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February 26, 2012

Santorum: ‘I Don’t Believe in an America Where the Separation of Church and State is Absolute’ ***

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Rick Santorum says: “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” Which is frightening.

But he seems to be misinformed. I haven’t seen the rest of the above clip, so it’s impossible to tell how Santorum finished that thought, but I see two possibilities of how Sanoturm is misinformed.

Possibly about the objectives of the religion clause in the First Amendment. But also possibly just with what the separation of church and state applies to. It is not a bar to religious individuals being involved in U.S. politics. It’s a prohibition on the government picking winners among religious groups.

***UPDATE: Here’s more from the Washington Post about why Santorum “almost threw up” when he read JFK’s separation of church and state speech.

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