Rick Santorum: Separation of Church and State


Rick Santorum, idiot cum laude. He thinks that the idea of the separation of church and state was hatched as a Communist plot. Another person who needs a refresher course in American History. The concept of the separation of church and state is purely an American idea conceived by our founders as a way to prevent the very thing Rick Santorum and other Tea Partiers who have no concept of our history, from injecting their religious beliefs upon the whole of us.

Religious freedom was meant to be the freedom to worship as each individual chose to worship without interference from the state. Our founders were all of the mind that they wanted to prevent any state sponsored religion from taking hold in our newly formed nation. Religious freedom has nothing to do with the concept being pushed in states like Indiana and Arkansas as a method of being able to exclude certain segments of our society.

Our founders and their ancestors all came from nations that practiced one form or other of state sponsored religion thereby condemning all other forms of religious worship as blasphemy. Our founders wanted none of the trappings of religious force feeding as practiced by other nations. Their concept was conceived so that anyone who came to our shores would be able to worship and practice their religious philosophy without the restriction of having to adhere to a state sponsored religion.

They didn’t believe in the idea now being put forth by the Tea Party Wing Nuts that we were a Christian nation. They didn’t found this nation as a Christian nation but as a nation in which a majority of our citizens were Christian. There is a huge difference in being a Christian nation and having a large group of its citizens to be of one religion.

And besides Christianity is a work in progress. First of all Christ didn’t see himself as a Christian. He was a Jewish Rabbi and he wasn’t establishing a new religion he was just updating an old one. And Christ was all inclusive. He didn’t discriminate against anyone because they didn’t adhere to his religious philosophy. He believed in the concept of live and let live.

The concept of religious philosophy promoted by Jesus was one of inclusion not one of exclusion. It was a philosophy based on love, peace, and compassion. Too often we are seeing people calling themselves Christians who want to exclude anyone who doesn’t believe exactly as they believe. They don’t want all of our citizens to have a place at the table of love, peace and compassion that Jesus Christ set for us all.

And he believed in the concept of separation of church and state. His message was to render unto Caesar that which belonged to Caesar. Caesar was the state of Rome, the Pax Romana. Our founders understood much more clearly what Jesus was all about, much more clearly than a lot of today’s religious zealots who seek to force feed their religious concepts on everyone else. Their religious concepts are rooted more in the tenets of the Old Testament than they are in any litany offered by that Jewish Rabbi from Nazareth.

The separate of church and state is an American made philosophy and concept. If Rick Santorum and his wing nuts would just go to the nearest library and read all about it, maybe they would finally understand the why and reason our founders came up with it n the first place.

But I wouldn’t hold your breath until they do.

Bob Bearden

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