WASHINGTON - Challenging US President Barack Obama's Christian beliefs, Republican presidential aspirant has said that the American leader's policies were not based on the Bible.
Obama's agenda is "not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs, Santorum told supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement at a Columbus hotel on Saturday, February 18, Reuters reported.
It's about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology."
Santorum, who seeks to win the Republican nomination to run against Obama in this year's election, said Obama's values run against those of Christianity.
"He is imposing his values on the Christian church, he said.
He can categorize those values anyway he wants. I'm not going to."
A devout Roman Catholic, Santorum is a frontrunner along with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for the Republican ticket.
Santorum is increasingly seen as a champion for evangelical Christians in fights with Democrats over contraception and gay marriage.
Santorum was endorsed by evangelical leaders last month as the favorite Republican candidate to run against Obama.
Evangelicals have long been the most faithful Republican supporters, with 37 percent of all Republican and Republican-leaning voters being evangelical Protestants.
They played a pivotal role in tilting the scales in former president George W. Bush's favor in his 2004 re-election bid.
The White House aspirant insisted that Obama holds different moral values.
"You may want to call it a theology, you may want to call it secular values," Santorum said in a press conference held on Saturday.
"Whatever you want to call it. . . it is a different set of moral values that they are imposing on people who have a constitutional right to have their own values within the church."
The former Pennsylvania senator said that the US president has reached a low in this country's history of oppressing religious freedom that we have never seen before."
Asked if he believes Obama is less of a Christian than someone such as himself, Santorum said that "no one is suggesting that."
"In the Christian church there are a lot of different stripes of Christianity. . . . I'm just saying he's imposing his values on the church and I think that's wrong.
Asked whether he disagrees with Obama when he calls himself a Christian, Santorum said, "If the president says he's a Christian, he's a Christian."
He argued that liberals on "the left" have been imposing their own moral code on Americans for quite some time.
"You can call it a theology, you can call it a moral code, you can call it a world view," he said.
"They want to impose [that] on everybody else while they insist and complain that somehow or another people of Judeo Christian faith are intolerant of their new moral code."
At a campaign appearance in Florida last month, Santorum declined to correct a voter who called Obama, a Christian, an "avowed Muslim."Santorum told CNN after that incident, "I don't feel it's my obligation every time someone says something I don't agree with to contradict them, and the president's a big boy, he can defend himself."
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net