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Santorum sorta kinda clarifies his remarks on Obama’s “phony theology”

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Even though Rick Santorum's new front-runner status essentially marks him as the Zack Morris of the GOP (I think it's the baby face/sweater vest combo), the dude has been having a pretty tough week. He recently caught some flak after billionaire supporter Foster Friess suggested that women should hold an aspirin between their knees as a form of birth control, and he's most recently come under fire for some remarks he made at a Columbus Tea Party rally yesterday, where he claimed that President Obama's political agenda is based on "some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology." Now, Santorum is inserting his precious little baby toes into his mouth by stating that his remarks were intended to question the President's "worldview," not his faith.

During an interview with Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation this Sunday, Santorum clarified his comments, which many interpreted as an attack on the legitimacy of Obama's Christian beliefs. "I've repeatedly said I don't question the president's faith," Santorum told Schieffer (presumably forgetting about that one time in 2008 when he, um, actually did just that). "I've repeatedly said that I believe the president's Christian — he says he's Christian. But I am talking about his worldview, the way he addresses problems in this country, and they're different than most people in America."

Santorum then went on to add that his comments were directed at "radical environmentalists" and their idea that the Earth's resources must be carefully preserved, which he says is reinforced by presidential policy. "I think that is a phony ideal. I don't believe that's what we're here to do… we're not here to serve the earth. That is not the objective. Man is the objective." 

So just to clarify: Rick Santorum does not think President Obama is lying about being a Christian, so don't expect him to be challenging the President to his idea of a nationally televised Christian-off any time soon (which I assume would involve an Apache relay of self-righteous rhetoric, followed by a lightning round of "VeggieTales" trivia). Good to know, I guess.