Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum sign pledge that says black children better off born into slavery

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Michele Bachmann and Rick “Man on Dog”Santorum are the only two presidential candidates to have signed “The Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family”... so far. This is a pro-forced-birth, anti-marriage equality, hell-no-to-divorce, porn? nevah!, anti-Sharia, anti-you-name-it contract, brought to you by Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa social conservative extraordinaire. Here's an excerpt:

Humane protection of women and the innocent fruit of conjugal intimacy - our next generation of American children - from human trafficking, sexual slavery, seduction into promiscuity, and all forms of pornography and prostitution, infanticide, abortion and other types of coercion or stolen innocence.

There are so many pledges for conservatives to sign, it's a wonder they don't all own stock in BIC. Then again, maybe they do. But this one has a clause in it that is particularly offensive:

Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President.

So being a black child in 1860 was a good thing? Really? Go figure. I guess Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann aren't the only ones who need history lessons.

And I also guess that Bachmann and Santorum believe that slavery is preferable to being raised by a gay couple or single parents.

Think Progress:

Owners had no obligation to respect them or even keep married couples together on the same plantation. Most importantly, as Baratunde Thurston points out, children born into slavery were the property of their master.

Shackles and rape: Fun for the whole family! And here I thought Michele always seemed so wholesome and family valuesy.

This is what conservatives think sells politically. Wake up, America.

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