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February 8th, 2012
03:08 PM ET

10 reasons religious conservatives love Rick Santorum

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - For all the attention paid to the clout of fiscally focused tea party conservatives and of the primacy of jobs in the 2012 election, Rick Santorum’s trifecta victories Tuesday night are a good reminder of the powerful role religious conservatives play in the GOP. They fueled Santorum’s wins in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado - and his earlier victory in the Iowa caucuses.

But why, exactly, do religious conservatives love the former senator from Pennsylvania? There are obvious reasons - his advocacy against abortion and same-sex marriage, for instance - but plenty of less obvious ones, too.

Here’s my list. What would you add?

  1. Santorum’s a family man. “He’s got this big, vibrant family and he left the campaign trail last week to go back and be with his daughter in the hospital,” says Eli Bremer, chairman of Colorado's El Paso County Republican Party, centered around evangelical-heavy Colorado Springs. Santorum recently returned to Pennsylvania to respond to a health scare involving daughter Isabella - the youngest of his seven children - who suffers from a genetic disease. “I spent time with him last year, and he’s constantly thinking about his family,” Bremer says of Santorum. “It’s not just a political stunt.”

  1. He’s not averse to getting politically incorrect when donning culture warrior chain mail. “So if the baby’s toe is in you can’t kill the baby - how about if the baby’s foot is in?” he famously asked U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, in a 1999 debate over a rare, later term abortion procedure that anti-abortion groups call a "partial birth" abortion.

  1. Santorum’s a homeschooling dad. His wife, Karen, is homeschooling or has homeschooled their seven children, making them a poster family for a movement populated largely by evangelical Christians and other serious believers. “It matters because it shows he’s a real part of our movement rather than simply someone who is politically sympathetic,” says Michael Farris, an evangelical conservative who leads the Home School Legal Defense Association.

  1. He’s a devout cradle Catholic. As a kid in Pennsylvania, Santorum the altar boy would spend Sunday mornings pushing hospital patients in wheelchairs to Mass. As a U.S. senator, Santorum attended Mass at St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill each day before work. That piety gets respect with religious voters, regardless of affiliation. “Evangelicals have made him an honorary evangelical,” said Richard Land, public policy chief for the Southern Baptist Convention.

  1. Santorum’s not Mitt Romney. Millions of socially conservative voters still distrust the former Massachusetts governor on the hot button issues - abortion and same-sex marriage. Some, though not all, are put off by Romney’s Mormonism.

  1. Santorum’s not Newt Gingrich. Many social conservatives, particularly those of the female persuasion, continue to be turned off by Gingrich’s two failed marriages and his admissions of past marital infidelity.

  1. Santorum doesn’t just talk about opposing abortion, he’s legislated on it. As a senator, he was an architect of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. He pushed the ban even in the1990s, when Bill Clinton was in the White House and the legislation stood nary a chance of a presidential signature. “He walked the walk,” Land says. “When no one else would carry our water in the Senate, he would.”

  1. Ditto on same-sex marriage. Santorum sponsored a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage at a time when many Republicans lawmakers didn’t want to touch such a hot potato.

  1. Santorum’s big on compassionate conservatism. Though he gets the most ink for controversial stances on issues such as homosexuality, Santorum has also been a leading advocate for funding to fight AIDS in the Third World and has led conservative responses to poverty. “A lot of people have a hard time getting Rick Santorum because they’re used to a debate between liberalism and complete free-market approach and he’s not either of those things,” says Michael Gerson, a Washington Post columnist and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

    1. Santorum isn’t afraid to challenge science, questioning the theory of evolution and dismissing global warming as “a hoax.” The former senator “confirms (social conservatives’) view of science as being at odds with a Christian worldview,” tweets Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College, an evangelical Christian school in Pennsylvania.

CNN Belief Blog co-editor Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Politics • Rick Santorum

soundoff (2,587 Responses)
  1. tnmtl

    Why? Because he panders to their insatiable addiction to shoving dogma down everyone else's throats!! That's a no brainer. They are so illogical whining about "big government" yet they want to elect that clown who will make sure the federal government makes all our moral choices for us.

