• Santorum Honors Separation of Church and State by Giving Federal Land to Church

    Rick Santorum wears his Catholicism on his sweater vest-less sleeve. He's obsessively anti-abortion, opposes contraception, and has approximately 5,643 children. So how does Santorum reconcile his strong religious views with America’s oldest and most sacred principle, the separation of church and state?

    Simple – he doesn't

    [A]s a US senator, Santorum engineered a controversial land deal that robbed the military's top veterans' home of tens of millions of dollars and worsened the deteriorating conditions at the facility…

    Santorum slipped an amendment into the 1999 National Defense Authorization Act handcuffing how the home could cash in on [49 acres of its land]. The amendment forced the Home to sell—and not lease—the land to its next-door neighbor, the Catholic University of America. Ultimately, the Catholic Church bought 46 acres of the tract for $22 million. The Home lost the land for good, and by its own estimates, pocketed $27 million less than the land's value and $83 million less than what it could've made under the lease plan.

    So, Santorum prevented the military from leasing its own land — and paying for the health and welfare of retired veterans — so the Catholic Church could pocket some more property. This is totally normal. Well, not for a U.S. politician, but for a medieval French king, it's totally normal to give land grants and other special kickbacks to the Church.

    Just think of all the other deals Santorum would engineer if elected President: millions in government subsidies to the chastity belt industry, sweater vests added to every military uniform and, of course, Dan Savage banned from using Google.

    Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Catholic Church, Christianity, Church v. State, Constitution, Military, Religion, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Veterans, Washington DC

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