Rights v. Privileges

Timothy Kincaid

May 3rd, 2011

A lesbian woman came up to me and said, ‘why are you denying me my right?’ I said, ‘well, because it’s not a right.’ It’s a privilege that society recognizes because society sees intrinsic value to that relationship over any other relationship.

– Former US Senator Rick Santorum speaking about adoption

Those who seek to institutionalize inequality based on their own biases like to say, “that’s not a right, that’s a privilege.” And implied in this statement (often accompanied by a smirk) is the notion that some people deserve preferential treatment and others deserve lesser treatment and that privileges can be doled out or restricted by whim.

You just aren’t good enough, you see. These are privileges for other people, those deemed worthy.

But besides being juvenile, this response displays a fundamental ignorance of the US Constitution. The clause under which discrimination is addressed is not worded in the way that they assume:

Fourteenth Amendment, Section One

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the PRIVILEGES or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. [emphasis added]

You see, Senator Frothy Mix, whether adoption is a right of citizens or a privilege of citizenship, it still is protected from arbitrary applicaion. Oh, and by the way, you really are a pompous ass.

(hat tip JMG)

Pliny

May 3rd, 2011

If adoption is any sort of right, it is the right of children to have homes and families.

Santorum’s really living up to his name with this load.

enough already

May 3rd, 2011

Is it just me, or have those among the Christians who hate us recently abandoned their lie of loving us completely?

It reminds me of one of our older dogs, on her way to have her teeth cleaned a few years back.

The second she realized we were on the road to the vet’s…she pulled up sharp on the parking brake lever.

Something we always do when we park the car.

It did her no good – but that same desperation is showing in the micro-motions of Slaggie Gilamonster’s jaw, in Ms. Perkin’s twitch, in La Barbra’s loose left wrist…they are running scared.

I’d be happy, but never forget: A wounded rat still bites – and it’s bit still spreads filth and disease.

Edwin

May 3rd, 2011

Santorum is another pompus a**. I don’t know why people like him think they are
so much better than anybody else. just a full time JERK.

RWG

May 3rd, 2011

I’m glad you wrote this article. It’s exactly what I was thinking regarding the notion of privilege.

One element of a sociopathic personality, like Santorum’s, is an elevated sense of entitlement. Another element is a lack of empathy for others, which he displays every time he opens his mouth about gay and lesbian Americans.

TampaZeke

May 3rd, 2011

That’s EXACTLY what Southern racists used to say about voting in the 50’s. “It’s not a right, it’s a privilege!”

Timothy (TRiG)

May 3rd, 2011

I’m with Pilney on this. Adoption (and fostering) are for the benefits of the kids, not the parents. So it isn’t a right*. But that doesn’t make Rick Santorum any less of a bloviating arsehole.

TRiG.

* Which is why UK authorities have twice stopped homophobes from working as foster parents. It’s in the interests of the kids.

Timothy Kincaid

May 3rd, 2011

Adoption and fostering should be based on the best interest of the children.

The right/privilege to apply and to be considered on an equal basis cannot be denied to gay people without due process or equal protections under the law. Even if Frothy Mix does not see their intrinsic value.

David in Houston

May 3rd, 2011

Completely agree with RWG. Santorum truly IS a sociopath. Which explains why is so delusional to think that he could become president some how.

WMDKitty

May 3rd, 2011

As long as children find forever families, I’m good. It doesn’t matter if those families are straight, gay, single-parent, or purple with green dots, so long as they are loving and supportive.

Mihangel apYrs

May 4th, 2011

every child has a RIGHT to be fostered or adopted. It is a privilege to be allowed to adopt, but that must be based on what is best for the child, and not an arbitrary blanket ban or shoo-in

b

May 6th, 2011

To you, Mr. Timothy Kincaid, I must give you a cyber high-five for this post; every single word I agree with entirely. And while I know we should aspire to treat everyone, even those who hate or mobilize against us, as we would want to be treated, I just can’t help but think that the final line to this posting is COMPLETELY deserved.

Thanks to you and the rest of the Box Turtle Bulletin for inspiring me daily to not give up and stay true to myself no matter what happens.

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required)
(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

 

Latest Posts

Today's Agenda Is Brought To You By...

Emphasis Mine

Today In History, 1954: Miami Mayor Calls for Anti-Gay Crackdown

Today In History, 1995: GOP Presidential Candidate Sen. Bob Dole Returns Donation from Log Cabin Republicans

Today In History, 1998: Lawyer Suggests Abortion If a Test Could Prove Fetus Has "Gay Gene"

Born On This Day, 1904: Christopher Isherwood

Today's Agenda Is Brought To You By...

Emphasis Mine

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.