For a guy who claims to cling to the beliefs of the Founding Fathers, and holds three college degrees, Rick Santorum's recent comments about the separation of church and state seem to show far more about him than just what he's forgotten since law school.
In case you missed it, Rick Santorum - a Catholic - recently said that the famous speech on the separation of church and state by America's first Catholic President, John F. Kennedy, made him "want to throw up."
THIS historic speech:
From the very of beginning of America - and even before we were a nation - Americans have believed very strongly in the separation of church and state. The Founding Fathers weren't Christians, for the most part. They were Deists.
From Thomas Jefferson, to Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Paine to Ben Franklin, the message has remained the same. Virtually every President, in America's history has agreed there is a great need for the division of church and state.
In the Nineteenth Century, President Ulysses S. Grant said, "Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church and the private school supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate." He was followed a few years later by President James Garfield who said, "The divorce between church and state should be absolute."
Even in the Twentieth Century, President Ronald Reagan agreed with the separation of church and state. He made it clear in a speech to Temple Hillel, in Valley Stream, New York, on October 26, 1984, when Reagan said, "We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate."
We're not saying Rick Santorum doesn't have the right to disagree with with all these great leaders. This is America, and he can think what he wants - even if his thoughts make sane and just Americans ill.
We just don't think anyone who disagrees so strongly with everyrone from the Founding Fathers through Ronald Reagan on the issue of the separation of church and state should be holding the highest office in the United States.