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Campus Question – February 19, 2012

February 19, 2012

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Campus Question – February 19, 2012

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Tonight’s Campus Question
Yesterday Republican presidential frontrunner Rick Santorum said that President Obama advocates “a phony theology.” This morning on CBS Face the Nation, he said he wasn’t challenging whether the president is Christian, but rather his policies that favor “radical environmentalists” and “a world view that elevates the earth above man.” In light of President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, is Santorum correct that the president’s policies are grounded in theology?

  • NCrissieB

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  • NCrissieB

    While I think President Obama’s core values are indeed shaped by his faith, I think Santorum’s criticism is a case of projection. Santorum seems every public policy through the lens of his theology, and people who do that tend to imagine everyone else as doing likewise. While Santorum is a would-be theocrat, President Obama is not. And even if he were, protecting the environment from human destruction is not “phony theology.” It’s a sensible form of stewardship. As the New York Times reported, younger persons of faith care more about the environment, economic justice, and compassionate immigration reform than the wedge issues of Santorum’s generation.

  • addisnana

    I sense that Santorum thinks that his faith, his God and his theology are the only ones that count. Unless you believe exactly as he does, you will not be a person of faith and always be guilty of ‘phony theology.’

    Former press secretary Robert Gibbs was on ABC this morning.

    “I think that if you make comments like that, you make comments that are well over the line,” Gibbs said. “It’s time to have a conversation on political issues, not question each other’s faith.”

    • addisnana

      The founding fathers and/or the drafter(s) of the First Amendment had the right idea;

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  • Jim W

    One project of the radical environmentalists, the coal plant in Alexandria Virginia is discussed here. It features Joelle Novey, director of Greater Washington Interfaith Power an Light.


    The earth is our home, not our trash can.

  • winterbanyan

    There’s a difference between faith informing our values and strictly following a particular theology. And Santorum doesn’t even follow the entirety of his own theology so who is he to criticize?