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03 March 2011

Rick Santorum Is An Idiot


I meant to post this last week -- but never got to it.

I'm sorry. I know that normally I preach civility in discourse and attacking the position, not the person -- but come on:

At Oakbrook Preparatory School, Santorum talked to a group of more than 200 students, faculty and community members about how divine law informs man's law. He cited President John Kennedy's 1960 speech in which Kennedy called the separation of church and state “absolute.”

Santorum, who is Catholic, said that had “disastrous consequences,” including “the privatization of faith” and began a tradition of separating faith and politics, which he called, “A lie.”

And he went back 1,000 years to paint a picture of Islam that barely distinguished radical practitioners of that faith from those who are moderate.

“The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical,” Santorum said. “And that is what the perception is by the American left who hates Christendom. They hate Christendom. They hate Western civilization at the core. That's the problem.”

But Santorum, 52, disagreed with the “Christian Soldier” assessment.

“I don't see it that way at all,” he said. “What I'm talking about is onward American soldiers. What we're talking about are core American values. ‘All men are created equal' — that's a Christian value, but it's an American value. It's become part of our national religion, if you will. The point I was trying to make was that the national faith, the national ideal, is rooted in the Christian ideal — in the Judeo-Christian concept of the person.”
Emphasis mine.

Okay. So Santorum is saying that the Crusades, the 11th, 12th and 13th century religious military campaigns waged primarily by the Roman Catholic church, were not an act of aggression.

Indeed.

It is really difficult to maintain a civil discourse with someone who thinks that waging a holy war is not an act of aggression.

Gah.

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