Santorum: Separation Of Church And State Not ‘Absolute’

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of Church and state is absolute,” Rick Santorum said Sunday on ABC’s This Week, explaining why JFK’s famous speech on the matter made him want to “throw up.”

The GOP presidential candidate continued: “The idea that the Church can have no influence and no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country. This is the First Amendment. The First Amendment says the free exercise of religion — that means bringing in everybody, people of faith and no faith into the public square.”

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