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Santorum Distances Himself From Louisiana Pastor's Comments


What do you think was going through Rick Santorum’s mind when right before he was about to take the stage at a church in Louisiana the pastor suggested that non-Christians get out of the country if they don’t like the fact that this is a Judeo-Christian nation?

Watch the remarks by Reverend Dennis Terry of Greenwell Springs Baptist Church below.

Here’s what he said:

“I don’t care what the naysayers say. This nation was founded as a Christian nation. The god of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. There is only one God. There is only one God, and his name is Jesus. I’m tired of people telling me that I can’t say those words. I’m tired of people telling us as Christians that we can’t voice our beliefs or we can’t no longer pray in public. Listen to me. If you don’t love America, and you don’t like the way we do things, I’ve got one thing to say, get out!”

Santorum did not applaud when Pastor Terry said those words. Santorum told reporters afterward the following:

“I didn’t clap when he said that. I do remember him saying that, I said, well, I wasn’t quite sure he was saying it for himself, I wasn’t quite listening to everything to be honest with you. But I wasn’t sure whether he was speaking for himself or speaking generally, but I didn’t clap when he said that because it’s not how I feel.”

“If the question is, do I agree with his statement that America shouldn’t do that? No, if he was speaking for himself he’s obviously allowed to believe what he wants to believe but, obviously I believe in freedom of religion and all religions are welcome and should be."

"I think I’ve made that pretty clear throughout my campaign that I believe very much in freedom of religion, and folks should be able to worship whoever they want to worship and bring their thoughts in the public square and have at it and give them the opportunity to make their faith claims, and make their claims to reason and any other claims. That’s what America’s all about. As far as I’m concerned they should be here and make their arguments the best they can.”

Watch Pastor Terry praying over Santorum on stage. The man with them on the right is Tony Perkins.

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# RE: Santorum Distances Himself From Louisiana Pastor's Comments

" I wasn't quite listening to everything to be honest with you". Love it!!! You go President Santorum!! : D
Left by shabach on Mar 20, 2012 1:48 PM