Rick Santorum’s crusade: soft Protestants, birth control, abortion, working women and prenatal testing – all bad

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The following is from Joy Reid, author of The Reid Report.

Rick Santorum is running for president, but not so much as he as running a crusade to impose what he thinks is America’s original and proper religious standard on America (I’m thinking he means the America of the Puritan colonies of the austere reaches of New England…) Up with Chris Hayes delved into the latest Santorum statements, from 2008 when he chided mainline Protestantism for going all soft and secular (Santorum himself is a strict Catholic, with various ties to Opus Dei) …

… but there’s also, just from CBS’s Sunday show, Santorum’s statement (and walkback) that President Obama is practicing a sinister, false theology that is mysterious and not quite Christian …

His statement that the federal — and state — governments should get out of the business of funding and shaping a national education system, allowing local governments, and indeed individual parents, to decide what their kids learn. Maddeningly, Bob Schieffer didn’t follow up, but the natural next question would have been, “Senator Santorum, are you saying individual parents should decide whether their kids learn evolution?” I think we know what the answer would be.

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… and his suggestion that there’s something objectionable about prenatal testing:

In an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, Santorum:

•Objected to including some prenatal tests in federal insurance mandates, saying the tests lead to more abortions.

“A lot of prenatal tests are done to identify deformities in utero, and the customary procedure is to encourage abortions,” he said. “We know that 90% of Down syndrome children in America are aborted.” At a campaign event over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio, he said the tests effectively “cull the ranks of the disabled in our society.”

He objected to provisions in the new health care law that require coverage of prenatal testing for expectant mothers, saying some tests shouldn’t be included. He mentioned in particular amniocentesis, a test that can detect chromosomal abnormalities in fetuses such as Down syndrome.


There’s also Santorum’s previous suggestion that states should be able to ban birth control:

… that women were, on the whole, tricked by radical feminists into trading blissful housewifery and fruitful multiplication, for dastardly, secularist careers

… that “emotional issues” — on the part of women, or the men who were born to care for them — should keep women out of the military

… and Santorum’s implication that as president, he would preach against the evils of abortion, and even birth control.

Santorum certainly has strong beliefs, including that environmentalists are bad, because they stop mankind from “husbanding the resources of the earth” to their liking. But he also supports rendering unto the wealthy, enormous tax cuts. Perhaps, they are Caesar? But Santorum opposed the government helping the struggling workers of GM, because, you know, God hasn’t bless them like they have the wealthy. In many ways, Santorum is a lot like George W. Bush, with Bush’s evangelical ferver, which I was always a tad suspect about, made very, very real. (More on Santorum’s views, including on Social Security, here.)

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.