Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, February 26th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 32 Comments
Although I seriously doubt that he’s going to win the Republican presidential nomination, you have to give Rick Santorum this much. The guy’s pissed off the right people:
Some leaders of mainline Protestant denominations, meanwhile, are fuming over Santorum’s accusation that their churches have “gone from the world of Christianity.’’
“It is upsetting and kind of bizarre that a candidate has gone out of his way to question the faith of about a quarter of the US population,’’ said Bonnie Anderson, the president of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church. Speaking as the top elected lay leader of the worldwide church and a member of a Michigan congregation, Anderson said, “People are tired of seeing faith used as a political weapon, and Mr. Santorum might want to ask himself whether he and other politicians are contributing to this problem. I think it is very possible that he is.’’
In taking on mainline Protestant churches, Santorum risks alienating a large group of people who include many general election swing voters. White mainline Protestants make up 18 percent of the US population, and historically African-American Protestant churches account for 7 percent, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Evangelicals make up 26 percent, Catholics are 24 percent, and Mormons and Jews are each 1.7 percent, the survey found.
Really, Bonnie? A quarter of the US population? Have you got an entirely different United States stashed away somewhere that you’re not telling anybody about? Because that statement is just dumb is what that statement is.
I’ve got news for you, B. You can make a far more plausible case declaring that a quarter of the US population consists of ex-mainline Protestants. Know why that is?
I don’t know about anybody else but the only thing 2003 did for this former Episcopalian was to confirm something I’d learned a decade or two before but had been trying avoid confronting. Namely, that the Episcopal Organization will never let a minor detail like the Bible get in the way of its intended social goals.
It’s like this, B. You and I no longer regard the Word of God in the same way. That’s your right, you can “interpret” the Scriptures any way you like. But when your unique interpretation flies in the face of the teaching of the entire Church, it’s emminently safe to assume that you and I no longer share the same religion.
If that’s tough for you to hear, that’s not Senator Santorum’s problem. He just used much blunter language to say what a lot of us figured out a long time ago. Suck it up and deal with it.