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Santorum says he ‘almost threw up’ after reading JFK speech on separation of church and state

By Felicia Sonmez
Posted: February 26, 2012.
Published: February 26, 2012.

Print: The Washington Post

On Sunday, Rick Santorum defended a statement he made last October in which he said that he “almost threw up” when he read John F. Kennedy’s 1960 Houston address on the role of religion in public life.

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I actually DO throw up any time I hear Santorum say anything.

I’m so incredibly sick of Christian bigotry. This election-year Republican scumbaggery has gotten the mindless Christian drones whipped up into a gay-hating, atheist-hating, me-first, screw-you frenzy. Just watch local news videos or read comments on national and local news sites. It is scary and depressing how many idiots refuse to simply leave the rest of us the hell alone.

posted on February 26, 2012
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Santorum just went full retard.  Never go full retard.

posted on February 26, 2012
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Richard, your comment is amazing.

posted on February 26, 2012
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4. fester60613

If Santorum / Frothy cannot uphold and protect the constitution - separation of church and state - as required by the presidential oath of office, then how the hell can he be qualified to run for the office?

posted on February 26, 2012
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David, Richard was quoting the film “Tropic Thunder”.

posted on February 26, 2012
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6. German observer

Santorum distorts Kennedy’s speech.
Kennedy didn’t say that people of faith cannot go to office.  JFK himself was of faith.  This is both clear even from the quotes Santorum himself gives.
He lies and distracts even in his conclusions.
That kind of “colourful language” is not appropriate for presidents but for preachers and demagoges.

posted on February 27, 2012
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I think this applies - apophenia.  I have described this guy as a jihadist in other posts (to the offense of an Islamic friend - but too bad). 

When you have a myopic, prejudicial bigotry then how else can it be described.  This “crusader” appears to have know literacy concerning the historicity of this country.  I would (literally) challenge him on the historicity of his Xtianity.  I am confident he would fail such an assessment evaluation.

To that end, perhaps presidential candidates should be tested for their working knowledge of American history and science.

Maybe Seal Team 6 stands at the ready to take out this threat to the American way of life?  Just, maybe?

posted on February 27, 2012
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Santorum would have fit in better in the 1912 election….

posted on February 28, 2012
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Sanitorium’s misapprehension of the Constitution, repugnant injection of his religion into everything, and weak stomach really add up to one hell of a candidate for POTUS.

posted on February 28, 2012
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My vote is for Richard.

Santorum went Full Retard.

posted on March 3, 2012
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11. Waver Rider

1.  Your point is completely offbase.  It is actually a tantrum as opposed to a vaild assessment of what Rick Santorum’s point.  But I imagine that really doesn’t matter as long a you can say Christians are bigoted.

Furthermore, I don’t really think anyone in this conversation understands the 1st amendment (the phrase separation of church and state is not actually in he constitutuion).  See below.

Amendment I - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The 1st amendment was designed to keep government out of religion.  No more - no less.  People are free to exercise their faith in the fullfillment of their public office.  There is no prohibition.  Theist, Atheist, Agnostice, etc who hold public office all govern according to their conscious which is of necessity governed by their own world view (all are systems of faith).

posted on March 5, 2012
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Would a US theocracy make Santorum throw up?  I think not, as long as it was his religion in control.

posted on March 8, 2012
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13. Wave Rider

kavenga

You have no idea what you are talking about.  Rick Santorum will have to work within the confines of the constitution.  He cannot make his religion the governing principle of the US.  It is against the 1st amendment.  You are working yourself up over nothing!!!!

posted on March 8, 2012
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14. MajorityofOne

So, is that what GW Bush did when he claimed he had to go to war because god told him to? I think we are right to be concerned. We’re heading back to a version of nazi germany by way of slippery slope…don’t believe in the right god or the right things (in other words the things I believe in), then off to jail (or worse) with you!! Am I wrong to fear the knock on my door if these loons seize power?

posted on March 14, 2012
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Wavy,

Back again to miss the boat?  These guys campaign on the basis of their religion.  There’s not one day on the campaign trail where Santorum, for example, says that he’s in favor of separating his particular religious views from his actions as president.  That’s the problem.  His rebuke of Kennedy was to state that he almost threw up listening to Kennedy discuss particularly his unwillingness to let his own particular religious perspective override his more important obligations to the American people.  Santorum has no ability to do that because he’s an idiot and a zealot.

posted on March 19, 2012
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