Santorum Upset That Obama Agenda Not Based On Bible

In a post yesterday I contrasted the false conservative narrative that liberals support a big government to impose their views upon others with the actual fact that a large segment of the conservative movement actually does see the role of government as imposing their religious views on the country. Rick Santorum repeatedly demonstrates this,  doing so again yesterday in attacking Obama for having an agenda which is not “based on Bible.”

Newt Gingrich has made similar arguments with his attacks on Obama as a “secular socialist.” (Besides being wrong in seeing secular as undesirable, he is wrong in calling Obama a socialist.  Gingrich is using the new conservative definition of socialism as supporting a few percentage point increase in the marginal tax rate of multimillionaires and lower tax rates on the middle class, which has nothing to do with any conventional definition of the term.) Ron Paul has also shown a preference for theocracy, while Mitt Romney is willing to take multiple positions on the issue.

Contrast Santorum and Gingrich with a previous Catholic candidate for president, John F. Kennedy:

I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish, where no public official either requests or accept instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials, and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

John Kennedy and Barack Obama are both following in the tradition of the Founding Fathers who understood the importance of creating a secular republic with separation of church and state. Nobody should be able to use the powers of government to impose their religious views upon others.

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    stan chaz says:

    n this Holy War on Religion, of Religion, and by Religion,  I SURRENDER! I’ve had ENOUGH! I’m a lover,  not a fighter.  Instead… I’m gonna start my OWN religion, and get in on the good stuff: tax exemptions, and lots of taxpayer money to do what I want, in the name of religious liberty. Most definitely! Hey NEWT -wanna join? We’re gonna have open marriages and multiple wives and all SORTS of neat stuff that you’re just gonna love! But don’t you worry your little head Newt : we’ll have no , I repeat, NO nasty stoning of adulterers. None of that stuff. I Promise! As for SANTORUM, he just LOVES to tell other people how to live.  He’ll make us a REAL  fine preacher-man. In fact, we’ll make him Saint Santorum. AND fix his Google search results! As for Mr. Obama,  obviously, we’ll need to (severely) demonize him, even further.  And his dog Toto too. Last but not least: MITT and RON. Hmmm.  Hey,  just for you two guys: we’ll insist on NO TAXES AT ALL  for church members…AND human sacrifice of illegal aliens. Out with their hearts! Televised! Live! Whoooppee! WHAT A COUNTRY!   :-)
    By the way, please don’t mention the REASON that Mitt Romney’s dad was born in Mexico (i.e. the fact that Mitt’s Mormon grand-dad LEFT the United States in the 1880’s.  He went to Mexico because laws against polygamy were passed in the U.S. ; Being a Mormon back then, Mitt’s grand-dad wanted to keep his multiple wives. Hey, who wouldn’t?)  Bottom line: if we follow the “logic” of the people crying crocodile tears about a non-existent “war on religion”, then the U.S. should have allowed polygamy (and who knows what else) just because a particular religion claimed it as their cherished belief. GIVE ME A BREAK! 
    Absolutely NO ONE is coming into our Churches or places of worship and trying to tell parishioners what to believe…..or forcing them to use contraception. BUT If the Bishops (and other denominations) want to continue running  businesses that employ millions of people of varying faiths -or no “faith” at all- THEN they must play by the same rules and rights that other workers have and enjoy…especially  if their businesses use our tax dollars (and skip paying taxes) in the process. This is not a “war on religion”. It’s a war on women and men who simply want to plan their families and control their future. Now that’s REAL religious liberty!

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    Charles F says:

    Santorum Upset That Obama Agenda Not Based On Bible #p2 #p21 #topprog http://t.co/hwUTYlrH

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    A Real Marine says:

    Santorum Upset That Obama Agenda Not Based On Bible #p2 #p21 #topprog http://t.co/hwUTYlrH

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    Jim Z. says:

    Ron, good observations here.  One has to wonder (a) how deeply this idiocy really runs in the American population, and (b) what is driving the regressiveness of our political dialogue.

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    Mugwumpie says:

    Santorum Upset That Obama Agenda Not Based On Bible #p2 #p21 #topprog http://t.co/hwUTYlrH

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    John Sonntag says:

    RT @ronchusid: Santorum Upset That Obama Agenda Not Based On Bible #p2 #p21 #topprog http://t.co/fwMJeJZR

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    Eclectic Radical says:

    Newt isn’t the best person to listen to on the socialism argument and it’s not a new problem.
    When Newt was a newly elected Congressmen still seen by everyone outside his district in Georgia as too crazy to be elected to national office, he said that the idea that taking money from big business might make a lawmaker’s actions suspect was ‘fundamentally socialist.’
    Newt is still crazy after all these years.
    What’s the excuse for the rest of the country?

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