In his 2008 speech at Ave Maria University, Rich Santorum said we are in a “spiritual war” in which Satan has his sights on the United States. Santorum is particularly under fire for his assertion that mainline Protestant churches have been overtaken by Satan and are no longer Christian.
He said the devil had exerted control over academia and then began attacking Christianity. “And of course,” he said, “we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is a shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.”
Santorum’s comments were virtually unnoticed in 2008, as were similar comments by New Hampshire state Rep. Andrew Manuse last year. Manuse was responding to criticism from the Catholic Church over Republican budget cuts when he accused the Church of having been “taken over by the dark one.”
It is important to note that there are those claiming to speak for the Church right now who are not speaking for the church, but instead are speaking for the devil. Any church that urges government to do the job of the private sector and religious charity has been taken over by the dark one.