Image source: The New York Times

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is catching flack for a critique of what he calls the president’s “phony theology.” The candidate made the comment in a speech to Tea Party conservatives Saturday in Ohio.  

 

“It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal — some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, but a different theology.”

 

Santorum’s critics say that comment was a thinly veiled hit on President Obama’s faith. Robert Gibbs — an Obama campaign strategist — said as much on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.

 

“I can’t help but think that those remarks are well over-the-line. It’s wrong. It’s destructive. It makes it virtually impossible to solve the problems that we all face together as Americans.”

 

Also on the Sunday show circuit, CBS’ Bob Schieffer asked Santorum for an explanation.

 

SCHIEFFER: “What in the world were you talking about?”

SANTORUM: “I’ve repeatedly said I don’t question the president’s faith. I’ve repeatedly said that I believe the president’s a Christian. He says he’s a Christian. But I am talking about his worldview.”

 

As Politico reports, Santorum went on to say his comments were more directed at radical environmentalists than at the president.

 

“This idea that man is here to serve the earth as opposed to husband its resources and be good stewards of the earth... I think that is a phony ideal...We're not here to serve the earth. The earth is not the objective, man is the objective. I think a lot of radical environmentalists have it upside down."

 

On the Article VI blog, covering politics and religion, contributor John Schroeder gives his take. The self-described politically moderate evangelical writes Santorum’s remarks make him unfit for the role of commander-in-chief.

 

“...his truly intolerant comments concerning Obama pretty well disqualify him from holding office.  It is simply not the president’s job to be judging whose theology is correct and whose is not.

 

And The New York Times writes hitting Obama on religion is nothing new in the political landscape.

 

“Veiled suggestions that Mr. Obama is not a Christian — or not an American — have been an element of fringe politics since the last presidential election. It go sot bad in 2008... that (John) McCain took back the microphone from a woman at one of his rallies who asserted that Mr. Obama was “an Arab.” Mr. McCain then corrected the woman.”

 

With the crucial Michigan primary just eight days away, Santorum is holding a six-point lead in polls over the candidate who leads the GOP delegate race — Mitt Romney.

Santorum Defends Critique of Obama's 'Theology'

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Feb 20, 2012

Santorum Defends Critique of Obama's 'Theology'

Image source: The New York Times

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is catching flack for a critique of what he calls the president’s “phony theology.” The candidate made the comment in a speech to Tea Party conservatives Saturday in Ohio.  

 

“It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal — some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, but a different theology.”

 

Santorum’s critics say that comment was a thinly veiled hit on President Obama’s faith. Robert Gibbs — an Obama campaign strategist — said as much on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.

 

“I can’t help but think that those remarks are well over-the-line. It’s wrong. It’s destructive. It makes it virtually impossible to solve the problems that we all face together as Americans.”

 

Also on the Sunday show circuit, CBS’ Bob Schieffer asked Santorum for an explanation.

 

SCHIEFFER: “What in the world were you talking about?”

SANTORUM: “I’ve repeatedly said I don’t question the president’s faith. I’ve repeatedly said that I believe the president’s a Christian. He says he’s a Christian. But I am talking about his worldview.”

 

As Politico reports, Santorum went on to say his comments were more directed at radical environmentalists than at the president.

 

“This idea that man is here to serve the earth as opposed to husband its resources and be good stewards of the earth... I think that is a phony ideal...We're not here to serve the earth. The earth is not the objective, man is the objective. I think a lot of radical environmentalists have it upside down."

 

On the Article VI blog, covering politics and religion, contributor John Schroeder gives his take. The self-described politically moderate evangelical writes Santorum’s remarks make him unfit for the role of commander-in-chief.

 

“...his truly intolerant comments concerning Obama pretty well disqualify him from holding office.  It is simply not the president’s job to be judging whose theology is correct and whose is not.

 

And The New York Times writes hitting Obama on religion is nothing new in the political landscape.

 

“Veiled suggestions that Mr. Obama is not a Christian — or not an American — have been an element of fringe politics since the last presidential election. It go sot bad in 2008... that (John) McCain took back the microphone from a woman at one of his rallies who asserted that Mr. Obama was “an Arab.” Mr. McCain then corrected the woman.”

 

With the crucial Michigan primary just eight days away, Santorum is holding a six-point lead in polls over the candidate who leads the GOP delegate race — Mitt Romney.

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