Rick Santorum is partially right yet ultimately wrong

Rick Santorum is partially right yet ultimately wrong when he says “What kind of country do we live in that says only people of nonfaith can come into the public square and make their case?” and “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.”

The Free Exercise clause of the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution expressly calls for freedom to practice and discuss religion publicly outside of the auspices of the governing state. His assertion that only people of non-faith can be heard publicly is obviously wrong but they clearly do have the right to be heard – this is where he is partially correct.

But Santorum is totally wrong in that the Establishment clause of the 1st amendment to the Constitution expressly calls for a strict separation of church and state.

Santorum Makes Case for Religion in Public Sphere

With social concerns gaining prominence in the race, Rick Santorum defended religion’s role in public life, criticizing universities and John F. Kennedy’s famous speech.

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