Rick Santorum Insults JFK, Says Separation Of Church And State Makes Him Want To Vomit (VIDEO)

Author: February 26, 2012 12:13 pm

Rick Santorum is high on religion. So high, in fact, that he wants religious institutions like the Catholic Church to have power in government, which would be totally unprecedented in the history of America. Santorum appeared on ABC on Sunday morning and told George Stephanopolis that church and state should not be separate and then proceeded to insult John F. Kennedy’s legacy of upholding the principle of religious tolerance and freedom.

SANTORUM: “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is 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. Kennedy for the first time, articulated a vision that said, ‘No, faith is not allowed in the public square. I will keep it separate. Go out and read the speech. ‘I will have nothing to do with faith. I won’t consult with people of faith.’ It was an absolutist doctrine that was foreign at the time of 1960.”


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STEPHANOPOLIS: “But make you want to throw up?”

SANTORUM: “Absolutely! To say people of faith have no role in the public square, you bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live in that says only people of non-faith can come in the public square and make their case. That makes me throw up and it should make every American.”

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The problem with Santorum’s claims is that they’re false. When John F. Kennedy chose to adhere to separation of church and state, he continued an American tradition that goes back to the Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both talked about separation of church and state as a Constitutional principle.

“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
~Thomas Jefferson

“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.”
~James Madison

Presidents throughout American history have upheld religious freedom and have fought to prevent one religion from forcing its beliefs upon the American people. Even Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush supported religious freedom. But what is perhaps most disturbing of all is that Rick Santorum is sickened by Kennedy’s promise to not take orders from the Pope. The following is a direct quote from JFK on the subject of separation of church and state.

“I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish – where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source — 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 F. Kennedy

Kennedy said these words for a reason. As the first Catholic President, many Americans feared that Kennedy would take orders from the Pope, who resides in the Vatican in Italy, and is the leader of the Catholic Church. But Kennedy quelled these fears by promising to uphold religious freedom and the time-honored American tradition of separation of church and state. Kennedy understood that no one religious group can lead America because that religious group will seek to force its religious doctrine upon the people. Such a thing is a direct violation of religious freedom. That is precisely why we have a wall between church and state. When religion and government are directly intertwined, neither is safe from interference by the other.

Rick Santorum, who is also a Catholic, believes the opposite of Kennedy. He intends to let the Catholic Church and its religious doctrine dictate how America is governed. His duty is to the Pope and the Bishops and to no one else. Despite the fact that the American people are made up of different faiths and beliefs, Santorum only cares about forcing his religious beliefs upon us. In doing so, he would be the first and only President to do such a thing, tearing asunder the principles of religious freedom, freedom of conscience, and religious tolerance that have been cornerstones of the American governmental system since the nation’s founding.
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  • All Santorum is managing to do is drive mainstream voters, especially women, away. His efforts to rip away rights is transparent and we’re not having it! See “For Women, A Call to Arms_ at http://thepoliticali.blogspot.com/2012/02/for-women-call-to-arms.html. There isn’t a Republican running who has appeal for mainstream women.

  • Amusing.

    First of all, Frothy doesn’t have the power to dismantle the wall of separation. No executive in this nation has that power.

    W tried it by executive order with his White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The dismantling of the 1st amendment to push what Frothy wants will not pass the smell test even with this SCOTUS.

    Even if the SCOTUS somehow allowed it, the American people will not allow HIS religion to dominate. Evangelicals will be the first to protest if not us atheists.

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