Dec 082015
 
Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum

What brought Rick Santorum, former US Senator from Pennsylvania, up to the top of my list of people I must blog about was this remark:

“The political side of Islam is not protected under the Constitution. The political side of Islam, where women are not treated equally … that’s not protected under the United States Constitution. And behavior that is traitorous or undermining the government of our country is not protected under the Constitution, even if it’s taught in a mosque.”  http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/12/04/santorum-islam-not-constitutionally-protected-iowa-caucus-san-bernardino-terrorism-shooting/76802568/

Rick Santorum is absolutely right, but this statement is misleading. First, the constitution, in particular the Bill of Rights, does not protect any religion.   It protects the people from the potential overreach of government.  The preamble to the constitution reads: “We the People of the United States,  in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”    Union, justice, tranquility, defense, general welfare, liberty.   These are lofty and worthy goals.

The Constitution of the United States goes on to set forth the structure of the government, the system of checks and balances, the right to levy taxes and other administrative details.  And then we come to the Bill or Rights.  The first amendment to our constitution says:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  It does not protect any given religion, rather it protects and respects the rights of the citizens of the United States to make their own decisions regarding religion and be free of government interference in the matter.

This is where I take issue with Rick Santorum.  Religions are not protected by our constitution, people are.  Rick Santorum is absolutely correct when he says that the political side of Islam is not protected, but then neither is the political side of Christianity.  You know the side were “women are not to be treated equally” (1 Corinthians  14:34 among other verses) and behavior that is traitorous or undermining the government of our country.”  Christians are also not able to practice the system of justice taught in the Old Testament-all that eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth stuff.

I believe that radical Islamist terrorists exist.   I also believe that radical Christian terrorists exist.  We live in a world filled with extreme violence.  I applaud Rick Santorum for being willing to recognize this and speak up.   However, I have to speak out against the implication that our constitution favors one religion over another.  As the people protected by our constitution, we must each defend the rights of all or risk losing the liberty we now enjoy.

A quick check of ontheissues.org shows that Rick Santorum has a very strong anti-abortion record.  He has said that he would allow an exception for cases of rape and incest in order to find common ground restricting other abortions.  He voted no on an amendment to the Senate’s 2006 budget that would have allowed $100 million to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies through education and the use of contraceptives. While I respect and admire the consistency with which Rick Santorum has stood by his beliefs on this issue, I cannot support or agree with his positions.  I absolutely think that the best way to reduce the number of abortions is to educate young people about the risks of sexual activity and make appropriate protection available for those that decide to be sexually active.

While I disagree with Rick Santorum on many (almost all) issues; I respect him because he has a consistent record of acting according to his stated beliefs.  With this candidate it seems that what you see is what you get.

Rick Santorum says he is the only candidate that ISIS has acknowledged as an enemy.   I would love for somebody with knowledge in the national security area to give us their thoughts on that.   Anybody out there?

  4 Responses to “Rick Santorum-a Consistent Candidate”

  1. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus…”

    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. I must have a reading comprehension problem–where did Rick Santorium say that religions were protected by the Constitution? Specifically, where did he say that Christianity is protected by the Constitution, while other religions are not? What is the author talking about here? I think he just needed an excuse to bash Santorium! Not that I care really, he’s not in my top 4 for the nominee–but let’s a least do an honest, factual hit piece and not make up an issue that doesn’t exist!

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