I once had a sweater-vest. Hated it. They certainly make Rick Santorum look like a blue egg with white arms.
So it’s important to know just what man (for it certainly won’t be a woman) will be interpreting the word of God for Rick Santorum should he become president and establish this theocracy. Will he be my religion? Or yours? Will people of my faith be excluded, ostracized? Or yours?
What was it that John F. Kennedy said that made Rick Santorum want to throw up?
Let’s look at the text:
“…it is apparently necessary for me to state once again — not what kind of church I believe in, for that should be important only to me — but what kind of America I believe in.
“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…”
We agree with that. And why is that the guy, Santorum, who says he’s against big government, wants to get government out of people’s lives…why is he the one that wants to put force religion into ours?
And yes, it’s true that the phrase “separation of church and state” doesn’t appear in the Constitution (actually it comes from Thomas Jefferson, who, columnist Clarence Page says, “wrote to reassure Baptists in Connecticut that the Constitution would not result in the state being able to penalize people who weren’t part of a state church,”) but neither does “right to privacy” or “right to a fair trial” yet no one argues that they don’t have very clear philosophical underpinnings in the document.
The Constitution says that congress shall “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ It is only free from state control that such “free exercise” can be realized.
Get some sleeves.++