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Santorum: GOP Should Follow Pope’s Example to Gain Followers.


It’s possible to believe in your principles and still gain public support, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says.

Santorum told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that both Pope Francis and conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have won over followers without changing their position on social issues, and Republicans can do the same.

“We’ve done a very bad job of connecting with working Americans, and we’re out there in a very stressful time in American history,” Santorum said during a round table during the news program. “People are full of fear and anxiety about their future, and we’re out there talking about cutting things.”

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And while Santorum favors reducing the size of government and taxes, he said the issue is not simply about what’s going to be cut.

“When your whole answer is, ‘I’m going to cut your benefits, I’m going to cut taxes for rich people,’ you’re not cutting it with average people. And that to me is the real missing link here.”

But if Republicans would talk more like Pope Francis, maybe they would be more successful in attracting the followers they need to win races, argued Santorum, a devout Roman Catholic.

“Pope Francis hasn’t changed one doctrine of the Catholic Church, but he’s getting four times the crowds,” he said. “Why? Because of the way he’s communicating to the average person out there. We need to learn some lessons of who is out there actually trying to reach average folks . . . because average working Americans feel disconnected to this president.”

Santorum, who placed fifth in a straw poll of potential presidential candidates at this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference, went on to tell Wallace that he’s refusing to comment on whether he’s planning to run for president again. He said he’s holding off on answering that question until after this year’s midterm elections.

However, he admitted, “I will be in Iowa and New Hampshire this month.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Time to Stand Up to Gay Censors.


Michael Brown
Michael Brown

Since we all agree, as followers of Jesus, that bullying is wrong, it’s time we stand up to the gay bullies who are trying to put us in the closet and take away our freedoms of speech, conscience and religion.

Consider for a moment that Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty could have said in his GQ interview, “I think you’ve got to be crazy to be a polygamist,” or, “In my opinion, polyamory is just another word for adultery,” or, “A man who sleeps with lots of different women is no better than an animal,” and there would have been no reaction from A&E and no outcry from the gay censors.

Consider also that his comments about pre-entitlement black Americans were considered highly offensive by many, but these comments did not prompt A&E to take action, as I pointed out in my interview on Piers Morgan. (If you missed the interview, I encourage you to take 15 minutes to watch.)

Rather, it was comments about homosexuality that crossed the forbidden line, comments that, when read in context, although crude, simply expressed biblical perspectives. And that was more than gay censors like GLAAD and the HRC could tolerate.

The truth is that GLAAD has been on a campaign for years to censor all opposing viewpoints, as I noted in March 2012: “This sums up the duplicity of GLAAD: It urges the media to beware of conservative Christian leaders like [the late] Chuck Colson, Maggie Gallagher, and Tony Perkins [and me too!], even calling on CNN to ban some of them from appearing on their shows, and then gives its first Outstanding Blog award to the JoeMyGod website, famous for entries like this one … [stating that] ‘God is SUPER busy killing babies and giving people cancer.’ And this earns praise from GLAAD. …

“And for those who claim that GLAAD is not trying to engage in censorship, note well that at the end of 2010, GLAAD launched a petition drive urging ‘CNN to Make a New Year’s Resolution: Keep Away From the Anti-Gay Industry.’ Yes, said GLAAD, ‘It’s time for outlets to finally drop several hundred pounds of unhealthy weight, which they’ve been carrying around for years, in the form of anti-gay activists. … CNN and the rest of the media are doing nothing but exposing their viewers to dangerous anti-gay rhetoric when they invite members of these anti-gay groups onto their programming. Starting in 2011, this needs to stop.’”

GLAAD even asks its constituents to alert them if people like me (or Jim Daly of Focus on the Family or psychiatrist and Fox News contributor Keith Ablow or political consultant Gary Bauer or Princeton professor Robert George, among many others) appear on the mainstream media.

GLAAD is undeniably in the business of censorship, which is why I believe they should be called the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Disagreement rather than the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Most recently, GLAAD commended comedian Bob Newhart for canceling a scheduled appearance at a Catholic businessmen’s event sponsored by the Legatus Summit.

According to GLAAD, “It is possible that Newhart, like many people were unaware that Legatus was such a rabid anti-LGBT organization. The organization was created by former Domino’s Pizza CEO, Thomas Monaghan, for Roman Catholic businesspeople, and membership is only available to top level executives.”

