As NewsBusters reported Tuesday, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller said on MSNBC's Morning Joe, "Sometimes [Rick] Santorum sounds like he's creeping up on a Christian version of Sharia law."
In response to this nonsense, the Republican presidential candidate told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt later that day, "This is the intolerance of the Left. If you have religious beliefs that they don’t believe in, then they marginalize you" (video follows with partial transcript):
RICK SANTORUM: This is the intolerance of the Left. If you have religious beliefs that they don’t believe in, then they marginalize you. You have to shut up about it. You can’t talk about those things, and if you do, we’re going to marginalize you. And by the way, under President Obama, if you have religious beliefs we don’t agree with, we’re going to dictate to you that you have to change those and conform to what the government thinks is your right.
See, I think people of all religious beliefs have a right to go out and voice their concerns about public policy and express those in a public square and it’s okay. You know, the idea that my religious beliefs disqualify me now from holding public life is exactly the opposite from what our Constitution laid out and what the first amendment is.
You know, if you look at my track record, we’ve had a very strong and consistent record standing up for conservative principles that made America great and not taking, you know, every religious item that one religion or another teaches and trying to put it into law. Just the opposite, we want a very tolerant and open society that allows people of different points of view to be able to express those and to be able to live their lives in conformity with them.
For the full interview please visit Breitbart TV.