Beware! Rick Santorum is a ‘Pro-Life Statist’

Many have been critical of Mitt Romney for his religious views. Little has been said about those of Rick Santorum. It’s rather surprising that evangelicals, most of whom are Protestants, are turning to Santorum as their “Republican flavor of the week.” How much do they know about his views? Yes, he is anti-abortion and anti-homosexual marriage, but so are Rick Perry and (I think) Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

But it’s Santorum’s views on creation and “social justice” themes that are troubling. If he follows the directives of the Roman Catholic Church under the direction of Pope Benedict XVI, we will see that they are not that different from those of the Democrat Party or President Obama. Then there are the comments from the Pope about non-Catholics. He claimed that “the branches of Christianity formed after the split with Rome at the Reformation could not be called churches ‘in the proper sense’ because they broke with a succession of popes who dated back to St Peter.’” This comment is a slam against evangelical Protestants.

The Pope continued to argue that the Roman Catholic Church is the only “true church of Christ.” Then there’s the Pope’s view on evolution. He stated that opposition to evolution by creationists is an “absurdity” by arguing that “there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution.” The Pope added that evolution “appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.”

On fiscal issues, Santorum is not much different from a Democrat. For lots of voters, because he is pro-life, they look the other way when it comes to expanding the reach and power of government. Ned Ryun, the founder and president of American Majority, describes people like Santorum as “pro-life statists”:

The mistake made is the assumption that because someone is pro-life means he or she is a conservative. Someone who is pro-life, but votes to expand the state and state spending, is in fact not a conservative, but a pro-life statist.

As someone who is deeply pro-life, and became even more so when my daughter was born four months premature, I absolutely believe in the sanctity of life. But I have a problem with many elected officials who call themselves social conservatives, as though that were all that mattered, and then go and vote for more government and more government spending.

The bigger government becomes, the more invasive it becomes, the more it becomes the enemy of life and freedom. So these pro-life statists show a deep ignorance of government and freedom: the greatest freedom is economic freedom. I say that because if you are an economic ward of the state, you can neither be politically or religiously free. Exhibit A: China. The invasive state dictates how many children you may have, the free flow of information, and political freedom is not even worth really discussing.

I believe one of the reasons that we have gotten to this stage as a country, with the massive growth of government, is because some have thought only one or two social issues are all that matter, and willingly give a pass on pretty much everything else. To those people I would say enough, stop living under an illusion. You must become more comprehensive in your conservatism.

According to CatholicVote.org, as a senator, Santorum actively supported socialistic legislation in open cooperation with liberals. One of the reasons he lost his Senate seat in Pennsylvania, in addition to supporting pro-abortion RINO Arlen Specter over the conservative Pat Toomey in 2004, was his support of earmarks. Now that he needs the support of the Tea Party, he regrets his votes. “I admit it, I once was an earmarker. And I apologize,” he said.

I’m as anti-abortion and pro-life as Rick Santorum, but I’m also anti-theft. You can’t adopt the commandment not to murder (Ex. 20:13) and dismiss the one that prohibits stealing (20:15), even if it’s for what you believe is a  good cause.

There are many pro-abortionists who believe their support for abortion is based on “high social reasons” That is, while abortion might not be the best option, it is an option that can have good results for some women and society at large. This is the same type of logic used by pro-life Statists in their support of government programs to help the disenfranchised and the poor.

Some years ago, after a debate on abortion, a discussion arose.

[M]ost of the students already recognized that the unborn child is a human life. Nevertheless, certain social reasons are considered “high enough” to justify ending that life. According to some of the women, examples of “high enough” reasons include protecting pregnant teenagers from the psychological distress of bearing a child, helping poor women who aren’t able to care adequately for a child, and preventing children from coming into the world “unwanted.” Many charged that pro‑life philosophies are not “socially acceptable” because they fail to deal realistically with these problems.[1]


Notes:
  1. “Students Defend Abortion For ‘High’ Social Reasons,” The Rutherford Institute (January/February 1984), 8. []

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  • icouldahad

    Very informative post. What we are currently seeing is the statism of a country in a loosley defined 'war on terror' amd politicians eager to capitalize on the power that comes with being the Commander in Chief. It was one thing when we had an organization to go after, but they've stretched the meaning to be 'anyone they consider suspicious'. For me, the real terror is now our out of control federal government who deems America as a battlefield and Americans as likely suspects. Legislation such as the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act and the NDAA have all been implemented to strip us of our God-given rights. The DHS has become tyrannical. FEMA is now synonymous with death camps. SOPA will destroy our 1st Amendment rights. More and more I see the 'war on terror' ploy as a means to destroy our Constitution and our American way of life. What may be even worse is that it is an eternal war because terror will always exist and it is very easy to keep the sheeple afraid.
    Fortunately for me, I have God, and with Him, there is nothing to fear. And should the fight for America come, I am ready.

