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Santorum says he doesn't believe in separation of church and state

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WASHINGTON - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Sunday that he doesn't believe in the separation of church and state, adding that he was sickened by John F. Kennedy's assurances to Baptist ministers 52 years ago that he would not impose his Catholic faith on them.

"I don't believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute," Santorum, a devout Catholic, said in an interview from Michigan on ABC's "This Week."

"The First Amendment means the free exercise of religion and that means bringing people and their faith into the public square."

Santorum's latest foray into the hot-button, faith-based issues that so fire up the party's evangelical base comes as his chief rival for the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney, begins to pull ahead slightly in the state of Michigan, where he was born and raised.

Both Michigan and Arizona hold their primaries Tuesday.

While Romney's been battling Santorum in Michigan for the past two weeks, polls suggest he's got a comfortable lead in Arizona, a winner-take-all contest in terms of delegate allocation. Michigan's delegates, on the other hand, are rewarded based on results.

The former Massachusetts governor got a boost Sunday from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who endorsed him as "the man that can carry the day" on NBC's "Meet The Press."

"He has that pro-business background, and he has that political history that I think he would serve America the best."

Brewer's endorsement is considered a boon to Romney's insistence that he's the toughest in the Republican field on illegal immigration. Brewer has been a fierce defender of her state's strict immigration policies, and Romney called Arizona a "model" on the issue in the last Republican debate.

Romney is the native son of Michigan, however, where his father served both as governor and a car company executive. A loss there would be regarded as devastating to his campaign.

Nonetheless, both Romney and Santorum have said they opposed the federal government's bailout of the auto industry in the state where millions work for car manufacturers. Romney even penned a New York Times opinion piece four years ago with the headline: "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."

Republican foes have seized upon that headline in advance of a speech by President Barack Obama on Tuesday to the United Auto Workers conference in Washington to celebrate "the rescue of Detroit."

The autoworkers plastered "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" on 26 American-made vehicles at a Romney event in Detroit on Friday.

Beyond Michigan, however, Santorum's startling stances on social issues like birth control and religion are getting the most attention countrywide.

He's been unapologetic about some of his more controversial remarks, even reiterating Sunday his past remarks that Kennedy's 1960 speech in Houston made "me want to throw up."

"To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? What makes me throw up is someone who is now trying to tell people that you will do what the government says," Santorum said.

"That now we're going to turn around and impose our values from the government on people of faith."

America is all about embracing diversity, he added.

"What we saw in Kennedy's speech was just the opposite, and that's what's so upsetting about it," he said.

http://news.yahoo.com/santorum-says-doesnt-believe-separation-church-state-164307440.html

by on Feb. 27, 2012 at 3:47 AM
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Mom2Just1
by Gold Member on Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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Idiot. I am a Christian and do not want the govt to base laws on religions.
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jehosoba84
by Jenn on Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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 I'm Catholic and I can't stand him. Pushing our beliefs and making laws to reflect them is not (imo) what God intended for us to do. I want to vote for a president, not a new pope.

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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Why should it get a seat at the table.  I have no problem with you (general) believing and worshipping however you choose, and I 110% support your right to do so.  But churches have no place in politics.  For example, why should the Catholic Church get a say in certain laws? I'm not Catholic, their dogma means nothing to me, so why on earth should they have any sort of control of laws that govern the lives of non-catholics?  I'm not trying to jump all over you and realize you may not agree with him.  I'm using you as a jumping off point...

Quoting rocketracer:

I think he was saying the Church (whatever Church that may be) should have a seat at the table.  If the Church doesn't have a seat at the table, religious freedom could be trampled on.

BTW: Obama is calling on Black Churches to put forth "congregation captains" to help get him re-elected.  He seems to go to the church when he needs their help. 


JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:31 AM
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The word "Sickened" never came out of his mouth. I watched that interview.
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tmeg71
by Member on Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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"The First Amendment means the free exercise of religion and that means bringing people and their faith into the public square."

Someone needs to school this fool.  The First Amendment also states Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.  THAT means people's faith has no place in the governing of the "public square".

:P>-|o:

rocketracer
by Silver Member on Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:40 AM
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Quoting jessilin0113:

Why should it get a seat at the table.  I have no problem with you (general) believing and worshipping however you choose, and I 110% support your right to do so.  But churches have no place in politics.  For example, why should the Catholic Church get a say in certain laws? I'm not Catholic, their dogma means nothing to me, so why on earth should they have any sort of control of laws that govern the lives of non-catholics?  I'm not trying to jump all over you and realize you may not agree with him.  I'm using you as a jumping off point...

Quoting rocketracer:

I think he was saying the Church (whatever Church that may be) should have a seat at the table.  If the Church doesn't have a seat at the table, religious freedom could be trampled on.

BTW: Obama is calling on Black Churches to put forth "congregation captains" to help get him re-elected.  He seems to go to the church when he needs their help. 

 

I was baptised a Catholic, but I'm not a practicing Catholic.  In fact, I don't like a lot of things about the Catholic church and don't attend any church, but a couple of weeks ago I did see an infringement upon their beliefs. 

I think it says a lot when a gov't'l agency imposes a law w/out regard to a religious entity, especially when that law goes against the 1st amendment.   

   

mkuebler
by on Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:40 AM
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Of course, he doesn't get the point of Kennedy's speech, just like he doesn't get the Constitution.

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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 I happen to agree with him.  The separation of church and state is not in the Constitution.  The Constitution forbids the govt from creating a church and it orders them to protect the free exercise of religion by the people.  The govt stopped doing that some time ago.

 

Stephanie329
by Platinum Member on Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM
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Because that's working so well in the Middle East?
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mkuebler
by on Feb. 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM
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That phrase is not in the Constitution.  Neither is "separation of powers".  Neither is "presumption of innocence."  They all still exist.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 I happen to agree with him.  The separation of church and state is not in the Constitution.  The Constitution forbids the govt from creating a church and it orders them to protect the free exercise of religion by the people.  The govt stopped doing that some time ago.

 


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