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Published on: February 26, 2012 11:13 PM
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New York - The former New York City mayor and President Obama endorser lambasted Rick Santorum in an interview on Aaron Klein’s WABC Radio Show.

“Santorum is nuts,” Koch told Klein. “And I say that in a loving way. He is someone who is of the belief that religious obligations that he has can be imposed on other people. Now I don’t mind his imposing on himself the business of no pre-natal care, no abortion. That’s okay from his point of view. But in my judgement it’s nuts to try to impose that on other people of other religions who don’t agree with you.”

Koh added, “I admire him as someone who is a true believer from his point of view, but when he takes it to the point where he wants to impose it on other people, like eliminate contraception, if that ain’t crazy.


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 Feb 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM eighthcomment Says:

Yet another reason I'm voting Santorum- he's a threat to the liberal mantality which has taken hold of even conservatives- its seems as though religious people are not allowed to run this country anymore. I don't think people realize what is happening-if u believe in Gd and are open about it u aren't qualified- unless u believe in Allah...of course. Open ur eyes- Gd is a threat or shall I say- He's an extremist(in our peeminded liberal view of who should run a country)

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 12:58 AM SammyL Says:

Koch is not listening to Santorum. There is no indication that he has any intention to "impose" anything on anyone. A president is allowed to espouse an ideal. In fact, it's a good thing.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 01:09 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

Reply to #1  
eighthcomment Says:

Yet another reason I'm voting Santorum- he's a threat to the liberal mantality which has taken hold of even conservatives- its seems as though religious people are not allowed to run this country anymore. I don't think people realize what is happening-if u believe in Gd and are open about it u aren't qualified- unless u believe in Allah...of course. Open ur eyes- Gd is a threat or shall I say- He's an extremist(in our peeminded liberal view of who should run a country)

"its seems as though religious people are not allowed to run this country anymore. I don't think people realize what is happening-if u believe in Gd and are open about it u aren't qualified- unless u believe in Allah...of course."


Oh that's the biggest bunch of malarky I've ever heard of! (lol) We only have ONE Muslim in the United States Congress I believe, and look how HE gets treated! The idea that a Muslim would have an "easy" time working in the US Congress in this political climate, is ludicrous!

Not to mention... where are you getting the notion that "religious people aren't able to run the country anymore"??

MOST of the US Congress is either x-tian, or x-tian affiliated! (And half of THOSE people want to shove it down the rest of our throats!)

And to think... you're telling *other* people to open their eyes?!?! (lol)

Come on!

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 02:32 AM Mark Levin Says:

Its always the right that is crazy. Never the left. If you think everyone else is nuts aside for you, then YOU are the NUT and the others are normal!

Liberalism MUST be defeated!

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 03:53 AM Shlomo Says:

Reply to #1  
eighthcomment Says:

Yet another reason I'm voting Santorum- he's a threat to the liberal mantality which has taken hold of even conservatives- its seems as though religious people are not allowed to run this country anymore. I don't think people realize what is happening-if u believe in Gd and are open about it u aren't qualified- unless u believe in Allah...of course. Open ur eyes- Gd is a threat or shall I say- He's an extremist(in our peeminded liberal view of who should run a country)

The "liberal mantality (sic)" you so blithely disparage is the political philosophy that, among other things, allowed Jews to flourish in the USA. Liberal mentality led to things like the First Amendment, equality before the law, etc. Be very, very careful what you ask for! The problem that liberals have with Santorum is that he wants to impose his religious beliefs on others.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 04:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Religious people are day be day loosing their rights in America, with insurance, with end of life procedures, with caring for young disability, with education [alternative types of living], etc etc. If obama is re-elect America would look like Russia of Stalin era. Remember Stalin was also anti-religious

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 06:34 AM Solomon Says:

The founding fathers of the U.S.A., were absolutely correct in separating government and religion. Yet, Santorum would like to turn back the clock 236 years, and intertwine religion with government. As Ed Koch stated, Santorum is entitled to his personal religious beliefs. However, when he tries to impose his religious beliefs on others, it violates the principle of separation of church and state. Unfortunately, there are examples of other governments which expound religious dogma, and the results have been a disaster (i.e. the religious police in Saudi Arabia, the Islamists in Iran, the Taliban in Afghanistan, etc.). In Saudi Arabia, the religious police will conduct surveillance of individuals. Is this what we want here?

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 06:50 AM Anonymous Says:

Koch wants to be buried in a churchyard. Now WHO is crazy?

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 06:55 AM Howard Says:

Reply to #1  
eighthcomment Says:

Yet another reason I'm voting Santorum- he's a threat to the liberal mantality which has taken hold of even conservatives- its seems as though religious people are not allowed to run this country anymore. I don't think people realize what is happening-if u believe in Gd and are open about it u aren't qualified- unless u believe in Allah...of course. Open ur eyes- Gd is a threat or shall I say- He's an extremist(in our peeminded liberal view of who should run a country)

Oh, is that so? Name me one otherwise qualified candidate for public office who was rejected because he or she believed in God. Even if a candidate is an agnostic or simply irreligious, he has to pay lip service to religion because the American voter generaly doesn't vote for unbelievers,

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 07:04 AM Butterfly Says:

To #1 You better think twice before you move the lever or write in your X in the box!!

