Slate said in a tweet recently that former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum should “stop whining,” that people aren’t attacking his religion. They’re attacking him. For some, perhaps because he’s using his faith, such as it is, as a shield and a sword… For the love of God — and I mean that reverently — can I have an A-M-E-N?!?
That is certainly offensive to this Catholic, And I should think it would also be so to Christians & folks of any faith. Using your religion for political gain is like using your child, or the memory of a deceased relative. It was even worked into the script of “The American President,” with Michael Douglas’ character getting legitimately pissed off when an aide brought up his former wife.
Now, this claim is nuts. Rick Santorum isn’t being asked about his faith. He’s being asked about statements that have come out of his own mouth about contraception, prenatal screening, and man’s dominion over earth. Even if we stipulate that the press is asking a disproportionate number of questions about these issues—instead of, say, his manufacturing plan or position on Syria—the questions I’ve heard haven’t been about papal infallibility or the Catechism. When the press want to ask gotcha questions about doctrinal matters, they ignore everything the candidate actually talks about and ask about evolution—as they regularly did with Mike Huckabee during the 2008 race.
This is a dodge. And when you make a dodge of faith, you cheapen it—not the least because you make the plea seem like just another political move.
First, let’s dispense with the red meat: To Hell with the Homos!
Perhaps one of the worst aspects of Santorum misusing his faith is in a continual and hateful campaign against gays and gay rights — here, there, seemingly everywhere that one group of people ask to be treated by the same rules as everyone else. Two words Ricky Ménage : enough already!
In life, I have been blessed to have held some significant jobs. In each of them, one of my main goals has been to take my jobs seriously, but not myself. Whilst I’ll never be important like Rick Santorum, he has clearly never embraced that mantra. So I think a little humor is warranted here: On that note…
Rick Santorum had said things in public that would be jokes in and of themselves, if he didn’t mean them seriously.
How about this gem: “In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.” Mmmmmmkaaaay?!?
What about thissun: “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country…. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” Mmmmmmkaaaay?!?
Ok, check “The Gays” off the list. ISSUE TWO (2): BLAME ALL ILL …ON THE PILL!
I have been around politics a long time, and I appreciate the fact that Santorum needs to win the “far right” to get the GOP Presidential nod. I Get it. B-U-T what in Hell’s Halfacre is all this diatribe launched against the BIRTH CONTROL PILL?
I think my favorite moment — ONCE AGAIN — in the Mesa, Arizona Debate this week was brought to you by main man, Ron Paul, who said something along the lines of “Pills don’t make people immoral, immoral p-e-o-p-l-e do!!!”
I’m tellin’ ya — if I could bottle up this guy’s common sense and sell it, I could CLOSE DOWN my law practice!
And for those personal friends of mine reading this (not to mention fellow parishioners at St. Joe’s & Sacred Heart) I have never had, and shall never have a problem separating My Church from My State! And that’s from a dude who is on his way to Stations of the Cross as I write this piece so please don’t go there!
But I digress…. Back to Ricky Ménage ….
If anyone should be upset about the confluence of faith and the Santorum candidacy, it should be the rest of us who believe using God as a tool or Jesus as a pit bull attack dog for political gain isn’t worth our vote.
As my Raging Republican, Sassy Supermom and awesome pal Kimberly Locklair reminded me yesterday, the Rick Santorum of late is no different that the Rick Santorum past. The only difference is that lately, after being thrust into the spotlight like Dana Carvey’s pelvis in the Church Lady’s Superior Dance , folks have been forced to micro-examine what was already before them. And I , for one, don’t like what I see growing in that Petri dish! But enuff about MY opinion, what’s your’s?
by J.L. Mann Cromer, Jr., who served as the only true independent member of the South Carolina General Assembly from 1990-1998. Currently, he is a general practice attorney in Columbia, S.C., concentrating in probate and estate planning, criminal defense and personal injury law.