Rick Santorum Says ‘Antagonism Toward Christianity’ Is Ruining the Country

Former presidential contender Rick Santorum and the conservative Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins chatted this week on the radio program “Washington Watch” about the supposed moral decline of America.

Tony Perkins (right) and Rick Santorum (center)

And why are we in such bad shape?

You guessed it: Feminists, gays, and non-Christians are ruining the U.S. of A.

First, in a conversation with FOX News Radio’s Todd Starnes, Perkins remembered fondly the days of religious educational establishments and corporal punishment:

I remember my third grade teacher had a big Bible, one of the biggest Bibles I ever saw, sitting on the corner of her desk, and on the other side of the desk was a yardstick, and I think she used the yardstick more. In classrooms today, you couldn’t have either one.

Later, Santorum cut right to the chase (oh-so-eloquently, I might add) about what’s wrong with this country:

The cultural indicators that I talked about earlier that are sort of going the wrong way, we’re, you know, in ever-increasing numbers, less and less people here in America, you know, and believe in God, and believe in Jesus Christ, and believe in truth and right and wrong.

But who’s to blame for this moral degeneration?

The universities and the media, of course! Santorum elaborates:

It’s understandable, I mean, if you certainly, if you look at popular culture and what comes out of Hollywood, if you go to our schools and particularly our colleges and universities, they are indoctrinating in a sea of relativism and a sea of antagonism toward Christianity — religion in general, but Christianity in particular.

A sea of relativism and antagonism!? The horror!

Finally, Santorum waxes poetic about how our War on Religion has reduced America to filth and smut:

Abortion is a symptom, marriage is a symptom, I mean pornography is, all of these are symptoms to the fundamental issue that we’ve gotten away from the truth and the Truth-Giver.

Perverts and heathens, every last one of us! You can listen to the conversation over at Right Wing Watch… not that you’d want to.

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  • OCRazor

    I bet they miss polio, slavery, and crusades too. Ah the good old days!

    • Octoberfurst

      Good times! Good times!

    • Tim

      I got teary eyed just thinking about those days!

    • Sue Blue

      Witch-hunting, too. Oh for the days when you could just accuse that annoying mother-in-law of hexing your goats and see her roasted for it! And wife-beating! Used to be that the law gave every penis-bearer the privilege of whacking their womb-bearing household appliance with a stick whenever she got out of line. Now…women are people. Human beings, for crying out loud. Whatever is the world coming to?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    And to think this man could have become Vice President today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WalrusInc Ted Thompson

    Yeah, pass.

  • http://nwrickert.wordpress.com/ Neil Rickert

    Rick Santorum’s brand of religion is already antagonistic to Christianity.

  • bodhi

    He’s talking about belief in God and Jesus yada yada, and rather ironically (I think) includes “believe in truth and right and wrong”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phemmert Paul Emmert

    He just just stop talking. His need to pontificate is getting old – when will he figure out that his brand of religion flies 2 yards with most rational people?

    • RobMcCune

      He’s doing it because his arguments fly only 2 yards with rational people.

    • allein

      And he can’t even measure it because yardsticks aren’t allowed!

  • Bob Terrace

    Rick Santorum is too dumb to walk and chew gum at the same time.

  • ortcutt

    It’s always interesting to see conservative Catholics and conservative Evangelical Protestants let centuries of mutual animosity pass by in order to hate us (liberals, secularists, gay people, progressive religionists, etc…) instead.

    • J-Rex

      I recently noticed that I started liking someone more when I found out that we both didn’t really care for another person.
      Nothing like mutual dislike to bring people together…

  • http://twitter.com/Ro542124 Gideon

    Hmm. In that case, statistics should show strong inverse correlations between religiosity and the various societal problems they describe.



    …well, perhaps your hypothesis is wrong, guys.

  • Rain

    “and particularly our colleges and universities”

    Ah yes, the dreaded universities that all the totalitarian jerks in history blame for stuff. Nothing that a good purging wouldn’t solve.

  • Rain

    Did those two dudes up there in the photo ask Rick’s permission before they “laid hands” on him like that? If they “laid hands” on me like that I would think it somewhat presumptuous and rude of them to do so. If I were a cynical person I would say they were taking advantage of the “laying of hands” routine so that they look like big shots.

    It reminds me of the creepy Richard Dawson practice of laying his hands on everyone and smooching all the contestants on the lips. Sorry, but he was one creepy dude.

