Political campaigns are not theological. It is dangerous to make them so. You get people turning fundamentally political arguments into theological disputes, and you’re not far from the darker impulses that lead to the bastinado and a very dire St. Bartholomew’s Day. That Rick Santorum is willing to do this, like a child giggling with a blowtorch, is reason enough to disqualify him ever from a position of secular power. The rhetoric he has adopted comes from a history charred by fire, and sodden with blood.
[esquire.com/Charles P. Pierce/20 feb 2012]