Be prepared for some “extreme boldness” from me on this one.  I’m starting to think more than ever before that Rick Santorum is full of … Santorum, or — in another word — himself.

Rick Santorum

From what I’m seeing and hearing, Santorum — who’s apparently the newest “hot name” in the 2012 Republican presidential field (I gave up trying to keep track about the time Jon Huntsman bowed out) — has found the right running mates to carry him on to the White House next January.  Its name:  the Religious Right.

I mean, just look at the photo here.  Faith is at the top, with family and freedom right below.  Do I have anything against faith?  For anyone who knows me — truly knows me — they’d say, “No way!”  Same thing with my views on family, and freedom for that matter.

But this Santorum … well, if I could speak to this dude in person right now, I’d say to him, “Dude!  You are so full of … yourself!  Get over this pile of … yourself!”

What’s got me so hot and bothered about Rick Santorum?  Click on the link below:

The Oxford Centre For Religion & Public Life Q&A with Rick Santorum from 2008

Now, one could say, “Well, he made those statements in 2008, that’s quite a while ago.  What does he think about these things today?”

Go to the link below and find out:

HUFFINGTON POST:  More current responses from Rick Santorum on President’s faith

Nice job of backtracking there, Mr. Santorum!  Now, what was it you said about no such thing as a “liberal Christian” that you’d like to stumble over with some lame and still wrong explanation?  I’ll wait, and I’ll address that ridiculous statement of his about “no liberal Christians” in a bit, so hang in there.

Now, before I go on let me preface this one more time in case there’s any misunderstanding in what I’m saying or about to say here:  I consider myself an INDEPENDENT voter, not a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT.  I’m all for using COMMON SENSE in decision-making, which means not necessarily following party lines on so many issues.  When I campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008, I knew full well going in that he was a MODERATE (though many conservatives would have us believe he’s the biggest liberal since … oh, who cares?).

Although, if I were to fault him on anything in his presidency, it would be that HE’S GIVEN TOO MUCH AWAY IN CONCESSIONS TO THE CONSERVATIVE SIDE JUST SO THE OTHER SIDE WILL GET OFF ITS BUTT AND DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE PEOPLE (people in this case not defined as corporations, and they’re still lacking in the people department in my opinion)!

Call it an extreme case of niceness, call it an extreme case of naivete on his part, but there have been some things Mr. Obama has done that’ve just made me scratch my head and wonder.  But, then, I have to look at the posers he’s had to deal with on the other side of the aisle, and I have to stop and think, “Oh, yeah, he’s gotta try and work with THEM!  And they’re not budging for HIM!  NOOOOOSSSIIIIRRRREEE!!!  They just want that dude O-U-T, OUT!

How moderate am I?

I believe in freedoms of choice without government interference.  If I want to send my children to a private church school and I have no children attending a public school, I’d like the tax dollars that I pay to education to go where my children are going to school.  I’ve voted for a voucher system in Utah.  Yet, I have no problem with the public education system other than the fact that so many schools are overcrowded because so many people put up such a fuss about paying their fair share of taxes to fund them properly.

I’m not trying to take away the average, well-behaved citizens’ guns.  I’m all for having responsible gun owners having their firearms and doing a bit of hunting and target practicing and fending off the occasional burglar, as long as they don’t “go all cowboy” and think they’re the next Wyatt Earp and endanger others’ lives.  But if a madman is able to shoot down a dozen people including a United States congresswoman in a crowded Arizona shopping center parking lot because he’s able to use a 2,000-bullet clip (yeah, I’m stretching that number a bit, but you get my drift), there’s something wrong with that picture.

I hate the thought of abortion.  But who am I to tell a woman what to do with her own body?

Does that last statement make me less of a Christian?  There are those who might think so.  But is Christianity about “forcing” beliefs on people or is it all about free agency?

