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Thank God for apples and oranges

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And yet, Republicans everywhere are puffing up their holier-than-thou chests about who is a proper Christian and who isn’t.

President Obama once made a statement about abortion and the issue of deciding when life began. He said it was above his pay grade. Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, North Dakota, said, “Catholics who support so-called ‘abortion rights’ support a false right, promote a culture of death and are guarded by the father of lies.”

Republican candidate Rick Santorum said, “The father of lies has his sights on what you think the father of lies, Satan, would have his sights on, a good, decent, powerful, influential country, the United States of America.”

Santorum went on to explain how he thought the devil had attacked the United States in several areas: its foundations, academia, the Protestant Church, the NBA, rock concerts, Hollywood and government.

In the 1600s, a century after the Protestant Reformation, the Church of England ruled the land and people could not choose to join a different church. Some tried to change the church from within; others decided to leave and start their own congregation. In 1620, these Pilgrims came to America on the Mayflower.

“We look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country, and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it,” Santorum said.

Is this guy for real?

I think being president is a tough job because you have to govern all the people and you can’t send them away on boats or make them exchange Christmas presents and hunt for Easter eggs no matter what your own personal beliefs are. Never mind the rest of the world, there are 50 diverse states right here in our own backyard. Pennsylvania has the Amish, Lousiana has Mardi Gras, Utah has Mormons, Texas has the death penalty, California has angels, Florida has the Fountain of Youth, Nevada has women of easy virtue and Jersey has the Mafia, just to mention a few, and they all deal with God in their own way.

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