Saturday 27 May 2017

John Crown: Santorum should be careful what he wishes for. . .

Secularism gives minorities a chance to thrive. Others are far less fortunate, says John Crown

Rick Santorum is in a predicament of the most exceptional awkwardness.

The devoutly Roman Catholic US Republican presidential candidate hopeful is desperately courting the mainly southern and mid-western conservative vote, a constituency which is disproportionately evangelical Protestant and historically, anti-Catholic.

While fundamentalist Catholics and Protestants in America increasingly put the more mediaevalist of their theological differences to one side in the pursuit of common sexual and reproductive policies, one of Santorum's biggest advantages is the fact that the Republican front-runner -- Mitt Romney -- is a Mormon. Many evangelicals regard the Mormon 'Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' as a non-Christian cult.

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