Santorum makes me want to throw up

So I’m reading the headlines this afternoon, and I see where Santorum is now saying that JFK’s speech (I’m quoting from the WSJ story) “makes me throw up”. For the record, Santorum is referring to a speech JFK made on Sept 12, 1960.

Just what did JFK say that made Santorum puke? Here it is:

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute–where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote–where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference–and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

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–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.

I don’t see a problem here – does anyone else? Seems to me that JFK said that no particular religion can dictate policy, and that the instant any religion does, it is an attack against all religions.

But it totally freaked out Santorum.  In response he said:

“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square — you bet that makes you throw up,” Mr. Santorum said. “What kind of country do we live in that says only people of nonfaith can come in the public square and make their case? That makes me throw up, and it should be make every American — you were seeing from a president someone who is now trying to tell people of faith that you will do what the government says; we are going to impose our values on you; not that you can’t come into the public square and argue against it, but now we’re going to turn around and say we’re going to impose our values from the government on people of faith which, of course, is the next logical step when people of faith — at least according to John Kennedy — have no role in the public square.”

Santorum also said: “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.”

WTF is this moron smoking? Is he with Gingrich where he thinks he can disregard court decisions that he doesn’t agree with? This asshole is in the lead for the Republican nomination for president?




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