Rick Santorum Asks Question about Religious Freedom

Rick Santorum: Should a Homosexual Baker Be Legally Required to Make a Cake Specified by Westboro Baptist Church?

The Liberal answer is that there is no First Amendment and government censorship is self-explaining.

That’s not what they want to admit, but it is their obvious logic.

Rick Santorum asked his question on CBS Face the Nation: “Santorum on Indiana law: Tolerance is ‘two-way street.’

If I had seen it at first on TV or on the CBS website I would probably not have bothered to write about it. But Newser.com pushed it out as an important story and claimed that a “report” at Bloomberg had refuted him. Plainly, the mainstream media is getting agitated and even someone like Rick Santorum is causing them to feel a need to respond.

Santorum called tolerance a “two-way street.” As an example, he asked whether a gay man should be forced to print signs reading “God hates fags” for the Westboro Baptist Church.

“Should the government force you to do that? And that’s what these cases are all about,” he said. “This is where I think we just need some space to say, ‘let’s have some tolerance be a two-way street.'”

He also said that as attitudes toward gay marriage shift across the country, there needs to be a conversation about “respecting people on both sides of the issues.”

“I think that’s where you have to differentiate between discrimination against the person, because of who they are, and unwillingness to participate in actions because they’re inconsistent with your religious beliefs,” Santorum said.

Oh, how radical. How extreme.

So then we get this response:

Santorum’s parallel doesn’t totally work, as a gay shop keeper refusing to print Westboro Baptist Church signs would not involve a specific religious justification, per se. 

What does that even mean? If the gay shop keeper is a Liberal religious person who believes “God loves homosexuals,” then his objection does involve a specific religious justification. Even if he is secular, freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are understood to stand and fall together.  Secular people have freedom of conscience. Santorum’s analogy doesn’t “stray,” it focuses directly on point.

And then this reported at Newser.com:

“Santorum is confusing this by asking whether a business should have to print hate speech,” a spokesman for Marriage Equality USA tells Al Jazeera. “No law requires businesses to provide that service.”

In other words, the First Amendment is officially dead. There is a list of censored speech that no business can be required to print and then there are actions and words that a business can be required to speak. Rick Santorum’s claim that respect of conscience is a two-way street is meaningless to these Liberals. They have no idea what he is talking about.