Santorum Redux: The Fear Increases

Posted: February 27, 2012 in Politics
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I admit it – I’m scared.

In 1773, Rev. Isaac Backus, a prominent Baptist minister said: “when church and state are separate, the effects are happy, and they do not at all interfere with each other: but where they have been confounded together, no tongue nor pen can fully describe the mischiefs that have ensued.”

In 1797, through the Treaty of Tripoli, President John Adams proclaimed that the United States government was SECULAR. The treaty states, in Article XI: “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

In 1822, in a letter to Edward Livingston, James Madison wrote: “Every new and successful example, therefore, of a perfect separation between the ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance; and I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity the less they are mixed together.”

In 2012, YESTERDAY, Rick Santorum said: “What kind of country do we live in that says only people of nonfaith can come into the public square and make their case?… That makes me throw up….. I don’t believe in an America where the separation of Church and State is absolute“.

LISTEN UP, my friends. Rick Santorum does not represent America. Rick Santorum does not follow in the footsteps of our founders. Rick Santorum does not support individual personal liberty. Rick Santorum does not support civil liberties for anyone except fundamentalist Christians. Rick Santorum does not believe in equality. Rick Santorum does not agree that Americans have a right to pursue happiness. Rick Santorum CANNOT secure the support of independent voters.  An election pitting Rick Santorum against Barack Obama will result in a landslide victory for Obama. If you want 4 more years of an Obama presidency, get Santorum to Republican nomination; I know lots of people who want an easy election for Obama. But, if you cast your vote for Santorum, know this: Rick Santorum represents unadulterated intolerance and a value system in direct opposition to American values. That is what you get when you vote Santorum, and it scares the hell out of me.

For the record, Rick, I WANT you to have your chance to make your case to the public. I want every religious person to have that chance. I want every person, no matter their belief system, to have that chance. What I don’t want, and what  anyone who values individual rights should also oppose, is allowing the religious foundation for your case to become America law. We are a country devoted to diversity and you want to step into the oval office expressly to trample that. THAT is not America. and you are the most dangerous candidate in memory.

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