These Faith-based Attacks On Santorum Are Repulsive And Un-American

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February 21, 2012

Were Rick Santorum a Muslim, the left would be screaming persecution, although the media would likely not even be reporting on this topic. Santorum was giving a faith-based speech at a religious university. His address there appears to have been well received.

Santorum In 2008: Satan is Systematically Destroying America

In 2008, Sen. Rick Santorum spoke at Ave Maria University and said that Satan is destroying academia, politics, and the Protestant Church.

The full speech is available here and here is a contemporaneous press release by the university, excerpts below. Santorum has already made it quite clear, he respects the separation of church and state. While any politician must draw on their values in political decision-making, he has also said he does not believe in imposing his religious views on others through acts of government. Ethically, morally and constitutionally, the current faith-based attacks on Santorum are repulsive and completely un-American. The people employing them should be ashamed.

His speech encouraged listeners to never lose hope, especially in the wake of loss and frustration. Drawing from personal struggles, losses, and triumphs – most notably his role in banning partial-birth abortion, Santorum shed light on the spiritual warfare manifested in politics, media, and culture. 

Quoting Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, North Dakota, who boldly stated, “Catholics who support so-called ‘abortion rights’ support a false right, promote a culture of death and are guarded by the father of lies,” Santorum added, “While we all see this in a great political conflict between the Obama Campaign, McCain Campaign and cultural wars—what bishop Aquila put his finger on is that this is not a political war at all, or a cultural war—it is a spiritual war. And ‘the father of lies’ has set his sights set on none other than good, decent, powerful, influential United States of America.”

Senator Santorum met with 25 AMU students at the Bean of Ave Maria cafe prior to the convocation ceremony.

Santorum said the academic institutions were the first among those affected by corruption the– because of the temptation for “smart people” to “play with the truth and create new ones.” The origin of this corruption: pride, vanity and sensuality.

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Comments:
  1. Ragspierre says:

    “We look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.”
    Brilliant messaging, Rick.
    A-FLUCKING-mazingly stupid.
    “Way to win the middle, Rick, now that you’ve dissed Reagan and alienated the libertarians.”
    –Steven Green

  2. INC says:

    I’m a conservative Protestant, and I’ve been saying mainline Protestant denominations are in shambles for years. This is common knowledge. I think Southern Baptists are the only exceptions. Look at the PCUSA and the ECUSA. I don’t know as much about Lutherans or Methodists, but I believe they’re both overrun by liberals.
    These are people who by and large would be Obama voters. The so-called “Christian” Left is represented by those who are always speaking in defense of some new government outreach. Santorum’s remarks are a big nothing as far as I’m concerned.
    Oh, and I do agree with him about Satan destroying academia and politics. Even if you have no religious belief, it quite obvious the extent to which academia and politics are in the tank for the Left.

  3. Kaye says:

    Matt and Jen claimed they weren’t against Rick just Newt. Now that Rick is threatening Rombo the long knives are out for him. Could they be any more transparent?

  4. INC says:

    As far as the attacks on Santorum, they are not only repulsive and un-American, they’re ridiculous when you consider the extent to which throughout our history Presidents and politicians have spoken of their faith and still do.

  5. Doyle McBoyle says:

    Rick Santorum, Barack Soetoro…
    Even SOUNDS the same.

  6. Ragspierre says:

    “…throughout our history Presidents and politicians have spoken of their faith and still do…”
    Nanny Pelosi
    Harry Reid
    Barakah Hussain Obama
    Joe Biden
    William Jefferson Blye Clinton
    Ben Nelson

  7. Zilla says:

    Rick’s right. Why should he be pilloried for telling the truth? Evil is real, and it holds an incredible amount of sway in this country lately.

  8. Neo says:

    2004: Q: What is sin ? Obama: Being out of alignment with my values.

  9. Pasadena Phil says:

    It’s called “being Tebowed”. Any mention of traditional Christian faith is deemed to be radical, intolerant, judgmental, racist, or fill-in-your-own-perjorative. This were religious comments reflecting his own religious beliefs expressed in a religious setting. These kinds of attacks backfire because most Americans get it. (The ones who don’t live on Planet Raggie, Land of the Lost).

  10. EBL says:

    http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2012/02/declaration-of-independence-pursuit-of.html I am wondering if Satan is tricking Santorum that it somehow helps to attack libertarians…

  11. Lis says:

    “Were Rick Santorum a Muslim, the left would be screaming persecution…”
    What about those of us who have a problem with *both* Keith Ellison *and* Rick Santorum?
    I find Santorum’s faith despicable and downright frightening. This is not only because I completely disagree with him. It’s also because he has no sense of limited govt or personal autonomy and I truly believe he would have no problem imposing – or at least trying to – his faith on government. And he would make Dubya’s “Compassionate Conservatism” look like Ron Paul’s policies.
    Answer me this: what internal controls, what set of principles, would stop him from doing going Big Gub’mint? You might think he’s better than Romney or Obama (and even that is debatable) but, on his own merits, what does he have to recommend him?

  12. Ragspierre says:

    Well, since some fool mentioned my name in vain…
    Here’s how good messaging works–
    “Many of our Protestant brothers and sisters hold the same values we, as devout Catholics, hold regarding good and evil. They know, as we do, that evil exists. They know, as we do, that it is sometimes fostered by the coercive power of government in the hands of those who would deny conscience; who would deny evil…and mock good. We are their allies in the vanguard of doing right, in upholding right, and resisting wrong wherever we find it.”
    See, Filly, you moron. You CAN say things in ways that don’t make you look like a loon.
    Plus, intelligent messaging IS EFFECTIVE.
    Here on Planet Raggie.

