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The Righteously MisinformedPosted Sunday, February 26, 2012, at 10:54 AM
Rick Santorium has made a pronouncement that the President's faith is a "phony theology". Santorium has also said, "President Obama "says" he's a Christian, so I guess I believe him." Notice the sarcasm. It's hard to miss.
Santorium, the Tea Party's (TP) latest "fav", is a Roman Catholic. What in the world would he know about anyone else's religion? I submit that most people know next to nothing about other religions other than their own and even that's debatable.
Unless Santorium took a religious survey class in college, he probably doesn't even know the history of his own faith. Yet he has the nerve to classify the President's beliefs.
Does Santorium know what the Mormon faith is about? Does Santorium know what Newt Gingrich believes or Ron Paul, for that matter? I doubt it. However, he can make a sweeping statement without any proof.
That's why our founding fathers did not want us mixing up religion and politics. As Thomas Jefferson maintained, we must keep a strong wall between faith and government. The TP fashioned their movement after the rebels of our revolution of 1776, however, they didn't keep religion off the table. Instead, they made it the central point of their existence which colors everything they support.
Religion is just not important when electing a president. Ethics are important. A conscience is important. Empathy and fairness are important. After all we don't want a sociopath for our president. However, we may have had more than one president in the recent past who claimed he was a Christian.
Richard Nixon was a Quaker. Lyndon Johnson was a Disciple of Christ. Bill Clinton is a Baptist, and George W. Bush is a United Methodist. See what you get when all you worry about is religion.
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I'm Enid. No, not the town in Oklahoma, but a transplant to Eureka Springs from Minneapolis fourteen years ago. I'm a writer, journalist and sometime artist. My real love is expressing my opinions on almost any subject, as you have seen in my many letters to the Editor of The Lovely County Citizen over the years. Now, I'm happy to say that I will be writing a blog titled In a Twist for your amusement, amazement or commiseration. Thanks for giving me a read.