Monday, February 27, 2012

Religious Demagoguery

Guest blogger, Cliff Moone, ordained Christian minister from Hickory, NC, and Democratic chair of the 10th Congressional District:
POINT: How times have changed! Over the weekend, Rick Santorum explicitly declared that John F. Kennedy's statement that he believed in the separation of church and state made Santorum "want to throw up!" In Santorum World, Kennedy's words, which were delivered to quell fears of Evangelicals and Protestants during the 1960 campaign about a Catholic in the White House, meant that people of faith should be kept out of public discourse and debate.

COUNTERPOINT: This is BAD history, BAD theological reasoning, and BAD governmental theory.The principle of the "Separation of Chuch and State" was first stated in America by Roger Williams and became a vital concept for ensuring religious freedom to founders like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The concept was considered so important that it was eventually written into the First Amendment. Santorum completely misinterprets JFK's words and point.

But more importantly, he is revealing his own radical Theocratic Worldview that is at odds with American traditions and values. The over-emphasis by the Religious Right on the "free expression clause" of the First Amendment seems to forget the crucial "establishment clause" and the dangers both to religion and democracy that a failure to balance these two can create. Mr. Santorum should STOP the religious demagoguery! It's his views that should make us all sick!


amjp said...

Excellent statement. (And Santorum is really creepy!)

Perspective said...

Actually, JW, it is your views that make me want to throw up. But then again, your views make most people want to throw up.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the whole concept of "separation of church and state" has been taken entirely out of context.

Brushfire said...

nonymous, What do you mean by that?

brotherdoc said...

Perspective, don't know who appointed you to decide what makes "most people" want to throw up reading JW's views. Anyway, you are wrong about readers here, go throw up somewhere else. As for Santorum, as Lloyd Bentsen famously told Dan Quayles, "You, sir, are no Jack Kennedy." If you want the Conference of Catholic Bishops to be the arbiter of American reproductive policy, vote for Santorum.