I do not normally incorporate politics into my Responsive Universe blog, but after reading this Rick Santorum article on the Huffington Post, I just about threw up in my mouth. I will apologize now if I insult any readers, but I have to speak my mind…

The GOP candidate was responding to comments he made last October when he said that he “almost threw up” after reading JFK’s 1960 speech in which he declared his commitment to the separation of church and state.

The republican candidate has been hammering the religious rhetoric in an effort to court evangelical voters ahead of Super Tuesday. Last week, he questioned Obama’s spiritual beliefs.

“[Obama believes in] some phony ideal, some phony theology … not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology,” he said.

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state are absolute,” he told ‘This Week’ host George Stephanopoulos. “The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country…to say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up.”

Here is the problem Rick: The people of “Faith” you speak of are the zealous Christian religious right. I guess you are so racist and ignorant that we exclude all other religions and faith from American Government? First off, how dare you judge Obama or anyone else about their religious beliefs. How can one truly be religiously enlightened when one is so pious that they think they have the authority to judge someone else’s faith. Funny, I thought one of the principles America stood for was freedom of religion and freedom from religious persecution. Religion does not belong in our Government other than the law to protect it. Santorum is basically saying that religion and state should stand together married as one based on the Bible. How is that any different than Muslim extremist states enforcing strict religious law on its citizens? Ever heard of the Taliban? Is there a middle point to Christian extremists? How far to the right would Santorum go if given a long leash? Are we to trust Rick Santorum when it comes to our faith?

I know there are plenty of religious crazies out there that pipe off from time to time. How about that radio evangelist who keeps giving us new doomsday forecasts? The scary thing is, Ricky is neck in neck with Romney in a primary race within the most powerful country in the world. That is scary.

Here we are sitting well within the event horizon of the information age. Humans have made some amazing medical and technological discoveries within the last decade. As a species, we continue to evolve within this amazing Responsive Universe. Yet, when I hear the ignorance and racism drool out of Rick Santorums mouth, I see our social evolution back-sliding into a tar pit. Sorry to be so terse, but Rick Santorum  makes me want to throw up.

John C. Bader