Looks like its going to be "beat up Santorum" afternoon on Blue Oregon.
Fine by me.
Santorum says that the separation of church & state in America aren't absolute. I imagine that Thomas Jefferson is spinning 360s in his grave about now.
Yes Rick Santorum, separation of church & state in America is absolute. I get that Focus on the Family and the US Council of Catholic Bishops have spent the last several decades working to undermine it. But nevertheless, it's staying.
It's also one of the greatest pieces of political theory and practice that this nation has ever contributed. To toss it aside like so much used Kleenex is frankly, Un-American.
Yes. I'm saying it. Rick Santorum's comments are Un-American. I've often thought that the use of that label by conservatives toward progressives is little more than jingoism. So I've really tried to consider this before saying it. But I can reach no other reasonable conclusion.
Thomas Jefferson himself coined the phrase, 'a wall of separation between church and state.' It's ridiculous to act as if those specific words, 'separation of church and state,' must be in the Constitution for the concept to exist.
When James Madison argued for Virginia's ratification of the new Constitution he said, 'There is not a shadow of right in the general government to intermeddle with religion.' This idea was went hand in hand with Madison's earlier comments on the Statute for Religious Liberty when he wrote Jefferson that the bill had 'extinguished forever the ambitious hope of making laws for the human mind.' Madison is saying that the nation requires a separation of church and state well beyond a weak line against establishment of a national church.
Any 8th Grade level US History student should be able to articulate this most basic founding principle. Santorum's complete disregard for the majority view of our founding fathers is a slap in their face. And a slap to his countrymen...us.
I get that progressives are giddy with glee that a guy like this is actually winning the GOP primary right now. I am not. I find it a pathetic and alarming display that is well over the line of what it means to undermine our country.