The strange thing about this policy is the complete misunderstanding of its purpose.
Separation of church and state indicates "freedom for all" no matter their chosen, or lack of, a religious affiliation.
For many today, the desire is a complete "freedom FROM religion" as the ancient tenets of doctrinal belief systems don't meet the needs of the population. As Christian-based as many Americans are...there are other people of faith...millions living in America that fled countries that had no separation of church and state.
The dangerous mix that Rick Santorum is suggesting is ludicrous...and not just a little naive...when a countries laws dictate the necessity of being a muslim, a christian or a Zoroastrian...that country is doomed--not to mention the people living in it.
The atheism of the communist structure was as bad an idea as Billy Biblethumper running America--two sides of a twisted coin--the need for America to remain the "beacon on the hill" is the billboard that brings people of all faiths, or no faith, to try to build a life that is their own individual American experience.
Having people of faith in government isn't an issue either. Many of these people have character, courage and desire to enhance the American experience, but we don't have to do it by foisting our own private...and this is where religion should remain--private...spiritual experience.
I have a very difficult time watching the Republican debacle of Mormon versus Christian versus nutty Newt and intellectual Paul...where is what should be the common understanding of freedom and justice for all?
Keep the discussions of women's issues, homophobic marital arguments off the table and start educating the Republicans of the world--America stand for freedom--and yet, today Americans have fewer freedoms than they've ever had.
Something needs to change...and its the fear of other cultures, invasion and even "black" presidents that is most discouraging in today's America--separation from stupidity should be another slogan stamped on the leader of the western world's billboard. Remember, "Give us your poor, your sick..."
Why don't we see the simple lessons stamped on lady Liberty herself?