It's easy to joke about Santorum and his name. What isn't easy is to listen to is the former senator's rhetoric. It seems to get more pointed as he rises in the polls and popularity around the country. As a matter of fact, it's downright divisive. His rhetoric is getting more emboldened and charged as people learn more about him.
Over the weekend Rick Santorum said the following
The “president’s agenda” is “not about you,” he said. “It’s not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your job.
“It’s about some phony ideal, some phony theology,” Santorum said to applause from the crowd. “Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology, but no less a theology.”
This is the part of his campaign stump speech that many people have focused on. What is less reported were these comments
“I was talking about the radical environmentalists,” Santorum said. “That’s why I was talking about energy. This idea that man is here to serve the earth, as opposed to husband its resources and being good stewards of the earth, and I think that is a phony ideal.” ....
“I’ve repeatedly said that I believe the president’s Christian,” the former Pennsylvania senator said. “He says he’s a Christian, but I am talking about his world view and the way he approaches problems in this country. I think they’re different than how most people do in America.”
In other words, according to Mr.Santorum, President Obama puts Earth before man, and for him that is a phony theology. It doesn't synch with what the former senator believes, there fore, it's not legitimate. Basically, with these comments, Santorum is espousing the school of thought known as Dominionism
The term "Dominionism" was popularized in the 1990s by scholars and journalists, who applied it to conservative Christians seeking political power. It derives from the Book of Genesis, in which God tells Adam and Eve to have "dominion" over the Earth and its animals. "Dominionism" generally describes the belief that Christians are biblically mandated to control all earthly institutions until the second coming of Jesus.
Experts identify two main schools of Dominionism: Christian Reconstructionists, who believe biblical law, including stoning as punishment for adultery and other transgressions, should replace secular law; and the New Apostolic Reformation, which advocates for Christians to "reclaim the seven mountains of culture": government, religion, media, family, business, education, and arts and entertainment.
I understand that Santorum is Catholic but as Matt Osbourne stated in this post
Get that? Those binders full of notes, labs full of chemicals, racks of samples, and published empirical studies make smart people ‘prideful’ — and therefore dangerous. (Remember, Galileo was “dangerous” too.) Which brings me to Santorum’s bizarre accusation yesterday that President Obama is using “political science” in the climate change “debate” (it’s a ‘debate’ only in the minds of people who, like Santorum, prefer spiritual evidence to empirical). Tellingly, the candidate segued from climate change denial to denigrating Obama’s Christianity...
Science is bad you see when you don't have the same morality of someone like Rick Santorum. The Obama campaign pushed back
with Robert Gibbs saying it's time "to get rid of this mindset in our politics that, if we disagree, we have to question character and faith.
That's is a legitimate point, but what is one to do when a politician is actually campaigning upon their personal religious beliefs? As ThinkProgress notes:
Santorum appears to be on a mission to be a one-man Council of Trent, the 16th Century Catholic ecumenical council that defined Protestants as heretics. In a 2008 speech rediscovered this week, Santorum said Mainline Protestants — about 45 million Presbyterians, Lutherans, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Methodists and others — are “gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.”
Dominioist or not, this is something that should be looked at and more closely scrutinized.
We are supposed to have a separation of Church and state with our form of Government-- it does not exclude people of faith but rather, our constitution allows for governing outside of incorporating religion into our laws. This leads me to something else very curious from the Santorum campaign with regard to women and prenatal health care.
“A lot of prenatal tests are done to identify deformities in utero, and the customary procedure is to encourage abortions,” he said. “We know that 90 percent of Down syndrome children in America are aborted. So, to suggest, where does that come from?” Santorum made similar comments Saturday, and the issue is a favorite of his lately because President Obama’s health-care reform would cover such operations, though he stopped short of wanting a ban on all prenatal testing—just some.
According to Rick Santorum some
testing leads to abortion. This is an interesting conundrum when one takes into account what is happing here in Virginia
. Once signed into law, all women in the Commonwealth who seek an abortion will be forced to endure a Transvaginal UltraSound. Jezebel writes:
During the floor debate on Tuesday, Del. C. Todd Gilbert announced that "in the vast majority of these cases, these [abortions] are matters of lifestyle convenience." (He has since apologized.) Virginia Democrat Del. David Englin, who opposes the bill, has said Gilbert's statement "is in line with previous Republican comments on the issue," recalling one conversation with a GOP lawmaker who told him that women had already made the decision to be "vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant."
Think about that. How does that work? Sluts who want an abortion deserve to be violated, while women who may choose to abort a child for serious issues should not have that choice at all. To hell with prenatal testing --unless you want to abort. My head spins. This is how radical this form of conservatism is -- it will go so far as to deny women the science of health care. It will deny the science of climate change.
It does so in the name of what they believe is the teaching of their
god. Yours need not apply if if doesn't fit the tenants of faith that Rick Santorum approves. There is really very little to misunderstand here. Rick Santorum wants to impose conservative Christianity as law in the United States of America. He would like to replace secular law with theological law -- in his case, one that is an extreme form of Catholicism. Don't believe me?
He told a crowd at a November campaign stop in Iowa in no uncertain terms, "our civil laws have to comport with a higher law: God's law."
On Thanksgiving Day at an Iowa candidates' forum, he reiterated: "We have civil laws, but our civil laws have to comport with the higher law."
And as an aside, when Santorum says "God," he means "not any god (but) the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." .....
Some of you might be asking: How far will "Santorum Two" take this? It's not like he's going to base public policy decisions on Bible passages, right?
Well, here's what Santorum had to say just last week when asked about his opposition to gay marriage: "We have Judeo-Christian values that are based on biblical truth. ... And those truths don't change just because people's attitudes may change."
He has even gone so far as to say that he would criminally charge abortion providers. Rick Santorum isn't lying to you. He wants this Nation to be based upon his religious views -- and that means your rights end where his belief begins.
When he says states should be able to ban birth control, he is telling you his truth. When he says women should stay home and raise children, he is telling you his truth. When he says women and 'gays' should not serve in combat, he is telling you his truth. When he says marriage equality is an abomination, he is telling you his truth. When he says women who are raped should keep the baby as a gift from god, he is telling you his truth. When he tells you life begins at conception, he is telling you his truth. When he tells you that man is the keeper of the earth -- he is telling you his truth. When he says that Science is incorrect, he is telling you his truth.
His truth is based upon his religious beliefs and given the chance, he would impose theocratic law upon a secular constitutional republic. This is his truth. If you don't agree, you are part of the problem according to political theologist, Rick Santorum.