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Supporters pray over Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum during a campaign stop at the Bella Donna Chapel on February 8, 2012 in McKinney, Texas.
February 8th, 2012
07:26 PM ET

Santorum talks faith with Texas pastors

By Adam Aigner-Treworgy, CNN

McKinney, Texas (CNN) – The day after winning a three state primary sweep, Rick Santorum largely avoided politics during a visit to the Bella Donna Chapel and instead talked candidly about his faith before a crowd of more than one hundred local pastors.

Due to several last-minute TV interviews added to his schedule on Wednesday morning, Santorum arrived at the chapel nearly an hour late, which shrunk the amount of time his campaign set aside for midday fundraisers in this wealthy, predominantly Republican state. The delay forced him to rush out after his address, skipping a planned visit with several hundred supporters who had gathered outside the chapel, unable to get in to the invite-only event.

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  1. The Bobinator

    When I saw that picture my first thought was "Wow, that's staged."

    My second thought was "We're a chargin our prayer lazahs!"

    February 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  2. pervert alert

    look at these ho.mo.se.xuals, all touching each other

    February 10, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • Seek help

      You have some very serious issues. Your obsession with homosexual sex really isn't healthy. Counseling may help you come out of the closet.

      February 10, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  3. Don't get fooled by Atheists.....

    Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE and unhealthy for our children and living things!

    † Atheism makes you stupid, ignorant & blind.
    † Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated.
    † Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith.
    † Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise.
    † Atheism making you agree with Stalin, Mao & other terrible mass murder leaders.
    † No traditional family lifestyle, boring and feeling 'outsider'
    † Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet.
    † 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, bad childhood and not being loved.
    † Most Atheists are uneducated... No Atheists could run for presidency.
    † 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...

    †† Our Prayers goes to Atheists to be healthy and seek their creator ††

    February 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      You sound a little cross.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      Trolling belief sites is ship tier trolling. Have a bit more respect for your skills and move them over to a better forum. Such as physics forums.

      February 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  4. Colin

    Can you imagine if these superst.itious simpletons ever got a hold of power in the USA? Look at the fools, laying their hands on the candidate and whispering a silent prayer, imagining that some hokey, Iron Age Middle Eastern sky-god is reading their minds and will intervene in the outcome of the election to suit their wishes.

    Infantile, childish rubbish, fit only for the intellectually undeveloped and the emotionally enfeebled.

    February 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Ronald Reganzo

      And also fit for the next administration to rule the USA, empty Guantanamo of the Arabs and use it to reeducate qu eers and atheist types. The extreme minority that undermine the foundation of America. Water boarding Colin a few dozen times will produce a candidate that will be more believable when trolling for sharks.

      February 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  5. hippypoet

    God is an idea. Such an improbable idea that many have, to make the idea inarguable, said that the idea is beyond human comprehension and so by doing remove the need but more importantly the ability to prove and so make it an untouchable notion of truth based on an idea. How is that different from being delusional? You hold fast to an idea of an improbable, incomprehensible, and untouchable nature as if it is fact!
    Until you have evidence for the existence of god, the notion of god remains in the realm of ideas.
    And thats a factual statement!

    February 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  6. Real America

    Now that it looks like he may actually have some popular support, the evangelicals run up to do a laying on of hands. He's their guy for today. They should read their BIble: "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not."

    February 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  7. ODCLARK

    To the Honorable Mr.Rick Santorum – I wrote on many challenging issues facing us today. You did not respond. I emailed numerous times hoping to discuss monumental issues regarding the Roman Catjholic Church, the Pope and the shuffling of rapist priests all over the world and moving Bishops responsible for those criminals that permanently hurt so many children – to the Vatican for protection from prosecution [because our President GW Bush granted immunity to the Vatican]. I wrote you and mailed it to your office and you responded – "I will not responded to you because you are not in my district." Guess what – WE will not vote for someone that does not recognize an American's right to answers from those that get paid to represent all Americans.
    Respectfully,
    OD Clark
    Bangor, Pennsylvania

    February 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  8. ODCLARK

    Rick Santorum – I wrote on many challenging issues facing us today. You did not respond. I emailed numerous times hoping to discuss monumental issues regarding the Roman Catjholic Church, the Pope and the shuffling of rapist priests all over the world and moving Bishops responsible for those criminals that permanently hurt so many children – to the Vatican for protection from prosecution [because our President GW Bush granted immunity to the Vatican]. I wrote you and mailed it to your office and you responded – "I will not responded to you because you are not in my district." Guess what – WE will not vote for someone that does not recognize an American's right to answers from those that get paid to represent all Americans.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  9. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  10. David Johnson

    A vote for Santorum, is a vote for Catholicism. The Pope will be our actual leader. There won't be any controversy about who should pay for contraceptives. These will be illegal.

