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Santorum's Truth
Author: Raine    Date: 02/20/2012 14:54:34

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.

and
Raine

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Comment by Mondobubba on 02/20/2012 13:55:37
Morning from the salt mine.

Comment by TriSec on 02/20/2012 14:00:47
Hey look, the blog is still open on weekdays!

Comment by wickedpam on 02/20/2012 14:21:04
Morning

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/20/2012 14:28:27
So, who's working today? Or should I say who's employer shows some respect for the holiday today?

Comment by wickedpam on 02/20/2012 14:31:16
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, who's working today? Or should I say who's employer shows some respect for the holiday today?



puh-lese the only holidays I ever get off are Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day, Labor Day and the 4th of July. After that it's nadda

Comment by BobR on 02/20/2012 14:34:41
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, who's working today? Or should I say who's employer shows some respect for the holiday today?

I am "working", although our customers (high schools) generally aren't, so it will be a quiet day.

Comment by TriSec on 02/20/2012 14:49:54
I'm home...two weeks on the job, and a paid holiday already!

Comment by BobR on 02/20/2012 14:53:33
Quote by TriSec:
I'm home...two weeks on the job, and a paid holiday already!

nice!

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/20/2012 14:53:56
In answer to my question few of the employers are respecting the holiday. Espeically yours, Bobber. If your client base is closed, WTF???

Comment by BobR on 02/20/2012 15:10:46
Quote by Mondobubba:
In answer to my question few of the employers are respecting the holiday. Espeically yours, Bobber. If your client base is closed, WTF???

I work nights and weekends too, so it's no big deal. Sometimes I have hours of free time during the day, so it all balances out.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/20/2012 15:10:49
I don't think Massennutten has the same quality skiing as Apsen

Comment by Raine on 02/20/2012 15:22:51
Good Morning! thank you for your patience, the Monday Blog is posted. Please do take a read.

I googled it all so you don't have to. As a result, I am even more concerned about the new GOP frontrunner than before.

Comment by TriSec on 02/20/2012 15:28:15
Brownies in the oven...I'll be making pasta e fagioli later this afternoon. With bright sun and temps nearing 50 today, I think we'll be paying a visit to this dude after lunch.

http://walkinbrain.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/400px-minuteman_statue_2_-_old_north_bridge.jpg


Comment by Raine on 02/20/2012 15:36:22
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, who's working today? Or should I say who's employer shows some respect for the holiday today?



puh-lese the only holidays I ever get off are Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day, Labor Day and the 4th of July. After that it's nadda
You have to get thanksgiving off...


Comment by wickedpam on 02/20/2012 15:43:48
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, who's working today? Or should I say who's employer shows some respect for the holiday today?



puh-lese the only holidays I ever get off are Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day, Labor Day and the 4th of July. After that it's nadda
You have to get thanksgiving off...



oops, yes I forgot T-day too - so 6 whole holidays in a 365 day year. I'm actually surprised we're not open in some sense since the big boss says "if grocery stores are open so are we" and pretty much these days nothing is 100% closed

Comment by Raine on 02/20/2012 15:50:38
Just to add a bit of a dovetail to the blog. Ann coulter and dominioism:
The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man's dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it's yours. That's our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that's the Biblical view.


Comment by TriSec on 02/20/2012 15:52:43
I think you can all get at this.

Blue & Gold banquet photos...my last night as Cubmaster.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-oLOllHOu0ZM/T0JrnHZCySI/AAAAAAAAAbw/LknRr2KGhn4/s640/Javi%2527s%2520Arrow%2520of%2520Light%2520%2526%2520Crossover%2520001.jpg


Comment by Raine on 02/20/2012 16:03:52
Let's not forget something else about Santorum: Iran is bad because it's a theocracy. --

So he questions the presidents Theology and says IRan is bad -- basically re-enforcing the point I was trying to make that if it is not Santorums way -- it is bad.

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/20/2012 16:03:52
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
In answer to my question few of the employers are respecting the holiday. Espeically yours, Bobber. If your client base is closed, WTF???

I work nights and weekends too, so it's no big deal. Sometimes I have hours of free time during the day, so it all balances out.



You are on call, aren't you?

Comment by BobR on 02/20/2012 16:21:22
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
In answer to my question few of the employers are respecting the holiday. Espeically yours, Bobber. If your client base is closed, WTF???

