“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum declared. “What kind of country do we live in that says only people of nonfaith can come into the public square and make their case?”
Whatever can the former Pennsylvania senator be talking about? How much more in the public square can one get than a closely watched campaign for the nomination as the presidential candidate of one of our two biggest political parties? Not to mention the irony that Santorum made his claim that believers like him are somehow being excluded from the public square on the national ABC News program This Week.
Santorum’s observations were provoked by the latest brouhaha over the role of religion in politics that erupted over the Obama administration’s initial insistence that its new mandatory health care regulations require companies run by the Roman Catholic Church to offer health insurance that covers women’s reproductive services including contraception. The U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops denounced this ruling as a violation of their religious beliefs and an infringement of the First Amendment’s prohibition against laws that interfere with the free exercise of religion.
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