ADL Scolds Santorum for Issues of Church and State (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 02/28/12)
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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) once again scolded Republican front-
runner Rick Santorum for advocating on behalf of a church role in
Santorum told ABC, on February 26, that a1960 speech given by then-
presidential candidate John F. Kennedy outlining church-state
separations almost made him "throw up."
"To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You
bet that makes you throw up,” he said.
“What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith
can come into the public square and make their case?”
"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," he continued.
ADL national director Abraham Foxman and national chairman Robert
Sugarman wrote a letter to Santorum, arguing that he misrepresented
Kennedy, who referred to organizations, not individuals in his
speech, also said that the separation between church and state should
The letter sent stated that, "The genius of the Founding Fathers was
to find a way, with the establishment clause and the free exercise
clause, to protect the new nation from the kind of religious
persecution that had resulted from official state religions and
religious wars in Europe."
The ADL first reprimanded Santorum in January when he told a caller
on a talk show that, "we always need a Jesus guy" in the campaign,
which the ADL said was "inappropriate and exclusionary," the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reported. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 02/28/12)
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