Yes, the Legatus Summit’s website states that it was established to “bring together the three key areas of a Catholic business leader’s life—Faith, Family and Business—connecting two powerful realities, the challenge of top-tier business leadership and a religious tradition second to none.” How utterly nefarious!

The website also states, “Undergirded by their parish and diocesan life and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Legatus nurtures an interior transformation as members grow in their love for Christ and fidelity to the teachings of his Church. They become genuine ambassadors who study, live and spread the Catholic faith.”

And GLAAD commends Newhart for canceling his scheduled appearance. How dare he crack jokes for committed Catholics!

Even more remarkably, GLAAD’s actions come at a time when the Advocate, the flagship gay publication, named Pope Francis its man of the year for his softer tone toward gays.

But this was not good enough for GLAAD, which represents the new face of “tolerance” and “diversity,” the face of unabashed censorship in the name of gay rights.

This censorship and bullying will only get worse unless we make a determination to stand for what is right and speak the truth in love, regardless of cost or consequence, recognizing that our strategy of appeasement (which has often been a cover-up for our spinelessness and fear of man) has failed miserably.

The reality is that in the last 12 months, it is not just private individuals who have been punished for refusing to bow the knee to gay activism or for speaking out of turn, but also public figures like Dr. Ben Carsonpastor Louie Giglio, and Sen. Rick Santorum. (In case you missed what happened with Mr. Santorum, in April, a Michigan high school canceled his speaking appearance out of concern that he would address same-sex marriage, eventually agreeing to let him speak with the caveat that students could only attend with parental permission [!]. In stark contrast, Bible-bashing, gay-sex-exalting speakers like Dan Savage are hailed as heroes in our schools and campuses, given carte blanche to talk about the most vile subjects to our young people.)

Now the gay censors have tried to bully the ultrapopular (and, yes, backwoods, Bible-thumping) Phil Robertson, which for many finally means that enough is enough, a conclusion which is long overdue.

It really is high time that we draw a line in the sand and refuse to capitulate or bow down, following the Jesus principle that we find our lives by losing them (Matt. 10:39).

This does not require name-calling or rightwing rhetoric or anger on our part. To the contrary, “Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” (James 1:20, NIV).

Rather, our stand for righteousness requires a heart in tune with the Lord and His Word, a life of personal purity without hypocrisy, and a genuine love for LGBT individuals, whose lives we protect and defend even while stating that homosexual practice is sin, that gay marriage is not truly marriage, and that God has a better way.

We really have no choice, and, as I’ve said many times before, either we stand up and do what is right today or we apologize to our kids and grandkids tomorrow.

What will it be?

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Michael Brown is author of Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire on the Salem Radio Network. He is also president of FIRE School of Ministry and director of the Coalition of Conscience. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or at @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.

Santorum: Assault on Religious Freedoms Will Continue.


Those who choose to seek medical care or work at a Catholic hospital should expect the facility to abide by church teachings, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum tells Newsmax.

In an exclusive interview, Santorum addressed the hoopla surrounding a recent federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its ethical guidelines for Roman Catholic hospitals.

The ACLU accuses the bishops of negligence for failing to offer a pregnant woman in premature labor the option of terminating her pregnancy as a lifesaving measure. The woman survived, but her baby died within hours of the birth.

Without speaking on the merits of the ACLU case, Santorum blasted American justices “over the course of many, many years” for the “drum beat of assault on religion in this country.”

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Most Catholic hospitals are located in major cities that offer other options for patients or workers who may not agree with church doctrine, according to Santorum, a practicing Catholic who has been outspoken about what he believes are unconstitutional mandates barring biblical teachings in the public arena.

Should there be a situation where a Catholic facility is the only option, accommodations should be made, he added.

The implementation of Obamacare has raised the ire of the Catholic hierarchy, who feel that it’s beyond the government’s scope to dictate how the church can incorporate its religious beliefs into its hospitals, which comprise 13 percent of American medical facilities. Mergers between Catholic and secular hospitals have muddied the waters further.

The courts have failed to understand the importance of faith as a vital factor in maintaining a free and democratic society, Santorum says, and the chipping away of religious freedoms will continue.

“America is about freedom of religion, not freedom from religion,” he told Newsmax.

“It is an attempt by those who don’t agree with those biblical principles to banish that type of thought from the public arena and even from our schools and from any aspect outside of the church walls itself. That is contrary to everything America has stood for.”

