Sometimes we columnists tend to overstate our opinions while making a point about any given news story. Very often, the story in question speaks for itself far more effectively than anyone could. On the heels of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s near win in the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses, many pundits will undoubtedly begin to skewer his already suspect record, which includes losing his last reelection bid in 2006 by an 18 point margin to a decidedly inarticulate fellow with no prior experience in public office. However, in order to understand Santorum’s true ideological motivations, why not listen to him describe them at length?
Guest hosting infamous theoconservative activist and organizer Tony Perkins’s radio program during March of 2011, Santorum had, among many other things, the following to say:
Jesus said, “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s” and that huge piece of wisdom has really set the course for western civilization where you have civil laws and have civil penalties – we exact justice in a civil fashion – and then we have higher laws, we have God’s law. Now our civil laws are supposed to comport with God’s laws but sometimes they don’t, and so it is always the obligation of those, for example, the issue of abortion – the civil law does not comport with God’s law, in my opinion and I think the opinion of many people in this country and it is our obligation to continue to try and change that law. We have to live under the civil law, we have to obey that law because it is the civil law but we need to continue to try to change it to make sure that these laws, the laws our country, comport.
In the Islamic world, that is not the case. Mohammad did not say, “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s” because the civil law in Islam and the sacred law are one and the same. Shariah is both a civil code and a religious code.
There you have it. Sharia Law is not compatible with Western society because it merges religious and civil laws, while Western civil law itself is “supposed to comport with” the law of God through the lens of fundamentalist Christianity. Unwittingly, or perhaps wittingly, Santorum has clearly explained that there is not even a slight difference between the ultimate goals of Jihadists radicals and pseudo Christian zealots. Either way, the United States we all know and love ceases to exist, and a supernaturalistic dictatorship replaces it.
Never mind the obvious reality that the Founders did not draft the Constitution to suit the needs of militant mystics, or that the First Amendment makes such a thing an impossibility anyhow. As I stated in yesterday’s article, Santorum is essentially cruising at his own altitude, with a platform that is in no way, shape, or form reflective of mainstream American politics, let alone the Republican Party. If his statements alone cannot convince prospective voters of this, then one must assume that they wish to thoroughly abandon their current climate of physical, social, and economic freedom, which untold millions have given their lives to foster and preserve.
An essential fact with which most self-described conservatives must come to terms is this: a Christianist caliphate is no better than the more commonly described Islamist one. History shows that any government using the former as a basis for rule, from imperial Spain to the Byzantine Empire, has elevated slavery, in the physical, intellectual, and spiritual senses, to the level of standard public policy. The same holds true for Islamism, but such a thing is already common knowledge. What could possibly make otherwise reasonable individuals assume that America would have a prosperous fate at the hands of theistic totalitarianism?
This is the core reason why Santorum must not be victorious in his quest for the Oval Office. While I do not believe that he consciously harbors evil intentions for the United States, his ideology put into practice can only result in sheer terror. As the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Hopefully, another candidate will be able to halt Santorum’s momentum, allowing him to return to his rightful status as a startling eccentricity in the American political scene.
On to New Hampshire as the three ring circus devolves into a flash mob.Powered by Sidelines