People are digging up Rick Santorum’s religious addresses from years back. And though what he says is pretty conventional to most of us Christians, his sermons are being used to alarm the voting public. This is about something he said in 2008 at Ave Maria University, a conservative Catholic college:
“Satan has his sights on the United States of America!” Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has declared.
“Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”
The former senator from Pennsylvania warned in 2008 how politics and government are falling to Satan.
“This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age?”
“He attacks all of us and he attacks all of our institutions.”
Santorum made the provocative comments to students at Ave Maria University in Florida.
Wouldn’t any of us agree with that? I’ve heard even liberal theologians with liberal politics talk like this. And yet, in a political context, from someone running for president, it sounds whacky, if not crazy and dangerous. But it isn’t!
Santorum doesn’t seem to have moral transgressions in his closet, so the opposition researchers are focusing on his religious beliefs. (He doesn’t believe in birth control! He believes Satan is attacking America!) But whose religious beliefs couldn’t be made similarly scary? (He wants to eat Jesus and drink His blood!)