Mar 182012
 

Seems ole Mr. Frothy picks and chooses which Catholic tenants he will follow, as witnessed by this piece up today at RSN. I love the hypocrisy of Rick Santorum when it comes to saying one thing and doing another, regarding his religious beliefs which are Catholic in nature. From the Juan Cole writeup:

The right wing Republican politicians who have been denouncing the requirement that female employees have access to birth control as part of their health benefits as an attack on religious freedom completely ignore the church teachings they don’t agree with. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are both Catholics, and wear their faith on their sleeves, but they are hypocritical in picking and choosing when they wish to listen to the bishops.

So for instance, Pope John Paul II was against anyone going to war against Iraq I think you’ll find that Rick Santorum managed to ignore that Catholic teaching.

The Conference of Catholic Bishops requires that health care be provided to all Americans. I.e., Rick Santorum’s opposition to universal health care is a betrayal of the Catholic faith he is always trumpeting.The Catholic Church opposes the death penalty for criminals in almost all situations. (Santorum largely supports executions.)

The US Conference of Bishops has urged that the federal minimum wage be increased, for the working poor. Santorum in the Senate repeatedly voted against the minimum wage.

The bishops want welfare for all needy families, saying “We reiterate our call for a minimum national welfare benefit that will permit children and their parents to live in dignity. A decent society will not balance its budget on the backs of poor children.” Santorum is a critic of welfare.

The US bishops say that “the basic rights of workers must be respected – the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to the organization and joining of unions…”. Santorum, who used to be supportive of unions in the 1990s, has now, predictably, turned against them.

Catholic bishops demand the withdrawal of Israel from Palestinian territories occupied in 1967. Rick Santorum denies that there are any Palestinians, so I guess he doesn’t agree with the bishops on that one.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops ripped into Arizona’s law on treatment of immigrants, Cardinal Roger Mahony characterized Arizona’s S.B. 1070 as “the country’s most retrogressive, mean-spirited, and useless anti-immigrant law,” saying it is based on “totally flawed reasoning: that immigrants come to our country to rob, plunder, and consume public resources.” He even suggested that the law is a harbinger of an American Nazism! Santorum attacks ‘anchor babies’ or the provision of any services to children of illegal immigrants born and brought up in the US.

The Bishops have urged that illegal immigrants not be treated as criminals and that their contribution to this country be recognized.

The US Conference of Bishops has denounced, as has the Pope, the Bush idea of ‘preventive war‘, and has come out against an attack on Iran in the absence of a real and present threat of an Iranian assault on the US. In contrast, Santorum wants to play Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove and ride the rocket down on Isfahan himself.

Of course many a Catholic chooses to ignore decrees/teachings from ‘the church’, like their decree against birth control just as an example, so that isn’t really news. But that Ricky ignores so many major beliefs/decrees/teachings, beliefs that many ‘true’ Christians of all faiths believe, I find interesting and pathetic on it’s face.

Reading through them, you will find them to be ones you personally, like myself, believe and you are most likely NOT  religious, or at the very least not an organized religion-type person if you are reading this blog. They are basic human rights for the most part and therefore not really religious, more humanitarian in nature. Again from Cole’s piece:

The tradition of American progressive thought is tolerant of religion even while usually not being religious itself. In my view this attitude of tolerance is rooted in James Madison’s theory of democracy, which is that it is best preserved by lively arguments among groups in the body politic that disagree with one another. Thus, while the Roman Catholic church authorities adopted a negative stance toward modernity, cultural pluralism, and democracy in the nineteenth century, the Catholic community in the United States nevertheless contributed in important ways to modernity, cultural pluralism and democracy. Arguably, had the US been entirely Protestant, its law and practice would have evolved in a less pluralistic and tolerant direction.

Santorum’s beliefs really tell us that the fuckwit doesn’t have a humanitarian bone in his fucking body, but he sure as hell as a plethora of political bones in his pathetic, pandering to the disgusting religious right body. I can’t wait for the day he rots in his religious eternal hell, as I can not see how his God could allow this disgusting fuck to enter the ‘pearly gates’.

Dusty

I am a..brown Cali bitch that is quite the opinionated,political, pain-in-the-ass, in your face kinda girl that also loves baseball and music to a fault. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.--Albert Einstein-*

  4 Responses to “The Religious hypocrisy of Rick Santorum.”

  1. The major religions all make great Rorschach tests. What people think those religions say usually tells you far more about those people than it does about religions. Most have enough writings that one can pick and choose what one wants to believe, and if that’s not enough they can usually just ignore all that and do what they want.

    • Yep. In the 1920s Cardinal Eugenio Marìa Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli delivered a suitcase of money to dear Adolf with instructions to go out and save the world from Satan’s communism. Later the same guy, now called Pope Pius XII, let the church structure be used in the Nazi escape ratline.
      The church has always been at war with its own left. Opus Dei and the organization Tradition, Family and Property are overtly and proudly fascist.

      http://www.tfp.org/

  2. Yeah, Santorum isn’t so much pro-God as he is anti-human.

  3. Frothy Ricky supports human rights for corporations.
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