Republican candidate for president Rick Santorum stops in Boise, Idaho, at Capital High School on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.

Rick Santorum Talks ‘Good and Evil’ Following ‘Satan’ Remarks

ICTMN Staff
2/22/12

Indian Country Today Media Network recently shared a few of Rick Santorum’s more outlandish quotes and how they connect to Indian country. On February 21, Forbes published an article addressing Santorum’s 2008 remarks about “Satan.”

In his remarks, Santorum makes the statement that Satan didn’t have much success in attack people 200 years ago because of a strong foundation in the United States.

Santorum said: “If you were Satan, who would you attack, in this day and age? There is no one else to go after, other than the United States. And that’s been the case for now almost 200 years, once America’s pre-eminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers. He didn’t have much success in the early days—our foundation was very strong, in fact, is very strong. But over time, that great, acidic quality of time corrodes away even the strongest foundations. And Satan has done so, by attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity and sensuality…”

In the article author Josh Barro highlights some of the things that the United States was dealing with back then, including slavery, forced removal of American Indians, and women being unable to vote.

Barro asks, “The issue is not that Santorum favors slavery or Indian removal—if prompted, I’m sure he would agree strongly that these were great evils. But how does somebody look at the history of American society and see a country that was more Godly under Andrew Jackson than it is today?”

Barro suggests the answer is by focusing on the rights and treatment of white, Christian men.

CNN caught up with Santorum later on Tuesday for a response to the article where Santorum states on video, “It’s absurd. I’m a person of faith. I believe in good and evil. I think if somehow or another because you’re a person of faith and you believe in good and evil is a disqualifier for president we’re going to have a very small pool of candidates who can run for president.” When pressed again he stated, “Guys, these are questions that are not relevant to what’s being discussed in America today. What we are talking about in America today is trying to get America growing. That’s what my speeches are about, that’s what we’re going to talk about in this campaign. If they want to dig up old speeches in talking to a religious group, they can go right ahead and do so. But, I’m going to stay on message and talk about things that Americans want to talk about which is creating jobs, getting our country safer and secure and yeah, you know, taking on the forces around this world that want to do harm to America.”

According to an article by Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor, “Sources who have known Santorum for some time told CNN that this is who Santorum is. He sees the world in black and white, good versus evil, they said.”

Stephen Colbert picked up on the remarks on “The Colbert Report” February 20. His comments as always in a comedic way aligned with Santorum’s CNN response of “taking on the forces around this world that want to do harm to America.”

Colbert said, “If Rick Santorum is the commander in chief, he will do what no other president has had the courage to do: declare war on hell. It’s simple: All we have to do is take our nuclear missiles out of their silos and put them back in upside-down.”

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