Vote for Rick “Savonarola” Santorum

Rick Santorum, Fearful of Satan, gays, women making personal choices of conscience

Girolamo Savonarola

Priest Girolamo Savonarola, Book & Heretic Burner of Florence

I admit it. I am flat guilty of many of the sins Rick Santorum rattles on about while running for President. I am without defense. For starters, I am guilty of being:

1)      educated, having frittered away much time and money earning a  college degree and advanced education,

2)      reasonably intelligent (Santorum says Satan attacks prideful, smart people – scares me [not Satan, but Santorum]),

3)      tolerant (though not of bible-thumpers accosting me at my door or on the street),

4)      and I wallow happily in a sea of perverse black humor whose level rises appreciably with each passing Republican primary debate and stump speech (I’m stumped trying to make sense of what the candidates say).

There is some humor in watching Republican candidates tumbling over one another like circus clowns exiting a small car, eagerly proclaiming in debates their bona fides as “good Christians?” But, it’s a dismal and sorrowful spectacle, as well, for the Republican party to have come this far only to put forth such a slate of collective mediocrity lacking of personal integrity and/or intelligence. Huntsman was the only candidate that displayed in his career and service both integrity and intelligence, but those qualities were not in the least appealing to fundamentalist Christian and Tea Party base.

Girolamo Savonarola

Priest Girolamo Savonarola, Book & Heretic Burner of Florence

My most perverse sin, though, is that I wish to witness Rick Santorum, America’s answer to Italy’s 15th century book & heretic-burning monk, Savonarola, run against Obama in the fall elections. It is well past the time that Americans face the issue of the faith-based political action committees and evangelical Christian usurption of the Republican party. No candidate can do this so well as the God-fearing, Satan-spouting, hate-mongering, “it’s them-against-us” Santorum.

As a side note, the uncanny resemblance of Santorum and Savonarola, two religious fanatics, is indeed eerie.

 The Father of Lies has his sights on …

Speaking in 2008 to students at Ave Maria University, Santorum said,

“This is a spiritual war. The Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies, Satan, would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country — the United States of America.”

Santorum then takes one bizarre step further, stating that Satan has been “most successful and first successful” in attacking academia because “he understood the pride of smart people.” That statement, in and of itself, is enough for one to reasonably question Santorum’s rationality and stability. But Santorum doesn’t stop there and proceeds to attack Protestantism, saying Satan went after the church, and further,

“We look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.”

Santorum is reminiscent of Savonarola, a Dominican priest who came to power in Florence in 1494 and set up what he characterized as a “Christian and religious republic,” using words not unlike Santorum has been using while campaigning. Santorum abhors the First Amendment’s strict separation of church and state and recently said John Kennedy’s reaffirmation of this First Amendment principle, during his 1960 campaign, makes him [Santorum] “want to throw up.”

Like Savonarola, Santorum talks about evil, Satan, the pride of “smart people,” and other theological tidbits that make one’s skin, if not crawl, at least uncontrollably twitch at the thought of this man winning the Presidency and being handed nuclear missile codes.

Let’s hear no talk of a candidate’s faith unfairly being an issue in this election. Evangelical Christians, faith-based PACs, and right-wing Republicans have unabashedly made a candidate’s Christian faith a dominant issue in this campaign, and therefore, it can be fairly asked of candidates what their beliefs actually are. Santorum has unequivocally made a case that his Christian beliefs, in all matters of secular governance, including laws respecting matters of personal conscience like contraception and abortion, take precedent over secular considerations for people of all faiths and lifestyles.

Santorum, like Savonarola, views gays as an abomination, but lacks Savonarola’s ability to make physical love between men a capital offence.

 In 1497, he [Savonarola] and his followers carried out the Bonfire of the Vanities. They sent boys from door to door collecting items associated with moral laxity: mirrors, cosmetics, lewd pictures, pagan books, immoral sculptures (which he wanted to be replaced by statues of the saints and modest depictions of biblical scenes)… the works of immoral and ancient poets, and burnt them all in a large pile in the Piazza della Signoria of Florence.[5] Many fine Florentine Renaissance artworks were lost in Savonarola’s notorious bonfires — including paintings by Sandro Botticelli, which he is alleged to have thrown into the fires himself.[6]

–Source: Wikipedia

There exist two objective facts of which no hyperbole, tweezing of argument, or counting the number of angels on the head of a pin, will alter. They are as follows:

  • All issues dealing with personal choices of conscience, in a democracy, are secular.
  • All issues dealing with personal choices of conscience, in a theocracy, are religious.