    • Nancye May

      Have you read the views of Rick Santorum's priest? He says that we Protestants are not Christian, that if we did not descend from the pope's teaching, we cannot be considered Christian. Also, the priest is a big believer in evolution, global warming and social agendas such as the Liberals support. This is not what I want.

      • Gerry C

        Well, my Protestant and self-proclaimed "non-Protestant" Christian friends, all religions must by definition accept that theirs is the only way to salvation. "Born Again Christians" believe that you are only saved if you are "Born Again". "Evangelicals" believe that salvation comes through "Evangelization". Congregationalist believe that Catholicism is Paganism. So what is wrong with the Catholic Church having a doctrine that only Catholics are saved. Isn't this the very notion of why we have Freedom of Religion. "We are saved you are not, join us and be saved!" People make choices and you must accept responsibility for your choices. Unless of course you are a "Fatalist" like me in which all of your choices have been predetermined. It is like being assigned a character in a novel you didn't write and being held responsible for all his (or her) actions that the author had written.

        No I won't vote for Santorum, for one reason and one reason only - the Arlen Spectre issue.

  • Ben Van Aulen

    The pope is a man like anyone else. He has his opinions and it doesn't mean he's right. To say Rick Santorum is going to some how use this belief to run our country is quite a leap. That's why we don't have a church of the state. The other items you pointed out are much more important though and should be considered. Hey but he'd be better than what we got now!

    • armyvet

      Ben, I agree. The article reeks anti-Catholicism. The Pope's opinions on these issues are not binding on members of the Catholic Church. They are simply his opinions. Catholics are only bound by the doctines and teachings handed down from the Apostles. Nothing new can be added after the death of the last Apostle.

      The author above worries too much about religion. I just look at the stance, position and past history of each candidate. And by that and only that, Rick S. is not my primary choice!

    • armyvet

      The Pope's private opinions are just that, his. They are not binding on any Catholic! Catholics are bound only by the doctrines handed down over the centuries via the Bible and sacred Tradition from the Apostles! When the last Apostle died, nothing new could be added.

      I choose a candidate, not by his religion, but what he stands for, his/her position on the issues and their past history. And with that criteria, Rick S. is not my primary choice.

  • ForConstitution

    Ron Paul's liberal views on homosexuality.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIeW0DY64bE

    • Rationalist

      Just about as wishy-washy as someone can get. I thought Romney was a flip flopper - now I know what I'll get if I vote for Ron Paul.. The dude is clearly out of touch with Christianity.

      • ForConstitution

        He's a wolf in sheep's clothing and a leech on the Republican party. First he turns into a Liberaltardian and then when he can't win that way, he runs on the Republican ticket. There's a flip flopper for you.

    • joeT

      Excerpt from book he wrote this year, "Liberty Defined" with chapter on Marriage:

      “In a free society,…. all voluntary and consensual agreements would be recognized. ….But look at where we are today, constantly fighting over the definition and legality of marriage……..I’d like to settle the debate by turning it into a First Amendment issue: the right of free speech. Everyone can have his or her own definition of what marriage means, and if an agreement or contract is reached by the participants, it will qualify as a civil contract if desired....
      “The definition of marriage is what divides so many. Why not tolerate everybody’s definition as long as neither side uses force to impose its views on the other? Problem solved! It doesn’t happen because of the lack of tolerance on both sides.”

      - Ron Paul, Marriage – “Liberty Defined” Chapter on Marriage

      • ForConstitution

        Paul's book should be titled "Anarchy defined."

        I doubt that man has ever cracked a Bible open and read it cover to cover.

