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From The Best Schools: US prez hopeful Rick Santorum’s religious language

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(We’ve been following the Rick Santorum campaign because he had an ID-friendly rider added to the No Child Left Behind Act and has managed to stay afloat in the Republican nomination race, despite many announcements of the death of his campaign.)

James Barham writes:

“As a self-professed atheist, I am shocked, shocked that a devout Catholic should believe in Satan. How dare he take his own faith seriously?

But no doubt Dowd would say the question is not Santorum’s faith, but rather his use of blatantly religious language in the public square.

Why, then, as an atheist, am I not offended?

The reason is very simple. I recognize that my own views on the reality of good and evil are pretty abstract and hardly the sort of reasons that most people would give for why they too believe in an objective moral order.

More importantly, I also recognize that religious language is a natural vehicle for moral discussion.”

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3 Responses to From The Best Schools: US prez hopeful Rick Santorum’s religious language

  1. It might interest readers of UD to know that Rick Santorum wrote the foreword to the Festschrift volume of Phil Johnson that I did, titled DARWIN’S NEMESIS. It would be interesting to see what he does with ID if he becomes president.

  2. “Why, then, as an atheist, am I not offended?

    The reason is very simple. I recognize that my own views on the reality of good and evil are pretty abstract and hardly the sort of reasons that most people would give for why they too believe in an objective moral order.”

    Well I don’t find that it’s necessarily atheists who are offended by Santorum’s religious language, but those who call themselves “Progressives.” Some of them are atheists, but a lot of them are church-going Christians. Some of them go to left-leaning Christian colleges where it’s often not politically correct (and sometimes forbidden) to talk about Christianity for fear of offending the diverse culture.

  3. I think candidate is fairly honest open mindedness compared to most of those out there and so it is no surprise to me that he has decided to look at ID on its own terms and merits as opposed to those set out by its opponents.

    ID only helps to open up the minds of students to issues regarding the evolutionary material already being taught. Therefore, ID is inherently educational. Unfortunately, it is clear that it is this very openmindedness which ID brings that the establishment wants to stop because ID opens up the door to the probability of a higher governing intelligence and authority than their own. This is of course uncomfortable and problematic for any self righteous governing authority such as the NAS…

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