Santorum: Call Secularism A Religion So We Can Ban It From Public Schools.

Can secularism be removed from public schools without removing everything? Without closing the schools?

I quit Catholicism when I was 26. Thanks to the science courses I had taken and would take before (at 31) I ended my career as a professional student, and my continuing interest in science, I think Catholicism had not done lasting damage to my mind. (A few folks might disagree.)

I know a few elderly Catholics who seem to fear leaving the plantation where they have leaders they can unthinkingly obey. When for short periods of time they have no one to obey, they can be tyrants.

The one I know best (he and I have for several years been active in a non-religious club) enthuses about one pop science belief after another. He quits each in several months and is soon enthusing about another and trying to sell me on it. Some of these programs do work well, but his behavior supports a conclusion that it's easier to change dogmas than it is to give up the need for a dogma.

If you've heard Rick Santorum's remarks since he became a leader of sorts in the Republican Party, or the remarks of Pat Buchanan before him, you've heard a few bizarreries. Do any stand out for you?

(My appreciation to the Secular Coalition for America for the headline.)

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Did Santorum actually say this publicly?  If so, then he's found yet a new low to sink to.  He is such a tool for the RC church that his candidacy for ANY office should insult not just atheists but anyone holding to a belief system other than his, for his utter apparent inability to even remotely consider a point of view other than his own.

Problem is, that describes most of the Republican Party these days!

Yes Loren, the RCC's American lap dog did say it. He was on a radio program pimping his propaganda scare film "One Generation Away." The film purports to be about the erosion of religious freedom, when in fact, it is the fear the religionists have of not being able to cram their beliefs down everyone's throat.

[sigh!] Good Night, Irene!  This is right up there with his castigation of John Kennedy's speech about the separation of church and state making him want to vomit.  Santorum might as well be considered a formal representative of the Vatican and as such, disqualified from public office in the US on the grounds that he owes his allegiance to another power.

Yes, Loren - that comment about Kennedy's speech stood out to me as the most disgusting point in the entire Republican primary crazy train last time around. NYT columnist Maureen Dowd refers to him as Rick Sanctorum. Just recently he was in Kansas pimping for Brownback, the equally repulsive nutcake governor there.

Every time sweater vest boy comes up in Charlie Pierce's column, Pierce always adds "Have I mentioned lately what a colossal dick Santorum is?"

Check www.urbandictionary.com for what LGBT activist Dan Savage did with "santorum".

Rick himself later said he doesn't want his kids to search on the family name.

I forgot about that until you mentioned it. The "words related to santorum" section is priceless. 

 the fear the religionists have of not being able to cram their beliefs down everyone's throat.

So true, Pat. And absolutely anything or anyone speaking counter to this goal of theirs is "persecuting" them and "a war on god."

Here's another way of putting - attributed to Anonymous

"I am treated as evil by those who feel persecuted because they are not allowed to force me to believe as they do." 

Well said. Precisely to the point!

That sounds even more stupid than calling atheism a religion.

Check me on this, but is bald a hair color?!?  [grin!]

Fabulous analogy Loren. I'm going to steal it.

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