Santorum, Catholic Bishops as evidenced by their recent stand on contraception, and evangelical Christians, all  state these matters of personal conscience ultimately must conform to Christian religious dogma they espouse. Additionally, they propose legislating laws relating to these issues, say, reversing Roe V. Wade,  to conform to Christian teaching and ethics, relegating constitutional First Amendment concepts safeguarding personal choices of conscience to the dungheap. Santorum, the Catholic Bishops, and evangelist leaders, continue to display an arrogant and intolerant disregard for secularism and personal choices of conscience and lifestyle, not unlike the fanatical and murderous priest, Savonarola, five hundred years ago.

The United States of America never was a Christian country

Contrary to the screeds and constant keening laments of televangelists and right-wing conservatives and politicians crying out in anguish to return this country to the Christian roots and what our Christian Founding Fathers intended, I have exceptionally bad news; the key Founding Fathers, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Thomas Paine, and George Washington, were not Christian. At most these men were deists or agnostics, with Franklin, and possibly Jefferson and Paine, most probably atheists, as well.

If one accepts the term, democracy, as it was intended by the Founding Fathers, with the First Amendment’s credo of the separation of church and state  rigidly intact, then let us hear no more nonsense about this country being a Christian country. America is not now nor ever was a Christian country. And most clearly, it never was it intended to be so. It is not by accident, but quite intentional, that the word “God” is not mentioned once in the Constitution. Following are some of John Adams thoughts about Christianity; they are quite revealing.

The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles?
John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, June 20, 1815

I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved — the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!
John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, from George Seldes, The Great Quotations, also from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

I shall have liberty to think for myself without molesting others or being molested myself.
John Adams, letter to his brother-in-law, Richard Cranch, August 29, 1756

God is an essence that we know nothing of. Until this awful blasphemy is got rid of, there never will be any liberal science in the world.
John Adams, “this awful blashpemy” that he refers to is the myth of the Incarnation of Christ, from Ira D Cardiff, What Great Men Think of Religion, quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

The Founding Fathers distrusted Christians

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson distrusted Christians for exactly the same reasons they should be distrusted today; they continue to inject their poisionous religious dogma into our secular society as the Founding Fathers anticipated they would. It was no accident that the First Amendement, dealing with the separation of church and state, was made THE VERY FIRST AMENDMENT to emphasize its importance.

Protecting a fledgling nation and its citizens from the predations of religion, specifically Christianity, was of the highest priority to the Founding Fathers, particularly Adams and Jefferson. They knew that religious fanatics of all faiths would attempt, as they are doing today, to make the case that America should be  governed by laws that conform to the supposed divinity of their Gods, as capriciously as they understand them, not by laws affirming the dignity of man, on which this country is founded.

Santorum, like a Savonarola of our time, expresses his disdain and distrust of “smart people,” the secular, academia, women being capable of making their own decisions of conscience, other Christians (Protestants) not living up to what Santorum believes to be God’s commands and dictates. A closed and intolerant mind of Santorum’s shallow depth would not serve the country well.

Therefore, it would be beneficial, long term for America, for Santorum to win the Republican nomination. If he wins the nomination, throughout the campaign Santorum’s Christian, Savonarola-like fanaticism will be brought into the bright light of day for all to see. This, in turn,  should highlight the evangelical and Catholic Christianity’s assault on the First Amendment and secular rule of law, so that it can be seen by all for what it is – an underhanded attempt at the theft of civil and secular liberties.

Perhaps only then can the grand old Republican party whose members I often voted for – Reagan, Bush senior and junior (junior, I’m embarrassed to admit) – rid itself of the doctrinaire, evangelical, faith-based cancer eating away at the body politic, and return to Congress solid, conservative, constructive, tolerant, well-intentioned people of good will and common sense to work across the isle with Democrats in order to help right this country’s ills.

Logically and for the country’s benefit, the current crop of intransigent and spiteful Republicans in Congress must be voted out of power. Rick “Savonarola” Santorum winning the nomination will help accomplish this.


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