Here's a little reminder for Presidents Day.
What Mr. Santorum appears not to understand is how tricky it is in our polity to discuss whether, or what kind of, Christian the president is, or what constitutes his theology. The United States Constitution does not impose a religious test on persons assuming the presidency. If there were such a test, it is highly doubtful that
In fact, and it is tiresome to have to repeat this for people who ought to know better, the United States is a secular republic. Its foundational documents, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, make no mention of Jesus, and that is not an accident.The Founders knew from experience of the Church of England what the operation of a state church was like, and they were having none of it.
People who think that because America houses many Christians it ought to be a formally Christian nation have a great deal of history and law to throw over the side to achieve their goal.*
Mr. Obama's theology would become a public issue if he were to attempt to enshrine it in the statutes, an attempt that would have to get past the Congress and the Supreme Court. Should Mr. Santorum assume the presidency and attempt to legislate his theological views, he would face the same checks and balances. And the public.