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Santorum wants God in school to Repair Economy. Because that’s what failed the economy.

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I’ve never posted about Rick Santorum. He’s never been of interest to me; he always seemed like another evangelical Politician capable of making speeches, pleasing the base, and infuriating Dan Savage. I’ve really got no ill will towards the man. But he has shown TRC something worth the ink: Leadership.

Finally, a politician in the United States has had the courage to stand up and declare that the livelihood of millions of Americans and untold families around the globe are due to the breakdown of the traditional family structure in America. This is leadership we haven’t seen since Mr. Falwell. Said Santorum:

Letting the family break down and in fact encouraging it and inciting more breakdown through this whole redefinition of marriage debate, and not supporting strong nuclear families and not supporting and standing up for the dignity of human life. Those lead to a society that’s broken. If you think that we can be a society that kills our own, and that disregards the family and the important role it plays, and doesn’t teach moral values and the important role of faith in the public square, and then expect people to be good, decent and moral when they behave economically, if you look at the root cause of the economic problems that we’re dealing with on Wall Street and Main Street I might add, from 2008, they were huge moral failings. 

The unfortuante thing about comments like these (which are comments from a Presidential Candidate campaigning without a chance of being president, and I have been told are not important) is that if one were to slant them just a shade, most Americans would agree with them. As the Jason Linkins at Huff Po put it, it is indeed a moral failure that led to the collapse of the economy. But not the failings of gays or divorcees or pro-choice folks. You may think gays and divorcees and pro-choice folks are immoral, but they didn’t ruin the economy. It is true, though; moral failings are at the heart of this recession: the failings of capitalism, which are always tempting, became too tempting for our financial sector.

Mr. Santorum, you shouldn’t want to lead a nation if you think that the lifestyle of your citizens is driving the country into moral and societal failure. Because you are not going to stop gay people from being gay, and you aren’t going to make abortion illegal. It is, to put it mildly, unlikely that you will successfully find a way to restore the ‘nuclear family’ that has been romanticized as a the foundational structure of American lives, and thus restore the country’s moral standing back to where it was before the US started to turn from God (which it hasn’t).

Which is why TRC is posting about Santorum, and his presidential run. It always comes down to putting God where God doesn’t belong. Finished Santorum:

You can’t say that we’re gonna take morality out of the public square, morality out of our schools, God out of our schools, and then expect people to behave decently in a country that requires, capitalism requires some strong modicum of moral consciousness if it’s gonna be successful.

This is actually exactly what many of us expect, based on the laws and Constitution of the United States (except Texas apparently, where they’ve been teaching creation all along according to their governor). The very thing I expect is to have children learn to live as moral humans, thoughtful citizens, and willing participants in our society, all while keeping God out of our schools.  Morality and God are fine in the public square. But God in school, in the United States, is unconstitutional. If you see Rick Perry, you should remind him, too.

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Written by Christopher ZF

August 19, 2011 at 10:01

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  2. […] However, Rick Santorum is terrible, (really, just awful, have you heard him?), so it won’t matter if he wins. Ron Paul is bat-shit, so, essentially that won’t matter either. […]

  3. […] as far as TRC is concerned, Santorum is terrible. Just awful. Blech. Frankly, I do not want Minnesota to be the state that brings this man’s campaign to life. […]


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