I don't think I should have to tell anyone who reads my blog how much I detest Rick Santorum. His negative opinions of women, homosexuals, atheists, and pretty much everyone who isn't a fundamentalist Christian as well as his ignorance of science and even politics (the thing his actually does for a living) is pretty well documented so I don't think I should even have to rehash them.
However, this glitter bombing thing really needs to stop. First let me say when I heard about him being glitter bombed my first, visceral, reaction was to cheer on this action against him. After all he says some pretty hateful things that make it rather difficult to like the man on any level.
However, the more I thought about it the more I came to the realization that such actions could reasonably be deemed assault by the law. See, it seems to me our main issue with a man like Santorum is that he acts to assault other peoples personal freedom. He doesn't want to let gay people marry, he wants to erode the foundations of church state separation, he wants to prevent access to birth control and would forbid abortions even in cases of rape or incest. He clearly feels it his his right or even duty to invade other peoples personal space with his religious ideals.
So I get it, I understand why the people who glitter bombed this man are so angry, and we have a right to be angry, and there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with protesting, there is nothing wrong with calling him a bigot, there is nothing wrong with pointing out his bad behavior. Freedom of speech guarantees us these rights.
I realize that glitter is fairly harmless, but I think this crosses a line.. If we complain about his violations of civil rights how does it look when we invade his personal space and throw something at him? (even glitter) We don't make a good example for ourselves or our causes when we allow ourselves to become what we fight against, and the last thing we want to do is give people like Santorum ammunition to claim that Christians are being persecuted. Lastly, we as skeptics need to be wary of letting bad behavior slide just because we happen to agree with the person who did it or because we dislike the victim.
Now that I am done defending Santorum I am going to go shower....I feel dirty.