Burch: American Ayatollah

Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:52am
By Michael R. Burch

As I write this article on Leap Day, Tennessee conservatives are undoubtedly leaping up to cheer for Rick Santorum at Belmont University. “The majority of Santorum’s supporters are Bible-believing Protestants. But I wonder how many of them understand that, according to Santorum, they are in league with the Devil if they have sex for intimacy and pleasure when they’re not trying to procreate?”

Yes, Santorum really is that irrational, and due to what seems to be some sort of exotic obsessive-compulsive disorder, he can’t stop talking about sex, contraception and religion, even though doing so will surely cost him any chance at the presidency. Why? Because American women will not allow him to return them to the Dark Ages.

Santorum is a cult of one in American politics. But the political figure he most closely resembles is Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini: a rigid moralist with prehistoric views about women and sex whose puritanical regime dismantled family planning centers and ordered health care professionals not to advocate contraception. Sound familiar?

Yes, Santorum really does want to ban contraceptives. He admits it himself: “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is ... the dangers of contraception ... It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is [sic] counter to how things are supposed to be.” In other words, Americans should breed mindlessly like rabbits, leaving how many babies they have up to the whims of chance, or give up sex altogether. Why? Because Rick Santorum knows the mind of God.

The contraception question is quite simple: do American women have the right to decide if and when to become mothers? Right-wing chauvinists are increasingly saying “No!” as they attack women’s rights, contraception and Planned Parenthood with typical alpha male bravado. For Protestants like Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention to side with the Vatican is hypocritical, because they wouldn’t say that the religious liberty of Mormons should result in polygamy being legalized, or that pagans should be allowed to sacrifice children to the “gods.” Now the GOP risks alienating the better half of its voters by foolishly suggesting that men can legislate medieval “morality” at the expense of women’s health and happiness.

Incredibly, Santorum also believes that our government has the right to monitor what we do in bed. In an interview with the Associated Press, he opined that the “right to privacy ... doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution.” Since he’s opposed to all forms of non-procreation sex, he would like to monitor married couples to make sure they aren’t defying the “will of God” by “fooling around” unless they’re trying to make babies.

Santorum obviously can’t help himself. He babbles compulsively in public about Satan, “spiritual warfare” (obviously to be led by him) and states having the right to ban contraceptives, which could only encourage sexually active American women to remain pregnant until they reach menopause. But how many of those women will vote for him in the general election, once they understand that his worldview is that of a medieval inquisitor?

Unlike JFK, who in a 1960 speech firmly advocated separation of church and state, Santorum clearly wants his chosen religion to dictate morality to the masses. In fact, he recently said that Kennedy’s speech made him want to “throw up.”

Yes, Santorum is honest, but then most KKK members are honest about their disdain for people with darker skin. Santorum has similar disdain for “liberals,” by which he doesn’t mean just gays, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists, but millions of married and faithful Protestants as well (and probably most Catholics to boot, since most of them now use contraceptives and have sex as they please).

Santorum would be Church Lady hilarious if he wasn’t two steps from the White House. Now we know how free-thinking Iranians felt when they realized that Khomeini might actually rise to power in Iran.

It is truly ironic for so many American Protestants to support Santorum when in a 2008 speech delivered at Ave Maria college, he said that “mainstream, mainline” Protestantism has been seduced by the “Father of Lies” to such an extent that Protestants are no longer Christians but have fallen prey to “vanity” and “pride” (both hallmarks of the Devil).

Like the Ayatollah Khomeini, Rick Santorum calls mainstream America the “Great Satan.”

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

75 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 12:07

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question, than a yogi can learn from a wise answer.
Bruce Lee

By: gdiafante on 3/5/12 at 12:21

Yogi, I didn't ask if a case was pending, I asked you to cite case law that (1) supports your position that the Constitution defines "natural born citizen" and (2) there exists a legal definition of "natural born citizen", either in the Constitution, U.S. Code, or case law that states the citizenship of ones parents governs the eligibility of a native born citizen to become President.

Like I said before, you haven't because you can't.

End of story.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 12:29


If only that was the end of the story, but he has only one story and he can’t give it up. If he did then he would have to face reality and the fact that his life is a waste.

