Rick Santorum: Secular government ‘makes me throw up’

“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. … Continued

“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case? That makes me throw up.”

-Rick Santorum on “This Week,” February 26, 2012, in defense of remarks made in October against President Kennedy’s famous speech on Catholic identity and public policy.

Joe Raedle

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Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign stop at the St. Mary’s Cultural & Banquet Center on February 27, 2012 in Livonia, Michigan.

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  • jay52

    Santorum, the vomiting presidential wannabe. Maybe he really doesn’t have the stomach for the office.

  • northernharrier

    Kennedy actually was saying that religion has no role in the making of public policy. In expressing that view, he was merely reiterating the express words of the 1st amendment.

    It is not surprising that Mr. Santorum is either ignorant of the content of the 1st amendment or is intentionally distorting Kennedy’s argument to push his own agenda. In either case, it reflects very poorly on Mr. Santorum.

  • thomasmc1957

    I’m so sick of Santorum trying to shove his pedophile religion down the throats of our youth!

  • usapdx

    Ricky needs to read the Constitution and ask questions. All voters need to know Ricky’s full history.

  • usapdx

    What power does a human have to make a rule that if violated, it is the a sin?

  • Fartortuga3

    Senator Santorum’s paranoid style is on display when he seeks to make it look as though only non-believers act in the public square. He seems to forget that both houses of Congress employ chaplains and begin sessions with invocations much as other bodies of government at the state and local level. He’s also forgotten about the prayer breakfasts that are a staple of the Washington political scene.

    Indeed, non-believers should be the ones who are offended by the rampant intrusion of religion in government at the Federal level. Europeans and other observers from developed nations have long been appalled by the huge role that religion plays in our governance. Santorum must be more desperate than I thought for him to have to raise a total non-issue.

  • smitten1

    nn

  • smitten1

    Rick Santorum makes me want to throw up, too!