Santorum blames colleges for indoctrination.

Rick Santorum has a problem.  You see, he wants people to believe in a thoroughly ignorant and out-dated position and, as people become more educated, they become less susceptible to ideas like inequality is a good thing or a group of nomads from an especially ill-educated portion of the world in the first century were privy to insights that trump those of modern scientists.

So a populace more exposed to higher education, rather than being the future, is a nation in trouble.

Rick Santorum said the nation’s colleges are promoting a “sea of antagonism toward Christianity” and “indoctrinating” its youth with ideals that support gay marriage, abortion and pornography.

Santorum called in to Tony Perkins’ “Washington Watch” on Tuesday to talk about the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling. The conversation dealt not only with abortion but also included other “symptoms” that have changed the nation.

Perkins spoke broadly, saying pro-choice Americans represent a troubled country that doesn’t choose life, meaning “That is to follow the principals, the teachings, the instructions of God … You see that as you’ve been in Washington, D.C. There is a rejection of this idea of truth, and that there is a foundation or morality, which needs to be upheld.”

Santorum agreed, adding that less young people devote themselves to Christianity. “If you look at the popular culture and what comes out of Hollywood, if you go to our schools and particularly our colleges and universities, they are indoctrinated in a sea of relativism and a sea of antagonism towards Christianity.”

“Abortion is a symptom. Marriage is a symptom. Pornography [is a symptom],” he continued. “All of these are symptoms to the fundamental issue that we’ve gotten away from the truth and the ‘Truth-Giver.’”

Because in Rick Santorum’s world, college education is indoctrination and packing kids into church to be told what to think because god said so is education.  When “following the principals, the teachings, the instructions of god” means denying yourself knowledge, god is either not on our side or (far more likely) you have been taken by a blatant scam.

He is right though: education is the antithesis of religion.  Anybody sharper than a bowling ball would then conclude that if a religion is at odds with education, the smart move is to keep education and get rid of the religion.  The problem for Rick Santorum is that it’s the smart move.

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.


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