Santorum: God's Law and Civil Law Must be the Same

During The Family Leader’s Thanksgiving Family Forum in Iowa on Saturday, forum moderator Frank Luntz’s first question to Rick Santorum was "what’s the number one value that America has lost and how would you get it back?"

Santorum’s response was that America has lost the recognition that this nation was founded on the principle that our rights come from God and that, as such, we are also required to abide by God’s laws … which, he explained, was totally unlike Sharia:

Now, unlike Islam where the higher law and civil law are the same, in our case, we have civil laws but our civil laws have to comport with the higher law.

Our civil laws have to … and that’s why, with the issue of abortion, as long as abortion is "legal" – at least according to the Supreme Court, "legal" in this country – we will never have rest because that law does not comport with God’s law which says that all life has value, all life is created by [God,] I knew you in the womb.

And as long as there is a discordance between the two, there will be agitation.

So, to clarify: In Islam, God’s laws and the civil laws are one-and-the-same and that is theocracy and that is bad … whereas here in the United States, our civil laws merely must be in accordance with God’s law, and that is not theocracy and that is good. 

And until that happens, Santorum says, this country will never have rest. 

8 Responses to Santorum: God's Law and Civil Law Must be the Same

  1. Pingback: Santorum Wants a Misogynistic Theocracy and Really Needs to Read His Bible | God Discussion

  2. Great idea. Follow the Bible and then we can kill off all over-eaters, women who marry and are not virgins, any spouse who sleeps with another person's, all Gays, all fortune tellers, all children who curse at or hit their parents. That should reduce the population somewhat.

  3. I agree with Santorum. When God’s laws to informed national law (always until the last election), the nation thrived. All the reproductive freedoms women enjoy today occurred during the time that we thought of ourselves as a Christian nation, and Christian ethics and compassion enabled the free discourse that led to those freedoms. If you think all that was misogynistic theology, just wait until you try Sharia. Rick Santorum is free to express his opinion. Just because you don’t agree, there’s no need to resort to hate speech.

  4. At no point, Lucy, have the laws of the United States comported with God’s laws. At no point has this been a Christian nation. And noone is trying to impose Sharia on anyone. So the question really is…why does Rick Santorum continue to act like the Christian Taliban and why do you defend him and even support him/

  5. So, Lucy, slavery was part of God’s laws? Denying women their equality was God’s law? Nearly committing genocide on Native Americas was God’s law? Jim Crow was part of God’s law? The laws against miscegnation was God’s law? Watch what box canyons you ride into there, lady.

  6. Am i the only one who is bothered by his line about this country never having rest as long as we have abortion? Sounds like terroristic comments to me. Why not say he’ll blow up an abortion clinic himself? Oh wait… Thats right… His wife had one at some point, didn’t she?

  7. avatar god's little monkey

    The only thing that astounds me more than Santorum’s hypocrisy and sanctimony is the number of people that just don’t see it; which suggests to me that those that favor him are equally hypocritical and sanctimonious. [But then, given the inconsistencies and contradictions rampant within the bible, is it any wonder that a person who so wholeheartedly believes in every word would himself be as inconsistent and contradictory.] Forgetting for the moment his comment about Islam and law, how is it that for so many that believe as Santorum does, they seem not to have a problem with capitol punishment? It’s astonishing (and more than a little frightening) the cognitive dissonance exhibited by Santorum et. al.. Back to his comment about Islam; what he suggests -that civil law has to comport with god’s law- falls so neatly and unequivocally within the parameters of both a theocracy and sharia law that it boggles the mind that the media simply gives him a free pass on suggesting this county needs to become a christian theocracy. To me it’s irrelevant when I hear supporters of Santorum dismiss the similarity by quoting punishments found in sharia law. Perhaps (a big perhaps) the bible isn’t *as* cruel as sharia law, but it’s nothing more than a difference of degree, rather than one of distinction. Originally the term conservative was applied to economic beliefs and the Republican party was one of conservative economics. It’s almost as though conservative economics has become the red-headed-stepchild of the Republican platform, brought out and shown rarely and only to prove that it still exists. Meanwhile the (seemingly) only other plank in their platform is their never ending attempts to instill/enforce their christian beliefs, across the board, on an entire nation.

  8. It’s a bit of a stretch to say the bible doesn’t have rather cruel punishments since there are such examples as killing your brother if he plants two different crops side by side, killing anyone who touches the bed of a woman during her period, killing anyone who wears clothes of mixed threads. And that we should kill anyone who works on the Sabbath. And oh yes…making it perfectly fine to sell your daughter into slavery. The Bible very much has its own horror show.

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