Santorum Victim of Reverse Religious Bigotry

SANTORUM CAMPAIGNED IN THE BUCKEYE STATE THIS PAST WEEKEND.

Rick Santorum has recently emerged as the front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. As such, the preferred candidate of Christian evangelical voters has become the target of President Obama’s reelection campaign.

While stumping in Ohio this past weekend, Santorum told supporters that the Democrat president is out of step with the mass of Americans.

“It’s not about you,” said the former Pennsylvania senator. “It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs.”

The president is driven by “some phony ideal,” said Santorum. “Some phony theology. Oh not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.”

Obama’s surrogates immediately pounced on the GOP front-runner’s remark, which they characterized as an attack on the president’s religious faith.

I can’t help but think that those remarks are well over the line,” Senior Obama Campaign Advisor Robert Gibbs harrumphed n “ABC This Week” yesterday. “It’s wrong. It’s destructive,” Gibbs added, for good measure.

But it’s the Obama campaign that was “wrong” in this case, as reported by Jan Crawford for CBS News.

The president’s attack dogs hit Santorum hard, she attested, “for something he didn’t really even say.” The Republican wasn’t commenting on Obama’s religion, wrote Crawford, he “was criticizing the president’s liberal environmental views.”

The Obama reelection seeks to portray Santorum, a Christian evangelical, as some sort of religious extremist, which is an insult to the millions of Americans who share the former senator’s faith.

Such reverse bigotry has no place in the presidential race. The Obama reelection campaign owes Santorum an apology.

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