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SANTORUM: Which version is the real one?

Letter by Darrell L. Reeck, DuPont on March 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm | 1 Comment »
March 8, 2012 12:00 pm

Candidate Rick Santorum, reacting to John Kennedy’s vow on separation of church and state, said: “That makes me throw up.”

Who is Santorum? The one who made such a disrespectful and ill-informed statement or the one who modified the statement a day later after handlers gave him language to cover his tracks? Probably the true Santorum is exquisitely captured in his spontaneous first comments.

In fact, “absolute separation” hasn’t meant legal forbiddance of expression of faith in this, our nation. In ignoring that Kennedy supported free expression, Santorum created a rhetorical straw man.

So, then, what actually sickens Santorum? Apparently that he cannot establish his own beliefs as law. Not yet, at least.

Santorum should remember Roger Williams’ primary concern: no theocracy in America. Spiritual freedom and justice for all. That’s our greatest strength.

Unless and until Santorum can come to the podium and repeat Kennedy’s words as his own pledge, he should be rejected by believers and unbelievers alike, of whatever party, as a candidate.

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