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February 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Rick Santorum and same-sex marriage

We are all “values voters”

It isn’t surprising to see that Rick Santorum intends to bring his message of intolerance and fear to Washington state on the day Gov. Chris Gregoire will sign the bill legalizing gay marriage [“Santorum to visit on day gay marriage may be law,” NWSaturday, Feb. 11].

Santorum and his supporters, however, shouldn’t delude themselves into believing that they are the only “values voters.” In reality, of course, we’re all values voters. Fortunately, many of us don’t share the particular set of values long promoted by Santorum and the broader community of GOP politicians and candidates.

True, the GOP has mastered the art of crafting and claiming as its own various self-important and superior labels, “values voters” included. Great marketing aside, a more honest approach would be to characterize the specific values shared by different groups of voters.

We couldn’t call the typical Santorum/GOP voters “Christian-values voters” since so many practicing Christians, as well as their churches, reject the rigidly conservative values that the GOP espouses. Perhaps we could call Santorum/GOP supporters “Old Testament, retributive and exclusionary” values voters, and label others, Christian and non-Christian, “New Testament, tolerant and inclusive” values voters.

It seems as though the latter group of “values voters” constituted the majority of voters in the last presidential election cycle. Perhaps they could simply call themselves the “moral majority.” Oh wait, that’s been taken, hasn’t it?

— Dwight Davis, Kirkland

Extremists on both sides are equally annoying and intolerant

I was highly annoyed by the fact protesters shouted down Rick Santorum speech in Tacoma. I was just as annoyed when roving gangs of tea partyers did the same thing in 2010 to Democratic candidates. Just goes to prove that extremists on both sides are equally annoying and intolerant.

— Bob (Dennis) Mitchel, Enumclaw


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