At what point do you not get that Santorum wants a theocracy?

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state are absolute,” he told ‘This Week’ host George Stephanopoulos. “The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country…to say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up.” (here)

The reverse was actually true – I mean the founders thought that the Church could be influenced by the State to influence citizens for the State. There is a struggle here with this… I believe in the absolute separation of Church and State, but I also believe that the Church as a member of Society standing outside the State, must continue to influence.

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7 Replies to “At what point do you not get that Santorum wants a theocracy?”

  1. Straw man alert!

    Being a form of democracy, obviously the personal views and beliefs of citizens (especially voters) have influence in our civics.

    Voters may well be influenced by the church’s teachings. You know, to believe in caring for the poor, not killing people, invading every country in the world that has oil, that kind of thing.

    But the wall means that the church as a body, an institution, or what-have-you, doesn’t get to act. If we elect not to have blue laws, then the local church doesn’t get to say, “Nope, sorry. No one can open on Sundays.” At the same time, if some crazy people want to … oh, I don’t know … baptize infants or something, we sensible Baptists don’t get to use the government to charge in and stop them. Or vice versa.

    What Santorum and other people who use this (very tired) line about having influence don’t get is the basic meaning of the wall of separation. It’s because they don’t know squat about history.

    No one is saying that Christians shouldn’t influence society and even government. But no law should be imposed on society at large just because it’s how we interpret the Bible.

    I am so tired of these “small government” theocrats.

  2. Ok, Rick, which church? All churches? How about mosques and madrasahs? Synagogues? Mandirs? All of ’em? Some of ’em?

    Just Christian churches? RCC, Protestant, Orthodox? All of ’em, some of ’em? Only the “true” one?

    As the joke ends, “Die, Heretic, die!”

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