Wednesday, April 23, 2003

An odd bit that struck me in that well-blogged interview with Senator Rick Santorum. He seems to think the right to privacy is a "lifestyle":

SANTORUM: .... Again, it goes back to this moral relativism, which is very accepting of a variety of different lifestyles. And if you make the case that if you can do whatever you want to do, as long as it's in the privacy of your own home, this "right to privacy," then why be surprised that people are doing things that are deviant within their own home? If you say, there is no deviant as long as it's private, as long as it's consensual, then don't be surprised what you get. You're going to get a lot of things that you're sending signals that as long as you do it privately and consensually, we don't really care what you do. And that leads to a culture that is not one that is nurturing and necessarily healthy. I would make the argument in areas where you have that as an accepted lifestyle, don't be surprised that you get more of it.

AP: The right to privacy lifestyle?

SANTORUM: The right to privacy lifestyle.

So the right to be secure in private activities conducted in your home isn't a fundamental bulwark of liberty enshrined in the Fourth Amendment. It's just a lifestyle choice. And, he thinks, a bad one.

This is the same interview in which Santorum also equated homosexuality with bestiality ("man on dog" sex), while at the same time minimizing the recent Catholic Church scandals by denying that children or rape were involved.


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