Tolerant people of all stripes who are offended by Rick Santorum’s primitive, provincial conservative rhetoric will be pleased to know that many of the people he attended  parochial Catholic schools with, do not share his views on many subjects.  In fact, a number of alumni from the high school Santorum attended have organized a group, “Carmel Catholic Alumni Against Rick Santorum.”

About 50 protesters from the group showed up this past Friday evening at the Santorum’s rally that was held at  Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, Ill.  Wanna bet that’s one school that doesn’t have a Gay Student Alliance?  Many from the group carried signs that read: “LGBT No H8” and “Catholics Against Santorum.”

About 15 minutes into Santorum’s standard stump speech which was filled with the usual catatonic, condescending rhetoric about President Obama and what  educated pagans have done to this great country,  a number of the protesters interrupted his-holiness with calls for a “MIC CHECK!”

Once they had the entire room’s attention, two members of the group, Timothy Tross and Ben Clifford stood up and passionately kissed one another before security could haul them away.  The response of the crowd?  What would you expect from such enlightened citizens who believe the current occupants of the White House and all progressive thinking people are alien to this country?  They all started shouting:  “USA-USA-USA!”

When Santorum resumed speaking, he told the crowd that he will continue to stand up for the “values that made this the greatest country in the world.”

Speaking as gay man, I can tell you that except for threats of violence, no protest of homosexual behavior is more offensive than cries of: “Must you shove it in our face?”   In this case, I hope Tross and Clifford’s expression of affection left many in room nauseous if not secretively titillated.   BTW, when asked if it was the kiss was a protest or genuine expression of affection between to gay men, Tross said, “I don’t think the message should be about what my sexuality is. It’s the message that he’s saying about sexuality that matters.”

According to  Matt Muchowski who organized the protest through Facebook,  their primary objective was to “counter Santorum’s anti-gay hate, to set an example to students.  Rick sends a message of bullying, but we want high school students to know that other alumni send a message of equality.”

The Friday night scene presented in the video below was very reminiscent to me of a Pat Buchanan for President rally a decade ago.  A group of rabbis showed up with signs protesting Buchanan’s not always subtle appeals to racism.  Buchanan shouted at the group of American Jewish clergy that the rally was only for “real Americans.”

I think Buchanan and the crowd at Santorum’s Friday night rally have the right idea; they are just dead wrong about who the “real Americans” are.