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Rick Santorum and Faith

St. Rick the Godly

“They are taking faith and crushing it. Why? Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is the government that gives you right, what’s left are no unalienable rights, what’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. What’s left in France became the guillotine. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re a long way from that, but if we do and follow the path of President Obama and his overt hostility to faith in America, then we are headed down that road. — speech by Rick Santorum.  I think that he is implying that we are on the route to executing people for religious beliefs.

Now, Rick is capable to putting together complete sentences but the stuff that he says seems to be nonsense.  75% of the US Citizens claim to be Christian.  We Americans of no religious belief and those of strong belief have both been quite successful in getting along for over 200 years.  The government has not been able to interfere with the churches and the churches have not been able to interfere with government.  We of no religious faith have been able to avoid supporting any sort of religious organization.   All of us do have to make up for the taxes that churches are exempted from.  That doesn’t seem very fair, but I live with it.

In recent years, the religious community, in my view, has been stepping over the line and, we,  the non-religious community have fought back.  We have indeed put up a fuss over people putting up religious symbols on taxpayer-owned land, religion trying to put undue religious pressure on US military personnel,  religion trying to force children to pray in public schools, etc.  We have simply requested that our Constitution be obeyed.  The courts, presumably with some judges being quite religious, have generally agreed.  Separation of church and state is really not a difficult concept.

Santorum talks about the French Revolution, so lets us do it too:  The French revolution was from 1789-1799.  Indeed, not only did it put the aristocratic class out of business, but it also put an end to religious privilege.  It was very much of a radical left-wing revolution and was based on equality, citizenship and inalienable rights.  It not only profoundly influenced France, but it also influenced all of Europe.  Indeed there was a lot of bloodshed and more upheavals even after the revolution.  It lasted many years.  Wiki has a very good and concise write-up about the revolution — and is where I got my information.

The Revolution caused a massive shift of power from the Roman Catholic Church to the state.  Prior to the revolution, the church was exempt from taxes while it could legally levy a tax on the people.  Needless to say, the Protestants living in France were not happy with that arrangement.

What does Rick want?  Does he really want us to go to a society where the church (presumably he means the Catholic Church) has some sort of legal role to play?  After the French Revolution all French were equals.  Before the revolution the Church had a say in the running of the country.  Do we want this?  Rick may, but I hope the rest of us don’t.

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2 comments on “Rick Santorum and Faith

  1. Fantastic point. Rick Santorum is stepping all over the Constitution with his push for a religiously inspired laws and policy initiatives. But as we’ve seen in the last few years, most politicians in Washington don’t think the Constitution is worth much of anything anymore.

  2. Most Americans have a very shallow knowledge of history. In fact most of them don’t have a clue what drove their ancestors from Europe to America. What was it? Religious persecution., more specifically the wrath of the Catholic Church. The Middle Ages in Europe were pure hell as the Vatican aimed to stamp out all heresy from Europe., and all heresy meaning all non-Catholics.

    So the religious right wants to run America. Is that what we want? And if so, Who would be in charge? The Southern Baptists?, the Lutherans?, the Mormons?,…..the Catholics? The last thing America needs is another Spanish inquisition. Having seen what religious nuts have done in the past, a non-religious America is a far better.

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