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Rick Santorum finds a new, completely nonsensical object of hate: President Obama's "secular theocracy"

Theologians will argue for centuries as to what a "secular theocracy" is, but Santorum can't be bothered

Scott Eric Kaufman
April 21, 2015 9:16PM (UTC)

Rick Santorum graced Tony Perkins with his presence on "Washington Watch" yesterday to discuss what is, to his mind, the gravest danger to American democracy -- President Barack Obama and his army of secular theocrats.

As reported by Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch, Santorum claimed that "for the first time in the history of our country, the government is attacking people, prosecuting people, calling for people to be rehabilitated" for holding Christian beliefs. He said this in reference to the backlash against Memories Pizza, which claimed that Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act gave it legal protection to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.


The federal government, he said, is "criticizing people for holding biblical truth and counseling them in a biblically coherent way. We see businesses being prosecuted."

"It's a hostility to religion that we’ve never seen in the history of our country," he added, before proffering a theory that is likely to confuse even the most liberal-minded of theologians.

"We have," Santorum said, "the state establishing a new religion, a secular state religion, a secular orthodoxy that everybody is going to have to comply with. We have now the secular church that is being imposed on this country and anybody that defects is subject to persecution and prosecution. That is a very serious threat to liberty in America."


Listen to the entire conversation between Perkins and Santorum via Right Wing Watch below.

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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