Rick Santorum Staffer Claims That Women Can’t Be President Because It Would Ruin Children’s Lives

We all know that the religious right is sexist and that the Republican Party is a ‘white men only’ club. But to say that women aren’t fit to lead because of some kind of sick twisted Christian interpretation of the Bible is just more proof that conservative men think of women as weak minded child carriers who belong in a kitchen somewhere. But that’s what a Rick Santorum staffer thinks.

Jamie Johnson is a staffer for Rick Santorum and serves as Iowa Coalitions Director for the Santorum campaign. According to the Des Moines Register, Johnson wrote an email “saying that children’s lives would be harmed if the nation had a female president. He wrote it in June, but it surfaced on the campaign trail in the fall.”


“The question then comes,” Johnson said. ” ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will, … to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?’ ”

The Johnson email is incredibly sexist and denigrates women everywhere, but Johnson doesn’t think it counts because he sent it from his personal account. To that I say too damn bad. If you send an email that goes public, it counts. But did sexism really play a role in Michele Bachmann’s defeat in Iowa?

Bachmann counted on the support of evangelicals in the state but several evangelical leaders, who are all men, called for Bachmann to withdraw from the Republican Presidential field. According to Peter Waldron, a veteran campaigner and Bachmann’s Faith Outreach Coordinator, “We did believe that sexism — I use the stronger word misogyny — was at play.” Waldron also stated that many of the evangelical leaders said “that a female could not be a civil magistrate.”

Not only is the Santorum campaign an enemy of women’s rights, the entire religious right is as well. Of course we knew this already because the religious right and their chosen one (Santorum) have waged a constant war against a woman’s right to choose, birth control and contraceptives, and even want laws outlawing pre-marital sex and sex that isn’t intended for pro-creation. Now they say that women can’t be leaders, which proves that these men want to control women and keep them under their thumbs. I have no doubt that many of these Neaderthals also have a problem with women voting and having regular jobs too. Have these guys ever heard of Joan of Arc, Margaret Thatcher, Cleopatra, Hilary Clinton, and Eleanor Roosevelt? All of these women, among many others, have proven that they can lead. Some of these women also had children, proving they can juggle both responsibilities. It’s the kind of multitasking that men couldn’t do, seeing as how men can’t give birth. If women have respect for themselves, they’ll vote against this woman hating men’s club called the Christian Right.