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Santorum's moral relativism should play well in South Carolina

Religious ConflictsCivil UnrestRick SantorumEthicsRepublican Party

Never mind Rick Santorum's flexibility on abortion, which columnist Thomas Schaller cited in questioning the GOP presidential primary contender's morality ("Rick Santorum's moral flexibility," Jan. 11). It's the candidate's profession of "pro-life" credentials one day, and his declared eagerness to wage war on Iran the next, that reveals his shirt-sleeve morality for what it really is.

Mr. Santorum's expedient moral relativism, which values unborn fetuses above the victims of U.S. ordnance abroad, is another manifestation of the myopia about war's horror that many Americans share. We're prone to treat the prospect of war cavalierly, as just another policy option, rather than as a Pandora's box of chaos and evil.

Expect more of the same during the run-up to the Jan. 12 Republican primary in South Carolina, a state chock full of so-called evangelical "Christians" whose pro-choice ardor is matched only by their worship of military might.

John G. Bailey, Edgemere

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