And what is with these conservatives anyway when they talk about there being too much government in people’s lives, yet they think nothing of telling people who they can and can’t legally marry, what women can or shouldn’t do with their own bodies … what makes a person a Christian or a non-Christian?

That’s apparently Rick Santorum’s America.  If he wins the White House in 2012, well, God help us all.

Here is the one statement Santorum made in that Q&A with the Oxford Centre that just boils my be-hind.

“But is there such thing as a sincere liberal Christian, which says that we basically take this document (the Holy Bible) and re-write it ourselves? Is that really Christian? That’s a bigger question for me. And the answer is, no, it’s not. I don’t think there is such a thing. To take what is plainly written and say that I don’t agree with that, therefore, I don’t have to pay attention to it, means you’re not what you say you are. You’re a liberal something, but you’re not a Christian. That’s sort of how I look at it.”

Has he explained that one yet?  Has he hemmed and hawed his way through an explanation on that statement yet?

I know Mr. Santorum won’t read this, but let me offer a personal invitation to this … Santorum.  My church is going out to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City after our morning services this Saturday, it’s our February trip for our Inner-city Outreach (ICOR) ministry.  Mr. Santorum, I will be among those people offering warm clothing and other items to the homeless, showing them that there are people who care.  It’s something I care deeply about.  I am extending a PERSONAL INVITATION to you, Mr. Santorum, to come out to Pioneer Park and take a quick poll of those who are involved, and find out if there are any “liberal Christians” in that crowd.

And I am serious.  Of course, I’m sure that if Mr. Santorum were to actually see my invitation to him that he’d have “other pressing items on his agenda” as part of his campaign, yada-yada-yada.

I’m going to tick off some conservatives in the crowd now by including a picture that I found on Facebook that gets right to the heart of Rick Santorum’s ridiculous statement about there not being such a thing as a “liberal Christian.”  I know it’ll tick ’em off, because it got quite a debate stirred up with at least one Facebook friend who shared it recently.

It’s a picture that has to do with the story of Jesus feeding thousands when all he had in front of him were a few fish and loaves of bread, and the miracle that was performed as a result.  It’s comical in the current political climate, conservatives hate it, but there is no where in the caption itself where it says anything about Jesus being a liberal or a conservative.  And it still rankles conservatives, really touches a nerve.  Why?  Because it touches upon an argument we hear from them so often when it comes to social issues, like caring for the poor and providing medical care for those who can’t afford it themselves or it’s driving them to bankruptcy.

Here it is:

For those who believe in the story of the loaves and the fishes, did Jesus go around asking people in the crowd if they could pass a urine test or if they were gainfully employed or at least looking for employment at the time before they received a loaf or a fish in order to rightfully be entitled to such a handout?  I’ll wait for an answer to that one, the forum is open below this post.

Now, moving on, let me address Santorum’s asinine statement about liberals trying to re-interpret the Bible to make it MORE LIBERAL.  I’m not so sure it’s wise for him to go there either.  Why?  Click on the link below, I’ve awakened a few conservatives myself on Facebook the last few years by cluing them in to THIS MOVEMENT STRAIGHT FROM THE “HORSES'” KEYBOARDS:

CONSERVAPEDIA:  The Conservative Bible Project

Again, a direct quote from Mr. Santorum from the Oxford Centre Q&A …

“When you go so far afield of that and take what is a salvation story and turn it into a liberation theology story, which is done in the Catholic world as well as in the evangelical world, you have abandoned Christendom, in my opinion. And you don’t have a right to claim it.”

But the folks behind the Conservative Bible Project do, Mr. Santorum?

See, this whole mess that Rick Santorum and the staunch members of the Religious Right raise in every election cycle and beyond is EXACTLY WHAT TURNS PEOPLE OFF TO CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST PLACE!  It’s people like Rick Santorum who seem to see it to be so fitting to appoint themselves as God and Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit all rolled into one human body and pass that kind of judgment upon others that keeps many people away from joining any religion at all.

