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Republican presidential primary hopeful Rick Santorum said he doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state, noting that a speech on the topic by former President John F. Kennedy makes him want to “throw up.”
“I don’t believe that the separation of church and state is absolute,” Santorum said in an interview today on ABC’s “This Week” program. “The First Amendment means the free exercise of religion and that means bringing people and their faith into the public square.”
Santorum, 53, made the comments in an interview from Michigan, where he is campaigning ahead of the Republican primary this week. Polls show a close race there against Mitt Romney who spent his boyhood in the state and where his father, George Romney, served as governor and an automobile company chief executive officer.
Santorum said Kennedy’s 1960 speech in Houston about the separation of church and state, was an “absolutist doctrine” that he disagrees with.
“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? What makes me throw up is someone who is now trying to tell people that you will do what the government says,” Santorum said. “That now we’re going to turn around and impose our values from the government on people of faith.”
Santorum said “there are people I disagree with. Come into our town hall meetings and let’s have a discussion. Air your ideas and why you believe what you believe.”
“That’s what America is all about — bringing in that diversity,” the former Pennsylvania senator said. “What we saw in Kennedy’s speech was just the opposite and that’s what’s so upsetting about it.”
Mitt Romney on Newt Gingrich backpedaling on the negative tone of the debates, that Wolf Blitzer called him out on instigating, but only after Rick Santorum chastised both of them for their “petty personal attacks” and ignoring the issues.
Ron Paul agrees.
“Well, what about three men?”
— Rick Santorum, explaining his objection to gay marriage.- - -
About six months after I decided I was gay, I got married. Nothing fancy, just city hall and a small party afterwards, and then Tim and I bought a nice place in a nice part of town and went about with our lives. We cooked meals or ordered out. We puttered around the house, not fixing things quite as well as we hoped. We slept in the same bed and usually Tim took too much of the covers.
Then one day we were eating Japanese food and talking about redoing the patio, and Tim looked in my eyes and I looked in his, and we just knew. We had to marry a third guy.
We didn’t have a boyfriend, really, but Tim made some calls and before long there was a man at the front door with a suitcase. His name was Pete, and he explained that he had recently moved to town, and that he had been staying with a friend of ours, Jason, but that he couldn’t really impose any longer. We liked the plainspoken way Pete talked, and he had a great haircut, long but not too long, so we married him.
If Tim and I were happy being married, Tim and Pete and I were even happier. That led, in a roundabout way, to Jason coming in as a fourth husband, and then Luis, Jason’s boyfriend, as a fifth. Luis had a former college roommate who had recently decided he was gay, and he joined up as the sixth, and then there was Howard and then a second Pete, who agreed to be called Peter so long as we were married, and Frank and Danny and Walter and Randy. The was a great moment with Guy, who was the tenth to come aboard, I think; Tim was going through the living room and saw him the couch, and he couldn’t remember his name, so he just said, “Hi, guy.” Guy waved back, gratified that Tim already knew him. Marriage is full of those little stories.