Rick Santorum is a Jerk

Here I am, happily sitting at my desk, writing a new blog post about why Rick Santorum should drop out of the presidential nomination race, and he has the unmitigated gall to go right ahead and do it before I can finish up. Now, everything I wrote just looks like I’m beating a dead horse, so I ended up deleting everything for a fresh start. All the stuff about how hypocritical it is for Republican Christians to demand that their moral standards be codified in secular law and applied to non-Christians while working their hardest to ensure that none of the Bible’s standards for charity and taking care of the poor and sick get applied to . . . well, to anyone, ever, just seems to have lost much of its force as the leading “Christian” brand candidate has pulled out for the first time in his life.

Up here in Canada, the religion in politics thing is much more subsumed, but it’s still there underneath a lot of the things Conservative politicians have to say. Nobody has repeated Stockwell “Doris” Day’s mistake of wearing his faith on his sleeve, but all the right phrasing is there in their statements and proposed policies. Not that subtlety in advancing a hypocritical agenda is a good thing per se, but it is nice not to have to actively defend my associations with both a Pentecostal church and the NDP.

So, wrapping things up, I guess what I’d say is the short version of everything I wrote about Santorum is that I personally would not have nearly such a problem with politicians branding themselves as Christians if they would use the same zeal they have for banning gay marriage on the problem of taxation of the rich and taking care of the sick and needy, instead of looking for loopholes to get them out of selling all they have and giving it to the poor.

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