      • jersey

        I diagree with you Joe, because in my bible a marriage is between two partners like a male an a female, GOD states that in his bible tfor reproduction of humans, not two men with each other and certainly not with two females. give respect to where it should be given to our GOD....two females and two men cannot produce one human . those were God intensions, not two of the same sex......one other thing about abortion, WHEN YOU PALY YOU'VE GOT TO PAY.....use prtection instead abourting human innocent lives, men you use condoms and a female, well just abstain from sex......like in the past.......there is absouletly nothing wrong with that......JUST RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER

      • Gerry C

        Again not the most important issue in this election. I personally make it an Article I sec 8 as ameliorated by the First Amendment issue. The Legislature (of the federal government) has the power to define weights and measures - ie. Congress not he States, and certainly not the State or Federal Courts, has the power to define Marriage... but of course this is limited by the fact that government cannot interfer in matters of religion. Almost all religions consider Marriage a sacrement between a man and woman, and for the Federal government to pick anything else would be a "establishment" of one particular religion over the rest.

  • Supertad108

    This Pope thing.. talk about a pyramid scheme, oops, was that PC? This social engineering stuff is very scary. God never intended on MAN to regulate morality and/or stupidity. For me, this belief system disqualifies you as a candidate.

    • Capt. Norman

      No, Man does not regulate morality-----GOD DOES!!!

    • Pat78

      "The promise made by Christ in Matthew 16:16-19, received its fulfilment after the Resurrection in the scene described in John 21. Here the Lord, when about to leave the earth, places the whole flock — the sheep and the lambs alike — in the charge of the Apostle. The term employed in 21:16, "Be the shepherd [poimaine] of my sheep" indicates that his task is not merely to feed but to rule. It is the same word as is used in Psalm 2:9 (Septuagint): "Thou shalt rule [poimaneis] them with a rod of iron". http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12260a.htm

      The reward was given to Peter after a profession of faith which singled him out from the other eleven, so here Christ demands a similar protestation, but this time of a yet higher virtue: "Simon, son of John, lovest thou Me more than these"? Here, too, as there, He bestows on the Apostle an office which in its highest sense is proper to Himself alone. There Christ had promised to make Peter the foundation-stone of the house of God: here He makes him the shepherd of God's flock to take the place of Himself, the Good Shepherd."

      • Pat78

        http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12260a.htm Further in this article, lists the rights and limitations of the pope. Noteworthy is that each authentic pope in humility takes issues to prayer rather than speaking from their own ego. I certainly realize that there are bishops, priests and lay people who speak on their own behalf rather than trusting God and doing the right thing.

  • John t. Valentine

    What an absolute accurate TRUTHFUL, article. "BEWARE, Rick Santorum is a Pro-Life Statisy."``I was ready to vote fo Rick Santorum for PA Senate Seat. When I had my eyes opened and saw how Rick supported that RINO lowlife big government, Arlen specter. What was brought to my attention at the voting polls was "this politicion speaks with a forked tungue" Thank you for reminding American Citizenry that "Ye shall know them by there fruits". America's hardworking, taxpaying, Constitutional lovingCitizenry MUST, be told what to expect if ever Rick Santorm would be elected Commander in Chief of greatest Country on earth. Our America's GOD given Constitution, is now hanging by a thread. America needs to put there shoulder behind a Candidate that totally supports smaller Federal government. That said. That leaves out Statist, RINO, Rick Santorum.

  • JOn

    Ron Paul is the biggest porker in Congress, the last 2 yrs he's defied the GOP ban on Pork and loaded up on it.

    He is also NOT pro-life in any real-world sense and is Pro-Gay Marriage, Pro-Gays in military, Pro-Polygamy, Pro-Incest and on and on.

    • john paul jones

      Are you suffering from dementia?

    • Nancye May

      Yes, Ron Paul and one other Representative from, I believe Florida would not sign the ban on earmarks. Why I remember him is that he is from Texas.

      If you want a true Conservative, vote Rick Perry. He knows how to work with Congress and get our state of Texas, the 13th largest economy in the world to creating an atmosphere for jobs.

