Religion covers a lot of ground — there’s a church for just about every conceivable thought and emotion, and there’s always somebody willing to kill you for whatever’s sake.
Rick Santorum’s smug view: “In the Christian church there are a lot of different stripes of Christianity. If the president says he’s a Christian, he’s a Christian.”
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Santorum is just reflecting the GOP’s self-centered delusion that US peoples will take to all this mastodonic-amount of hypocritical, sanctimonious bullshit.
Of course, Rick has already pooped in his mess kit — in 2008 he slashed and burned all non-Catholics, claiming “…Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it…”
The key words here is the exact same for all religious nutcases, ‘as I see it.’
And it’s not just Christianity, but all religions.
A most-interesting view on this horror comes via Juan Cole yesterday morning: Religion’s reality is in the eye of the beholder, and Santorum ain’t much different than his comrades in the Middle East.
Moreover, Santorum’s approach to religion and social policy is reminiscent of Muslim fundamentalist parties such as al-Nahda in Tunisia.
Just as Santorum has excommunicated Obama and the other mainline Protestants, so Muslim fundamentalists such as Sayyid Qutb (d. 1966) in Egypt declared mainstream Muslims to have departed from the faith.
In Islam this is called Takfir or declaring someone to be an unbeliever even if the person considers him or herself a believer.
Sunni Muslim authorities, and even the Muslim Brotherhood, reject the practice of takfir.
Thus, Santorum is more extreme in this regard than the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
Way-odd, yet way-obvious.
One good thing — this is just the GOP, and Republicans as a whole, unpeeled banana are staying away from the polls during this entire presidential race, like in Florida where voting in the primary earlier this month was down 14 percent from 2008, despite an increase of 25,000 more registered Republicans the last four years: “They are voting with their feet and simply not showing up,” said Christopher Mann, a political science professor at the University of Miami.
And long with Florida, the rank-and-file party people are indeed just just not showing up — turnout down 26 percent in Nevada, 6 percent in Colorado, 23 percent in Minnesota and 58 percent in Missouri.
In November, or maybe way-before then, the GOP wished they’d lost their religion.