    A way will be made for the government to subsidize Catholic Schools. Can you say vouchers? Do you want to pay for the indoctrination of children? This will take money from our public schools.

    We are a secular nation. Santorum will attempt to make it a Catholic Nation. We will be forced to hang on the Pope's every word. Pfui!

    I believe this religion to be vile. It allows its priests to ra_pe boys, and then covers up the crime. To vote for Santorum, is to say that you approve of this. Send the Pope a message!

    Vote for the Dems in 2012.

    Just wantin' you to think before you vote

    February 9, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Ronald Reganzo

      Brush up on your latin dj i think we have found our man !

      February 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  11. Kebos

    Whackos from Waco

    February 9, 2012 at 6:30 am |
  12. EvolvedDNA

    If humans could have used the countless billions, if not trillions, we have seen wasted on religious mythology through out our history we would be a much healthier society..both physically and mentally. There are folks starving to death, diseases running rampant and these guys really think that a god would give a hoot about them. Think about it here are a group of adult primates who believing they are a special type of ape, are favored by some ghost....

    February 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  13. 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 the irony:

    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"?)

    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 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
  14. NoMr

    Santorum, Gingrich, Romney,,,,,they DO NOT SPEAK for me, I am tired of these crazy idios pretending to represent Christian Americans.
    My President is a Christian and I will vote for him. My church and many churches in our Country are full of decent hard working Christians that vote and will vote again for Obama!. !

    February 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @NoMr

      Amen, brother! Let's cast our vote for Obama and the Dems, and then meet for a beer afterwords.

      The Christian Right has chosen to ignore the words of Jesus. The prosperity gospel has replaced His gospel. The words of Paul are quoted. The advice of Jesus to the rich are never mentioned. The poor are blamed for their plight. The Republicans admit, they don't care about the them. We were told to honor our fathers and our mothers (our elderly). The Republicans connive to take health care and social security from them.

      Cheers!

      February 9, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  15. Answer

    Wow a bunch of useless people doing a useless act.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • Ba da bing, ba da bang

      What you are witnessing an incompetent attempt at giving each other hand jobs. Of maybe they are trying to faith-heal the bullshit out of Santorum . . . or more likely to put more bullshit in him.

      February 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  16. paul

    that was awesome prayer, it really gave me a great feeling that rick is special, this is what will propel him!! go rick from a democrat

    February 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @paul

      Santorum is a religious nut... a Catholic nut. Ewwww!

      Just look at his wife. She looks like the grandmother in that movie, "Flowers in the Attic".

      We need to keep our country from being any more "creepy". Keep the religious nuts out of the government.

      Cheers!

      February 9, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  17. What a fricking carnival freak show American politics is!

    The caption on the picture is inaccurate. Those are Catholic priests around Santorum, and you already know where their other hand is.

    It's a more hand-on form of prayer. Really.

    February 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  18. 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 stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    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 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Don't get fooled by Atheists.....

      Reasons why Atheism is TERRIBLE and unhealthy for our children and living things!

      † Atheism makes you stupid, ignorant & blind.
      † Atheism is a disease that needs to be treated.
      † Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith.
      † Atheism won't take you to kingdom of heaven and paradise.
      † Atheism making you agree with Stalin, Mao & other terrible mass murder leaders.
      † No traditional family lifestyle, boring and feeling 'outsider'
      † Atheist try to convert people over internet because they feel "safer" behind closet.
      † 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, bad childhood and not being loved.
      † Most Atheists are uneducated... No Atheists could run for presidency.
      † 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...

      †† Our Prayers goes to Atheists to be healthy and seek their creator ††

      ...........................

      February 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  19. grinder

    public displays of religion disgust me

    keep it out of politics

    February 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • Ronald Reganzo

      Make it public, make it permanent, make it law. Home, school or work or anywhere in between !

      February 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Ronald Reganzo

      No more equality and other Constitutional nonsense!

      Our motto is "Theocracy Now!"

      February 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Ronald Reganzo

      You may just be trying to get a reaction from those that do not want the Christian Right to rule our country, but many actually believe that a theocracy would be good.

      Christian Right Agenda = Christian Theocracy
      Theocracy = A government ruled by or subject to religious authority.
      Christian Right = Predominately Evangelicals some Conservative Catholics

      The Texas history books are rewriting history to give the conservative slant. The objective of this effort, is to create a Christian Nation, a theocracy with Jesus as Head of State.

