Rick Santorum to speak in metro Atlanta on Sunday

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum will make his first post-surge appearance in Georgia at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday when he speaks at a “God and Country” rally at First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Ga.

From the state’s most prominent Santorum supporter:

“Senator Santorum’s message seems to be getting traction with Georgians,” said Tim Echols, chairman of the state Public Service Commission. “We are excited to have him come into Atlanta and speak about his faith and values at First Redeemer Church this Sunday night.”

Here’s the thing: Last month, the Rev. Richard Lee, pastor of First Redeemer, was identified as a supporter of Newt Gingrich. Lee was an attendee of that meeting in Texas last month, and was a major supporter of Mike Huckabee in 2008.

Santorum also has a Gwinnett event on Sunday, but we’re still waiting for details.

This will compete directly with Newt Gingrich’s weekend of campaigning in the state.

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- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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246 comments Add your comment

Cutty

February 15th, 2012
10:21 pm

Don’t have a problem with churches making political endorsements. They should be paying taxes because of such actions however.

Elvira

February 15th, 2012
10:28 pm

Will he be speaking in tungues.

td

February 15th, 2012
10:30 pm

Really Jim, another blog where all these secular humanist can spend 100 post bashing religion.

Elvira

February 15th, 2012
10:34 pm

td,

Shouldn’t you be doing some religious self flogging and ironing your hairshirt.

Centrist

February 15th, 2012
10:37 pm

td posted “Really Jim, another blog where all these secular humanist can spend 100 post bashing religion.”

Nah, not this one.

No Longer Republican

February 15th, 2012
10:39 pm

I can understand the appeal Romney may have for some folks. I can understand why people might support Paul or even Gingrich. But for the life of me I cannot understand how ANYONE

No Longer Republican

February 15th, 2012
10:41 pm

anyone with a brain could support Santorum. We need forward thinkers with ideas and plans to make this country better. Not someone who still thinks like they did 50 years ago. He is too late for his mindset. It is long gone. We need solutions, not religious zealots.

Centrist

February 15th, 2012
10:42 pm

Let me finish that post – would read anything I write when it is obvious to ALL that I was NEVER a Republican.

MrLiberty

February 15th, 2012
10:44 pm

Will he be asking forgiveness for his sin of voting for massive increases in govenrment spending, raising the debt ceiling 4 times, raising his own salary several times, voting for war in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. his support for Arlen Spector, and every other so-called liberal stand he has taken over the years??

I’m sure he won’t be mentioning that Ron Paul opposed all of those votes and has been the only consistent conservative in congress for several decades. Ron Paul 2012. I wish I was able to head to Washington DC along with the tens of thousands of veterans who will be holding a rally and march in support of Ron Paul and his great foreign policy positions on the 20th. I wonder why it is that veterans and active duty military folks give more money to Ron Paul’s campaign than all other republican candidates combined (well documented fact, so don’t ask me to prove it – ABC, NBC, FOX, etc. along with the FEC website).

Ok I'll play along

February 15th, 2012
10:53 pm

seems the self proclaimed “progressive conservative” is going with the only group that will listen to him. He’s socially conservative but that’s about it. carry on…

Look before I leap...

February 15th, 2012
10:54 pm

@td

Well you are welcome to spend time defending religion.
Isn’t that the cross you all bear?
Posting in a blog is easy duty, think of the Christians in the Roman Empire who had to make their argument while facing lions and tigers in the Colosseum.

td

February 15th, 2012
10:55 pm

No Longer Republican

February 15th, 2012
10:41 pm

So let me get this correct, wanting to make this country strong again by reducing single parent households is bad for America? Wanting to return to a moral base that has everyone respecting each other, women and having a common moral compass is bad for America?

Well if this is true I personally do not want any part of your vision for America.

td

February 15th, 2012
11:00 pm

Look before I leap…

February 15th, 2012
10:54 pm

I shall defend the best path for America until the day I die. One would think that talking about, maybe Obama’s budget, would be a little more productive. But alas, this is Jim’s blog and he gets to choose the subject matter.

Look before I leap...

February 15th, 2012
11:03 pm

@td

Do you think two parent households guarantee a better America?

Look before I leap...

February 15th, 2012
11:07 pm

td

February 15th, 2012
11:00 pm

Look before I leap…

February 15th, 2012
10:54 pm

I shall defend the best path for America until the day I die. One would think that talking about, maybe Obama’s budget, would be a little more productive. But alas, this is Jim’s blog and he gets to choose the subject matter.

Well the idea of “best path” is pretty darned subjective, dontcha think?
Obama’s budget is not going to have a long-lasting impact on the ultimate direction of humanity.
It IS Jim’s blog and he does get to choose the topic.
Don’t like it, stop reading/posting or better yet, start your own.

Real Athens

February 15th, 2012
11:21 pm

TD:

“Wanting to return to a moral base that has everyone respecting each other …”

Do tell who you respect other than yourself, hypocrite.

I want no part of your theocracy.

ld

February 15th, 2012
11:21 pm

Churches should NOT be exempt from any tax any other entity must pay — they are SELLING their own brand of religion.

