Rick had his defence polished to a tee by not only claiming he didn't join in the Sunday sermon's clapping, but he wasn't even listening in the first place. Demonstrating the true art of politics, Santorum attempted to distance himself from the right wing pastor who introduced him to his congregation by saying "I know Rick really well, and he is the real deal."
Following Terry's fire and brimstone speech that culminated in a directive for non-Christians to get out of the country, Santorum issued these muddled words: "I do remember him saying that and I wasn't quite sure if he was saying it for himself," theNY Daily News
reported. “I wasn't quite listening to everything to be quite honest with you. But I wasn't quite sure if he was speaking for himself or speaking quite generally, but I didn't clap when he said it because that's not how I think.”
Meanwhile Terry himself has claimed that his sermon has been misinterpreted. Defying the video evidence he told the Christian Post
: "What you are seeing on YouTube – all that is a blatant distortion of what I said and the intent of how I said it."
During his sermon Terry preached:
"I don't care what the naysayers say. This nation was founded as a Christian nation. The God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. There is only one God. There is only one God, and his name is Jesus. I'm tired of people telling me that I can't say those words....
Listen to me. If you don't love America, and you don't like the way we do things, I've got one thing to say, get out!"
Insisting he was misunderstood, Terry now states "everyone can worship as they please." In addition to his views on non-Christians, Terry also voices strong sentiments against homosexuals, liberals, "sexual perversions" and women who have abortions.
In spite of trying to appease his critics by claiming he didn't clap, Santorum was in fact reported as joining in with the thunderous applause, according to NY Daily News.