    February 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • 2realdeal

      Actually he is not a"real deal" catholic. We are not creationists, believe in evolution ( see Jesuit teachers ) are very active in the study of physics and space...he also does not apparently follow the Pope, therefor the cc teaching of Every Life being sacred which is why according to the tennents of the faith should be against the death penalty and war as vigorously as abortion

      February 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  2. CoJo

    well give Ron Paul credit, Santorum just acknowledged he screwed up while he was in congress. Santorum voted for increasing the debt ceiling multiple times and other big government spending. So where is the tea party now? They want a person (Santorum) that has publically acknowledged he screwed up and voted for big government spending? Tea party people are hypocrites if they continue to back a person that has a record to goes against what they want. Only now does he come clean (when someone points it out). Only now he is against it when he is no longer in congress...

    February 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Dave

      I'd much rather have a president with enough honesty to look back a decisions, see what the real outcome of those decisions are, learn from them and then admit publically when that have been wrong. Funny, one doesn't hear that much from political candidates, and I don't recall 0bama admitting that he his decision have ever been wrong.

      February 10, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  3. sybaris

    Now if you went to a friends house and they started talking to you about worshiping Pippi Longstocking wouldn't you think they were a bit "touched"?

    Religion...........fictional characters........see where this is going?

    One mans lunacy is a community's religion.

    February 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Dave

      Jesus was a fictional character?

      February 10, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  4. Squeezebox Babe

    I also believe most conservative Christians would not want a "First Lady" who has had an abortion.

    February 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Frepublicans

      the christians do like hypocrits so they may want her

      February 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Dave

      Christians are so unforgiving, and if one has ever made a mistake (in their eyes) can never be forgiven. LOL, this is obvious scarasm (hopefully you saw that). Your type of comments just make intelligent people shake their heads in amazement, and walk away laughing.

      February 10, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  5. Squeezebox Babe

    I don't understand how conservative Christians can like this man. His wife had an abortion. They choose to call it something else, but it's an abortion to everyone else. How can anyone want this hypocrite in office. Abortion is evil. He even says so. I guess he can say so after his wife already had one. Next.

    February 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  6. Lilly

    Obama had made our economy the weakest in my lifetime...he makes Jimmy Carter look good...and that is difficult.

    Obama is in bed with all those CEO's from the green companies he bailed out...oh yes, they went bankrupt now.

    Obama will loose to Santorum, Ronmey, or Newt...No contest....Most people want jobs except for the pink communies...

    February 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • peacBwithU

      Lilly, What do you have up your @ss ??

      February 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • bobcat

      Yes the tea-partiers are pathologically lazy and self-obssesed. What do you expect when an entire generation is spoiled and full of propaganda?

      February 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • go4it

      Thank GOD (tongue in cheek) it only takes 1 vote to cancel you out!

      February 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Lilly

      I guess you all like Obama's timeout!!! Lazy people like socialism.

      Most Americans like freedom and the right to work. He will be fired like it or not.

      Most Americans hate Obamacare and Obama's socialist policies. He has no clue on how to turn this economy around.
      \
      Come Nov Obama is fired!

      February 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  7. Pee Tardy Patriot

    What America needs now a man of Christ to fight the righteous crusade against those pesky Iranian people. Jesus was a great champion for Dropping bombs and killing innocent civilians. The candidate who says I love Israel the most has gods holy blessing.

    February 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Frepublicans

      lmao

      February 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  8. Reality

    Only for the newbies:

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, Newton Leroy Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)
    And the irony:
    The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    February 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Lilly

      Obama will loose to any republican because he has made the economy a bigger mess!!!

      Most Americans want jobs!!! Most of us do not want government to be our parent.

      Obama can't handle the middle east. He said Bush was wrong to go into Iraq...so instead Obama sent our troops to Afganistan.

      Obama bailed out all these companies that supported him and now they ate our money and still went bankrupt!!!

      If you want Obama why don't you just go to to Venezuela and live the Socialist dream...

      February 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      @Lilly,

      Wow, where to begin. Our economy is worse now than when Obama took over? You must not have been alive in 2008.