Why should they want to join a religion when they see religion as just a bunch of legalistic, judgmental, holier-than-thou people who have absolutely nothing better to do than to decide whether liberals are Christians?

Christianity, above all, is based on what’s in the heart.  It isn’t represented in political parties, or at least it shouldn’t be.  I know of many people who would argue with me on this, but that’s what people like Thomas Jefferson had in mind when the meaning behind “separation of church and state” was discussed way back when.  And, hey, conservative Texans a while back were working on downplaying Jefferson’s stand on separation of church and state in school textbooks.  Talk about re-writing history!

Oh, and Fox News has apparently had yet another one of those “slow news days” where they make stuff up BASED ON THIS VERY STORY!  True story:  I went with my lovely wife to the nearest county-run (SOCIALISM AGAIN!!!) fitness center after moving our trash dumpsters collected by the city (SOCIALISM AGAIN!!!) off the curb and making sure I didn’t run any red lights so as to be stopped by the city police (SOCIALISM AGAIN!!!) on Wednesday, and after going through a few resistance machines at the gym I noticed something on one of the TV screens that was tuned to Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News.

Neil Cavuto and ... "Common Sense?"

Here’s what was sitting at the bottom of the screen to rile up people sitting in Burger Kings and hospital waiting rooms and elderly care center activity rooms and other such areas darn near everywhere because Fox News offers its services to cable and satellite providers so darn cheaply–  DEVELOPING STORY:  MEDIA FOCUSING ON GOP COMMENTS MADE YEARS AGO.

You mean the same way Fox hounded Bill Ayers about any weak ties to Barack Obama way back when?  Or rehashing the Rev. Wright/Obama controversy years later?  Or raking John Kerry over the coals for his heroism or alleged lack thereof while serving many years before in Vietnam?  Or Glenn Beck constantly harping on anything Van Jones ever said dating back to his grade-school years?  Or … well, Fox News, YOU MEAN THAT KIND OF FOCUS ON STUFF FROM YEARS AGO?

To quote Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

And Rick Santorum?  Well, he’s just … Santorum!  He can’t help it.  That’s just what he is.

I may consider myself an INDEPENDENT.  I’ve tried, believe me, I have.  But maybe, after seeing garbage like this coming from people like Rick Santorum and seeing how many people are so willing to put him into the White House because he’s pandering more to the Religious Right, it’s time to declare myself a … gasp … “FLAMING LIBRUL” once and for all!

Keep this up and the conservatives have lost me completely for a very long time.  There may not be enough “wining and dining” for them to ever win me back.  Not that they’d care.

Thanks to Santorum!!!  All hail Santorum!!!

Puuuhhhhllllleeeease!

EDITOR’S NOTE:  After wrapping up this article Wednesday night, I saw the following story in the link below concerning Franklin Graham that only served to magnify any thoughts I’ve stated here previously.  We are truly a nation divided, now including along religious lines … God help us all.

FRANKLIN GRAHAM:  President Obama’s religious beliefs questioned

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8 thoughts on “A little taste of Santorum on his “liberal Christians” view

  1. While I am giving myself a divorce from politics for my own sanity, it doesn’t mean, I won’t be watching. It means, I just refuse to be consumed with it.

    Jesus would be laughing at these many self branded, ‘in good standing’ Christians. Those so busy judging the Christianity of others could not be Christians, themselves. There is, by the tenets of Christianity, just one judge. Judge not, lest you be judged.

    I have met the rare but, true Christian, and they are not vociferous about Christianity. The true Christian doesn’t have to be, as they are too busy with deeds demonstrating their Christianity. It is, who they are without a word spoken, not, who they say they are….

  2. Another right-on-target post, John! I don’t want to live in a so-called “Christian nation.” I want to live in a nation that allows me to worship the way I choose, and is without ANY government imposed religion. And thinking that having a Christian president makes us a Christain nation is about as logical as storing ice cream in your oven…

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