• A Quote Quiz That Will Make Rick Santorum Want to Throw Up

    If Rick Santorum accomplishes nothing else this election cycle, he should be proud that he's made me question my own non-belief. When the world sends you someone so vividly quotable, it becomes difficult not to accept it as providential grace…

    GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said…that watching John F. Kennedy's speech to the Baptist ministers in Houston in 1960 made him want to "throw up."

    "To say that people of faith have no role in the public square?  You bet that makes you throw up.  What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?" Santorum said…Santorum also said he does not believe in an America where the separation of church and state is "absolute."

    Santorum distorts the message of Kennedy's speech until it's indecipherable, but it offers an opportunity to challenge Indecision readers to a quote-off. Match the religion-related quote with the Republican politician who uttered it, then weep. Answers below the fold.

    Quote GOP Politician
    1. "We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson, for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief." A. James Garfield
    2. "I hold that in this country there must be complete severance of Church and State; that public moneys shall not be used for the purpose of advancing any particular creed; and therefore that the public schools shall be non-sectarian and no public moneys appropriated for sectarian schools." B. Ronald Reagan
    3. "By maintaining the separation of church and state, the United States has avoided the intolerance which has so divided the rest of the world with religious wars. Throughout our two hundred plus years, public policy debate has focused on political and economic issues, on which there can be compromise." C. Theodore Roosevelt
    4. "The divorce between church and state should be absolute." D. William Howard Taft
    5. "I do not believe in the Divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe." E. Barry Goldwater

    Answers: 1. B 2. C 3. E 4. A 5. D (Taft was a Unitarian who rejected the presidency of Yale on the grounds of his religious heterodoxy, but felt amply qualified to be President of the United States and Chief Justice of the United States. You may now drink.)

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


    Tags: Barry Goldwater, James Garfield, John Kennedy, Primaries, Religion, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft

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