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 07:56 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Mark Levin Says:

Its always the right that is crazy. Never the left. If you think everyone else is nuts aside for you, then YOU are the NUT and the others are normal!

Liberalism MUST be defeated!

Mark, perhaps you have had too many coffees this morning. Your ideas of what is peaceful and what is your enemy are confused today.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 08:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Who imposed their belief that marriage is something other that between a man and a woman?Who imposed their belief that all abortion should be legal? etc....

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 08:41 AM grandson1 Says:

If I had any doubts whether to vote for Santorum, Eddie useless has just helped me make up my mind and to vote for him. Eddie, you are a has-been or better yet a never-been and that kills you since you are an egotistical maniac.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 09:01 AM DovidZSchwartz Says:

Liberals do have strong reasons for their views. They fight to defend the freedom of young women to prevent the life-changing event of having a child. They strive to remove the social stigma from relationships that are not recognized under the law between two people of the same gender. They strive to help people escape the pain of debilitive diseases and pass on by removing them from medical care.

Their "practical" justifications aside, though, at bottom, "Secular Humanism" is a theology. Everyone agrees that murder should be illegal. What point a fertilized egg becomes a human being is a theological question. Whether it should be acceptable to desire another person of your same gender rests on a theological question of what is the nature of the soul and essence of a human being. Whether a person with a heartbeat can truly be called "alive" as he lies unresponsive and and depends entirely on medical equipment, is a theological question. They claim their theology rests on pure intellect. But they depend on their science and their social theories with the same unthinking fervor as any religious believer.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 09:12 AM concerned_Jew Says:

Reply to #5  
Shlomo Says:

The "liberal mantality (sic)" you so blithely disparage is the political philosophy that, among other things, allowed Jews to flourish in the USA. Liberal mentality led to things like the First Amendment, equality before the law, etc. Be very, very careful what you ask for! The problem that liberals have with Santorum is that he wants to impose his religious beliefs on others.

You are correct in that liberal progressive changes in American society did and continue to help Jews. However, that doesn't mean that Liberalism is a good thing. There is a lot wrong with liberalism in terms of its bias against religion, it favoritsim of secularism, atheism, arbitrary redistribution of wealth, etc. Too much liberal change too fast is bad; so is too much reactionary change bad, facism. Let's focus on Torah and let Hashem make the changes as He sees fit.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM Phineas Says:

You can believe that religious people can and should lead the country and still believe Santorum is nuts.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM yosefben Says:

Reply to #5  
Shlomo Says:

The "liberal mantality (sic)" you so blithely disparage is the political philosophy that, among other things, allowed Jews to flourish in the USA. Liberal mentality led to things like the First Amendment, equality before the law, etc. Be very, very careful what you ask for! The problem that liberals have with Santorum is that he wants to impose his religious beliefs on others.

You are equating leberal thought and actions with common morality and ethics and that is not good. Sanctified measures like the 1st Amend, suffrage rights, civil rights etc. are MORAL obligations NOT liberal inventions!

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #1  
eighthcomment Says:

Yet another reason I'm voting Santorum- he's a threat to the liberal mantality which has taken hold of even conservatives- its seems as though religious people are not allowed to run this country anymore. I don't think people realize what is happening-if u believe in Gd and are open about it u aren't qualified- unless u believe in Allah...of course. Open ur eyes- Gd is a threat or shall I say- He's an extremist(in our peeminded liberal view of who should run a country)

LOL

This may be the funniest post I've read today.

Religious people are not allowed to run this country anymore? COW CHIPS! Our last President was a "born-again", evangelical xian, and our most "religious" in 100 years. You either suffer memory loss, extreme ignorance, or you really do believe what the entertainment voices on the radio and "conspiracy theory" blogs tell you. I have tremendous rachmonus.

As a Conservative Party member myself, I am always disgusted by these kinds of displays. Somewhere along the way the crazy nutjobs co-opted the term "conservative", when what they really mean is "religious zealot". That has NOTHING to do with Conservatism. William F. Buckley, the founder of Conservatism, wrote most about:
1. FACTS always win over BELIEF, even when it contradicts Conservative dogma.
2. Personal freedom of choice: You do what works for yo
3. The free and open market
4. The advancement of our nation through AMERICAN intellectualism & education
5. The rejection of propaganda as "candy for the ingnorant and the stupid"

You should spend time on a fact-checking site (politifact.com, factcheck.org, etc). Then you MIGHT just begin your journey toward Conservatism.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM krauszefraim Says:

Reply to #3  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

"its seems as though religious people are not allowed to run this country anymore. I don't think people realize what is happening-if u believe in Gd and are open about it u aren't qualified- unless u believe in Allah...of course."