      The recent article about the letter to the Jews, from George Washington, must sting like a son-of-a-gun. We are a secular nation. Thank god!

      A huge campaign is underway, to convince the American people, the founding fathers never intended a separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson's role as a founding father is played down. In some cases Jefferson is smudged.

      Expect an attack on the 1st and 14th Amendments. The founding fathers will weep.

      Most of the Tea Party are for a Christian Theocracy. The Tea Party is in bed with the Christian Right. A vote for any Tea Party candidate, is a vote for Christian Right domination.

      The Republicans are the puppets of the Christian Right and Rich White Men. If you aren't rich or if you aren't white, then this is not your party. Remember Rand Paul's wish to have limited government that should not force private businesses to abide by civil rights law? Isn't that a tad racist or is it just me? Can you say: "You want me to sit where on the bus?" Like father, like son, I guess.

      You will see an amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. Existing gay marriages will be revoked. Gay rights will dwindle and die.

      Roe Vs. Wade will be reversed. Women will once again be forced to seek back alley remedies. Couples will be forced to buy contraceptives on the black market. You will procreate! Or you will be abstinent! It is not up to you!

      Stem cell research will stagnate. The hopes of damaged and sick people will be dashed. Little Billy better get used to that wheelchair.

      All scientific research will be scrutinized by the Christian Right. "Whether or not a theory is in agreement with the Evangelical's interpretation of god's will", will be the new metric. Get use to hearing "God Did It". No one will dare question otherwise.
      Science classes will be much easier. Much less to remember or think about. 90% of the answers will be "D" – God did it. 30% correct will be passing. 50% will be Valedictorian.
      Makes it pretty easy to get their "sheep skin". Baaaaa!
      Education doesn't matter! Jesus is coming soon. When Perry told of his poor academic performance, The Republicans (Tea Party?) applauded.
      Let's glorify ignorance and stupidity!

      You say you've developed a vaccine that will prevent women from getting cervical cancer? No, Mr. Scientist. You will pour it down the drain! And you will make drugs that prevent STDs no more! So sayeth the Lord...According to the Religious Nuts.

      "Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a license to engage in premarital $ex. Abstinence is the best way to prevent HPV" – Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council
      I would much rather my daughter was lying there dying of cancer, rather than having taken a shot that might have given her out of control urges. Especially, since no such side effect has been reported.

      There was a recent article on the Religious blog about how Evangelical young'uns are not waiting for marriage.
      Little Betty is not praying so often, because she is so devout. She is praying for her Aunt Flow. Amen!

      P_ornography will be illegal. The Religious Right will decide what is p_ornographic , as well as what is art. You will watch television programs approved by the Evangelicals. Lots of reruns of "Growing Pains", starring that Evangelical darling Kirk Cameron. Thank you Jesus!
      Will museums exhibiting transitional fossils and other evidence of evolution, be deemed po_rnographic and closed? Their exhibits burned? To be sure, they will receive no funding.

      Creationism will be taught in public school, most likely alongside evolution rather than instead of, but no guarantees. Creationism/ Intelligent Design will consist of 10 chapters. Evolution will be mentioned on the book jacket cover.

      Vouchers will enable parents to send their child to religious schools. Funds to public schools will dwindle. Quality education will be out of reach for the masses. The finite amount of money, will be spread too thin. Destroying the public school system is the purpose of the voucher system.

      If each faith attends their own school, interacts only with children who believe as they do, Might this not interfere with the melting pot, we often brag about? Won't this increase prejudices? The Catholics once told their children that Jews have horns. *sigh*
      Segregation, is not beneficial. We need to learn to get along, and work together. Toddlers are really good at playing well with others. They have to be taught to hate.

      Little Johnny will believe in talking snakes and Zombie Messiahs. He will spend his free time watching the heavens, waiting for Jesus to return. The rest of the world is spending their time learning real science and math. Good luck Johnny. Can you say: "Would you like fries with that?" And you Betty! Lots of jobs overseas. With your qualifications, there is a pole with your name on it, waiting for you.

      State-sanctioned Prayer will be in our schools. The Christian Right think they know better than the Founding Fathers and want to tamper with the Bill of Rights. They want to amend the U.S. Const_itution, so that the Government would legally sponsor and take over the activity of prayer. Only the one true god, the Christian god, will be given homage. The god(s), of all other faiths, will be subservient to the Christian god. Muslim parents will need to make this clear to their children. Will the Catholics and the Mormons be Christian enough? What about the Jehovah Witnesses? The Evangelicals / Jesus will determine this.

