Rick Santorum appears to be trying to hold Mitt Romney’s feet to the fire. He’s keeping his pledge to support the nominee, and so talked to KARK news in Arkansas about what he thinks Governor Romney will have to do to defeat Barack Obama. He did not mention that Governor Romney has said he supports state laws allowing gay adoption. Rather, he said that Governor Romney has to tell the American people what his values are and that his values have to reflect those of the American people if he is to have any hope of being elected. I’m one of those people who remain unconvinced that Romney is any better than Barack Obama on religious freedom. WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE.
Rick Santorum is following through on his commitment to unconditionally support the man the Republican Party wants to be president. I have made no such pledge. It is my hope that Rick will continue to hold Mitt Romney’s feet to the fire on this, and other issues. As for me, having made no pledge, I cannot sit back and wait for Mitt Romney to decide whether he’s going to defend the First Amendment in defiance of the donors pulling his string when he has so clearly stated, by supporting state laws allowing gay adoption and failing to fight back against the “gay rights” agenda, that he is not interested in doing the right thing.
In my view, Mitt Romney remains just as much of a threat to the Church as Barack Obama is, and he will continue to remain so as long as he sends olive branches to the “gay rights” movement. Rick may be able to convince him to do the right thing, but the only leverage I have is to withdraw my vote from those who refuse to defend the freedom of the Church. Rick Santorum is not refusing to defend the freedom of the Church. Mitt Romney is. Supporting laws at any level that obstruct that freedom is a refusal.
No state has the authority to deny the First Amendment.