Rick Santorum Attends Event Telling All Non-Christians To Get Out Of America

The development of language is regarded as one of the foremost advances in human history, and with the advent of written language, it became possible for ideas and beliefs to be shared beyond the present and into future generations.  When humans began documenting important events for posterity, besides leaving a written record, it gave future generations a glimpse into the thoughts, intentions, and machinations of those who shaped the world. Today, nearly any semi-literate person has the ability to compare the truth of history with the sophistry perpetuated by revisionists whose intentions are transforming reality into their own vision of the world. In America today, there is a movement determined to transform this country into a theocratic republic based entirely on the Christian bible and they are using the fantastical theory that America was founded as a Christian nation. Fortunately, for Americans who are not transfixed by evangelical rhetoric, there is a Constitution that belies the revisionists’ assertion that the Founding Fathers intended future generations of Americans to follow Christianity’s dogmata and, instead, proposed a country founded on freedom.

The notion that America was founded as a Christian nation is parroted by evangelicals who are serious in their push to change this country into a theocracy modeled on Iran or Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. This past weekend at an event in Louisiana, pope-in-waiting Rick Santorum attended an event where renowned hate-monger Dennis Terry unleashed a vitriolic hate-fest aimed at gays, Muslims, Liberals, and Buddhists. He also prayed over Santorum and asked the Christian bible’s violent god to “have favor upon Rick Santorum” who joined the angry throng in applauding Terry’s malicious tirade with a standing ovation.

The highlights of Terry’s vengeful tirade was his proclamation that, “I’m tired of people telling us as Christians that we can’t voice our beliefs or we can no longer pray in public.  We don’t worship Buddha! I said we don’t worship Buddha, we don’t worship Muhammad, we don’t worship Allah, we worship God, we worship God’s son Jesus Christ. If you don’t love America, if you don’t like the way we do things, I have one thing to say — get out!” Dennis Terry concisely stated what Santorum, an evangelical fanatic, has been saying in not-so-coded rhetoric while he campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination; if elected as president, citizens will fall in line and follow fundamentalist Christian dogma or they will get out of America. However incredible Terry’s rampage was, it was his assertion that, “I don’t care what the liberals say, I don’t care what the naysayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation.” It is insignificant what liberals or naysayers contend, because the founding fathers devised the Constitution as opposition to Christianity and particularly, the bible.

The Constitution guarantees that all citizens have the inherent right to freedom of speech, but in the Christian bible, speech that is contrary to god’s word is condemned as heresy or apostasy and warrants the death penalty. In the first amendment, religious freedom is guaranteed to all Americans and it is contrary to the bible’s numerous instances of god’s command to annihilate entire races for their religious practices. Although evangelicals are not yet advocating extermination of other religions, proclaiming that anyone who does not like “the way we do things” must “get out” is precariously close.

In lieu of the power to force non-compliant Americans out of the country, Santorum and his Republican allies in Congress and state legislatures are forcing their bible-based prohibitions on contraception on women in America. In fact, Republicans have been enforcing the bible’s mandate that women are inferior to men with votes to deny women equal pay, equality in health insurance costs, or the right to choose their own reproductive health and they are in violation of the Constitution. If the founding fathers intended America to be a Christian nation, it seems reasonable they would have mentioned it at some point early in the Bill of Rights. Instead, the first words of the 1st Amendment are that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” and yet Republicans in Congress have been on a tear to make laws establishing Christianity’s principles since they took control of the House in 2011.

The problem with evangelical fundamentalists and their Republican enforcers is that they do not recognize the Constitution as a legal document because it contradicts the Christian bible. The current Republican assault on women and gays is based on Christianity’s laws and contradicts the Constitution’s guarantee of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The absurd assertion by Dennis Terry that Christians are forbidden from voicing their beliefs or no longer being able to pray in public is a lie to incite support for establishing of one religion. Christians can voice their beliefs or pray in public to their fanatical hearts’ desire, but they cannot force non-believers to listen or obey and that is their objection. The Constitution plainly says that Congress is forbidden from “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion and unlike fundamentalist Christians, Liberals fully support that first amendment right for all Americans, but evangelicals follow the bible teaching that any religion that is not based on Christianity must be prohibited.