      We shouldn't have gone into Iraq. There was no reason to. The Bush administration lied about WMDs to convince congress to authorize action. We were actually attacked by terrorists operating our of Afghanistan. But since we've already determined you weren't alive in 2008, perhaps you haven't heard of 9/11.

      I'm thinking, though, that you're just a troll because I don't think anyone is really that dumb or blind.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • ashrakay

      @Lilly, I suspect it's intellectually convenient to not have to remember pesky historical facts, but allow me to remind you that Bush actually sent the troops to Afghanistan. His attempt to find Bin Laden was woefully impotent. Obama cleaned up his mess. The first bailout was devised by Henry Paulson while Bush was still in office. Look it up. It was for $700 billion in 2008. Remember that Obama took office in Jan 2009. When Obama took office it was the worst economy in the history of the United States. Obama didn't magically make that happen when he was sworn in. It was already there. I know you don't want a thing like facts to get in the way of your fantasies, but if you're interested in educating yourself, there are plenty of resources available to you.

      February 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Reality

      Some examples of the power of the Citizens, Congress, the Presidency and the Supreme Court of the USA:

      Our War on Terror and Horror:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles as of 09/15/2011/, 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed mostly due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      – Ditto for Anwar al-Awlaki on September 30, 2011

      February 9, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  9. Pee Tardy Patriot

    Well, if there isn't a god then who made unicorns? Take that you heathens!!!!!

    February 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  10. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how very stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Iliam

      You need to take a nap and give back the laptop to daddy..... don't forget your pills

      February 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  11. lefty avenger

    Why the Faithful love Santorum? Because they are non-reality based religious zealots perhaps? delusional to the end of times.

    February 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  12. the doctor

    If science is at odds with religion (or Rush), I'll take science every time.

    February 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Lilly

      Science was invented by Catholics...oh and so was literacy!!! It will probably take a Catholic to fix this economy, because Obama's science sure hasn't worked. Maybe he should pray about it... he needs all the help he can get!

      February 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      "Science was invented by Catholics...oh and so was literacy!"

      Isnt lying a sin? Or have you been indulging in a little too much of the lord's blood lately?

      February 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • go4it

      Lilly
      "Science was invented by Catholics...oh and so was literacy!!!"
      Were you homeschooled or something. "
      Around 4100-3800 BCE, tokens began to be symbols that could be impressed or inscribed in clay to represent a record of land, grain or cattle and a written language was beginning to develop. One of the earliest examples was found in the excavations of Uruk in Mesopotamia at a level representing the time of the crystallization of the Sumerian culture."

      Found in 2 seconds on "the internets"

      February 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Lilly

      Modern Science...it goes back to Hildegard of Bingen. Before Catholics science didn't amount to much...did it?
      Any way Obama science has not worked...he has made economy worse. He needs to be fired.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Dave

      Not completely agreeing with Lilly, but actual history shows that most of the great early scientists were also priests, and that many / most of theearly significant scientific discoveries where by priests. Science and religion are not in conflict with each other, expect (manily) by the non-believers trying to push their agenda.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • ashrakay

      @Dave, Sorry to keep disagreeing with you. You seem like a decent, clear thinking person. But science and religion are in complete conflict with each other in America and other islamic and 3rd world countries. Science shows evidence of natural selection, and religion states it is otherwise. A recent poll shows that over 40% of Americans believe the earth is younger than 10k years. This goes against, geology, archaeology, paleontology, the laws of physics, mathematics and probably a dozen other scientific disciplines. Science promotes advancements in embryonic stem cell research to which religion, well, religiously opposes. Should I continue or can you see that science and religion ARE in fact in conflict with one another?

      February 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • ashrakay

      @Lilly, Did you know the first man to propose the big bang theory was a catholic priest, Georges Lemaître in 1927 and the pope actually agreed with him?? So do you believe the universe was created by the big bang 13.72 billion years ago?

      February 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Dave

      Ashrakay, you posted "the first man to propose the big bang theory was a catholic priest, Georges Lemaître ". So, you are proving that religion and science are NOT apposing each other. Did this Catholic priest become an athiest after proposing the BIg Bang theory? Did the Pope change his mnd after after agreeing the Big Bang theory could be at the start? In fact, evolution and intelligent design are not completely mutually exclusive to each other. Yes, some see at that way, and probably more see that evolution is exclusive of intelligent design than the other way around. Your posted views on Christianity and religion are very narrow.