By: gdiafante on 3/5/12 at 12:31

I know Nemo, but with every post he digs a deeper and deeper hole. I love it.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 12:41


He see the world form that hole, which limits his ability to understand and cope with the real world.

By: yogiman on 3/5/12 at 1:11

Okay, let me present the most obvious evidence to present for this case, dumba$$.

The obvious evidence is your, and your fellow "Omama" lovers, stupidity to accept a man as your president whom you don't even know: His actual name, his place or birth or his actual parents. And you obviously have no idea of the laws of 1961. That is; if that is when he was born. Obviously, you wasn't mentally capable then, and I understand you haven't succeeded yet.

If I'm wrong and you know him, please present his legal birth certificate to the public. Then, I will accept him as my stupid mistake also by understanding how he won the office.

And as I have pointed our before but you "brilliant" poster boys don't seem to be able to understand. (ah yes, I understand that problem. You know, lack of adequate mental capacity)

By: gdiafante on 3/5/12 at 1:26

Here is his birth certificate:


So, the only other argument you can make is that it's fake.



The National Review dismissed the matter of layered components found in the White House PDF by suggesting "that whoever scanned the birth certificate in Hawaii forgot to turn off the OCR setting on the scanner." and adding "I’ve confirmed that scanning an image, converting it to a PDF, optimizing that PDF, and then opening it up in Illustrator, does in fact create layers similar to what is seen in the birth certificate PDF. You can try it yourself at home."

Source: Goulding, Nathan. "PDF Layers in Obama’s Birth Certificate". National Review. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/265767/pdf-layers-obamas-birth-certificate-nathan-goulding. Retrieved May 22, 2011.

Anything else, dumbass?

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 1:26

To look for a stupid answer, you don’t have to look any farther than Gordonsville,and yogiman.

Captain Nemo

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 1:30

All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
Bruce Lee

He must have foreseen yogi great capability of not connecting the dots.

Captain Nemo

By: yogiman on 3/5/12 at 1:33

Hang in there, gdiafante, you ain't seen nuthin yet.

It only takes a little common sense to figure what is needed to be a natural born citizen, which Barry Soetoro doesn't have (going by his autobiography). Common sense logic should make a "brilliant" man like you able to interpret that our founders meant both parents must be citizens of the same nation. You know, they didn't want someone to become President of their newly founded nation that was tied to two different countries through dual citizenship. And If you had a little common sense you could easily understand with a Kenyan father, Barack Obama II was born as a subject of the British Empire (that alone cost him any possibility to become president of the USA). Also, if you had the brilliance you obviously lack, you would understand his mother could not pass her American citizenship down to him because of her age and the laws at that time.

Is it clicking in a little, gdiafante? I sure hope so. We need good strong men with a lack of intelligence. You know, you'll believe anything you're told.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 1:36

gdia, I am still waiting for yogi to present his evidence.

You know I am just kidding about yogi evidence. wink wink

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 1:40

How would yogi know what is natural born, yogi was grown in a Petra Dish. Classified as Unknown Life Form.

Captain Nemo

By: yogiman on 3/5/12 at 1:44


If you aren't "one of the boys" that's in the socialist party, why do think Obama should spend the money he has spent on protecting his identity?

Why are you so willing to accept someone as your President whom you know nothing about?

I've gotta go. I haven't looked at your references posted at 1326 but I will look them over when I get back and go a little deeper into this "debate".

By: gdiafante on 3/5/12 at 1:50

Bye yogi. Come back when you can support your argument, because you aren't getting it done. A quick 5 second internet search provided the results I've posted that complitely lambast your assertions. It's so simple, even a caveman could do it.

But you can't. lol

By: gdiafante on 3/5/12 at 2:03

s/h/b completely lambast

I've been reading his illiterate rants too much...

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 2:20

We have wasted too much time on nothing today gdia, but it is always fun to laugh at the village idiot.

By: Mike Burch on 3/5/12 at 3:44


Europe is often a step ahead of the more puritanical United States. When I lived in England and Germany as a boy and teenager, it was no big deal to see milder forms of nudity in newspapers, on TV, etc. And of course rape and violence were lower over there than here.

So I wouldn't be surprised to see a milder form of Christianity emerge in the United States, with people believing better things about God and their fellow human beings, and giving up on hell and intolerance (which are closely related).

