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Santorum Believes That State Should Not Tell Churches What To Believe

Rick Santorum (by Gage Skidmore)

Rick Santorum has decided to walk back his statements that the separation of church and state makes him want to vomit. Of course, that may not have made things better for him, as he seems to have lacked an understanding of what separation of church and state entails.

On Sunday, Santorum told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that:

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state are absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country … to say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up.”

Now, in Michigan, he has decided to explain his beliefs on the issue of separation of church and state saying “I’m for separation of church and state. The state has no business telling the church what to do.” Santorum had attacked fellow Catholic John F. Kennedy for saying in 1960 that “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” Santorum was a toddler at the time of the speech, but stated that he almost vomited when he read the speech and felt that Kennedy had thrown “his faith under the bus.”

Santorum favors a theocratic nation where religious beliefs dominate the laws of the land even if they mean telling churches what they can and cannot believe. A number of religions support same-sex marriage, but Santorum, who is a devout Catholic, has pursued a vision of religious authoritarianism that would tell those churches what they can and cannot believe by imposing the religious beliefs of his Catholic faith on them.

In fact, Santorum’s devotion to Catholicism and to Pope Benedict could risk opening up severe divisions within the United States, and could lead to religious fighting in the United States.

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2 Responses to Santorum Believes That State Should Not Tell Churches What To Believe

  1. Chris

    February 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Just like the state shouldn’t have told the church that not marrying inter-racial couple was wrong? Santorum is such an ignorant knuckle-dragger.

    • adamas

      February 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Of course there’s the flip side, which guys like Santorum never seem to think about. The CHURCH shouldn’t try to tell the STATE what laws to pass.