The Republicans’ current non-Romney stand-in, former senator Rick Santorum, is widely regarded as out of touch and a little bit 14th century, even among mainstream pundits used to grading G.O.P characters on a steep curve. But one thing they all agree on is how devoted he is to his faith. Sure, Santorum may want to improve the Land of the Free by requiring all public policies to be based on Rick’s faith, but gosh darn it, he really believes in it, unlike those “cafeteria Catholics.”
But then how to reconcile Santorum’s love-thy-neighbor religion with his stance on, well, Jesus, nearly anything? Wanting states to have the right to ban birth control? Equating gay sex with child rape and bestiality? Blaming priests’ abuse of children on progressive culture?
What’s more, while he obsesses over what’s happening in people’s bedrooms, there are at least ten significant Catholic church teachings which Santorum (and fellow-Catholic Gingrich) violate (see Juan Cole’s piece at Informed Comment).
So perhaps those so-called values voters responsible for Santorum’s surge should stop looking for the anti-christ in the White House and take a closer look at the guy atop their shoulders.
(In fact, if you plug Santorum’s recent campaign schedule into Google Earth you see a highly disturbing pattern…)