#UnravelTheSweater: Rick Santorum vs. Protestant Christians

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Right at the moment when Evangelicals begin turning to Rick Santorum to be their leader and standard-bearer, a speech emerges that Santorum gave three years ago to a Catholic university called Ave Maria. In the speech to the Catholic audience, Santorum (who is also a devout Catholic) states that mainline protestantism is in “shambles” and “is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.”

I was so surprised by the statements that I checked Santorum’s original speech to make sure that his statements were not being taken out of context. And sure enough, Santorum really said those statements in context. You can listen to the whole speech here.

Here is the 2008 statement by Rick Santorum:

We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic but the Judeo-Christian ethic was a Protestant Judeo-Christian ethic, sure the Catholics had some influence, but this was a Protestant country and the Protestant ethic, mainstream, mainline Protestantism, and of course we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.

Rush Limbaugh discussed these controversial comments made by Santorum on his radio show saying “Santorum is going to have to answer for that.”

These statements made by Santorum aren’t just a “gaffe” of the typical variety. These statements are so bad that they fit into a totally new category: truly disqualifying. After all, a huge swath of Christians in America fall into the category of Protestants such as Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, 7th Day Adventists, Anglicans and many more. How can Rick Santorum be the standard-bearer of Evangelicals when he is on record saying such things?


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