      • Gerry C

        That is a true laugh. Ron Paul didn't sign the ban on earmarks pledge. He said pledges like that are meaningless (Remember Bush 41 and his "No new Taxes Pledge")

        Ron Paul has never even once put in an earmark. Show me how many signed that pledge but have put in earmarks. Ron Paul's position is the constitutional one (in his view), that Congress not the president should decide what the money gets spent on. (I disagree but that is hardly a reason to vote against him).

        • Dntmkmecmoverther

          Hey Jerry, what Ron Paul did with his 'earmarks' was to attach them to bill that he knew would pass without his vote; and then he voted against his own earmark...which still passed.

          That is how Mr. Paul pulls the wool over dimwits who don't check on his voting record. Go check it out and you will see his 'earmarks' go all the way back to his first year in office.

          He's a lizard just like the rest.

    • Jackiesue

      I am not a Ron Paul supporter but I think you are incorrect in the way you stated his views. It is not that he ia pro-gay Marriage, Pro-Gays in the Military, Pro-Polygamy, Pro-Incest etc. He is of the Libertarian mind that each individual should do what they want without Government interference. (I assume unless they are violent, or hurt others.) He thinks drugs should be legal so each person can decide if they want to use drugs or not. I don't think he peraona;lly thinks incest, and all the other mentioned things are right; he just thinks everyone should decide for themselves without Government.

  • Luke

    I've never liked Santorum and never really thought he was as religious or conservative as people say.

    Also, Ron Paul has a bad stance on marriage - He refused to sign the "Defend Marriage" petition by the Heritage foundation.

    Bachmann might be the most conservative, but an administration with Bachmann, Ron Paul, and lead by Romney might best for this country.

    • C.Davis

      All you have to do is dig around in the "Heritage" foundation a tiny bit and you can see why a principled person would be reluctant to add the legitimacy of their signature to anything they produced.

  • wildmann

    Any-Body but Obama!

  • wildmann

    The Censors LOVE ME!! They also must Love Obama!

  • Mustanger

    I’m beginning to believe you should become a politician or join the mainstream media. You have said a whole lot about the Pope’s views, and you have done a pretty good job of inserting the Pope’s views into Rick Santorum’s mouth. Until I hear Santorum’s beliefs and his values, then I could care less about what the Pope says, the Catholic Church says, or the Bishops say. And I make that statement as a practicing Catholic, and a former Baptist. I'm sure the mainstream media will do their best to bring up everything that Santorum has even thought about, much less been involved in.

    I would point out that many Protestant Churches profess their “religion” as the “one true religion.” Which is exactly why I put little value on a person’s “religion.” Religion is "man" made. What is of true importance, in this context, is a person’s “Faith.” I believe most people will agree that there is a direct link/relationship between a person’s Faith and a person’s character.

    As for evolution - I must agree with the Pope, and almost all other Religious Leaders. There is a whole lot of scientific evidence to support creationism. Unfortunately, most evolutionists fail to remember that evolution is a “theory” and as such, has yet to be scientifically proven. Additionally, there are a whole lot of Protestants out there that have a firm belief that God created the Heavens and the Earth - thus creationism. Belief in God, or having a strong Faith in God, does not mean you are a nut. It simply means you have a strong “Faith.” As I mentioned earlier, I view a person’s “Faith” as being directly linked to a person’s character.

    I find your posting, though accurate in some regards, very misleading. If I didn’t know better, I would think this was an attempt to drive a wedge between Catholics and Protestants, much like the liberals who play the “Race Card” for the same reasons.

    Least we all forget, be you Catholic or Protestant, we all share a common goal. I for one do not believe, that when I get to the “Pearly Gates” and am greeted by St. Peter, he will not be interested if I am a Catholic or a Baptist, and if he is, then I will know that I am absolutely in the wrong place.

    • Pat78

      St. Peter will already know whether someone is Catholic or Protestant. Depending on how God was adored, obeyed and denied by each Catholic or Protestant and their accountability to the TRUTH is what's really going to matter.

  • Norm

    I'd vote for Rick Santorum in a minute if I knew what he stands for. All I get are requests for a donation from his website. Tell us about him!! Let's see something in print. Is he pro-life? Would he protect the U.S. borders better than now? Is he against illegal aliens? What does he offer to reduce unemployment? We need to know, otherwise, he will be written off like another politician.

