Rick Santorum: Separation Of Church And State A Communist Idea, Not An American One

By Brian Tashman | 1 December 2014
Right Wing Watch

Rick Santorum

In a conference call with members of right-wing pastor E.W. Jackson’s STAND America that was posted online today, former senator Rick Santorum disputed the existence of the separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution, dismissing it as a Communist idea that has no place in America.

A listener on the call told Santorum that “a number of the things that the far left, a.k.a. the Democrat [sic] Party, and the president is pushing for and accomplishing actually accomplishes a number of the tenets of ‘The Communist Manifesto,’ including the amnesty, the elevation of pornography, homosexuality, gay marriage, voter fraud, open borders, mass self-importation of illegal immigrants and things of that nature.” The likely presidential candidate replied that “the words ‘separation of church and state’ is not in the U.S. Constitution, but it was in the constitution of the former Soviet Union. That’s where it very, very comfortably sat, not in ours.”

Of course, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, among others, referred to the separation of church and state when explaining the amendment which they drafted.

Later in the call, Santorum continued to lecture President Obama on race in America, telling Jackson — who once criticized a desegregation plan as “social engineering” — that Obama harmed race relations and, ironically, failed “to do something transformational.”

“When you cavort with Al Sharpton, you certainly aren’t into racial reconciliation, that sort of sums it up right there,” he said. “You surround yourself with folks who are not healers but dividers, this president has been the divider-in-chief on so many fronts. You had hoped, as you mentioned, Bishop [Jackson], you hoped that on this front it was an opportunity for the president to do something transformational, that he could’ve been that figure that could’ve made a real difference in racial reconciliation, could’ve made a real difference just within the black community and he chose to take a different path, he chose to use it as a wedge issue as opposed to an issue that was one that he said he wanted to accomplish when he was going to heal the country. He has done anything but.”

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196 COMMENTS

  1. To the Founding Fathers, the Thirty Years War was not ancient history, but recent history that profoundly affected how they saw the relations between Church and State. During that war, some provinces of Germany lost more than 90% of their population as good Catholics and Protestants slaughtered each other to prove what good Christians they were. That's why the Founding Fathers wanted to keep religion out of government — totally out of government at every level — and to keep government out of religion.

    In their everyday conduct, most of the Founding Fathers were uncomfortable with public displays of religiosity. Nearly all viewed religious practice as a private matter, to be kept OUT of the public sphere. Nearly all viewed religious observance as a matter of personal discretion, not a matter for government to impose upon the public.

    Moreover, the Founding Fathers were reading and discussing the best seller of the day, Gibbon's "History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" which ascribed Christianity to be a MALIGN influence upon Rome, not benign. That England had lost in war against them when led by a sovereign uniting in his person God and Country, like the ancient Roman emperors, proved out Gibbon's thesis. Uniting religion and civilization into one to run the government was then and is now unwise.

    • Wrong. They were deeply steeped in judo-Christian philosophy and wanted the PEOPLE to be free to exercise religion in private AND public with no interference from the gov’t. If your statement is true, why is DC filled with biblical figures and verses? The intent of the religious clause was to keep gov’t OUT of religion, not to keep religion out of gov’t. They believed the only way people could self-govern was to be morally strong and believed the Bible to be the way to do that. Read what Thomas Jefferson wrote when he signed the Northwest Ordinance: “RELIGION, MORALITY, AND KNOWLEDGE BEING NECESSARY FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT AND THE HAPPINESS OF MANKIND, SCHOOLS AND THE MEANS OF EDUCATION SHALL FOREVER BE ENCOURAGED. Does that sound like someone who wanted religion relegated to inside closet only? Bibles were the first textbooks in schools and until the 1960’s it was part of our national culture in all schools, public and private. The meaning of that First Amendment clause was to prevent a national church being designated that everyone in politics had to belong to, as was the case in Europe. THAT is what they were looking at and determined to prevent.

  2. This dates back to 2014 and the referees to Obama as the divider-in-chief. It’s very dated article and caused me confusion which president it referred to.

  3. Yes, it is dated 5 years ago, but I did repost to point out the religious freedoms we have lost in the last 5 years.
    The article may have been written 5 years ago, but is still very relavent to understanding what is happening to Christians in America, in spite of our Constitution.

  4. It's stated very simply in the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution: "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." It's called the Establishment Claus. Idiots on the right, left, and center need to reread the first Ten Amendments of the United States Constitution is called the Bill of Rights. It protects the people FROM their government. I fear extremists on both the far right and far left. Political correctness, a left wing concept, is destroying the 1st Amendment.

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