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Melissa Harris-Perry, Baratunde, and more!

On today’s show, we bring you some of the greatest moments of #TWiBRadio including the conversation about the Psychology Today article on black female attractiveness, Baratunde’s take on the racist legacy in Donald Trump’s ‘birther’-ism, and Melissa Harris-Perry’s genius about the abortion debate.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, L.Joy and company discuss a possible ‘cure’ for meth addiction, French government plans to pay full costs of abortion and contraception, and Rand Paul is in charge of GOP outreach?

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Better Question, CNN: Why Not More Time?

Over the weekend, the two teens accused of raping an intoxicated 15-year-old girl were found guilty. CNN reported from an interesting perspective:

Needless to say, we discussed this and the Steubenville case on today’s #TWiBRadio, as well as the NYPD’s new domestic violence policy, and a literal roach coach.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, #TheMorningCrew discussed the March 21st rally against gun violence on March 21 and how the RNC is trying and failing yet again to recruit minority membership.

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Rick Santorum hates religion but he hates puppies even more

What a silly over-the-top thing to say. It’s the sort of rhetoric that is ruining this country, damnit, and this is the greatest country on earth.

Why, it’s a little bit like saying that the whole separation of Church and State thing we have baked into our constitution is out-dated, like Rick Santorum said on This Week:

I don’t believe in an America where the separation between church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and visions of our country.

This is stupid on so many levels.

Obviously the church is just one of many special interest groups that really does have some say over matters of state. That’s simply a reality of representative government, whether we like it or not. But more importantly I really don’t think that Rick Santorum understands what he’s saying here, and the implications for freedom of religion.

It’s almost as though social conservatives think that religion and government were kept separate because effete liberal elitists wanted a hedonistic society unfettered by the moral constraints provided by religious institutions. But nothing could be further from the truth. It was the Baptists and Thomas Jefferson who really lobbied hard for the initial cleaving. They saw the political power of the Anglican Church as a real threat to religious freedom and decided that the best way to preserve that freedom was to keep government out of church business, and vice versa.

Fast-forward a few hundred years and you have guys like Santorum who apparently don’t understand the first thing about the point of keeping the two institutions a healthy distance apart from one another. This is either straight-up opportunism dressed in religious drag or it’s one of the dumbest things to have fled a politician’s mouth in, well, days.