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced it would hear arguments in the cases of two businesses — Hobby Lobby, a Christian arts and crafts chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which is owned by a Mennonite family — that argue that they should not be forced to pay for the “morning after” pill as part of its insurance plan.

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By Melissa Clyne and John Bachman

Santorum: Religious Practice Does Not End at Church Door.


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By Audrey Hudson

The First Amendment’s guarantee for Americans to exercise religious freedom does not end at the church exit door and abortion foes should not have to pay for “morning after” pills under Obamacare, a leading pro-life advocate said Sunday.

The Supreme Court announced last week it will hear arguments from Conestoga Wood Specialties, which is owned by a Mennonite family, and Hobby Lobby, a Christian arts and craft chain, that they should not be forced to pay for the abortion pills in its insurance coverage.

“The idea that the First Amendment stops after you walk out of a church, that it doesn’t have anything to do with how you live the rest of your life, I don’t know very many people of faith who believe that their religion ends with just worship,” said Republican Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator.

“It ends in how you practice and live that faith. And now what President Obama is saying is ‘No, once you step outside that church door, then I get to impose my values on you. Your religious values don’t matter anymore, it’s my values that I can impose on you,'” Santorum said.

“I don’t’ think that’s what the First Amendment stands for and I don’t think that is what the court will say,” Santorum said.

The former presidential contender made his comments on CNN’s “State of the Union,” which also featured former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean who made his own bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, arguing in defense of the new legal requirements under Obamacare.

“I don’t think the employers get to impose their religious beliefs on their employees, or any other beliefs for that matter,” Dean said.

“This idea that we can all pick and chose what we’re going to do is a tough idea,” Dean said.

In a heated exchange over the precise language of the First Amendment, Dean argued that individuals can exercise the freedom, but cannot force others to conform to their religious beliefs.

“But the government can force you to violate your own religion,” Santorum countered.

The review is the first legal challenge to be considered by the high court since it upheld key elements of Obamacare more than a year ago.

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Rick Santorum’s Film Studio Files Suit After Alleged ‘Campaign of Sabotage’ PDF.


 

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Rick Santorum was hired as EchoLight Studios’ CEO in June. (Facebook)

Dallas-based EchoLight Studios filed a lawsuit Sept. 30 against two recently terminated executives for what the Christian film production company calls a “campaign of sabotage.”

The suit was filed in Tarrant County (Texas) Court against two former executives—Christopher Morrow, who served as EchoLight’s chief global strategist, and Bobby Downes, who was president of the company. The executives were fired in late September by former U.S. senator and Republican presidential nominee Rick Santorum, who was hired as the company’s CEO in June.

The suit alleges that Morrow and Downes colluded to damage EchoLight’s reputation by making negative comments to the company’s partners and licensors, as well as hijacking its corporate Facebook account last weekend. The filing further claims that Morrow refused to turn over financial documents for an upcoming film—Hoovey, the story of a high school basketball player with a brain tumor, which received $1 million in studio money.

“At least two other partners/licensors of important EchoLight movie projects have communicated their desire to end their business relationship with EchoLight,” the lawsuit states.

The company seeks damages and an injunction against the former executives for breach of contract, conversion and breach of fiduciary duty, according to Courthouse News Service.

Despite the lawsuit and the issues that led to its filing, the studio’s leadership remains optimistic.

“EchoLight Studios is in a positive position and we are growing and expanding every day,” a spokeswoman for the company said.

Echolight’s recent DVD releases include UndauntedWelcome to ParadiseBeyond the Heavens and 25 Hill. The studio is planning red-carpet premieres of The Christmas Candle in Dallas and Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 21, with a national release in November.

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Some Skip Conservative Conference, Cite DC Work.


Republicans’ divisions over the best tactics to use in Washington were apparent Saturday as more than a thousand conservatives gathered in the Midwest for a day-long pep rally with politicians and activists.

The regional Conservative Political Action Conference featured fiery rhetoric against taxes and the federal Affordable Care Act, signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama. It also included calls for conservatives to unite instead of fight among themselves.

The event was headlined by a pair of former presidential candidates — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. But many of the U.S. senators and representatives who had been scheduled to speak canceled at the last moment. Convention organizers said the lawmakers stayed in Washington, where they face a midnight Monday deadline to pass a funding plan to avert a partial government shutdown.

The lone U.S. senator to show up at the event sponsored by the American Conservative Union was Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. He received a standing ovation for aiding Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in this past week’s unsuccessful filibuster against funding for the federal health care law.

