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Rick Santorum says he was not questioning Obama’s faith with ‘phony theology’ remark

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GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he accepts that President Obama is a Christian and was not questioning his faith when he said at an Ohio Christian Alliance luncheon on Saturday that Obama supports a “phony theology, not a theology based on the Bible.”

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During an interview Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” the former Pennsylvania senator said he was talking about “radical environmentalists” who “have a worldview that elevates the Earth above man and says that we can’t take those resources, because we’re going to harm the Earth by things that frankly are just not scientifically proven.” He pointed to the debate over global climate change as an example.

Santorum added that “this is just all an attempt to centralize power and to give more power to the government.”

He dismissed the suggestion that he was attempting to raise questions about Obama’s religion.

“I've repeatedly said that I believe the president is a Christian. He says he is a Christian,” Santorum said. “But I am talking about his worldview or his — the way he approaches problems in this country. And I think they're different than how most people do in America.”

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