I work nights and weekends too, so it's no big deal. Sometimes I have hours of free time during the day, so it all balances out.


You are on call, aren't you?

That's not how my job works. I do data migration projects that take months to complete, and I do the work when it is most convenient to the customer (ie: least disruptive). This means I tend to work several hours every weekend, and some evenings, and I end up with free time during the day during the week.


Comment by Raine on 02/20/2012 16:44:27
and when Santorum says he's against public education, it's his truth.
Santorum also told Schieffer that government-provided education was not working and that the process ought to be customizable, like buying a car.

"I'm saying that local communities and parents should be the ones in control over public education, certainly not the federal government, and I think the state governments have not done a particularly good job in public education, either," Santorum said.

Buying a car, by contrast he said, is "designed to meet the needs of a customer. Federally or state-run education is not designed to meet the needs of the customer."


Comment by clintster on 02/20/2012 16:46:47
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, who's working today? Or should I say who's employer shows some respect for the holiday today?


I have the whole week off for winter break.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/20/2012 16:48:04
ugh, now I have the Happy Happy Halloween song stuck in my head

Comment by clintster on 02/20/2012 16:49:29
By the way, today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Friendship 7, the Mercury capsule that took John Glenn into orbit.



Comment by Mondobubba on 02/20/2012 16:51:07
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
In answer to my question few of the employers are respecting the holiday. Espeically yours, Bobber. If your client base is closed, WTF???

I work nights and weekends too, so it's no big deal. Sometimes I have hours of free time during the day, so it all balances out.


You are on call, aren't you?

That's not how my job works. I do data migration projects that take months to complete, and I do the work when it is most convenient to the customer (ie: least disruptive). This means I tend to work several hours every weekend, and some evenings, and I end up with free time during the day during the week.



Ahh of course! :smacks head: Your actual job title doesn't really explain what you do.

Comment by wickedpam on 02/20/2012 16:52:08
Mondo - Walking Dead?

Comment by BobR on 02/20/2012 16:54:55
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
In answer to my question few of the employers are respecting the holiday. Espeically yours, Bobber. If your client base is closed, WTF???

I work nights and weekends too, so it's no big deal. Sometimes I have hours of free time during the day, so it all balances out.


You are on call, aren't you?

That's not how my job works. I do data migration projects that take months to complete, and I do the work when it is most convenient to the customer (ie: least disruptive). This means I tend to work several hours every weekend, and some evenings, and I end up with free time during the day during the week.


Ahh of course! :smacks head: Your actual job title doesn't really explain what you do.

My job title is "Integration Architect", so it actually is pretty accurate.

Comment by clintster on 02/20/2012 17:07:05
In case you missed it... Bill O'Reilly appeared on SNL this past Saturday. Appropriately enough, he was a guest on the "What's Up With That?" sketch:



Comment by Mondobubba on 02/20/2012 17:47:12
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
In answer to my question few of the employers are respecting the holiday. Espeically yours, Bobber. If your client base is closed, WTF???

I work nights and weekends too, so it's no big deal. Sometimes I have hours of free time during the day, so it all balances out.


You are on call, aren't you?

That's not how my job works. I do data migration projects that take months to complete, and I do the work when it is most convenient to the customer (ie: least disruptive). This means I tend to work several hours every weekend, and some evenings, and I end up with free time during the day during the week.


Ahh of course! :smacks head: Your actual job title doesn't really explain what you do.

My job title is "Integration Architect", so it actually is pretty accurate.


Ah didn't know about the "Integration" part. Makes perfect sense since you are on the cusp between the design and production.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 02/20/2012 17:52:15
Good morning, bloggers!! I am home today but busy with housework and studying for my test on March 3rd. (Flying into Boston on the morning of March 2nd and leaving on the evening of the 4th.)

Raine, thanks for a great blog! I worry about the dominionists in our midst, who seem intent on wholly capturing the GOP and then the country. (I recommend the sites Jews On First and Dominion Watch for more information and Right Wing Watch for more information.)

For those who missed a few posts on the blog last night, claypigeonb who posted here, at UNN and AAP passed away on January 25th. This is her obituary. Reverend Patricia Anne Moore struck me as a true Christian, compassionate and tolerant of others, accepting others as part of a greater human family without viewing those of different faiths as lesser persons. I believe that she was a far better person and a far better Christian than Rick Santorum.

