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We took a day off from Rick Santorum but must get back in the game because the comments from the Republican candidate for president continue to astound — and chill us. Santorum leaves no doubt that he seeks a theocracy for America, saying Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week’ that he disagreed with the ‘absolute separation’ between church and state outlined by President John Kennedy in a 1960 speech. Santorum said that reading the Kennedy speech made him want to “throw up”.
“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute,” he said. “The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country.”
It is this belief that puts women’s bodies and children’s minds in play for Santorum’s patriarchal plan for America. The candidate has cast President Obama as a “snob” for his focus on wanting to see more of America’s students receive a college education. Business leaders continually speak of America’s education gap — that not enough of our young people are educated in important fields of math, science and engineering.
In reality, President Obama’s new budget calls with $69.8 billion in education, with the budget heavily focused on boosting vocational training, both at the high-school and college level.
The initiative would encourage partnerships between two-year colleges and local businesses to identify in-demand skills and develop courses that help build them. It would also finance online and in-person training for up to 600,000 aspiring entrepreneurs. via Reuters
President Obama’s $8 billion Community College to Career Fund, aims to train 2 million workers for jobs in fields such as high-tech manufacturing, clean energy and health care. Santorum ignores all these facts, in what has become an astounding, genuinely alarming Republican campaign for the presidency based on putting God in charge of America.
Increasing numbers of conservative Republican women say Rick Santorum is their man. On a national level, Santorum’s positions against birth control, college educations and separation of church and state may cause very movements away from the candidate among independent womne. But polls leave no doubt that these same beliefs attract socially conservative Republican women who like his policies and his personality.
Maggie Gallagher, traveling with the Leadership for Life tour in Michigan says that Rick Santorum’s comments on contraception are “political clutter” and that the candidate’s willingness to hang tough on social conservative issues is far more important. Gallagher says conservative women view Santorum as a caring, loving man with old-fashioned, real man values.
The Daily Beast reports that Romney remains the most popular candidate among GOP women, with a 61 percent favorability rating, which has fallen since January. Santorum’s, meanwhile has surged from 34 percent to 57.
In a constantly changing political landscape, the most recent Mitchell/Rosetta poll in the state showed Romney increasing his lead among women from about 29 percent in mid-February to 37 percent, then down to 31 percent most recently.
US Conference of Bishops Also Investigating Girl Scouts
South Bend Catholic Diocese Bishop Kevin Rhoades says the Catholic Church as heard other claims besides those of Representative Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, about the Girl Scouts of America collaborating with Planned Parenthood to teach young girls about sex.
“Some of those concerns that have been raised, and that the congressman raised were already concerns that have come forward and are being studied by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,” said Rhoades. via Fox News Fort Wayne
CNN reports that Morris has now voiced regret for writing his letter to Indiana lawmakers accusing the Girl Scouts of America as “sexualizing” young girls. He does stand by his claims that it is a “radicalized organization.”
An astonishing development to be continued …
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