Mr. Santorum is the product of Liberal thought

There is no bottom to the pit from which Mr. Santorum will produce twisted Christian “values.” But, really, it is not totally his fault. His insane and inane beliefs are the result of the way we do religious thought in the country and this is a direct result of what the framers of the Bill of Rights set up when they provided virtually no state control of religion.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof

“I may not agree with what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.” —the essence of freedom, of what it means to be an American. Coupled with ignorance and fanned by the flame of religion, it is a dangerous combination and the result is people like Mr. Santorum and those who, like him, have the perfect knowledge of God’s mind, and they are not surprised to find that He has the same exact values they do and that He is an evangelical, right-wing American Christian who supports the Second Amendment and firmly believes that the right to privacy as it relates to woman’s body does not exist—that right only relates to religious institutions.

And the one thing a good American cannot do is to denigrate the religion of others—everyone has the right to practice the religion of their choice, but, you see, the Founding Fathers all knew that they were talking about only varieties of American Protestant Christianity, not godless Islam or Papists, or—OMG—atheists, that had these all-knowing, almost gold-like beings known that non-Christians would have settled here and tried to insist that their pagan, worldly philosophies were religion, then they would have banned the practice of anything other than Christianity in the colonies. Mr. Santorum and all real Christians have the ear of God and know this.

The problem is not just that he is wrong or that does not really want any of us to be able to call our life philosophy, religion, it is that his understanding is that religion (as opposed to a “philosophy”) only comprises the set of beliefs he holds.

It is really amazing and almost incredulous to watch the religious right flock to him now because of  his views on birth control and at what instant life begins and that all LBGT people should be converted and saved just happen to coincide with theirs—I do not know how many times I have heard evangelical pastors and people tell me that Catholics are not Christians because they ignorantly believe that Catholics worship the pope and the saints.

I wanted to scream “Open a book.  Read! Learn something!” but I haven’t.  I allowed them the right to believe what they want.  The American way and all. Learning is not important, belief is.

The problem is this: those of us who are not right-wing evangelical American Christians (do not parse that phrase, it is one noun) will not tell them that they are wrong.

The lady who cuts my hair professes that Catholics and Mormons are not Christian.  She knows this because the Holy Spirit has told her and those with whom she studies and worships that their beliefs are correct.  She further believes that anyone who is in tune with the Spirit would have the benefit of the Spirit and believe as she does.

Only once did I say, “Well, I pray and the Holy Spirit guides me. And you don’t believe as I do, so why aren’t you Christian?” Dangerous thing to say to a woman with razor-sharp scissors ion her hands. I upset her and spent the rest of the time trying to make her see that what I had said was the same thing she was saying, except that she was on the other end of it. She told me she would have to think about it. We don’t talk about it anymore.

That is what is wrong.  Liberal Christians—liberals in general—do not like to tell people they are wrong or un-Christian because Liberals actually do believe that everyone has the right to believe what they want, especially in the realm of faith matters.

And we have to stop it because now, faith matters are dominating our politics. The right wing of the Republican Party is virtually indistinguishable from right wing evangelical American Christianity, while we hesitate to attack because of our belief that they do have the right o believe what they want to; but when what they believe is that every person in this pluralistic society must adopt their belief system in relation to the when life begins and evolution and anything that in their minds denigrates or diminishes their view of God and religion, we need to speak up.  We need to stop being tolerant.

I used to say that the only thing I cannot tolerate is intolerance, but in the last few years, have gotten away from that stance because it makes me have to judge.

Enough. I have stopped accepting statements from the right and allowing them to attack liberals without basis.  When someone says the ACLU is anti-Christian, I no longer defense the ACLU, I simply ask for the speaker to provide me with an example supporting his position. When I get a response along the lines of “I don’t have time to research that,” which I get with almost everything I challenge, I will say, “let me know when you find something,” and walk away.

What I need to say is: Pick up a book or just Google something other than the Heritage Foundation and their ilk—learn something before you speak, don’t just recite that which you hear on Fox News or read in The American Spectator.

It is time. When someone says life begins at conception, ask him or her what that means and where that came from.  It is not the Bible.  The Bible equates breath with life. It comes from the Catholic position on birth control—that anything that interferes with the will of God in the generation of life is a sin. And Jesus said that lust is sin, so, maybe life begins in study hall or at last call.  Reductio ad absurdum is a useful tool to analyze thought.

Mr. Santorum said over the weekend that prenatal care leads to finding the condition of the fetus and when severe deformities are found, leads to abortion, and in his mind, all abortion is wrong. My daughter has worked in a neo-natal intensive care unit (“NICU”) and has had to experience first-hand babies born who are not compatible with life.  This draws into juxtaposition the views of an all knowing and powerful and loving God who guides everything—why, for pity’s sake, does God allow such babies to be born? I would rather think that God allowed us the technology to prevent nature’s screw-ups, and would ask Sir Santorum to spend a couple of weeks in a NICU and really experience that before he continues to speak with pride and ignorance.

But, he won’t and the liberals will probably still not challenge him openly because doing so is an infringement of his right to believe any damn fool thing he wants.

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