The separation of church and state – apparently a sickening idea to Rick Santorum - has been an important factor in keeping creationism out of public schools. This may be among the many reasons the creationist candidate says publicly that the idea makes him want to throw up. Read the New York Times account here. What I found most extraordinary wasn’t the nausea but this statement:
“What kind of country do we live in that says only people of nonfaith can come into the public square and make their case?” Mr. Santorum said on the ABC News program “This Week.”
What kind of a looking glass world is he living in? In the world I inhabit, the public square is dominated by people of faith. When was the last time we had a president who admitted to doubting the existance of God?
In Sean Faircloth’s book, “Attack of the Theocrats” the author notes that of 535 members of Congress, only one has come out as a nonbeliever. This is surprising considering that non-believers make up about 17 percent of the U.S. population. Faircloth works for the Richard Dawkins Foundation, and he sent me a copy of his book after I met him and professor Dawkins earlier this month. It’s an interesting book, delving into what Faircloth sees as a pro-religion bias in American public life.