The bible is not the law of the land and America was not founded as a Christian nation regardless what Terry or Santorum claim. The Constitution’s framers’ greatest gift to America was not establishing Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, or any religion as the basis for this country’s founding and they specifically created the Bill of Rights to contradict biblical laws. Perhaps Terry, Santorum, and their ilk have not read the Constitution because if they did, they would be aware that the bible, Christianity, or Jesus Christ are not mentioned one time in the entire document regardless the revisionism and claims that America is a Christian nation. It must infuriate Santorum and Terry that Liberals, Muslims, Buddhists, gays, and women all have access to the one document that contradicts every hateful biblical law they seek to enforce, and if evangelicals do not like America’s Constitution, maybe they should “get out of America” and start their own Christian nation in Iran or Afghanistan where theocracy is alive and there is no U.S. Constitution to obstruct their brand of fascism.

 

25 Replies to “Rick Santorum Attends Event Telling All Non-Christians To Get Out Of America”

  1. If the word “God” has any meaning it is our symbol of respect for the awesome and infinite majesty of the universe, which in some mysterious way, gives us this moment of conscious life to wonder at the unimaginable beauty and inconceivable scale of creation.

    Ok. I get that. However, when buffoons like Dennis Terry talk, it’s more like: “My god is Mickey Mouse while you, you fool, worship Donald Duck, so get out of Disneyland. This harangue takes place at that magical crossroads, where insanity meets stupidity.

  2. Let the child beatings, the women battering, the deaths of the elderly commence. (Oh, wait, the GOP already condones all of that.)

  3. “I’m tired of people telling us as Christians that we can’t voice our beliefs or we can no longer pray in public.”

    Well, let’s check The Bible on that public prayer thing…

    “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. “

    Yeah. Whatever.

  4. I said a good deal about this in another post, but it’s clear to me that each of us must, in our way, do what we can to prevent these people from *ever* grabbing power. The choice between death and exile may not be a choice at all. Even for those who have no binding ties and procure the means to leave, who will, after our own long years of xenophobia and jingoism, consent to take us? And what about those who can’t leave? What about the right of peaceable Americans to live unmolested and die naturally in the country they were born in? What about the right of children, recently born and yet to be born, to grow up in the country we once thought we had, instead of a benighted feudal society doomed to be carved up like a chicken by powers more advanced? We’d better be prepared to resist to the utmost: under the law so long as it is the law we know, but if they remake the law in their own image, then against it.

  5. Ask Darla Kay Wynne or David Mullins or Leah Burton or myself or any number of people who have already suffered violence at their hands… it’s not that big a step from “curbing” or arson or poisoning pets or death threats or stalking or getting people fired or having children taken away or blocking employment – to actual murder and imprisonment based on religious beliefs.

    As far as declaring places to belong to “Christians Only”, read what some of the atheists in the area have done in response to such behavior: http://www.theledger.com/article/20120318/NEWS/120319321?p=1&tc=pg

    Placing the bricks and “anointing with oil” are very much like a male dog what he considers “his” territory. It’s also a declaration of “anyone not us is not welcome”, just as a dog’s marking is rather a “no trespassing” sign to other male dogs.

    What they’d done is declared this entire county to be off limits to non-Christians (and people they don’t consider Christian). That’s what happened when one of the politicians tried to “anoint” the capitol with Wesson.

    We’ve even caught people sneaking onto our property to “anoint”… one guy claimed to have sneaked onto our property to leave tracts on our car (yes, he was sneaking and if I hadn’t caught sight of him out of the corner of my eye, he would have succeeded), but he wasn’t carrying tracts and his hands were oily. (I’ve also cleaned oily handprints off of our home and cars… it’s a form of Christian sorcery… a way of cursing the people you don’t like by anointing and praying for harm “to get ______ to submit to Christ” – translation, to submit to and obey the curse bringer.)

  6. Funny, a sentence changed when I submitted.

    Correction: Placing the bricks and “anointing with oil” are very much like a male dog marking what he considers “his” territory.

  7. I’d really like to make clear that the vast majority of Christians – as opposed to these heretical Domionionists – agree with the Constitution and not with Santorum and Terry. We believe American Exceptionalism is not Christianity – how COULD it be when Europe abounded with that faith – but in the FREEDOM for all people to believe as they choose.

