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Santorum Speaks About Secular Statism in Context of HHS Mandate

Rick Santorum spoke recently at the Values Voter Summit. Watch the full speech at YouTube. I’ve transcribed his remarks on secular statism in the context of the HHS mandate.


Rick Santorum:

We are descendants of the American Revolution but there are people in America today who do not want to be those descendants anymore. They see that line of ancestry as corrupt, bigoted, racist…go on down the list of the left’s indictments against America. They see a very different revolution that occurred at roughly the same time of the American Revolution, and that was the French Revolution. The French Revolution was based on equality, liberty and fraternity…not paternity. They were based on rights coming from the people, your brothers, not from God. It was an anti-clerical, anti-God revolution. They burned churches. They killed clergy. They established a secular government that turned into mob rule and then an emperor who conquered Europe and institutionalized the French Revolutionary statist, secular rule in Europe. That is who they want us to be.

You see it. You see [secular statism] in the things they do even now. They’re subtle. They’re little. They don’t even hit on most people’s radar screens. Look at Obamacare and the conscience mandate. You could say, “Well, all they’re trying to do is provide contraception and abortifacients for people who should have access to them.” Oh really? Oh, really, is that all they’re trying to do? Well, let’s take them at their word, that’s all they’re trying to do. Okay. What would be the easiest way to make sure that everybody who wants those pills can have them for free and have complete access to them? Give them away. Give them away at pharmacies. Give them away at supermarkets. Give them away in vending machines. If you want them to be ubiquitous, simply pay for them and give them away. But that’s not what they did. What they did was say to each and every one of you whose conscience is violated by it, “We will make you do what we tell you to do.” They will force you to use your money.

They don’t subscribe to the concept of freedom of religion. No, the word they use more often now, and they actually do use these words, “freedom of worship.” Now, to the untrained eye, freedom of worship and freedom of religion sound like the same thing, but they are not. You see, “freedom of worship” means if you want to go to your church, and look at the Obamacare mandate, if you’re in the church, the church itself, okay, you don’t have to do this. But once you walk out of the church, even if it’s next door to a ministry, [the left says] “You’re mine! You will do what the state tells you to do, not what your conscience does.”

This is a descendant of the French Revolution. This is the America they want to transform us to. Go look at Europe, which is dying. One in four Western European women have children – one out of four. Every generation, Europe is cut in half in its population because for every two people, they’re having one child. This is the future that they see because, of course, declining population is a good thing [to the left]. We’re not harming Mother Earth. Don’t try to tell me they don’t have a religion. It’s just not the religion that most Americans believe in.

Watch the full speech.

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