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Tag: rick santorum

March
8th

RELIGION: Don’t spend tax dollars on churches

Your editorial regarding Rick Santorum and separation of church and state (TNT, 3-7) was deeply flawed as it suggested that absolute separation of church and state is analogous to discrimination against religious institutions and that nonbelievers need to lighten up.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I support absolute separation of church and state – as well as an individual’s right to pursue faith-based religion. What I object to is discrimination in favor of religious institutions and tax dollars being spent promoting religion.

Think federal and state tax subsidies for traditional organized religions or, every Monday morning, having

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March
8th

TNT: Liberal bias is all too obvious

Why don’t I subscribe to The News Tribune anymore? Its liberal bias disgusts me.

I walked by a News Tribune paper box at a retail store on the day after Super Tuesday and glanced at the front-page headline. It said, “Romney barely wins key Ohio primary.”

The real political news of the day was obvious: that Romney won six of 10 Super Tuesday contests, including Ohio, or that he more than doubled his delegate lead over Rick Santorum, and quadrupled his lead over the third-place challenger.

But you liberals can’t report the news accurately anymore. You love to put a

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March
7th

SANTORUM: Which version is the real one?

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

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March
7th

GOP: Religion and the election

Rick Santorum must have slept through his constitutional law class. Separation between church and state is one of the hallmarks of the U.S. that made this country great. Just observe the many punitive theocracies that exist in the world.

Santorum clearly doesn’t respect the separation between church and state, and his ultra-conservative views on contraception, abortion and gay people and his disdain for higher education make it surprising that Romney didn’t eke out bigger leads against him in the Super Tuesday results.

The race continues. Observers on either side simply can’t look away. Barbara Bush (senior) remarked that the race

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March
6th

LIMBAUGH: Republicans lack courage to speak up

Rush Limbaugh’s vile and perverse attack on Sandra Fluke says much more about the current Republican Party than it does about Limbaugh. Revolting, yes, but it’s no real shock that Limbaugh would quite happily pervert a serious, women’s health issue into a sex-for-money argument.

What is shocking is the abject lack of courage to act on principle by Republican leaders and conservative spokespeople in their unwillingness to condemn Limbaugh at the outset.

On CNN, Ari Fleischer played the false equivalency card, citing a harsh critique of the Catholic Church on the Huffington Post as deserving of an apology. Mary Matalin,

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March
1st

SANTORUM: College brainwashing a good thing

Rick Santorum claims that college brainwashes our youth with a liberal agenda and encourages them to abandon their faith.

He’s right: I was brainwashed.

My liberal arts college brainwashed me to think with a clear mind and to make rational choices. So I chose to vote for women’s rights, to accept gay people as my fellow citizens, to doubt the value of war, to question religious dogma and to embrace American communitarianism as much as I embrace American individualism.

While in college, I integrated Eastern wisdom with my Christian faith, beginning the practice of meditation I’ve enjoyed twice a day

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Feb.
23rd

GOP: Candidates seem unqualified to lead

Whatever happened to the Grand Old Party?

I tend to vote for those who I think will be best qualified at the time to solve the current problems of our country. So I have on occasion voted in Republicans.

The people put forth this time by the GOP seem all underqualified to lead this country. Mitt Romney was seen as an unelectable opportunist four years ago. Newt Gingrich was already done in in the 1990s after his government shutdown debacle and his philandering. Ron Paul participates just out of habit, not expecting to be elected. And Rick Santorum, the Catholic

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Feb.
22nd

GOP: Government according to the Bible?

I remember when it was prudent to refrain from invoking the Bible or testifying how Christian, or what type of Christian, a candidate might be. John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, proclaimed he wouldn’t be beholden to the Vatican were he elected president; he would serve as president according to the Constitution.

It was understood this was how it is. After all, governmental powers and limitations are constructed by the Constitution, not the Bible. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich would have you believe government should be run in accordance with biblical principles.

This is opposite what the founding fathers imagined. The

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