Oh that's the biggest bunch of malarky I've ever heard of! (lol) We only have ONE Muslim in the United States Congress I believe, and look how HE gets treated! The idea that a Muslim would have an "easy" time working in the US Congress in this political climate, is ludicrous!

Not to mention... where are you getting the notion that "religious people aren't able to run the country anymore"??

MOST of the US Congress is either x-tian, or x-tian affiliated! (And half of THOSE people want to shove it down the rest of our throats!)

And to think... you're telling *other* people to open their eyes?!?! (lol)

Come on!

Get a life the only ones that want to shove it down our throats are Democracts. (health care, contraception, taxes, etc.)

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #4  
Mark Levin Says:

Its always the right that is crazy. Never the left. If you think everyone else is nuts aside for you, then YOU are the NUT and the others are normal!

Liberalism MUST be defeated!

No, Mark. You talk-radio worshipers always say that, but REAL Conservatives absolutely reject the radical left as crazy too.

The reason why Conservatives (capitcal C) are more forceful in rejecting people like you and the entertainers you worship and parrot on a daily basis, is because you are an embarrassment to US. WE are humiliated when you call yourself "conservative" and try to lump yourselves in with the rest of us. Conservatism is about intellectual honesty and FACTS... not dogma and "belief". I'm not willing to concede the movement that William F. Buckley founded to a group of glorified monkeys with sub-100 IQ's, no education and no respect for intellectualism.

Yes, Liberalism must be defeated... but we Conservatives are fighting on two fronts. We are fighting liberalism, and we are fighting the talk-radio worshiping CANCER that has co-opted the word "conservatism" and made a mockery of the only intellectually honest political party in America (The Conservative Party).

So... again.... Liberalism must be defeated.... but so must the lying, propagadists like yourself and your idols. That's the only way Conservatism can ever win again.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM SamLevine Says:

I guess when a nut guy says on someone that he is Nuts, its an honor!!!!

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM KenZein Says:

Santorum is nuts. Conservatives- you can't have it both ways; you can't lambaste Obama for "forcing his beliefs on others" when he tries to get insurers covering Catholic-related institutions to cover contraception, and then applaud Santorum for doing EXACTLY THE SAME THING, just in reverse, when he tries to impose his religious beliefs against contraception on everyone else. For the record, Jewish law allows contraception in certain cases, while Xtian doctrine never does. Open the door for Santorum, and the door goes both ways. How long before our own freedoms are curtailed?

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 01:39 PM leahle Says:

Reply to #19  
krauszefraim Says:

Get a life the only ones that want to shove it down our throats are Democracts. (health care, contraception, taxes, etc.)

Who is forcing you to use contraception?

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 01:49 PM Anon Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Religious people are day be day loosing their rights in America, with insurance, with end of life procedures, with caring for young disability, with education [alternative types of living], etc etc. If obama is re-elect America would look like Russia of Stalin era. Remember Stalin was also anti-religious

Which rights have you lost? Do you still have a shul to go to or has the government started shutting them down? Any yeshivot in your neighborhood, or are they now illegal? Being forced to use contraception against your will or to eat bacon cheeseburgers on Shabbos? Let's be serious here - in this country you are able to be as religious as you would like. Obama has done nothing in the past three years to end religion or democracy in the U.S. Do you really think he has this secret agenda to turn us into a Stalinist Communism nation (all by himself?) but only in his second term? The 350 million people of this country who would oppose that would be helpless against his magical powers? You realize how silly this sounds? You need to stop listening to the right-wing media that are the obvious sources of your news and start getting some real information.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 02:54 PM Anonymous Says:

To those who want to "defeat Liberalism"... This is a FORCE of the UNIVERSE.... Dogma is a way of the century. We pass by Dogma and let the Universe sort itself out. May it be the will of our people to recognize truth in Humanity for what it really is. Good luck anti liberal haters in your crusade against peace. It wont be good for your soul.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 03:48 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #4  
Mark Levin Says:

Its always the right that is crazy. Never the left. If you think everyone else is nuts aside for you, then YOU are the NUT and the others are normal!

Liberalism MUST be defeated!

Just what we all needed.

A lecture on mental health from the sock puppet of an off the wall talk show entertainer.

A person who identifies himself with any movement, any "ism", cannot be a believer in the Torah being the only source of total truth.

Right and Left, Conservative and Liberal, all have some element of truth to them, some more than others, but all also are anti-Torah in some ways, some in more ways than others.

Once a person joins a political movement of any kind he has abandoned Torah by agreeing or disagreeing with any idea based on whether or not the idea is conservative or liberal he is no better than any other non-believing yid, like Reform or Reconstructionist, who pass Torah thru the filter of their own bias instead of passing their bias thru the filter of Torah.

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Koch wants to be buried in a churchyard. Now WHO is crazy?

That makes him a shagitz, not a lunatic.

(Unless he wants to be buried there BEFORE he dies, that would mean he is crazy.)

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 Feb 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

Koch wants to be buried in a churchyard. Now WHO is crazy?

Koch himself is a little nutty and a big sonai torah but hey, even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

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