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DES MOINES — Looking to court this state’s critical voting bloc of evangelical Christians, Republican presidential candidates sharply attacked secularism and the Supreme Court while calling for greater restrictions on abortion and gay rights at an event here on Saturday.
Newt Gingrich led the way:
To limit abortion, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, one of the leading candidates in polls here, proposed a federal law defining “personhood” as starting at conception, similar to a provision backed by abortion opponents that was rejected earlier this month by voters in Mississippi.
Of all the people on that stage, you'd think Newt Gingrich would have the best understanding of why banning contraception is a bad idea, but apparently he sees restricting access to birth control as a key part of an epic struggle to save American civilization:
“The degree to which the left is prepared to impose intolerance and to drive out of existence traditional religion is a mortal threat to our civilization and deserves to be taken head-on and described as what it is, which is abuse of government to oppress the American people against their own values,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich wasn't alone. Rick Perry, himself a father, found the time to propose banning gay parenting. Herman Cain, who has proposed a flat nine percent income tax, proposed making political contributions to churches tax deductible, unlike regular political contributions. And Rick Santorum proposed instituting his definition of God's law:
“As long as abortion is legal in this country . . . we will never have rest because that law does not comport with God’s law,” said former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.
So the next time you hear Rick Santorum complain about government imposition of Sharia law, keep in mind that he doesn't have a problem with violating the separation of church and state. To him, the only thing that matters is whether the government is imposing his beliefs.
Originally posted to The Jed Report on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 08:52 AM PST.