Yes, Kennedy opposed religious people in government. Also, monkeys are purple.
The Bible doesn’t mention Rick Santorum’s obsession, abortion (though not because ancient people didn’t have it; the historical record suggests that as long as women have been getting pregnant, they’ve looked to abortion to control their fertility), but it does mention that it’s really naughty to lie. In fact, lying about important issues, i.e. bearing false witness, is so bad that it’s one of the commandments. It’s one that Santorum breaks on a daily basis, but it’s particularly ironic that Rick Panty Sniffer would lie so flagrantly when it comes to one of his fellow Catholics on the subject of Catholicism.
Santorum’s hostility to Kennedy’s admirable enthusiasm for First Amendment protections that keep us from sliding into a fundamentalist theocracy have been covered to death, but I particularly like how he lied about what Kennedy clearly meant by “separation of church and state”. This is what Santorum claims that separation of church and state means:
To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?
Yep! That’s exactly what Catholic President JFK meant, that only atheists should have a role in government. Which is why he ran for President! Perhaps Santorum believes that Kennedy didn’t have religion? I realize that Santorum has an allergy to Google, but seriously, it took roughly two seconds to fact check the “Kennedy was an atheist” insinuation.
This is the Republican strategy for imposing theocracy: confusing the issue. They’re claiming that “religious liberty” means giving fundamentalists the right to impose their religious views on everyone else, and now the claim is that unless we accede to theocracy, we’re preventing religious people (I refuse to use that stupid term “people of faith”) from participating in government. The only question now is how many people are stupid enough to buy this?