      The non-Christians will be allowed to put their heads down on their desks, during the morning worship. They can contemplate their damnation, for not accepting Jesus.

      $ex education will consist of abstinence only. Studies have shown it is a worthless concept. But, it will please the religious fanatics.
      Abortions are best avoided, by avoiding pregnancy. Without contraceptives, the abortion rate will go through the roof.
      Since abortions will be illegal, the poor will be forced to go to filthy back alleys, where the doctor may be a veterinarian or a "doctor" who has no license to practice. The rich will whisk their loved ones off to another country... a holiday! Poor women will die of sepsis. The rich will enjoy a long weekend. The poor will run the risk of being arrested for murder. The rich... do not run the risk of anything.

      The war against unions, commenced during the Reagan administration, will continue. Labor will be humbled. They will accept the wages they are offered and should be grateful to get it. God himself has given the rich their wealth. How wrong it is, for labor to want a fair share of the wealth their work has created.

      The Mexicans won't come here for jobs, anymore. The rate of pay won't justify the effort.

      Say goodbye to enti_tlements. Medicare will be changed to a voucher system. When Grandma is out of vouchers, she is out of luck. Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme! We will reduce Grandmas' pension a % for each, predetermined, increment of life. God said to honor our fathers and mothers – the elderly. But, I guess the Evangelicals know best.
      Our elderly will die earlier than they would like. But, they have the promise of an afterlife to comfort them. Unless of course, they haven't accepted Jesus. Then, they will burn in a place created by an all loving and all just god, for all eternity.
      Best for them to concentrate on the pie in the sky. Works better than opium for a lot of people.
      Go toward the light, Grandma... Grandpa is waiting for you.

      The Christian Right has embraced Paul as the moral lawgiver. Paul's First Ep_istle of Paul to the Thessalonians, is often quoted by the Republicans. You never hear them quote Jesus' advice to the rich. You don't bite the hand that feeds you. Jesus will understand.

      The Tea Party / Evangelicals applaud the executions, of human beings. The more the merrier. They will be a burden to the state, no more! If it turns out some were actually innocent, god will set it right... Providing they have accepted Christ.
      Perhaps trials aren't necessary. Send the accused directly to god's justice! We are a Christian nation!! Are we not the hand of god?
      The accused are of another faith, you say? Give them a chance to pray the Sinners Prayer, and send them to judgment.

      The Tea Party Republicans screamed, "YES", when asked if an uninsured man should be allowed to die.
      If you read the Good Samaritan parable told by Jesus, you might come away with the idea that Jesus wouldn't agree.
      But, I bet Jesus will change His mind once the Evangelicals rule in His name. Jesus will decide that it was the sick fellow's personal responsibility. Good Christians should not be bothered! Thus saith the Lord! Wow! I didn't even see His lips move...

      Could be, Jesus will feel compelled to rewrite the entire bible, leaving out those obviously unclear parts. The Evangelicals will help Jesus clear them up. Guaranteed!

      Jesus will be the Head of State! He will be represented by an empty chair at the head of the leadership table. Only the Evangelicals will be able to hear His voice. They will tell the rest of us His will.
      Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

      The Evangelicals will rule in the name of a non-existent demigod. This god will always be in agreement with the Evangelicals. Their will, will be His will. Oh, yeah!!

      NOTE:
      "Theocracies generally do not tolerate freedom of expression. They believe their dogma is divine; that it comes from divine revelation (directly from God as in Moses on Mount Sinai) and therefore, no dissenting opinion can be accurate or helpful. This often leads to widespread abuse of basic human rights."
      http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/T/Theocracy.aspx

      WoW! If the above quote doesn't make you wanna puke...

      The Evangelicals are not content to run their own lives. They want to get, by political means, what Jesus never has and never will give them, by returning.

      Vote for the Dems in 2012. There are a lot of things I would like to see changed in the Democratic Party, but at least they are not insane.

      Thank God, this country is a secular nation. May the gods preserve it and make it so, always.

      Remember, Jesus won't really be in charge. It will be an Evangelical / Catholic idiot.

      Cheers!

      February 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Ronald Reganzo

      If Santorum represents what Johnson says he represents i think we have found our man !

      February 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Steward

      Mark 11:24.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Jolie

      That is a very nice picture of Santorum in prayer!

      February 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • 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 reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      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 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      February 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • Nope

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs."""~~~~~~~~~~~~

      February 9, 2012 at 8:10 am |
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