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  •  Comporting civil laws with religious law (2+ / 0-)
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    Remediator, JDsg

    My views of God's law are different in many ways than Rick Santorum's, as I'm sure the other theists on DailyKos's are, and as some of other commenters mentioned (where's his conviction for an option for the poor, etc.) but I think the author didn't understand what Santorum was saying here.

    I gather that he's saying that if you a conviction of something as a universal law as a person of faith your political views and the laws that you advocate for should be congruent.

    As a Christian, I, for one, believe that poverty is inherently wrong, that people without clean  drinking water deserve potable water, and that it's only right that a worker receives a family-sustaining wage among other believes about God's law and desire for us as a society.

    I, therefore, support unemployment compensation for the people who are struggling to find jobs, aid to the third world for sanitary living conditions, and unions to provide workers with good wages and benefits among other political views.

    We can certainly disagree with the political and religious convictions that Rick Santorum holds, but to attack him for holding political views that are congruent with his religious belief's as a person is a double-edged sword. It marginalizes the men and women of faith who have done so much for progressive causes such as Woodrow Wilson, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr, and Jimmy Carter.

    •  I like your starting place, bendonahower, (2+ / 0-)
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      JDsg, Calamity Jean

      which seems to be a conviction that "poverty is inherently wrong," but I can't help but notice that Rick Santorum is not using the same starting point that you are.  

      On a strictly personal basis, I think your interpretation of Christianity is the one which most closely reflects the tenets of the ministry of Jesus.  A non-Christian myself, I am disturbed by Santorum's long-standing view that his private faith should be public policy.  

      Santorum knows already that his convictions as a person of faith are not congruent with political law, and that entire swaths of the American electorate oppose him vehemently.  

      I think the conflicted party here is Rick Santorum and the 2 percent of the Republican base who support him.  

      A word of praise for Jimmy Carter.  When Carter, a Christian, left the White House, his work to lift others from poverty and hard times accorded with the teachings of Jesus.  There were early and numerous reports of Jimmy and Roslyn Carter pounding nails into boards to build houses for people who needed them.  I am yet to see Rick Santorum, who claims to be such a devout servant of the same Jewish carpenter, pick up one hammer or nail to help provide shelter for others.  

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