Something I wrote elsewhere

So I’m writing on a friend’s site now,

Here’s the first post.

Hello from Iowa. Yes, that bizarre, medium-sized state in the middle of the country that can’t have a normal primary and has to go first. Right off the bat I want to apologize for all that crap. I had nothing to do with it, but I still feel a bit guilty. Now that that’s out-of-the-way…

Before the “caucus” (whatever that is) Santorum was hanging out in Cedar Falls at the University of Northern Iowa (you might remember the Panthers’ Cinderella run in the NCAA Basketball Tournament from a few years back). He was having a nice question and answer with the crowd that was staying pretty tame, for an ultra-conservative, religious nut. Up until a lady stands up and asks about the separation of church and state.

Rick let go with both barrels.

He started quoting not only the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, from memory, but letters written by Jefferson and Adams and I don’t remember who else. Guy knows his shit. And he’s right, the phrase “separation of church and state” doesn’t appear anywhere in our official founding documents. All that was pretty impressive. But what he did next was the real fun part.

Good old Rick starting using those quotes to show that, in his words, the Founding Fathers “clearly” intended for government to stay out of religion (fine, yes, I can see that) and also “clearly” wanted to make sure that religion have a hand in government (whaaa??). According to his interpretation of the facts, Jefferson and the boys wanted all of our decisions to be first run through a Protestant Christian filter to make sure they conformed to “God’s Law”.

He restated this point a few times and said that every time God is mentioned in the founding documents that it is the ”The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob” and that’s the one we should be thinking of when we pass laws or do anything else in this country.

So, for all you atheists, agnostics, pagans, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. etc. etc. Rick Santorum says you have to follow his imaginary friend’s rules, yours don’t count.

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