  13. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    If you do not think the Obama administration would love to run against Santorum and his stand on social issues, you have a very loose grip of politics. Santorum CANNOT win in the general election. Period. He does not even look Presidential. That sweater thing he wears constantly. What is he a college boy? There is only one candidate who can defeat Obama and put America back on the right path. That is Newt Gingrich. Go listen to his speech at ORU.

  14. alwaysfiredup says:

    The man talks about God a bit much for the fact he’s auditioning for President and not Pope. JMO.

  15. Pasadena Phil says:

    Yeah Raggie, as with your commentary, your lessons on “good messaging” is about as inspirational as reading from a technical manual. But then you don’t know about things like that. If you were such a “good messager”, your blog Titanicblog woudln’t have hit an iceberg and sank. Hahahahahaha!

  16. Ragspierre says:

    Ah.
    The typical ad hominem BS in response.
    Now, if he follows form, Fill will run for the tall grass, throwing more epithets over his shoulder.
    My blog was taking up too much of my time, and was rather successful, if being linked to by Doug Ross and several others was an indication.
    Where’s your blog, Filly…???
    While we are on the subject, why don’t you give us an idea of how the Filly would say the things Santorum said in a more positive…less fiddle-footed way.
    We’ll wait….

  17. palmyra says:

    He’s a good man & will be a better president. The godless will never want him & those who’ve been intimidated into relegating their beliefs into the background don’t have the strength of their convictions. But there are still enough of us left to elect this good man. Our country surely needs him. Please, let it be.

  18. Xiaoding says:

    “If you do not think the Obama administration would love to run against Santorum and his stand on social issues, you have a very loose grip of politics. Santorum CANNOT win in the general election. Period. ”
    Heh! The democrats said exactly the same thing, ABOUT RONALD REAGAN!
    The word of the Lord is VICTORY.
    People have had enough of the phony religious Obama. They will vote for the real thing. They don’t care WHAT he says, because THEY KNOW WHERE HE’S COMING FROM.
    “I find Santorum’s faith despicable and downright frightening. This is not only because I completely disagree with him. It’s also because he has no sense of limited govt or personal autonomy and I truly believe he would have no problem imposing – or at least trying to – his faith on government.”
    There is only one word for this…sick. Sick, sick, sick. I have NEVER had a religious person, from the RIGHT, impose on me! I’ve have had PLENTY of my rights taken away, by the SICK, SICK, LEFT. So you can just go to HELL.

  19. Ragspierre says:

    Very…um…Christian…of you, dingy…

  20. If there was no problem with mainstream Protestantism, half the Episcopalian Church would not now be affiliated with the Church of England … out of AFRICA… because it is more doctrinally rigorous.

  21. Ragspierre says:

    Richard, what ails Protestantism that does not ail Catholicism…???

  22. Ragspierre says:

    Yo…Fillie…
    Where’s that kick-ass messaging your were going to provide, putting me in my place…
    Took me 40 seconds to write mine.
    You’ve had…what…two hours…???

  23. rickl says:

    There is only one word for this…sick. Sick, sick, sick. I have NEVER had a religious person, from the RIGHT, impose on me! I’ve have had PLENTY of my rights taken away, by the SICK, SICK, LEFT.
    Yup. I’m an agnostic, and I approve of this message.

  24. Huey says:

    The left calls upon God (usually more the closer we get to Election Day) without a word from the leftstream media. (And, it doesn’t matter just what religion the leftist supposedly adheres to…) If anyone mentions that the leftist’s actions don’t comport with his supposed adherence, the leftstream media bombards him with incredulous questions: “So, are you saying that he’s not Christian? How dare you!”
    But, anyone from the right actually expresses a fundamental value of his faith (such as that there IS a “Satan,” that he DOES do “evil,” and that this “evil” is apparent by looking around us in America….) then he is a religious freak.
    Par for the course.
    Nothing Santorum has said on the subject of religion is in any way out of the mainstream of Christianity.
    I believe that the left (and many of those on the right) seriously misjudge just how strongly a person of unwavering faith resonates with the American public.
    After all, there’s a REASON Obama forces himself through the doors of a Christian church once in a while. If a leftist radical, trying to get enough votes to continue his war against Christianity, has to first convince enough of HIS voters that he is a Christian, how could it possibly be a bad thing if someone on the “right” actually IS a person of faith?
    BTW, Santorum’s within 2 of Obama nationwide now. After all this flap. And, right now, the Republican candidates are turning their guns on each other – not Obama.

  25. Ragspierre says:

    “Nothing Santorum has said on the subject of religion is in any way out of the mainstream of Christianity.”
    Mamma used to say, “It isn’t what you say; it’s how you say it.” As I know you know, there are ways to put things in a jury argument to be effective.
    And, actually, the Catholic hierarchy that embraced Obama at Notre Dame is pretty much the Catholic “mainstream”.
    http://www.steynonline.com/4829/the-catholic-state

  26. ” Gosh, Miss Lane, strange how you never see Valerie Jarrett and Beelzebub together.” #SantorumOntoSomething

  27. Ragspierre says:

    Now THAT, Richard, was funny….!!!!

  28. Ricky says:

    “what ails Protestantism that doesnt ail Catholicism”
    Exactly!
    Santorum is self-righteous, that is the problem with him.

  29. ed says:

    If contraception for women is immoral then so are vasectomies