The statements that Santorum has made are incredulous. In a 2008 interview with the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life he was asked if Obama was "a secular, liberal, Christian." He said, "I don't think there is such a thing," To take what is plainly written and say that 'I don't agree with that, therefore I don't have to pay attention to it,' means you're not what you say you are. You're a liberal something, but you're not a Christian."
Why is it that this ultra-conservative breed of people has chosen to attach itself to the Christian faith when what they stand for is almost diametrically opposed to what the New Testament is all about? Ask them if they believe in and follow the message found in the Sermon on the Mount that is largely concerned with helping others in need? Their actions and behavior clearly indicate a distinctly opposite belief.
Mitt Romney said that President Barack Obama's administration has "fought against religion and sought to substitute a secular agenda for one grounded in faith." Romney also said, "Unfortunately, possibly because of the people the president hangs around with, and their agenda, their secular agenda -- they have fought against religion." That's yet another example of how these fundamentalists choose to interpret the meaning of someone else's beliefs.
Here's another quote from someone of that same mindset. On the "Morning Joe" show on MSNBC, Franklin Graham, son of the respected evangelist Billy Graham, was asked by the panelists why he was willing to say that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was a Christian but expressed doubt that President Obama is. Graham said: "All I know is that under Obama " the Muslims of the world, he seems to be more concerned about them than the Christians that are being murdered in the Muslim world."
In America today we are seeing a close association between those who would like to impose their own particular religious beliefs on others and those who want to control and restrict women's individual rights. In most cases these two very rigid ideologies blend together perfectly in the same settings. The views of these ideologues relative to religion and women's rights both seem to be a throwback to times long past. While their message doesn't resonate with the majority of Americans they continue to trumpet it endlessly.
The unstated but obvious platform and agenda of the sociopathic Republican Party, in addition to its warped political positions, includes: eliminating a woman's right to an abortion even if it threatens her life or if she is the victim of rape or incest; they ignore the fact that such a decision should be made between her doctor and herself, not based on any political mandate. This party reserves the right to ban all forms of contraception; it decides who is and who is not a Christian. I had no idea that these individuals have been appointed as the spokespersons of God. Quite obviously they're not, but in their own minds they are; that's what makes their agenda so very dangerous to our democracy.
This endless verbal attack on their rights should be a loud wake up call for the women of America as we approach the 2012 elections. In the 2008 national elections 56% of women voted for Barack Obama but, unfortunately, in the 2010 election their vote contributed greatly to the GOP takeover of the House and the huge gains it made in the Senate. But this time around I think that Republicans have made a terrible mistake in demeaning women and they will pay a huge price for their misogynistic agenda.
Under a theocratic-guided government t his is what life in America might be like:
*No abortions under any circumstances, including rape and incest
*A total ban on any form of contraceptives
*Women's rights would basically become a thing of the past
*Public schools would be transformed into private and church affiliated systems
*Teaching of evolution would be eliminated
*Gays would be ostracized, same sex marriages banned