    • sonja

      Appears you haven't watched any of the debates where Santorum was asked all your questions. He is pro-life, he stated NO to amnesty, would protect our borders, very much against illegal aliens & the "free" benefits they all are getting including the discount costs for college for the illegals & against Iran getting a nuke, etc. etc.

      • C.Davis

        You forgot to menyion that he's eager to start piling up brown bodies for his masters, whoever that might be.

  • Capt. Norman

    Two good quotes from George Washington --" America stands on two GREAT pillars-FAITH and Morality. Without these, our foundation crumbles."

    "It is the duty of ALL nations to acknowledgethe providence of Almighty GOD, to obey His will, to be greatful for His mercy, to implore His protection and favor...That great and beneficent author of all good that was, that is, or ever shall be, that we may then unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people."

    And one from Samuel Adams: "Religion and good morals are the ONLY SOLID FOUNDATION of public liberty and happiness.

    I am a Tea Party Member!!!

  • Pat78

    I supported Herman Cain til he dropped out and then supported Gingrich, showing his true colors. Not good. I think Ron Paul is the only candidate who is committed to less governing/spending more liberty on the federal level and more money in our pockets. Everything else will fall into place with time and much effort. Other than that, he's misunderstood and misrepresented in his stance because the principles he uses to decide what to support have been consistantly pro U.S. Constitution. Can't say that for the others because the U.S. Constitution has been illegally "modified" to suit politicians over the last 100 years, that we hardly even recognize it! We really can't afford much more "modification". Many are already saying that the end of the American Empire is near. It's just a matter of time. I don't agree because nothing is impossible with God.

  • chvietvet

    This article seems to be advocating a religious test for public office. Which religion will pass the test? Maybe it should be one that makes no claim to be true. To impose such a system, we just have to do away with a little thing like our Constitution.

  • Ann Wilson Kingsley

    Thank you for this article! This is so pertinent when we are witnessing Evangelicals casting hypocritical votes for all of the RINOs, from "Bad Boy" Newt to "Weasel Waffler" Romney. Santorum has a past habit of going RINO when it is politically expedient. It is my understanding that he is looking for a deal with RINO Romney for a Romney-Santorum ticket. If Conservatives are going to go RINO on the Conservative base, then we would prefer that they choose a ticket with a Democrat. Ron Paul is the only tried and true committed Conservative. Vote for Ron Paul!

    • tncdel

      I was with you till you ruined it all by telling us you're for that RINO fraud Ron Paul. No true Conservative is as lousy as RP is on DOMESTIC national defense: https://www.numbersusa.com/content/action/2012-pr...?

    • Jackiesue

      The best thing I heard someone say on a television show was they would vote for a ham sandwich for president rather than vote for Obama. Religion should not be a deciding factor. All the Republican cadidates profess Christianity.
      I am to the point that whoever is on the Republican ticket gets my vote. I think Newt is the smartest and would wipe out Obama in a debate. However I doubt that Obama would debate him.

    • http://christiannetguide.com Dallas

      Ann,
      Every Evangelical vote cast is cast for a RINO, as there are no conservative candidates. At least there are not any that are conservative in the sense that Reagan was. To put this another way, today's Republican Party is not your mother's Republican Party. I foresee the Republican Party taking a sharp turn to the left this summer.

  • tncdel

    Catholics have a bad habit of condoning the illegal alien invasion. Santorum is rated just as bad on illegal immigration as Rick Perry [who supported in-state tuition for illegals]: a D. But Ron Paul is rated even worse: https://www.numbersusa.com/content/action/2012-pr...?

  • William

    ATTENTION all 2nd Amendment voters. Please click the link below to the NAGR (National Association for Gun Rights) homepage.

    After each candidate announced his or her of contention for the GOP Nomination, Dudley Brown (Executive Director NAGR) acting on behalf of the NAGR and it's members did send a copy of the "NAGR's 2nd Amendment Survey" to each candidate.

    The survey is designed offer verification of each candidates position in regards to the the 2nd Amendment.

    As of this posting only 3 have returned their surveys. Ron Paul, Michelle Bachman and Herman Cain.

    Despite repeated requests by the NAGR and it's members, RickSantorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry still refuse to return their surveys.

    By their refusals Santorum, Romney, Gingrich and Perry have denied the American people the right to know where they stand on this vital issue.

