Rick Santorum and Dangerous Religious Rhetoric

Rick Santorum and Dangerous Religious Rhetoric

"But look deeper into the whole meaning of his words, and you’ll see references to the end times, Revelations, and of Obama being the anti-Christ."

Rick Santorum is gaining steam in the Republican race for the nomination and it makes me wonder how he’s doing it. Most liberals and independents I know think the man is completely nuts. It’s absolutely incomprehensible to us as to why he appeals to the conservative base so much, especially to the women, whose entire reproductive futures depend on accessible, affordable health care.

 

Just the other day, Santorum decried the centralizing of government, declaring that states’ rights should trump federal law. If states wanted to ban or restrict access to birth control, they should have the right to do so. However, just a day or two after he said that, he said that gay marriage should be banned on the federal level.

So, which is it? Does Rick Santorum support states’ rights or federal regulation? He can’t have it both ways just because he doesn’t support certain civil rights and health issues. And his rhetoric…oh! his rhetoric! In Plano, Texas last week, Santorum told a group gathered at a town hall meeting that the president’s war on religion would encourage atheists and other non-Christians to do violence against Christians. He said what would happen if conservative, family-values believers allowed such things as abortion, birth control, gay marriage, et al. to continue, we’d see a ‘French Revolution’ type uprising of the government executing Christians.

Really? At first blush Democrats and progressives were scratching their heads in confusion. The French Revolution was the result of widespread, massive poverty among the masses due to failed crops. The rich and powerful didn’t care, and basically said, “Let them eat cake,” while feasting on caviar. So the poor, who had absolutely nothing left to lose, revolted, and many of those same wealthy people who’d scorned them ended up with their heads sliced off by a guillotine.

This is what Rick Santorum is saying the government will do to the masses if we stay on this liberal, godless path.

But look deeper into the whole meaning of his words, and you’ll see references to the end times, Revelations, and of Obama being the anti-Christ.

Have a look at what the GOP hopeful said versus what you’ll find in the Bible:

Rick Santorum: “They are taking faith and crushing it. Why? Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is the government that gives you rights. What’s left are no unalienable rights, what’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. What’s left in France became the guillotine. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re a long way from that. But if we do and follow the path of President Obama and his overt hostility to faith in America, then we are headed down that road.”

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The Bible: “Judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands.”

He’s using fear and religion to stir up the conservative base, hoping they’ll buy into it. So far, many of them are. But while we can laugh it all off as being the rantings of a crazy man, President Obama would be wise to continue to fight for re-election. He can’t afford to slack off, even when the competition is horrible, because a come-from-behind victory for Santorum and the GOP would be all that was needed to set our country down the path towards a religion-based government.