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Rick Santorum Says Separation of Church and State Makes Him Want to Vomit: VIDEO


In addition to remarks over the weekend that Higher Education is dangerous because President Obama is trying to indoctrinate kids by suggesting they attend college and remaking them in his own image, Rick Santorum explained to George Stephanopoulos why JFK's 1960 speech on the separation of church and state makes him want "to throw up".

Said Santorum:

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country. This is the First Amendment. The First Amendment says the free exercise of religion. That means bringing everybody, people of faith and no faith, into the public square. Kennedy for the first time articulated the vision saying, no, ‘faith is not allowed in the public square. I will keep it separate.’ Go on and read the speech ‘I will have nothing to do with faith. I won’t consult with people of faith.’ It was an absolutist doctrine that was foreign at the time of 1960."


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  1. Know what makes me want to vomit? That's right. Santorum.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Feb 27, 2012 7:35:45 AM

  2. Replace each use of "church" with "Christianity" and you'll get the really gist of what he's trying to say.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 27, 2012 7:47:32 AM

  3. Where's the damn exorcist when you need one!

    Posted by: Vern Dufford | Feb 27, 2012 8:04:53 AM

  4. Who is the absolutist? Santorum!!

    Posted by: Snoopy | Feb 27, 2012 8:08:56 AM

  5. well he makes me want to vomit, so I guess we're even.

    Posted by: EO | Feb 27, 2012 8:09:13 AM

  6. What galls me, besides Rick Santorum's continued existence in general, is how he and other Republican conservatives have decided that the founding fathers did not believe in a separation of Church and State, which is patently false. They clearly believed that citizens should practice their faith however they liked, but that religion and churches should have no place in government whatsoever.
    Santorum is propagating a lie, and I'm waiting for someone to have the nerve to confront him and call him out for this lie in a way that that will force him to answer for it without evading or dismissing, like at a debate or in a live TV interview. Most major press are too polite to people like him. He doesn't deserve the courtesy.

    Posted by: Abie | Feb 27, 2012 8:21:59 AM

  7. Frothy Mix makes me want to vomit everytime he opens up his pie-hole

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 27, 2012 8:27:17 AM

  8. If possible this creep gets creepier and creepier. Behind his whole shape-shifted face and torso I can sense a writhing mass of alien tube worms struggling to emerge, which he struggles to keep hidden. Soon everyone will get the drift and he'll be thown out completely and forever by everyone except the soiled creeps he feeds. Day of the Living Dead.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 27, 2012 8:52:59 AM

  9. He is definition of creep.

    Posted by: RobWest | Feb 27, 2012 9:02:35 AM

  10. Keep digging, Rick, keep digging.

    I hate people who try to impose their world view on everyone else. As though they were the smart ones!

    Posted by: bottom line | Feb 27, 2012 9:14:56 AM

  11. matt

    replace "church" with "islam" and he is a twin to some mullah dictator in a theocracy

    Posted by: say what | Feb 27, 2012 9:18:34 AM


    Posted by: GRivera | Feb 27, 2012 9:21:05 AM

  13. It doesn't just go one way, Rick. Along that same line of logic, state involvement in religious matters is not out of the question. I'd love to hear his opinion about that. Also, someone needs to check his pulse. Those dead eyes? Totally a zombie.

    Posted by: Munro | Feb 27, 2012 9:32:54 AM

  14. Angelina Jolie's leg and Rick Santorum talking may be too much to take first thing on a Monday morning.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 27, 2012 9:42:07 AM

  15. He was completely disowned by the Republican establishment this past weekend in the WSJ.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 27, 2012 9:55:45 AM

  16. well there goes his chances for being future President. so what was his platform on politics again? shoving the hate and making god laws views to the American peoples by going by speaking or spewing whatever that makes senses to him.

    Posted by: albertam | Feb 27, 2012 10:12:15 AM

  17. Santorum is the most frightening GOP candidate for President since Barry Goldwater.

    Posted by: Nathan James | Feb 27, 2012 10:16:33 AM

  18. What r the repblican's vision for the economy? Oh thats right I forgot they dont have a vision or a plan or even a hunch about what to do with our miserable economy, and jobs, and infrastructure.

    Their plan is to simply change the subject and hope nobody notices.

    Santorum is a vote pandering crook

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Feb 27, 2012 10:31:41 AM

  19. A line from Bernstein's Mass: "I believe in one god, I believe in three, I'll believe in twenty gods if they'll believe in me."

    Faith is just that - faith. Faith is belief in something we cannot see, something we cannot prove. Santorum wants his beliefs to be the basis for government policy. He expects us to just take his beliefs in things he cannot see or prove as a basis for laws and policy in this country. Notice he wants his beliefs, not the beliefs of Muslims or Jews or other Christian groups to be the basis for the law of the land. He wants his beliefs to be the basis.

    That is why we need separation of church and state. That is why we need the First Amendment. The colonies were founded and settled by people of various Christian denominations who often moved to this continent to be able to be free to exercise their religious beliefs free from persecution. But those same denominations often persecuted other religious denominations when they set up their colonies. The First Amendment allows for the free exercise of all or no religious practices, and it prevents the imposition of the will of one religious group on all the others.

    JFK understood this. Santorum, whose intellect is nowhere near that of JFK's, does not. So Santorum can vomit all he wants. His vomiting says more about his narrow thinking than it does about what the First Amendment means and what this country is all about.

    Posted by: john patrick | Feb 27, 2012 11:17:30 AM

  20. Should we just start calling him Ayatollah Santorum? I thought the Republicans were all for establishing democracy in place of religious dictatorships. Maybe that's just in the Middle East.

    Posted by: Bill in Oakland | Feb 27, 2012 12:58:41 PM

  21. Sir Taliban of the Frothy Mix always has the most idiotic things to say. The guy gives evil lunatics a bad name.

    Posted by: Tarc | Feb 27, 2012 2:41:34 PM

  22. And I love the idea of Santorum not stopping to vomit...................

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Feb 27, 2012 4:58:35 PM

  23. Thank you UFFDA for an explanation that finally explains the nagging feelings I've had about His Creepiness for sometime.

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 27, 2012 5:09:22 PM

  24. Rick should move to a Muslim nation where they are not at all concerned with that pesky notion of separation of church and state. Mullah Santorum sounds just about right.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 27, 2012 6:43:58 PM

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