IF, but only if, their tax exemption status is removed should they have a right to get involved in the political process.

They want only one side of the separation of church and state — they want the government to give them a free ride on everything and impose no law upon them BUT

They want to control government — they’ve been far too involved in elections for quite a few years, and

No politition seems to have the stones to put a stop to this.

It is the “values voters” that are trying to impose their dogma on others that has some of the most devisive effect on the political process and governence.

There is NO individual liberty in a theocracy — only tyranny.

td

February 15th, 2012
11:27 pm

Real Athens

February 15th, 2012
11:21 pm

TD:

“Wanting to return to a moral base that has everyone respecting each other …”

Do tell who you respect other than yourself, hypocrite.

I want no part of your theocracy.

So I guess you think moral relativism created out of secular humanism is much better for the country?

honested

February 15th, 2012
11:29 pm

I’m going to start applying numbers to all of td’s nutcase stock answers.
It is hilarious to me that all of the world’s problems can be distilled into ‘cutting taxes’, ‘putting women on a pedestal’, ‘two parent households’ and ‘worshiping noots’ to name a few.

That said, for those in the metro area who think that gingrich or santorum has a chance at being the nominee for the losing party, you should get out more often. Only then would you find out what a belly laugh that notion is to the rest of the country (of course except SC).
So everyone race off to Cumming and crowd in close with sans-scrotum. If you listen to him for more than five minutes and your skin doesn’t begin to crawl, you should probably seek medical attention.

And a final note, ld, you are right again. Say it loud every day.

td

February 15th, 2012
11:31 pm

Look before I leap…

February 15th, 2012
11:03 pm

@td

Do you think two parent households guarantee a better America?

It can not be worse then what we have now. It is a proven fact in study after study that children of single parents are much more likely to do more worse in school then two parent households, they are more likely to commit crimes, do drugs and have to receive welfare in their lives.

honested

February 15th, 2012
11:34 pm

Are there so many people devoid of a sense of history to think that the only way to have a ‘moral base that has everyone respecting each other’ is to bow to a christian theocracy (as the late Molly Ivins used to say, shiiite baptists).

Many civilizations came and went before a bunch of confused nomads in the Eastern Mediterranean invented god. Many civilizations have flowered since without interference from the ‘one way’ crowd.

IF one of the basic tenents is ‘personal acceptance’ what value do you gain from attempting to forcefully impose this nonsense on those who have read the book but don’t accept the superstition?

jumping jack flash

February 15th, 2012
11:34 pm

Santorum is just the latest donut spare tire to be installed on the Republican clown car. They are only designed to go a short distance before being replaced.

honested

February 15th, 2012
11:36 pm

jumping jack,

We’re reaching a point where the last few donuts are likely to try to hold on until there is a big public blowout!

td

February 15th, 2012
11:37 pm

honested

February 15th, 2012
11:29 pm

I have said many times that Romney will more than likely be the nominee. I am sure you also believe that the Dems will take back control of the House and hold the Senate. Just like you probably believe Obama has a chance of winning Georgia. See when you only live in Dekalb county then that would be your view point.

honested

February 15th, 2012
11:39 pm

td,

Georgia doesn’t matter.
Obama is running for a Federal, National office, which he will probably win by a landslide.
While our potty little state will continue to do it’s best to prevent real ethics reform to our state assembly.

honested

February 15th, 2012
11:41 pm

Is the selected church one of the snake handling variety?

I don’t know if the snakes would see little ricky and run away or see him for what he is and attack.

td

February 15th, 2012
11:45 pm

honested

February 15th, 2012
11:39 pm

Number this one because I will repeat it several more times.

1: It is way to early to predict the outcome of the election but I will bet you a great deal of money that this will not be a landslide election for either candidate.

2: This election will be decided in 12 states by suburban married white women with children (soccer moms). If they believe Obama has done enough to get a second term then he will be re elected.

3: If gas is over $4.00 per gallon this whole summer then I do not think they say he has done a good job.

td

February 15th, 2012
11:47 pm

honested

February 15th, 2012
11:41 pm

Is the selected church one of the snake handling variety?

I don’t know if the snakes would see little ricky and run away or see him for what he is and attack

Thank you for making my point 100% clear about a narrow minded Dekalb county secular humanist viewpoint.

Look before I leap...

February 15th, 2012
11:59 pm

@td

You cite no studies to back up your point of view (no surprise there).

But for every “success” in a 2 parent household, I can cite a “failure”.
I can point to the “exception”, you can point to the “rule”.

The above is an exercise in academic debate (which believe me, I DO love). However, I realize, you are not going to change my mind and I am not going to change yours. And I am ok with that.

We are who we are as a species, and to a lesser extent defined by our beliefs and the society in which we live. TD, were you born in Saudi Arabia, I have no doubt you would be as big a Sunni there as you are a Christian here.

Ty

February 16th, 2012
12:15 am

Is there any reason to vote for Santorum besides the fact that he hates the same people that you do?

gilgamesh

February 16th, 2012
1:33 am

TD a big christisn,good to hear.Bless you TD.

