It really is tiresome to hear gasbags like Greenwell Springs Baptist Church pastor Dennis Terry show just how ignorant they are about this country’s constitution. In their eyes, it’s a theocracy – a Christian one of only a specific flavor – his. The embarrassing “love it or leave it” trash was uttered when Terry  – the pastor of Tony Perkins of the hate group Family Research Council — introduced (and prayed over!) fellow theocrat Rick Santorum during a sermon/rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana over the weekend. (via People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch) He gave…

…a rousing speech railing against liberals and non-Christians and condemning abortion rights, “sexual perversion,” same-sex marriage and secular government. Terry said that America “was founded as a Christian nation” and those that disagree with him should “get out! We don’t worship Buddha, we don’t worship Mohammad, we don’t worship Allah!” Terry, who has a long history of attacks against the gay community, went on to criticize marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and said that the economy can only recover when we “put God back” in government.

The video is worth the click because Terry sounds truly deranged. And how did candidate Santorum react to the hate-filled screed? NYT:

As the congregation gave Mr. Terry an enthusiastic standing ovation, Mr. Santorum also stood and applauded.

Afterward, Mr. Santorum was pressed in Moline, Ill., on Monday, by reporters from Politico, The Associated Press and other news outlets whether he agreed with the full extent of Mr. Terry’s remarks. Mr. Santorum has spoken many times of his own belief that people of faith are being driven from the public square, but he has not called for those who “don’t love America” to “get out” of the country.

“If the question is, do I agree with his statement that America shouldn’t do that?” Mr. Santorum asked in response to the reporters’ questions. “No, if he was speaking for himself he’s obviously allowed to believe what he wants to believe but, obviously I believe in freedom of religion and all religions are welcome and should be. I think I’ve made that pretty clear throughout my campaign that I believe very much in freedom of religion, and folks should be able to worship whoever they want to worship and bring their thoughts in the public square.”