Rick Santorum: Theologian-in-Chief

I’m visiting Nerdland right now with one of my favorite pundits, Melissa Harris Perry. Yes, I know. She is a bit too far left for me, but when you get to spend four hours a weekend with a good looking, intellectual woman, you take what you get.

Dr. Perry showed a clip of former Senator Rick Santorum, arguably the GOP front runner. Mr. Santorum accused President Obama of having a false theology, based on something other than the Bible. Interesting. Talk about red meat. His audience went bananas. They ate it up.

Unfortunately for his followers, Mr. Santorum’s claims get little traction when you look at the Constitution.

First, the Constitution blatantly separates church and state with its statement that government shall not establish a religion for the country. Mr. Santorum sounds like he wants to implement Catholic theology as the framework for government.

Second, where in the Constitution is any president required to follow any type of theology? I don’t see it. Can Mr. Santorum point it out for me? If anything, I would feel a lot better if the buttwipe sitting in the Oval Office wasn’t trying to impose his or her religious philosophies indirectly on me.

Let me know. Am I reading the Constitution correctly?

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Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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6 Responses to Rick Santorum: Theologian-in-Chief

  1. Kenneth Ciszewski says:

    Alton–nowhere does the Constitution mention or require the invocation of any theology. I agree Rick Santorum appears to be very much into Roman Catholic dogma, and it appears he would gladly establish a theocracy in fact if not in title if he could. While any number of GOP candidates spout family values and appear to support what one might call Christian fundamentalist morality, most of them are insincere about it, they really don’t believe it. Santorum is probably not a hypocrite in this area, so he should be taken seriously, which means if you value your freedom, you need to vote for someone else.

  2. Kenneth Ciszewski says:

    Ironically, President Obama did use a quote attributed to Jesus Christ that goes something like “To whom much is given, much is expected.” This is not theology, but is moral and social philosophy that comes from a religious source.

  3. Kenneth Ciszewski says:

    i fail to see why Rick Santorum should object to that.

  4. Paul Schleifer says:

    Just curious: why is it “moral and social philosophy that comes from a religious source” when you agree with it, but the imposition of someone else’s religious values when you don’t. Seems to me Obama’s desire to impose higher taxes on the rich, to force them through law to follow the Golden Rule, is as much imposing his religion on the country as anything any fundamentalist has tried to do.

    • That, sir makes absolutly no sense. Rick Santorum is a theologist and wants the country to run as such; like the Catholic Church has been perfect. The American Right Wing Christian has no idea that the translations that he or she reads may not in fact be what the original texts imply; like the passages that they site to make it ok to condemn homosexuals. I may not agree with that type of sexuality but they can be Christians and citizens too. The list of the condemned does not include homosexuals but men who hurt little boys by force. Very different. Point is, the radical right Christian fundamentalist in this country is forcing there doctrine into a space that, by design, is supposed to be seperate from policy making. Point to the “religious freedom” clause yet if President Obama were a Muslim, which he’s not, they’d disqualify him. Hypocritical. Within the same text is a clause that states “the President shall not his religious views on the citizenry”. Santorum is crossing that line already. Santorum states that JFK makes him sick. Really? JFK made it so the RW Protestant hate mongerers would allow him to run minus the fear of a nativist culture taking out his bid for office. The GOP advocates big government when it comes to peoples faith and personal lives; the Democrats are smaller government than that. Ron Paul is the only candidate who can claim small government doctrine and the electorate doesn’t REALLY want that. In America, we shouldnt have to wonder if our President is taking orders from the Vatican. Not out of disrespect but this is who we are and Santorum is no Kennedy; he makes us wonder, would he take orders from the Vatican? If that’s the case, he has no room to condemn Iran or their Ayatollahs; they run the same program under a different name.

      • Paul Schleifer says:

        Your rant made absolutely no attempt to answer my question. Obama said, in essence, that Jesus would support his notion that taxes should be raised on the rich, even quoting from Scripture. Why is that not imposing his Christian faith on the rest of the country? If you can’t answer, that’s fine, but at least admit that you can’t answer it–don’t pretend that raving against Santorum somehow justifies your non-response. And it does make perfect sense as a question.
        BTW, Santorum (whom I don’t support) has a BA in political science, a one-year’s master in business, and a law degree. I don’t think that qualifies him to be a “theologist.”
        I will agree with you on one thing: Ron Paul is the only candidate who doesn’t want to impose his religious beliefs upon the rest of the country through the vehicle of big government; however, most people do want that, but the MSM scares them into thinking otherwise.

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