Enuma Elish

February 16th, 2012
1:45 am

TD you know there will be much disbelief and apathy.Bible prophecy unfolding before your eyes.Eyes that do not see,ears that do not hear.

Auntie Christ

February 16th, 2012
2:02 am

santorum–along with a few of the ‘christians’ who spew their enmity here daily–is the kind of christian that makes you wish the Romans had had a few more lions.

honested: Is the selected church one of the snake handling variety?
I don’t know if the snakes would see little ricky and run away or see him for what he is and attack.

No way they would attack one of their own. Professional courtesy, ya know.

Buckhead Boy

February 16th, 2012
2:51 am

td: “children of single parents are much more likely to do more worse in school then two parent households”

Are you suggesting that is the cause of your atrocious grammar?

fire eater

February 16th, 2012
3:34 am

Where does Santorum stand on the third world immigrant invasion of America? What does he think of efforts by our state and others to combat the menace of illegal aliens? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Attack Dog

February 16th, 2012
6:12 am

1. Hooray!!! Rick is coming to Georgia. I can’t wait to see the MSM showing the massive crowds that attend his events. 2. A productive discussion will be the GOP budget. I can’t wait to see it. 3. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesse Owens, and Edward Brooke were Republicans, while those who claim to be today are mostly Dixiecrats. I can’t wait to see this disputed.

Ol' Timer

February 16th, 2012
6:28 am

Well, I can see td is not taking his meds again. The temptation is to engage this subject, but think I’ll just keep my powder dry.

“The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.” ~Reinhold Niebuhr

Selah!

Becky

February 16th, 2012
6:40 am

Please explain to me again how churches that promote a candidate from their pulpit remain tax free.

Becky

February 16th, 2012
6:42 am

The good revrun Richard Lee was run out of his former church, Rehoboth. I seem to recall there was some missing monies or something. Who else remembers this?

Ga Values...Ron Paul for Peace & Prosperity

February 16th, 2012
6:55 am

The scumbag Newt is bad but Santorum is much worse. As much as I hate to say this, Santorum is the only GOP sandidate who will get me to vote for Obama.

Ga Values...Ron Paul for Peace & Prosperity

February 16th, 2012
7:02 am

The scumbag Newt is bad but Santorum is much worse. As much as I hate to say this, Santorum is the only GOP Candidate who will get me to vote for Obama.

howardn

February 16th, 2012
7:05 am

The democrats are coming close to picking their candidate. It appears from the plethora of polls that Rick is leading. The demos are going slow however, sometime close to election they will have a proper candidate.The most recent poll claims that there about a thousand polls choosing Romney and 1050 chosing Rick.

Tom

February 16th, 2012
7:42 am

As one South georgia pastor recently said in his blog……

“We are inclined to love this country’s freedom of religion just as long as that religion is Christianity.”

Ain’t that the truth?

Aja

February 16th, 2012
7:47 am

@Cutty Churches do pay taxes, because while the church itself may have certain exemptions, the parishioners pay federal income tax, state taxes, and sales taxes. They do have a voice, it is the Pastor who is not permitted to use the church itself as a political lobby when it comes to money from the church purse. Speaking is not prohibited at the church and does not preclude losing your First Amendment right to remain tax exempt.

Becky

February 16th, 2012
7:51 am

Aja-so when the revrun announces from the pulpit Santorum as the next POTUS he loses the tax exemption?

findog

February 16th, 2012
7:52 am

td, strong again? I am surprised at your negativity towards our great country.
Your examples of what in your mind has weakened America has been out there through the past five republican administrations. The GOP has failed to enact their standard list of deliverables each and every time the American voter has given them the chance.
To quote The Who, “Won’t get fooled again.”

Aja

February 16th, 2012
7:53 am

Another thing: anyone saying that they will vote for Obama just because Ron Paul won’t be the GOP nominee (because he is really Libertarian) just shows how you’re willing to betray our country by voting for someone who is a non-citizen that has ZERO respect for the law itself and the Constitution. I’m not saying that you must vote for Santorum, just because he is gaining the favor and nomination, but we do not need to think that any percentage of Ron Paul loyalists have that much sway as to determine the entire race in an agenda of manipulation. If you really loved Ron Paul, you would write him in! YOU WOULD CERTAINLY NOT TRADE YOUR VOTE TO THE SLACK-JAWED OBAMA!

Becky

February 16th, 2012
7:55 am

Aja-wait, what? Who is the non-citizen? I can’t follow your drivel, must get more coffee.

Becky

February 16th, 2012
7:56 am

You do know there is a question of Santorum being a citizen don’t you? His parents were immigrants and he has yet to prove he was hatched here from aliens.

Aja

February 16th, 2012
7:57 am

@Becky So you mean to tell me that Jeremiah Wright is still fluffing Obama, yelling GODD@MN AMERICA, and Rev. Al Sharpton doesn’t constantly inject racism and pro-Obama stuff into his appearances but that is okay? While it may seem like there is a double standard, a speaking engagement at a church is way different than a Pastor lobbying over the set amounts as an individual. The issue is the money changing hands, which can not occur, and Santorum is not there to be endorsed but to speak so people can make up their own minds.