    War on Christians. Well maybe – but it’s the Dominionists who are stomping on us in the mainline faiths. Our support for contraception as a moral good is under their jackboot of demanding they get tax money for their institutions yet be allowed to discriminate against non-Dominionist employees. What about the rights of Protestants, Jews, other believers and non-believers all of whom cough up tax dollars for religiously-sponsored but otherwise public institutions such as hospitals, colleges, charities. Churches and specifically RELIGIOUS institutions are already protected and don’t have to comply. Those taking OUR tax dollars want it both ways – our money, their values. Uh=uh. Cannot happen.

    Yeah there’s a war on Christians and everyone else, and we did not start it. Keep up this drum beat of exclusiveness, however, and we for sure are going to END it.

  8. Why Wesson, specifically? And I did find an oily spot on my drive I didn’t think was motor oil. Creepsville.

  9. That was what I remember reading… instead of the OT anointing oil (which I understand is very expensive to make… so much so that an ounce is about the same value as an ounce of gold) they use Wesson for some reason.

    I do know that they used vegetable oil… it was already common when I was a Pentecostal/dominionist.

  10. The answer is “Ted Haggard”…old Teddy boy started this stuff in Colorado Springs when he first started out as the “preacher man”. I don’t know if the “idea” of anointing/circling neighborhoods originated with him or elsewhere*, but, he IS the “Wesson Oil” guy…2..3..4…

    (I’d have to research; probably the folks over at Talk2Action.org would know for sure where this all originate).

  11. Yeah well I don’t believe in talismans nor the casting of spells. I would rather rely on the skill of the engineers and craftsment that designed and constructed the road. The drivers travelling it would be better served obeying the limits that have been put on said road, along with practicing safe operating habits. That works much better than any spell or talisman.

  12. Now getting back to the topic of the article. There are countries that have a theocracy. You xtians can go and live there. Iraq, Saudi Arabia are two that come to mind, have fun, enjoy. Best of luck, you will need it.

  13. True, but what does them trying to claim a county as “Christian” territory have to do with speed limits or safety?

    The article, and the argument, have nothing to do with safety and everything to do with intent. I applaud the atheists who did this… it’s pretty much along the same lines as telling the dominionists that their rights end where our noses begin.

    As far as the efficacy of their actions, that is a non-issue.

  14. when i saw this yesterday, all i could think of was the good xtian white folk there cheering, and in the same breath excoriate the prez for going to a black church that does the same blend of politics and religion…. which by the way, this church should lose its tax exempt status, but wont….
    man this video makes me sick, i hear these people saying this stuff everytime i have to work in the south…..

    we are two nations.

  15. Watch the video with the sound off…start at about the two minute mark and watch the delivery; reminiscent of a 20th century “leader”? The look at his left hand when he’s finished; is he doing what I think he’s doing!?

    Then go another 15-20 seconds to the end as the camera pans over to Santorum…he is standing and clapping.

    I would like to see a voice over done on this clip like “kngo” posted on youtube…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6waTdROmKjo

  16. I was thinking the same thing. The Reverend Wright sermons were filled with all sorts of vitriol, and it got lots of air play. Now we have the same thing being done by White Christens, saying all sorts of trash, but there is no screaming and yelling, no media frenzy over it.
    What was really upsetting was the guy seated next to Santorum, Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, a know hate group that spits out venom about Homosexuals and Lesbians in a very aggressive way.
    Give one pause to think what would happen if Santorum actually became president. We don’t have to guess who he will fill his cabinet with.
    Vote people, Vote!!

  17. Excellent piece! You’ve summed up the situation in very clear and concise terms. And with the facts! Yea! for facts! I’ll pass this along to my friends and family. I also started calling the fanatics the ‘American Taliban’ a couple of years ago and they are only getting angrier and more aggressive.
    However, in just the last week or so, I’ve seen a jump in articles about the the extreme elements within GOP and their attempts to morph the Grand Old Party into “God’s Own Party.” It’s going to take a lot more attention from media online and mainstream. We need to use the terms American Taliban, and God’s Own Party, and call ’em as we see ’em!
    Rachel Maddow called Romney out on his many, many lies and used the word “lies” because that is what they are!

  18. One of the historic anointing oils was olive oil. It probably is the oil mentioned in the 23rd Psalm because it was widely used for healing.

  19. I agree that we have to continue to call them out and point out their lack of basic Christianity. These people may call themselves Christian, but “not everybody who says to me, Lord, Lord, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (inexact quote, I’m sure). Actions speak louder than words; there actions speak volumes.

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