrespective of what they may or may not do outside of work,” said Mr. Santorum, R-Penn Hills.
“Senator Santorum is a man of principle, he is a man who sticks up for what he believes in, I strongly do support Sen. Santorum,” Mr. Traynham [the outed staffer] told PageOneQ [the mag that first ran the story].
Mr. Santorum called the publicity about Mr. Traynham’s sexual orientation “bigoted and mean-spirited.”

He's right, you know. Many on the left just cannot get their minds around the conservative Christian mantra, "love the sinner, hate the sin." They see it as arrant hypocrisy rather than the loving, forgiving principle it is.
Read the story here.

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