In a recent OpEd piece for CNN, comedian and executive producer of the annual New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, Dean Obeidallah, asks what type of nation the U.S. would be "under Rick Santorum's Sharia law?"
"Plainly put, Rick Santorum wants to convert our current legal system into one that requires our laws to be in agreement with religious law, not unlike what the Taliban want to do in Afghanistan," Obeidallah asserts.
"Santorum is not hiding this. The only reason you may not be aware of it is because up until his recent surge in the polls, the media were ignoring him. However, "Santorum Two" was out there telling anyone who would listen."
Below, Obeidallah offers what he believes a Santorum-lead America would look like:
1. Rape victims would be forced to give birth to the rapist's child. Santorum has stated that his religious beliefs dictate that life begins at conception, and as a result, rape victims would be sentenced to carrying the child of the rapist for nine months.
2. Gay marriages would be annulled. Santorum recently declaredthat not only does he oppose gay marriages, but he supports a federal constitutional amendment that would ban them, invalidating all previous gay marriages that have legally been sanctioned by states and thus callously destroying marriages and thrusting families into chaos.
3. Santorum would ban all federal funding for birth control and would not oppose any state that wanted to pass laws making birth control illegal.
4. No porn! I'm not kidding. Santorum signed "The Marriage Vow"pledge (PDF) authored by the Family Leader organization, under which he swears to oppose pornography. I think many would agree that alone should disqualify him from being president.
Obeidallah says he sees "two Rick Santorums."
"The first one I might not agree with, but the second one truly scares me," he begins.
"'Santorum One' pushes for less government regulation for corporations and shrinking the federal government. You may or may not agree with these positions, but they are both mainstream conservative fare. Then there's 'Santorum Two.' This Santorum wants to impose conservative Christian law upon America. Am I being hyperbolic or overly dramatic with this statement? I wish I were, but I'm not."
The Palestinian-Italian-American comic maintains that "Santorum Two" truly "poses an existential threat to the separation of church and state," and he hopes voters will "reject any attempts to move America closer to a becoming the Afghanistan of the Western Hemisphere."
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