Santorum Rips Obama's Earth Worship
But he backtracks on accusations of 'phony theology'
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2012 2:19 AM CST
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation" yesterday.   (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

(Newser) – Rick Santorum set his sights on the president this weekend. On Saturday, Santorum accused President Obama of believing a "phony theology," not a theology "based on the Bible." Then, yesterday, he clarified that he wasn't talking about Obama's religious faith, just his faith in environmentalism, reports CBS News. "I was talking about the radical environmentalists," Santorum said on Face the Nation. "The Earth is not the objective. Man is the objective. I think a lot of radical environmentalists have it upside-down."

When pressed by the program's host about why he raised the issue of theology, Santorum said that Obama was using environmentalism to centralize more power with the government. "I've repeatedly said that I believe the president is a Christian," said Santorum. "But I am talking about his world view, or the way he approaches problems in this country, and I think they're different than how most people do in America."