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9 Santorum Speeches That Make Me Want to Throw Up

The thought of living under a neo-theocracy makes me kind of queasy.

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In later comments to reporters, Mr. Santorum said while there are "a lot of different stripes" of Christianity, he believes that "if the president says he's a Christian, he's a Christian."

"I'm just saying he's imposing his values on the church, and I think that's wrong," he said, adding that he did not believe Mr. Obama was less of a Christian for doing so.

On CBS News' "Face the Nation" the next day, Santorum said he was talking specifically about the president's environmental policy and, no, he didn't mean to suggest that Obama is a Muslim or anything like that. (Actually, he was suggesting that the president is an earth-worshipping pagan whose earth-worship is a path to growing the size of government.) Transcript from ThinkProgress:

When you have a worldview that elevates the Earth above man and says that we can't take those resources because we're going to harm the Earth; by things that frankly are just not scientifically proven, for example, the politicization of the whole global warming debate — this is all an attempt to, you know, to centralize power and to give more power to the government.

5. Bomb Iran Because its Shi'ite Theology Is Scary; Salem, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2012). Speaking to New Hampshire primary voters gathered at an Elks Lodge, Santorum suggested that the reason Iran deserves to be bombed is that its nuclear program is based on some mighty scary Shi'ite end-times theology (that sounds suspiciously like pre-millennialist evangelical Christian end-times theology). From my own report:

They've located the facility in a little town called Qom [which he pronounced Kwome]. Qom happens to be a rather significant city in Iran. It's outside of Tehran, and their savior, if you will, from the Shi'a, the Shi'ite -- that's, the ruling class, the ruling government of Iran is Shi'ite, which is a minority among the Muslim world, but is a majority in Iran and in Iraq. But the Shi'ites have one of their holiest sites -- in the Shi'a religion, not as Muslims generally, but as Shi'ites -- is in Qom, because there's a well there called the Jamkaran well -- which is a well where their, they call it the the Mahdi -- the equivalent of, in some respects, of a Jesus figure -- who is gonna come back at the end of times and lead Shi'a Islam in the ruling of the world in peace and justice. That's what their end-of-times scenario is. Well, he comes back at a time of great chaos. And so there are many who speculate that there are folks over in Iran who wouldn't mind creating a time of great chaos, for religious reasons. And the fact that they built this nuclear program in this city, next to where this man is supposed to return, leads one to think that there may be more to it, since they could pick any other place in the state, in the country, to do so -- that there may be other reasons than to develop domestic nuclear power.

6. Satan Is Taking Over the U.S.; Naples, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2008). Santorum knows what's wrong with America: Satan has taken possession of our once-great nation by inhabiting the bodies of liberals. That's the essence of the message he delivered at Ave Maria University more than three years ago, a message in which he says that the "father of lies" has run rampant in the academy and even through the mainline Protestant denominations (which are largely run by Christians with a progressive point of view). Right-Wing Watch dug up this speech, which despite its incendiary rhetoric, failed to merit a single question at the most recent debate, which was hosted by CNN. The video is here; part of RWW's transcript appears below: