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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233 COMMENTS

  1. I thought knowing the constitution was a requirement for HS graduation? let alone a qualifier for election to congress? Who votes for these morons anyway?
    That's a trick question, btw… LOL!!

  2. "The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses. . . Thirteen governments thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery…" John Adams “A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America” 1787-1788

  3. It is right there danced around and spoken several times but each time people point in the wrong direction. Leastways on the first page. I am sure somebody has made this same point. That being. the separation of STATE AND CHURCH. Now did anybody catch that? the state has to stay out of the church. The government has no business telling a church how to pray or worship. That is all. but it has blown up into anything that smacks of a belief in a deity cannot be associated with the government? I am sick to death of having my rights trampled on if I want to say a prayer in public then don't watch as I stand silently. Or if it is a gathering were a group of believers pray for something out loud to bad if you are offended. We are offended by plenty you complainers do.

  4. I am surprised at the ignorance of most comments. The reality is that all 13 original colonies in their respective state constitutions specifically stated they were a Christian state and 11 of the original colonies specifically stated a church that they recognized. The same men who authored the state constitutions were party to the federal Constitution. There is NO separation of church and state in the Constitution. If government stuck to their only purpose i.e. protect life, liberty and property there would be no conflict between people.

    It is impossible to separate church and state. When you vote what do you vote based on? A value system. Where is the value system derived from?

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