Bring The Chastity Belt Back? Santorum Doesn’t Rule It Out

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After winning the GOP primary in Alabama yesterday, Rick Santorum spoke in Lafayette, LA to proclaim victory.  After his speech to the Louisiana audience, he engaged in informal conversations with supporters.  One gentlemen, Gunther Dupre, shouted out a question regarding sex education in public schools, which led to a conversation regarding abstinence and chastity belts.  Yes–chastity belts.

When asked whether or not he supported abstinence education, Senator Santorum stated:

Absolutely. If  elected President, I would support a national abstinence education policy. Our public schools have overstepped their boundaries–making condoms available to our children and educating them on how to have sex.  The only safe sex is no sex. It’s gotten so out of control, we might get to the point where we need to bring the chastity belt or some variation of it back in order to drill morality into our children’s heads.

Regarding  Santorum’s response to his sex education and abstinence questions, Mr. Dupre stated the following:

I asked the question about sex education in public schools because I’m sick of the liberal socialist agenda poisoning the minds of our children.  They’re telling our children that it’s OK to have sex–pushing birth control and such. The only sex they should be having is in marriage to procreate.  Our next President should support a national plan for abstinence education and that’s what Mr. Santorum stands for. I just needed to hear it directly from him myself. I mean hell–even if we got to support families who wish to use chastity belts, then that’s what we got to do! It worked back then, so why wouldn’t it work now? No one gonna have sex with your daughter if they don’t have the key!

After Santorum addressed the Louisiana crowd and alluded to having a national abstinence program that wouldn’t exclude bringing chastity belts back, he went on to win Mississippi and sweep the Southern GOP primary.  Santorum’s comments regarding abstinence and chastity belts don’t necessarily come as a surprise. Neither does his popularity amongst GOP voters in the “Bible Belt” and voters in Southern states where faith is more important than policy and interracial marriage is still questioned.

 

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