Santorum says Obama’s agenda based on “phony theology,” not the Bible

By Reuters Staff
February 19, 2012

(Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum speaks during a Tea Party Rally in Columbus, Ohio February 18, 2012. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan)

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has challenged President Barack Obama’s Christian beliefs, saying White House policies were motivated by a “different theology.” A devout Roman Catholic who has risen to the top of Republican polls in recent days, Santorum said the Obama administration had failed to prevent gas prices rising and was using “political science” in the debate about climate change.

Obama’s agenda is “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology,” Santorum told supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement at a Columbus hotel on Saturday.

When asked about the statement at a news conference later, Santorum said, “If the president says he’s a Christian, he’s a Christian.” But he did not back down from the assertion that Obama’s values run against those of Christianity. “He is imposing his values on the Christian church. He can categorize those values anyway he wants. I’m not going to,” Santorum told reporters.

A social conservative, Santorum is increasingly seen as a champion for evangelical Christians in fights with Democrats over contraception and gay marriage.

“This is just the latest low in a Republican primary campaign that has been fueled by distortions, ugliness, and searing pessimism and negativity – a stark contrast with the President who is focused everyday on creating jobs and restoring economic security for the middle class,” said Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt.

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I find Santorum’s acceptance of religious bigotry to win votes among the evangelicals very disturbing. Closed door strategy sessions against Romney in Texas and compromising himself as a Presidential candidate by the “laying on of hands” as an endorsement against Romney violates separation of church and state.  Santorum needs a lesson on the first amendment.  He knows part of it regarding protecting religion from government intrusion  but he does not seem to understand as President he represents all people of different faiths and people who choose not to believe.  Santorum divides people.  His latest remarks about the President’s faith minimally betrays the commands of Jesus and the Bible to be charitable, tolerant, and not self-righteous.  He needs to take the aspirin out from between his knees and put it between his lips.  

Posted by Texasman | Report as abusive

Before Santorum continues his goal of becoming president, he should read Per the Constitution of the United States of America:
Article Six: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Posted by LarryLinn | Report as abusive

Inexcusable. Behavior unbecoming of a public servant.
A man with no conscience, and, clearly playing to the white supremacist philosophy. Stopping just short of labeling the President as evil, but leaving all of the innuendo in place with a wink and a sly smile. A truly despicable man, not worthy of the nomination.

Posted by nieldevi | Report as abusive