    Please use the link, read the information and then contact these candidates and demand that they return the completed surveys to Dudley Brown and the NAGR.

    These candidates want our support, but refuse to enter written testimony as to their positions on the Second Amendment. We have the right to know where they stand.
    http://www.nationalgunrights.org/

  • Nancye May

    We in Texas like Rick Perry's views on the instate tuition rates for illegals, but there are restrictions. These kids have to have been brought here thru no fault of their own, lived here at least 5 years, and be pursuing a path to citizenship. Rick Perry has been and is the greatest governor this state has ever had and would make a great president.

  • Mike

    My question about this post, what does Santorum think or say. The posting assumes that Santorum will be lock step with the Catholic Church. If you look at the American version of the Catholic Church, not many follow all its liberal leanings.

  • Emmentaler Limburger

    Whoa, whoa, whoa! It is a faction of the Catholic church - mostly here in the US - that has socialistic leaning, not the Church itself, and certainly not the teachings of the gospel. Further, the protestant religions DID derive from Catholicism, And you would accuse others of bigotry. Hypocrite.

    Unsubscribe button.... pushed.... NOW!

  • http://captelaine.blogspot.com captelaine

    This is a STUPID meaningless article... did you know that... NANCY PELOSI is also a Catholic... and she supports abortion and want YOU to pay for it... along with all her other Marxist nonsense. I'm REALLY disappointed in GodFather Politcs for reprinted this drivel.

  • jim

    people r venting bc theres nothing we can do to stop Obama and get our nation back on track, except pray and vote! Everyone will always have their opinions. So quit complaining and lets get on our knees bc Jesus is our only hope, NOT RELIGION!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Moose

    Why is the author critical of the Pope? Did he have the same concern about Rev. Wright and his black theology message? The media pulled the same thing on John Kennedy because he was a Catholic but I didn't see Kennedy bring the Pope into American policy. The only reason this piece has been written is because Santorum is surging in the polls. The media wants to kill all chances that someone other then Romney will be the Republican nominee. The media ia again trying to pick the Republican candidate.

  • John Madison

    "I’m as anti-abortion and pro-life as Rick Santorum..."
    You are also an anti-Catholic bigot, what Arthur Schlesinger called "the deepest-held bias in the history of the American people." Or what Peter Viereck calls “the anti-Semitism of the intellectual.”
    You recently refered to Pope Benedict XVI as a leader of a cult. You have railed on about pedophile priests.
    You are a bigot. Mr. Santorum is not.

  • Donna Ryan

    Rick Santorum is pro lofe and pro family, BUT he did endorse two liberal Republicans, Arlen Spector and Mitt Romney,
    he voted for the Bridge to NoWhere and he supported many earmarks. Not exacty a conservative. Mitt Romney gave
    us obamacare! and most definitely is a lib. Rick Perry has not secured the boarder and wants illegals to get many tax
    payer benefits.Why should illegals receive so many EXTRA considerations? MICHELE BACHMANN has repeatedly
    stated less government and listed the many gov't agencies she would do away with as PRESIDENT. She did not want
    the STIMULUS under Pres Bush, even. As a tax lawyer, she said there were other ways to solve the debt crisis. SHE
    IS THE REAL DEAL! Honest, Conservative, True to her Convictions to help us. ALL of us. And she is serving on
    the Committee of Foreign Affairs, receiving the same info as Mr Obama and she KNOWS Ron Paul's foreign policies
    are inded very dangerous.

  • rotten rollin

    Until the Catholic Church can quit being such a fount of pedophilia, I don't care to hear squart from the Pope demeaning Evangelicals.

  • http://baersart.com Jane Larson

    there is an important problem in the USA with millions of illegal aliens from Latin America flooding into our country. Almost all of them are Catholic. To elect a Catholic President who is "soft" on illegal immigrantion like Santorum is to elect a man who is too directed by the Pope. I can't believe Evangelicals are going for Santorum...yet question Romney's religion. Seriously people! Are there millions of Drug-Cartel violent criminal linked or sheilding Mormons sneaking into our country right now?

  • EDDIE

    THIS article has so many twisted claims that its purpose is to divide those who favor Santorum. Also since when does the religion of candidate matters. John Kennedy proved that religion is not a factor. Islam is not a religion since it condones
    jihad .