Colleges Diminishing Faith

Rick Santorum has said some very crazy things.  This one, in my eyes, trumps them all.

He accurately points out that a college education has the effect of convincing people that Christianity is bunk.  Somehow Santorum concludes the problem is with education and not with Christianity.

In Santorum’s eyes, colleges are not institutions that teach people about a variety of cultures, allow young adults to specialize in a discipline (and to augment the quality of the world through that specialty), and teach critical thinking, they are places where people give up four years of their lives and tens of thousands of dollars to be indoctrinated.  Seems a rather foolish strategy when one can get indoctrinated for free in a church.

If your faith puts you at odds with education, that should tell you quite a bit about the value of your faith in making people better.

Tell me again how religion makes the world a better place…

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    Wow. I’m speechless. It is like someone tried to write out a caricature of what a crazy fundie would say to be a strawman, and that strawman came to life. And then Santorum found this character and tried to one-up it.

    This is simply insane.

  • DaveL

    “We’ve been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of the population”

    -Pastor Ray Mummert

  • Steve

    Also somewhat ironic given that America has more Christian madrassas masquerading as colleges than any other country. If someone wants to go to church every other day and live under draconian rules while studying, they can do that

  • a miasma of incandescent plasma

    Let’s remind him that college also reduces belief in Islam, and see if goes into full Logic Bomb

    I bet the resulting asplosion would be a mix of frothiness.

    • Ben Crockett

      Haha! Yes!!!

  • Les Lane

    Problem is neither Christianity nor education, it’s pinheads.

  • BentleyOwen

    I heard a lot of talk about colleges being dangerous when at the various youth groups I went to as an adolescent. Many of the adults seemed to believe that the explicit goal of many science and philosophy professors was to turn good Christian kids into atheists. This is why schools like Oral Roberts University (which is in my hometown) are so important to fundies.

  • Ben Crockett

    Watching that man speak just now… kinda made my face hurt a little bit.

    • Aliasalpha

      Do your knuckles hurt as well? I caught myself almost punching my own face just as an automatic defence mechanism

  • carija

    This level of either fantastic delusion or crass nihilistic pandering by Santorum is sick. I view anything he says publicly as a denial-of-service attack on my brain.

  • Michaelyn

    Oh no, colleges are making students open their minds and think for themselves! Make it stop! Soon we’ll all be reasonable and *gasp* accepting of other cultures!

  • Laura

    Is it bad that I’m kind of okay with indoctrinating kids to be tolerable human beings? Isn’t that the same thing kindergarten is supposed to do?

  • LawnBoy

    “Radical Secular”

    What does that phrase even mean? It’s like “Extremist Neutrality”.

  • cag

    Faith diminishes colleges. Oral Roberts, Liberty etc.

  • Zinc Avenger

    @Lawnboy, 11:

    What makes a good man go neutral? Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?

  • CompulsoryAccount7746

    @Lawnboy, 11:
    If one is at an extreme position, any pull toward center is a threat. The center would be a total nullification, which I guess might seem extreme (no Jebus, gasp!). And the range past center in the opposite direction would be unthinkable horror.

  • Heather

    I have to correct you on one point, JT.
    “Seems a rather foolish strategy when one can get indoctrinated for free in a church.”
    Churches generally expect you to pay some kind of tithe or else look down upon you. So while you can technically get indoctrinated for free, they still expect you to pay up.