6.25 million Americans watched the New Hampshire Republican Debate on Saturday January 7th. Unfortunately those 6.25 million Americans heard the verbal diarrhea Rick Santorum spewed out of his mouth when he answered David Gregory’s question, “if America has lived with a nuclear Soviet Union, we have come to live with a nuclear North Korea, why is it that we cannot live with a nuclear Iran?”
Santorum responded in verbatim: “They’re a — they’re a theocracy. They’re a theocracy that has deeply embedded beliefs that — that the afterlife is better than this life. President Ahmadinejad has repeatedly said the principle virtue of the Islamic Republic of Iran is martyrdom. So when your principle virtue is to die for your — for Allah, then it’s not a deterrent to have a nuclear threat, if they would use a nuclear weapon. It is, in fact, an encouragement for them to use their nuclear weapon. And that’s why there’s a difference between the Soviet Union and China and others and Iran.”
* Three things:
2) The man who would turn America into a theocracy in a second if he had the power, thinks there’s something dangerous about theocracies?
3) There is nothing wrong with dying for the sake of God. Even in secular societies people die for what they think is important.
Moreover, if he thinks valuing the hereafter more than this life is dangerous and is strictly a Mozlem thing, then I say he needs a reminder about his own religion.
Roman Catholicism depicts the earth as a “valley of tears”, which is full of sorrow, and will be left behind upon entering heaven. This is depicted in the hymn, Salve Regina, or Hail the Holy Queen, which Santorum, a devout Catholic, should know the first verse of:
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
But of course, the idea that the hereafter is better than this life is only dangerous when it originates from Islam.
Santorum also implied that people willing to die for their religion are hazardous. But isn’t that exactly what Santorum believes Jesus, peace be upon him, did? According to his own Roman Catholic faith, Jesus agonized through unthinkable suffering to die for everyone’s sins. Would Santorum ever say that the man he declares as his lord and savior is dangerous because he died for the sake of his religion? He definitely wouldn’t, which just shows Santorum shamelessly wears religion as lightly as a cap, and takes it on and off depending on the political climate.
Soldiers risk their lives for their country, parents risk their lives for their children, people risk their lives for political revolution. Those who put an honorable cause before their own lives are revered and respected. And those who struggle in an honorable cause for their Lord’s sake makes them even more honorable because that is form of worship – what mankind was put on earth to do. Those with faith rooted deep in their hearts – whether they are Muslim, Christian, or Jewish – are the ones who risk their lives for the sake of God. And with that is a promising reward.