      February 10, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • ashrakay

      @Dave, What I didn't post was how the pope at the time tried to take the work and claim that the big bang is an act of god, and the priest spoke out against the pope for saying such a thing. So yes, I stick to my point that science and religion are at odds with one another. I could also point out the conflict between Darwin and the church, Galileo and the church, Copernicus and the church... Add to that, Giordano Bruno, Michael Servetus, Cecco d'Ascoli, and Giulio Cesare Vanini who among many others were all scientists that were burned for heresy. Incidently, Cecco d'Ascoli was burned at the state for the evil sin of calculating Jesus' date of birth by using the stars.

      Science is about verifiable evidence. You say science and religion are not at odds but say nothing about the various polls that show 40% of Americans believe the earth is younger than 10k years. They get this from the bible's genealogies. How is that not at odds with religion?

      You also say I have a narrow view of christianity. I grew up in a christian home, spent 13 years of my life in a christian school and have most of the bible memorized. I have showed you evidence of religion and science being at odd. I now have showed you historical evidence of religion and science at odds with one another. All you have done is say that "evolution and intelligent design are not completely mutually exclusive to each other." I have also shown you evidence in other posts (which I don't know if you responded to or not) that there is evidence to show that there is NO intelligence to design, based on it's many, many flaws.

      However, as I said, we do not know how the first moments of life began and the leap to conclude god did it should be a last step and not a first. Otherwise, we are merely using reductive logic, and we will miss out on more profound truths, such as the earth is not the center of the universe, diseases are not god's wrath and the sun is bigger than the moon.

      February 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  13. cls

    I was envisioning what our country would be like if Rick Santorum was elected president and a GOP majority won congress. The book "A Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood came to mind.

    February 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  14. Microb

    atheists.... do you know that in less than 90 years you will go to h.e.ll? Just a reminder

    February 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • go4it

      No, We don't know it.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      Thanks. Noted. And forgotten. Now go pray to your 'loving' god.

      Troll.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • God

      Unless I died and made you god, you don't know that either.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Frepublicans

      right behind the rest of you catholic child molesters

      February 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • ashrakay

      Lucky for us, we'll finally be free of christians.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • john

      judge not lest you be judged....

      February 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  15. judith

    Santorum gets the nomination, and my guy Obama will win in the biggest landslide since Goldwater lost in '64–you can take it to the bank!

    February 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Dave

      The biggest land slide was Ronald Reagan's re-election. He won 40 of the 50 (not 57) states, and only lost the one by under 3,700 votes, and he received the most electorial votes ever. Think about it, just 3,700 more votes in his apponents home state, and Reagan would have won all 50 states for re-election. That is after people gor to see his plans, actions, visions for 4 years. I will be surprised if 0bama takes 15 states this time around (although the right 15 states could win him the presidency)

      February 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Lilly

      I believe my dead grandmother will beat Obama in November...he has no chance.. Look at the unemployment rates...look at Iran...what else does he have to mess up??? Your blinder than a bat.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • blinded

      Lilly,
      If your dead grandmother ever beats Obama in an election, it would be because there was 1 more republican voting than all other affiliations combined. And they would also need FOX news to tell them to vote for her.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Lilly

      i guess some people like the government to be their parent...remeber parents can put you in timeout!!!

      February 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  16. Lilly

    I am so glad I voted for Santorum. I like him best, but I will take any of the republican canidates anytime over Obama. Obama has made a bigger mess of the economy...he needs to be fired!!!

    February 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • judith

      You must not read the newspapers or get out much. The economy is improving and the President saved the auto industry. The GOP has done noting but obstruct and protect the rich.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • Lilly

      Judith, Come back to earth!!!

      February 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • plucky

      Lilly,
      As an objective voter that has been watching Washington work for 40+ years, Judith is correct.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Lilly

      Plucky, I'll buy you a hearing aid and get you some glasses...so that you can finally realize that our economy is dead. Obama has made the economy a mess. Objective people see the facts and reason. You are what I call a pink lefty.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • john

      Wow...sounds like someone needs a time out....Liiiillllly?!?

