Santorum: "Separation of Church and State makes me want to throw up"

Santorum asserts support for Separation of Church and State one day...

Santorum: "Obama against Religious Freedom"

This is basically just me bitching about Santorum's stance on the Separation of Church and State.  I don't hold a lot of things sacred, but the Separation of Church and State is one of the things I do hold sacred, and so do a lot you, as well as our Founding Fathers.

Let's discuss the first article.  In an interview with George Stephenaupolis (not sure if I spelled that right), Santorum said that the Separation of Church and State makes him sick.  He then went on to demonstrate how poorly educated he is about the subject.

His interpretation of the Separation of Church and State in this case was that it meant that people of faith were not allowed to make government policy.  That's not true at all, people of any faith ARE allowed to make government policy in this country (practically every president since Eisenhower proves that).  What it means is that government policy cannot favor any one religion over others and cannot be based on religious scripture.  This idea makes him sick, as it would any religious extremist.

Now let's discuss the second article, just one day after the interview discussed in the first article, Santorum asserts support for the Separation of Church and State, but again proves his stupidity on the subject.  His version now means that government cannot tell the church how to work.  While on some level this is correct, Santorum now asserts that this is all it comprises, which is again incorrect.  The only reason he asserts support for it now is that it's one of the cornerstones of our constitution, but he asserts a Christian extremist's interpretation of it so he doesn't lose any supporters.

And now for the third article, he asserts that Obama doesn't support religious freedom, even though he is the first President in history to recognize non-believers like us as American Citizens.  If that's not a support of religious freedom, I don't know what is.

My problem with Santorum: he takes one of the cornerstones of our constitution and shits all over it.  He makes me even sicker than the dictionary definition of his name.

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Comment by Chris Dodds on February 29, 2012 at 8:48am

Unfortunately, Frank, I don't think that's the case.  It seems to me that most Republican voters have become relatively Extremist.  Therefore, they will only support an Extremist candidate.  Democrats have that problem too.

Comment by roland707 on February 28, 2012 at 11:41pm

The republican candidates have become caricatures of themselves. The winner this year will be the only adult in the room, again. 

Comment by annet on February 28, 2012 at 9:58pm

This is why Romney won tonight. Scary when Romney is the normal one of the bunch.

Comment by Reason Being on February 28, 2012 at 2:33pm

Santorum is very dangerous to this country.  His views would take us back to the 19th century.  His complete lack of understanding of the separation of Church/State is appalling.  Either he is not aware that what he is saying is a violation or he does not care---either way, he is not qualified to be President.  Period.

Comment by matthew greenberg on February 28, 2012 at 8:27am

if in the future, someone wants to know what religious brainwashing was all about, there's no better place to look than Rick Santorum.  he believes SO deeply, despite a complete lack of anything remotely resembling evidence.  in fact, he believes the tenants of his religion so much so that many of the things he believes the members of his own congregation have rejected for decades.  yet, because his church has been at odds with science, he rejects issues such as Global Warming and Evolution in spite of tremendous evidence.  he won't even look at it (just like the rest of the Creationists).  someday, he'll be used as a test study for religious indoctrination.  what remains to be seen is whehter it will be celebrated or detested.

Comment by roland707 on February 27, 2012 at 10:58pm

Does it seem to anyone else that the US is very close to becoming the very same thing the colonists and founders revolted against? A guy like Santorum might just get it all the way there.

Comment by Steph S. on February 27, 2012 at 9:37pm

Yeah Santorum is insane. Thanks for the blog and the article links.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 27, 2012 at 8:40pm

When Santorum talks about "religious freedom," my suspicion is that what he is, in fact, talking about is religious LICENSE - the ability to run roughshod over rights and the constitution in the name of his religion.  Put bluntly, he doesn't believe in one of the most fundamental founding principles of the United States, and that by itself should disqualify him from the office he aspires to.

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