Santorum Hits A Hot Button…..At The Right Time.

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In a month in which a day is set aside to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in which horrors were discovered being performed by a Philadelphia area abortion doctor, former Pennsylvania Senator and potential 2012 GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum challenged President Obama’s abortion stance. Using Dr. King’s 1963 “Letter From Birmingham Jail” Santorum touched off a media frenzy by saying that he found it “almost remarkable” that President Obama, as a black man, would want to deny legal recognition to the human rights of unborn children.

In an interview with CNSNews.com the former Senator said that, when asked during the 2008 campaign by Pastor Rick Warren “at what point” a baby “gets human rights,” President Obama was wrong to answer “That is above my pay grade.” Santorum then said: “The question is — and this is what Barack Obama didn’t want to answer — is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well, if that person, human life, is not a person, then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, no, we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.” Many major news outlets including Politico and MSNBC, accused the former Senator of playing the race card. His supporters think otherwise.

Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union in Washington, D.C. stated to CNSNews.com, “I have to agree with him and say that I find it remarkable, also,” “In light of the fact that coming out of slavery, we were not considered full human beings. We were treated as no better than pack mules, working in fields, without any rights at all.” Gardner, meanwhile, said she is not surprised by the portrayal of Santorum by some media outlets. “I think that what the media is trying to do is take what Sen. Santorum said and try to spin it to mean something else.” Gardner also said if you look at what Santorum was saying in context, he is correct. “He was talking about the Dred Scott decision, and in the Dred Scott decision the Supreme Court said that blacks were only two-thirds human; that we were not fully human beings. And I believe that he was referring to that decision when he made that remark.” Gardner also stated, “If you think in terms of the fact that we have come from an enslaved past and we were considered to be less than human, you would think that (Obama) above all people would understand just exactly that unborn children are treated in the exact same way or regarded as being less than human just because they are small or are not able to help themselves or fight for themselves.”

Pastor Clenard H. Childress Jr., founder of the Black Genocide.org Web site, said he agreed with Santorum. “Rick Santorum is absolutely right,” Childress, the Northeast regional director the Life Education and Resource Network in Montclair, N.J., said. Childress added, “It’s very interesting that the ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ was referenced.” “In that same letter, Martin Luther King references infanticide or child-killing as evil. So what Martin Luther King calls evil, Barack Obama and this administration calls good — because all of their policies have more or less facilitated the growth or the intrusion of abortion in our community and our legislation a hundred fold.”

Regardless of the context that one takes his remarks, Senator Santorum could not have picked a better time to make headlines on the abortion issue while at the same time referencing the legacy of Dr. King. The abortion debate is heating up in the public’s eye and in Washington D.C. to a level that has not been seen in recent years. With the revelations of the atrocities in Philadelphia, the public eye once again is looking hard at the abortion topic and the debate is once again coming to the forefront of American politics. Rick Santorum has taken his stance and has taken the President to task for his with the help of Dr. King. A move that will endear him to the pro-life movement and the evangelical wing of the party. Votes that one must have to win a Republican primary.

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