      February 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • john

      aaannnnnd....you sound like JUST the woman to take charge of that!!! Full of self and judgement!!!

      February 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Lilly

      Johny, Obama already put us all in time out...that's why we freedomm lovers want to fire him!!!

      February 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Squeezebox Babe

      Lilly – how could you have voted for Santorum? Do you believe abortions are okay? Santorum's wife had one. I'm thinking most conservative Christians will not want a woman as First Lady who has had an abortion.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  17. Colin

    10 Reasons to Doubt That Some Christian Sky-God is Watching Over Us.

    1. At its most fundamental level, Christianity requires a belief that an all-knowing, all-powerful, immortal being created the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies 13,700,000,000 years ago (the age of the Universe) sat back and waited 10,000,000,000 years for the Earth to form, then waited another 3,700,000,000 years for h.o.mo sapiens to gradually evolve, then, at some point gave them eternal life and sent its son to Earth to talk about sheep and goats in the Middle East.

    While here, this divine visitor exhibits no knowledge of ANYTHING outside of the Iron Age Middle East, including the other continents, 99% of the human race, and the aforementioned galaxies.

    Either that, or it all started 6,000 years ago with one man, one woman and a talking snake. Either way “oh come on” just doesn’t quite capture it.

    2. This ‘all loving’ god spends his time running the Universe and spying on the approximately 7 billion human beings on planet Earth 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He even reads their minds (or “hears their prayers”, if you see any difference) using some kind of magic telepathic powers. He also keeps his telepathic eye on them when they are not praying, so as to know if they think bad thoughts (such as lusting after their hot neighbor) so he knows whether to reward or punish them after they die.

    3. Having withheld any evidence of his existence, this god will then punish those who doubt him with an eternity burning in hell. I don’t have to kill, I don’t have to steal, I don’t even have to litter. All I have to do is honestly not believe in the Christian god and he will inflict a grotesque penalty on me a billion times worse than the death penalty – and he loves me.

    4. The above beliefs are based on nothing more than a collection of Bronze and Iron Age Middle Eastern mythology, much of it discredited, that was cobbled together into a book called the “Bible” by people we know virtually nothing about, before the Dark Ages.

    5. The stories of Christianity are not even original. They are borrowed directly from earlier mythology from the Middle East. Genesis and Exodus, for example, are clearly based on earlier Babylonian myths such as The Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Jesus story itself is straight from the stories about Apollonius of Tyana, Horus and Dionysus (including virgin birth, the three wise men, the star in the East, birth at the Winter solstice, a baptism by another prophet, turning water into wine, crucifixion and rising from the dead).

    6. The Bible is also literally infested with contradictions, outdated morality, and open support for the most barbarous acts of cruelty – including, genocide, murder, slavery, ra.pe and the complete subjugation of women. All of this is due to when and where it was written, the morality of the times and the motives of its authors and compilers. While this may be exculpatory from a literary point of view, it also screams out the fact that it is a pure product of man, bereft of any divine inspiration.

    7. A rejection of the supernatural elements of Christianity does not require a rejection of its morality. Most atheists and secular humanists share a large amount of the morality taught today by mainstream Christianity. To the extent we reject Christian morality, it is where it is outdated or mean spirited – such as in the way it seeks to curtail freedoms or oppose the rights of $exual minorities. In most other respects, our basic moral outlook is indistinguishable from that of the liberal Christian – we just don’t need the mother of all carrots and sticks hanging over our head in order to act in a manner that we consider moral.

    Falsely linking morality to a belief in the supernatural is a time-tested “three card trick” religion uses to stop its adherents from asking the hard questions. So is telling them it is “wrong to doubt.” This is probably why there is not one passage in the Bible in support of intelligence and healthy skepticism, but literally hundreds in support of blind acceptance and blatant gullibility.

    8. We have no idea of who wrote the four Gospels, how credible or trustworthy they were, what ulterior motives they had (other than to promote their religion) or what they based their views on. We know that the traditional story of it being Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is almost certainly wrong. For example, the Gospel of Matthew includes a scene in which Jesus meets Matthew, recounted entirely in the third person!! Nevertheless, we are called upon to accept the most extraordinary claims by these unknown people, who wrote between 35 to 65 years after Christ died and do not even claim to have been witnesses. It is like taking the word of an unknown Branch Davidian about what happened to David Koresh at Waco – who wrote 35 years after the fact and wasn’t there.

