Associate dean Kurt Fredrickson speaks to questions about candidate Santorum’s comments
Kurt Fredrickson, associate dean for Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education at Fuller, spoke on Southern California’s KPCC Radio as part of its February 22 AirTalk program hosted by Larry Mantle.
In the segment—“Religious Rhetoric Heats Up in 2012 Election: Will It Help or Hurt Candidates?”—Dr. Fredrickson offered comments concerning a recently highlighted 2008 speech by presidential candidate Rick Santorum in which he spoke about spiritual warfare and claimed that Satan is targeting America.
Are such statements appropriate to bring up in the debate that is part of the presidential race? asked Mantle. Fredrickson, along with Georgetown University professor Clyde Wilcox, addressed this question and responded to callers.
“It’s very important for us to recognize the faith element that’s been part of the United States from its very beginning—it is woven into the fabric of who we are,” said Fredrickson, adding that “there’s no debating that our world is broken.”
“But sometimes we go too far” with religious rhetoric, Fredrickson believes.Listen to the full KPCC interview.