Misleading, but the takeaway by the opposition is sure to be “Santorum claims President Obama is not a Christian.” What Rick Santorum actually said is reported by Fox:
Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator known for his social conservative views, said Obama’s agenda is based on “some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.” He later suggested that the president practices a different kind of Christianity.
“In the Christian church there are a lot of different stripes of Christianity,” he said. “If the president says he’s a Christian, he’s a Christian.”
Obama has made statements about what Jesus would do with your tax dollars and how income redistribution is what Jesus required. These were offensive, to say the least. We’re in the business of electing a leader, not a preacher. Especially offensive is any would-be preacher who brings secular politics into any discussion of faith. Like, say, Obama’s long-time “spiritual mentor” Jeremiah God-Damn-America Wright.
Is Obama a Christian because he claims to be one? I would say no, simply because of Obama’s two-decades’ tutelage in Jeremiah Wright’s un-Christian church. Could Obama have actually become a Christian since leaving Wright’s grasp? Certainly possible.
That said, either way, it’s not for me or anyone else to decide. God will sort it out in the end. So, did it hurt Santorum to state the truth that Obama has spouted “some phony theology?” That is, income redistribution, courtesy of the government?
Unfortunately, none of this helps Rick’s campaign. Is this fatal? Not if he wins Michigan and goes on to take the nomination.
Then, if Rick Santorum is our nominee and Team Obama brings his views on theology to us, by all means, let’s have a debate: Jeremiah Wright’s vision of Christianity vs. actual Christianity. And, oh, Barack, how is it that you didn’t leave Wright’s side until it became politically costly to stay? Were you just not paying attention for twenty years? Or did you agree with Wright?