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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rick Santorum “Throws Up” on Separation of Church and State

Rick Santorum just doesn't understand the Constitution or the meaning of separation of church and state.

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum condemned the principle of the separation of church and state, as the Boston Globereports. Last fall Santorum said that he “almost threw up” after reading John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech endorsing the principle....

...Santorum distorts the meaning of JFK’s speech as well as the meaning of the wall of separation between church and state (a term first used by Thomas Jefferson). Santorum’s use of the phrase “public square” illegitimately packages together two totally different ideas (thus committing the fallacy that Ayn Rand termedpackage-dealing). In his usage, that phrase simultaneously means “in government policy” and “in public places.” But bringing religion into government policy and recognizing people’s right to hold and discuss religious views in public places are two completely different things. One is forbidden by the separation of church and state—and by the Constitution—and the other is not. For a man running for the presidency of the United States, this distinction should be elementary. But, then, if that man seeks to impose his religion on others, he may find this distinction convenient to ignore.

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