This could be one reason conservative Christians are so angry: they can't persuade thinking people, including their own children, to believe in a nasty, intolerant God who saves bigots by grace and sends much nicer gay people to hell.

The organizations that stand to lose money and power are the churlish chauvinists like the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention. The ones with the most to gain are the churches that can appeal to the better angels of man's nature. So I would hope to see a kinder version of Christianity emerge, if only because it dumps the intolerant bigots at the top.

Not long ago Christians believed in slavery and burning witches and heretics at the stake. I wonder fifty years from now if anyone but a few fanatics will still believe in hell?

By: Mike Burch on 3/5/12 at 3:54

I think Yogi is a man of faith. Men of faith don't need facts or logic. They just decide what they want to believe, then they ignore everything that doesn't agree with what they want to believe.

This is the basis of conservatism: keeping things the same and retarding progress. All the great social reforms were liberal reforms:

The Bible establishes the divine right of kings, but liberal reformers said everyone is really equal.

The Bible commands slavery, but liberal reformers said slavery is evil.

The Bible commands sexism, homophobia, etc., but liberal reformers said women and gays deserve equal rights.

Conservative Christians insist that the president must be white and Christian, or he's not fit to hold office, but liberal reformers say that color and creed don't matter. Who cares if Barack Obama is a Muslim, as long as he's a smarter and better man than nitwits like Romney, Santorum and Gingrich?

What's ironic about Yogi's position is that even if Barack Obama is a non-American and a non-Christian, he's still a better man than anyone the GOP has to offer.

So if Yogi is a true patriot, he should jump on the Obama bandwagon, for the sake of his family and friends.

By: parnell3rd on 3/5/12 at 4:49

Breaking news, Pres. Obama's 2012 campain slogan "Lies you can believe in"

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 4:59


Is that the best you can come up with? Gee no wonder the GOP is such bad a state.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 5:07

A kinder church patron would be nicer than the Rambo types that seem to be on every corner, hawking war and damnation at every opening.

By: Captain Nemo on 3/5/12 at 5:13

Mike you have a great sense of humor, yogi a man of faith? The only faith yogi believes in is what he conjures up and he can’t even remember what was. lol

By: yogiman on 3/5/12 at 6:13

Sorry to be late getting back, dumba$$. Uhoh, sorry, I meant Captain Nemo. Captain Nemo, I'm glad you had fun laughing today, but why wasn't you looking in the mirror at the village idiot?

By: yogiman on 3/5/12 at 6:44

Mike, you are right..., and you are wrong.

To make a statement a man of faith doesn't need facts or logic, they just decide what they want to believe, then they ignore everything that doesn't agree with them. That kind of idiotic thinking is just that, Mike; idiotic.

You, and many of the others on this site tend to identify me when you don't even know me. Are you all that brilliant?

Your statement "Conservative Christians insist that the president must be white and Christian, or he's not fit to hold office, but liberal reformers say that color and creed don't matter.

BS, Mike, without any white Christian votes, how could you favorite boy Obama have won that office. That is, if he really won it.

You know, the only ones that have entered the race factor in this "battle" are you Obama lovers, and you state if I was a true patriot I would jump on Barry's bandwagon for the sake of my family and friends.

My "friend", the only reason I am in this fight is because I am a true patriot, which leads me to wonder if you are with your such strong support for a CIC in the Oval Office you don't even know.

I honestly feel sorry for all of you Obama supporters for so strongly supporting someone you don't even know. Are you supporting him only because he said he won?

You guys have been hoodwinked so bad I honestly feel sorry for you.

By: yogiman on 3/5/12 at 7:04


I couldn't get that first post you mentioned and the second one was seen as a one sided version. Why has so many experts came out pointing errors in that certificate?

Question: Why hasn't the Hawaiian government shown his official birth certificate to clear this matter up? You assume he is a natural born citizen because of the 14th Amendment.

Let's assume he was, read a little more about the requirements of that office. When he was adopted by his Indonesian stepfather he lost his American citizenship. He could only have regain it through naturalization.

I suggest you check The Transition From Jus Soli which might help you a little bit. You can check it out through google or bing.

Try it, you might like it.