Quote by Raine:
Just to add a bit of a dovetail to the blog. Ann coulter and dominioism:
The ethic of conservation is the explicit abnegation of man's dominion over the Earth. The lower species are here for our use. God said so: Go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and rape the planet — it's yours. That's our job: drilling, mining and stripping. Sweaters are the anti-Biblical view. Big gas-guzzling cars with phones and CD players and wet bars — that's the Biblical view.


Ann Coulter mischaracterizes the teachings of the Torah on the environment. Man was given a role, but more akin to being a steward. The land was meant to have periods of rest. It was forbidden to cut fruit trees during the seige of a city. Ann Coulter typifies those who quote from the Bible without understanding its cultural and historical context. It is about as sensible as someone who had no knowledge of human history thinking that Animal Farm was a historical novel. (Maybe Coulter could play the scarecrow in a remake. All she has to do is stand in the field and be silent -- which would be a major challenge for her.)


Comment by livingonli on 02/20/2012 18:09:53
Good day everyone. Every time I hear something about his frothiness, the more dangerous he becomes. If he gets the nomination, shouldn't that be the proof to the rest of the American people that the GOP has gone completely batshit crazy?

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/20/2012 18:41:18
Headache, headache, headache. HEADACHE.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 02/20/2012 21:36:29
So, if Mitt Romney loses Michigan, will his candidacy still be viable?

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/20/2012 21:49:11
Quote by Will in Chicago:
So, if Mitt Romney loses Michigan, will his candidacy still be viable?



Great question, Steve Kornacki from Salon had some stuff about that very topic in his column today.

Comment by Mondobubba on 02/20/2012 21:52:03
What a rat on crack!

Comment by livingonli on 02/20/2012 22:01:40
When the leading GOP candidate is someone who doesn't believe in Federal or State funding in education and apparently all kids should just be home-schooled like his kids then we might as well just go back to the dark ages.

Comment by BobR on 02/20/2012 22:39:36
Quote by Will in Chicago:
For those who missed a few posts on the blog last night, claypigeonb who posted here, at UNN and AAP passed away on January 25th. This is her obituary. Reverend Patricia Anne Moore struck me as a true Christian, compassionate and tolerant of others, accepting others as part of a greater human family without viewing those of different faiths as lesser persons. I believe that she was a far better person and a far better Christian than Rick Santorum.

I saw your post last night - if she posted here, it wasn't as claypigeonb - there's no such user in our user DB.

Comment by BobR on 02/20/2012 22:41:48
Quote by clintster:
In case you missed it... Bill O'Reilly appeared on SNL this past Saturday. Appropriately enough, he was a guest on the "What's Up With That?" sketch:


Saw that - silly as always (yet it still gets a smile out of me). I noticed Kate Upton brought her two friends with her.

Comment by Raine on 02/20/2012 22:51:00
I am back from a lovely afternoon of shopping -- Tomorrow I will reveal why....



Comment by TriSec on 02/20/2012 23:01:34
Comment by Raine on 02/21/2012 00:39:11
Ok -- I have been told (by Bob) I can reveal what is happening tomorrow.

This is kinda a BFD for me personally.

I have been invited by the White House to listen to the President giving remarks on the economy. I got a DM via twitter thanking me for sharing #40dollars stories.I was asked to follow up with them about a WH event.

I did. As a result, I was invited!

Comment by wickedpam on 02/21/2012 01:14:38
Quote by Raine:
Ok -- I have been told (by Bob) I can reveal what is happening tomorrow.

This is kinda a BFD for me personally.

I have been invited by the White House to listen to the President giving remarks on the economy. I got a DM via twitter thanking me for sharing #40dollars stories.I was asked to follow up with them about a WH event.

I did. As a result, I was invited!



woohoo!!!! Have fun!

Comment by Will in Chicago on 02/21/2012 02:56:01
Quote by Raine:
Ok -- I have been told (by Bob) I can reveal what is happening tomorrow.

This is kinda a BFD for me personally.

I have been invited by the White House to listen to the President giving remarks on the economy. I got a DM via twitter thanking me for sharing #40dollars stories.I was asked to follow up with them about a WH event.

I did. As a result, I was invited!


Congratulations! I hope that it is a wonderful experience.