    9. When backed into a corner, Christianity admits it requires a “leap of faith” to believe it. However, once one accepts that pure faith is a legitimate reason to believe in something (which it most certainly is not, any more than “faith” that Bigfoot exists is) one has to accept all other gods based on exactly the same reasoning. One cannot be a Christian based on the “leap of faith” – and then turn around and say those who believe in, for example, the Hindu gods, based on the same leap, got it wrong. In a dark room without features, any groping guess by a blind man at the direction of the door is as valid as the other 360 degrees.

    10. Geography and birthplace dictates what god(s) one believes in. Every culture that has ever existed has had its own gods and they all seem to favor that particular culture, its hopes, dreams, and prejudices. Do you think they all exist? If not, why only yours?

    Faith is not belief in a god. It is a mere hope for a god, a wish for a god, no more universal than the language you speak or the baseball team you support.

    Time to grow up as a species and stop appealing to non-existent gods for help.

    February 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Microb

      Written by a 9 year old boy who is hated by his family...

      February 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • peachy

      Microb,
      Come on. You must be an atheist now after reading Colin's post.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Pete in Canada

      A little long, but very well said!

      February 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  18. bill dunn

    What does Rick Santorem do for a living. He was a congressman and a senator, but how has he supported his familly of 9
    over the past years?

    February 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • cls

      Lawyer, political consultant and commentator at FOX News.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  19. Chris Lee

    11. Santorum wants to create a theocracy along the lines of Saudi Arabia where everyone must abide by the teachings and laws of his church. Anyone who doesn't conform will be punished. Anyone who doesn't believe will be executed. After all, America is a "Christian nation."

    February 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • WARNING

      At least Christianity is all about love. No dietary law, no clothing law unlike Islamic & Judaism law

      February 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • 2realdeal

      Actually, if he really did follow the dictates of his church, he would have to abolish the death penalty, as the pope h called for, he would have to refrain from going to war, he would have to help the poor and the sick.... Hmmmmm, I don' t think he' s a real catholic. Just sayin

      February 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  20. WARNING

    Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE!

    * Atheism makes you stupid, ignorant & blind.
    * Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise.
    * Atheism making you agree with Stalin, Mao & other terrible massmurder leaders.
    * No traditional family lifestyle, boring and feeling 'outsider'
    * Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel stupid outside their home.
    * Atheists do not really exist, they just pretend that they don't believe in God and argue with religious people.
    * Atheists have had terrible life experience, not being loved and terrible childhood.
    * Most Atheists are uneducated... No Atheists could run to the white house!
    * Atheism brought upon the French Revolution, one of the most evil events of all of history.
    * Atheism cannot explain the origins of the universe, therefore God exists.
    * All atheists believe in evolution, which means they don't believe in morality and think we should all act like animals.
    * The Bible says atheism is wrong, and the Bible is always right (see: Genesis 1:1, Psalms 14:1, Psalms 19:1, Romans 1:19-20)
    * Atheism have no holidays, no culture, no nothing. Waste of living in this planet...

    February 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • blinded

      written just like an 8 year old.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Colin

      What are you, a 12 year old boy. I hope so for your sake.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Lydia

      This post pretty much lacks intelligence and logic. And I am a Christian, by the way. If you are going to argue against something, please know more about it. And take Geometry, you can learn basic logic there.

      February 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Paimon

      Didn't Jesus teach love and compassion even if you do not agree with your brother or sister?

      February 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • WARNING

      People like me are the reasons many people finally let go of the slavery of god and embrace reality.

      February 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • A_Cereal_Killer

      The Bible is always right comment is ridiculous in it's own right. The Bible is infallible–>Why?–> Because it is the word of God–> Why?–> Because the Bible says so.–>Why?–>Because the bible is infallible. You see where I'm going with this?

      February 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Pete in Canada

      Thinking like that makes me kinda proud to be an atheist!

      February 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
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