(We’ve been following the Rick Santorum campaign because he had an ID-friendly rider added to the No Child Left Behind Act and has managed to stay afloat in the Republican nomination race, despite many announcements of the death of his campaign.)
James Barham writes:
“As a self-professed atheist, I am shocked, shocked that a devout Catholic should believe in Satan. How dare he take his own faith seriously?
But no doubt Dowd would say the question is not Santorum’s faith, but rather his use of blatantly religious language in the public square.
Why, then, as an atheist, am I not offended?
The reason is very simple. I recognize that my own views on the reality of good and evil are pretty abstract and hardly the sort of reasons that most people would give for why they too believe in an objective moral order.
More importantly, I also recognize that religious language is a natural vehicle for moral discussion.”