  • TonySnark

    When he says we secularists don’t believe in right and wrong this is code for things like abortion and gay marriage. Interestingly, there is no debate going on in the secular world as to whether murder is right or wrong, or theft is right or wrong, and he knows this. Just because we differ as to what we consider immoral doesn’t mean we don’t believe in morality.

  • C Peterson

    People who would cast a vote for the likes of Santorum are what really put the country at risk. And those people are the product of a particularly corrupt form of Christianity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bailey.bednar Bailey Bednar

    “The smart people will never be on our side.” ~Rick Santorum

    • observer

      Back then, he sounded like he accepted this with some reluctant grace. Now it sounds like he’s having a “if I can’t have you, no one can!” attitude.

  • http://twitter.com/silo_mowbray Silo Mowbray

    Santorum is absolutely correct.

    ‘Antagonism Toward Christianity’ Is Ruining the Country…

    …for asshole Christianists.

    • JohnnieCanuck

      … and hopefully, their cash flow, especially the syndicated radio and TV preachers.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Drop the first two words and he’s right.

  • http://abb3w.livejournal.com/ abb3w

    …how odd. I thought the attempt to ban yard sticks in favor of meter sticks failed back in the Reagan years.

  • John of Indiana

    Oh, but WHICH flavour of Xianity? there’s something like 38,000 different flavours, each teaching that they alone have the One True Word and the other 37,999 are teaching “false doctrine”…
    Can you see what a mess this country would be if Frothy Mix had gotten any closer to the white House than a dinner guest?

    • http://twitter.com/docslacker MD

      Aaaaah, flavours of Christianity. RCC is strawberry ice-cream, Anglicans are mint chocolate chip, Pentecostals are Rocky Road, Presbyterians are vanilla. Evangelicals are banana ice cream. Puritans were tap water.

      • John of Indiana

        Puritans were pond water, with extra scum…

      • Erp

        Have to point out that Puritans were Presbyterians (and that some of there descendents eventually became unitarians and universalists). Also Anglicans are actually Neapolitan since they come in multiple flavors including strawberry.

  • newavocation

    You know Ricky would love to be able to add desegregation to our decline too, since most churches are still segregated.

  • http://www.agnostic-library.com/ma/ PsiCop

    Re: “Feminists, gays, and non-Christians are ruining the U.S. of A.”

    I wonder how it can possibly be the case that “non-Christians are ruining” the country. They’re vastly outnumbered by Christians. According to ARIS 2008, over 75% of Americans are Christian. How is it possible for such a small minority to wreck the whole thing?

    If the country is degrading, Rickie-boy and his pals need to blame those who currently dominate it, and those would be their own Christians, who rule the US. Christians are running the show and therefore by all rights must have more to do with any degradation that’s going on, than anyone else does.

    These whiny crybabies really need to grow the hell up and stop with their tantrums already. I get that they can’t help but view themselves as persecuted for their Jesus, because it’s an inherent part of the psychopathology of their religion … but really, this insanity just has to stop. Lying for Jesus helps no one.

  • allein

    I think he means “from,” not “toward.”


    “I think she used the yardstick more. In classrooms today, you couldn’t have either
    one.”

    Pretty sure most of my teachers owned a yardstick or two. They used them, too…y’know, to measure stuff.


    “The cultural indicators that I talked about earlier that are sort of going the wrong way, we’re, you know, in ever-increasing numbers, less and less people here in America, you know, and believe in God, and believe in Jesus Christ, and believe in truth and right and wrong.”

    I guess proper grammar and sentence structure is evil, too?

  • Stev84

    I’m looking forward to Perry/Santorum 2016. It will be awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351473675 Matthew Baker

    They beat the same old war drum for all its worth –tirade, tirade, tirade, porn, tirade, tirade, liberals, tirade, tirade, Jesus, tirade, tirade, Good Old Days, tirade, porn did we mention porn?…

  • Brian Scott

    Every time I see someone talk about the good ol’ paddle/yard stick/tawse/whatever, I have to go back and remind myself of the statistics that show youth crime having decreased in the past decade or so.

    Bet he wouldn’t be so keen on introducing a law mandating public whippings for lying politicians.

  • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

    I remember my third grade teacher had a big Bible, one of the biggest Bibles I ever saw, sitting on the corner of her desk, and on the other side of the desk was a yardstick, and I think she used the yardstick more. In classrooms today, you couldn’t have either one.

    And of course he’s lying. Corporal punishment is still legal in public schools in 19 states. 48 states allow corporal punishment in private schools.

    http://www.corpun.com/counuss.htm

  • pagansister

    The likes of Rick are ruining this country!

  • Tainda

    Said while masturbating to anime porn


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