Rick Santorum's Homophobic 'Pink Ball' Comment Doesn't Make Him a Real Man

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rick santorumHey, Rick Santorum! We're going to play a game, okay? It's called "The Quiet Game." Whoever doesn't talk for the longest time wins!

Whoops, you lose.

That trick never works on my kids, but I still wish somebody would try it on Santorum. Every time the guy opens his mouth, he offends another segment of the population; usually women, "bla" people, or the gay and lesbian community (though I wouldn't be surprised if that list is actually much longer. Considering the comments he makes when cameras are rolling ... can you imagine what the man says behind closed doors?).

And it just keeps getting worse, as Santorum proved at a recent campaign event held at a bowling alley. Get a load of the mind-warping words he had for a little boy who dared to reach for a pink ball:

"You're not gonna use the pink ball. We're not gonna let you do that. Not on camera."

Seriously, why can't Rick Santorum just be quiet?!?

Now he's stooping to giving some random little kid a gender orientation complex. He must be running out of LGBT targets. Looking back at his previous anti-homosexual statements, I can't imagine who would be left.

Maybe those gay penguins at the Central Park Zoo?

In case you missed any of Rick Santorum's most shockingly intolerant quotes:

1. Santorum compares homosexuality to incest, polygamy, and adultery.

"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything."

Oh, and bestiality, too.

"In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality.”

 2. Santorum tells children of lesbian couples they'd be better off with a dad in prison.

"He [an anti-poverty expert] found that even fathers in jail who had abandoned their kids were still better than no father at all to have in their children's lives."

3. Santorum compares homosexual love to the love he has for ... his mother-in-law.

“Is anyone saying same-sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?”

4. Santorum plays off the sexual abuse of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church as standard gay behavior.

“In this case, what we’re talking about, basically, is priests who were having sexual relations with post-pubescent men. We’re not talking about priests with 3-year-olds, or 5-year-olds. We’re talking about a basic homosexual relationship.”

5. Santorum defends Kirk Cameron's assessment of homosexuality as "unnatural" and "detrimental to society," later admitting he didn't actually hear what Cameron said.

"I think both sides need to respect both sides … As someone who’s been very public about this, I respect people who disagree with me. I think they have a right to go out and make their case and sell it to the American public and try to change the law if they see fit. But, I don’t use language that, you know, calls them bigots or haters, and nor should they think that someone, because they simply disagree with them on that subject, should be treated the same. So I think rhetoric on both sides needs to be judicious and fair and respecting people’s difference of opinion."

Which of Santorum's anti-gay remarks do you find the most offensive?


Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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MrsCh... MrsChurch

He as a whole is offensive. Every single thing about this joke is offensive. The time he is no longer relevant can't come soon enough. I just have no words for him. Is he even real?! I just can't comprehend how he and others think it's okay to be..well..THEM!

nonmember avatar Fondue

I just can't think of Rick Santorum without thinking of columnist Dan Savage's definition for "santorum." It makes me giggle that when his name is Googled, he will forever be associated with it. :)

Water... Water_geM

hes a whackado.

bills... billsfan1104

So now because he doesnt want a boy to use a pink ball is homophobic? Where is this world coming too that people cannot say anything or disagreeing without being called names? This is getting ridiculous

nonmember avatar q

I feel so bad for his kids...imagine being raised by this douche!

chigi... chigirl1228

He's a strange duck and incredibly offensive. He has a right to his opinions for sure...but thank god few share those opinions.

nonmember avatar Joe

And he gets another pass ... imagine if he'd made a "watermelon joke" about blacks, or uttered an anti-semitic remark. He'd be out of the race today. He only insulted gay people. Somehow that doesn't count. Why? My own longer rant on this here: http://theologosblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/rick-santorum-doesnt-like-pink-balls.html

nonmember avatar weiwei

Oh, BILLSFAN, someday you will learn that you son't have to be right every time, that you can let some things go, and that you aren't going to change an minds, and maybe then, you will find some peace in your fighting heart.....or just melt away....I'm okay with either...

nonmember avatar JustMe

billsfan quote: "So now because he doesnt want a boy to use a pink ball is homophobic?" Can you provide a rational reason why you wouldn't let a boy use a pink ball stating "We're not gonna let you do that. Not on camera" (Not on Camera?? why would that be an issue??) While making assumptions about his motivations may not be accurate/fair, I would REALLY love to hear a RATIONAL argument for restricting the COLOR of a BOWLING ball a CHILD chooses, is there another take (I'd love to hear it)?

nonmember avatar lilias

@billsfan - The answer to your question is yes. Making a big deal of a boy using a bowling ball of a certain color because he is a boy, and the color is only for girls IS the definition of homophobia. Let this one go!

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