Rick Santorum (R-PA) has been criticized in the past for his statement that he “almost threw up” when he read John F. Kennedy’s 1960 comments about the role of religion in public life. This weekend he took time out to say that he would still like to throw up.
If you recall, Mr. Kennedy used the speech to discuss anti-Catholic prejudice and doubts raised over his ability to be independent of Rome. He famously said the following:
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.
The statement made most Americans feel proud. It made Mr. Santorum feel woozy.
Last year at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, New Hampshire, Mr. Santorum told the crowd, “Earlier in my political career, I had the opportunity to read the speech, and I almost threw up. You should read the speech.”
This weekend, Mr. Santorum left no doubt about his rejection of separation principles: “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.”
He continued. “To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case? That makes me throw up.”
It is the greatest expression of faith-based politics. It is the type of intermingling of faith and government that our enemies find appealing. Around the world, nations are reeling from the influence of religion on politics. Yet, in this island of stability, Mr. Santorum appears to want to tear down the wall that has long defined our political system.
With the latest comments, we all may feel a bit woozy.
Via The Washington Post
- Santorum Feels Like Throwing Up . . . Again
- Santorum Believes That State Should Not Tell Churches What To Believe
- Rick Santorum Says Separation of Church and State Makes Him Want to Vomit
- Rick Santorum Defends Almost Blowing Chunks After Reading JFK Speech
- Santorum questions separation of church and state