Rick Santorum, aspiring theocrat

Last I checked, America was not a theocracy. Yes, America is a rather religious nation, and our money says “In God We Trust,” but I think there’s some stuff in the Constitution about the separation of church and state. Yup, I’m actually pretty darn sure about that. In fact, it’s part of the brilliance of the Constitution that the drafters of the Bill of Rights recognized that when the state is involved in religion, religious freedom suffers, so they got the state out of it and explicitly protected religious freedom.

It would be nice if Rick Santorum, Republican primary combatant, blowhard, and nut job, would read the Constitution. While he’s at it, he might want to read up on some science, history, and other useful subjects.

“Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator known for his social conservative policies, said that Obama’s agenda is ‘not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.'”

via Rick Santorum questions Obama’s Christian values – Boston.com.

Rick, it shouldn’t be about theology at all. And if it were, other people – Obama or anyone else – don’t have to share your theology. And they wouldn’t be wrong. They’d just have a different opinion.

The concept of opinion – as opposed to fact – is an important one to keep in mind as we consider these issues, because the conflation of opinion and fact appears to be rampant in Santorum. He obviously believes that his views on religion are right. Just flat out right. Not right for him. Nope. Right for all. Far right. His opinion on the matter is fact to him.

He also has claimed that birth control doesn’t work and that it harms women. What? I mean, Rick, you don’t have to use it if you and your wife don’t want to. That’s not my business – of course, the corollary to that not being my business is that my choices on the subject aren’t your business. But birth control doesn’t work? Really? And it harms women? Really? On what authority do you claim that?

Usually, enough is enough. With this guy, enough is too much.

 

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