“We must assert our rights to live in a land that’s free from an oppressive, distant national government,” Lee said. But he later told the conservative crowd, “We need to remember there’s more that unites us than divides us.”

Others were far less conciliatory toward those who don’t strictly adhere to conservative principals.

“Republican elected officials who vote for tax increases are rat heads in a Coke bottle,” declared Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Louisiana state Sen. Elbert Guillory, who switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in May, referred to Obama as “the head termite” who is “destroying the fiscal integrity of this nation.”

American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas opened the event by praising Cruz’s filibuster and said conservatives are done “playing nice.”

“Conservatives are angry and rightly so,” Cardenas said. “We’re witnessing the first generation of Americans who instead of asking what they can do for America are far too eager to meekly accept liberal blandishments of what America can do for them.”

For Perry and Santorum, the conservative political conference marked their second appearance in the past month in Missouri, a traditional swing state that has increasingly leaned GOP in presidential elections. Santorum also spoke two weeks ago in Kansas City at a Republican leadership event.

Perry came to the St. Louis area last month to denounce Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of an income tax cut and recruit businesses to Texas. The governor, who isn’t running for re-election in 2014, arrived at the CPAC convention a day early to watch the St. Louis Cardinals and hold a Missouri press conference touting his creation of a nonprofit group focused on spreading his message of lower taxes and less government regulation.

Perry, noting he lived in Missouri 1969, sidestepped questions Saturday about whether he was laying the groundwork for a potential 2016 presidential bid. He steadily criticized Obama but not fellow Republicans.

“Obamacare is a failure before it even gets out of the gate. So defund it,” Perry told reporters. But he also said: “I don’t think anybody thinks that shutting down the government is a good option.”

Santorum said Republicans need to adopt new tactics — not new positions — if they are to defeat Democrats in national elections.

“We tell the American public that we are right, and we prove it to them by numbers, facts and figures,” Santorum said. “They tell the American public they understand, they relate and they care. … Like it or not, the best communicator, the best storyteller, that’s who wins.”

 

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Santorum: Christie Would Face Uphill Climb for GOP Nomination.


Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who is mulling another run for the White House in 2016, said he believes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will face an uphill climb if he decides to seek the GOP presidential nomination.

“Chris is a good man. For a Republican in New Jersey, he’s done a good job in the state of New Jersey,” Santorum told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

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“But he’s clearly not someone who is in the center of the Republican Party nationally and, as a result of that, he’s got a much more difficult task to make.”

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Earlier, Santorum said on Fox News that he’s still in the “thinking-about-it” stage of a 2016 run.

Santorum also told Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg that he is puzzled by House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s claim that Republicans have offered no alternatives to Obamacare.

“Newt has a lot of ideas about what healthcare is and as far as I’ve checked he’s still a Republican and there’s a lot of folks including me who thinks he’s got some pretty good ideas,” Santorum said of his 2012 political rival for the GOP nomination.

“A lot of Republicans have good ideas on how to move forward into a more free market, private sector healthcare system … There are ways in which we can structure the free market to allow for better patient care for high quality care and lower cost.”

The former Pennsylvania lawmaker said he understands Gingrich’s remark at the Republican National Committee summer meeting that the GOP is “caught up right now in a culture” where — “as long as we are negative, as long as we are vicious, as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to worry, so we don’t. This is a very deep problem.”

Santorum told Malzberg: “He is right in that being negative only is not an answer. If that’s his point, OK, point given, you have to propose alternatives. But don’t say that there aren’t alternatives and don’t say people don’t propose alternatives.

“A legitimate criticism is we don’t highlight alternatives as much as we do but when you’re a minority party — as he well knows because he served in the minority for a long time and had lots of ideas that nobody knew about until he became speaker.

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“So a part of that is just the reality of being a minority party and not having the opportunity to have your ideas get aired.”

Santorum is also worried about the ideological differences that have caused major rifts between ultra-conservatives, conservative, moderates, and liberals within the Republican Party.

“The whole foundation of the Republican Party from the very beginning in 1856 in its first convention was the dignity of every human life and that dignity of every human life is the foundation of which all of our policies are built,” he said.

“Respect for human life and respect for the dignity of persons economically, socially, in a family life, and, when we jettison that, then we jettison a whole foundation. We jettison the family is the basic building block of society and we say, well, marriage and the family are not that important. It’s just sort of one of many other lifestyles.”

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