It makes me sick to my stomach that a candidate for president, Rick Santorum, should base his campaign on the institution and practice of religion -- namely and primarily his own ["Romney faces a question of faith," News, March 5].

Not only am I not of his faith, which is a nonissue, but to purport that his is the only system of values is not only hubris in the highest form, it denigrates all who might believe that there are other ways to guide one's life. Our country is not, and can never be, the theocracy that Santorum seems to so ardently desire.

Perhaps he would be satisfied with a country similar in construct to those of the Middle East, but that is not the American way.

Say what you want about religion, its practice or non-practice, its good and its evil, but this is assured: Our president must represent all of our people. Santorum can in no way claim that mantle.

Richard M. Frauenglass, Huntington