Santorum Tells His Usual Lie About the Bible in Schools

Santorum Tells His Usual Lie About the Bible in Schools March 17, 2015

This weekend was Liberty Counsel’s annual Awakenings event, where Republican presidential candidates go to pander to the wingnut crowd by telling them everything they want to hear. Rick Santorum threw plenty of red meat at them, including this obvious lie about the Bible in public schools.

“We are on a crossroads in American history, a crossroads that looks like we are heading down in a direction that, let’s be honest, no civilization has ever been able to recover from,” Santorum warned, adding that the nation needs to return to God.

“The left cannot be successful in a country of God-given rights,” he said. “It can’t. Because they want to be the purveyor of rights, and if God is the purveyor of rights, then they lose. We have an obligation to educate, to form, within our churches to preach, within our families to educate, and to fight within our schools. Why are Bibles no longer in public schools? Don’t give me the Supreme Court. The reason Bibles are no longer in the public schools is because we let them take them out of the public schools.”

It simply isn’t true that the Bible is “no longer in the public schools.” Thousands, probably millions, of students and teachers take their Bibles to school every day. The only thing the Supreme Court said was that you can’t force students to read the Bible. It’s really hard to imagine a more blatant violation of the Establishment Clause than that, isn’t it? If forcing schoolchildren to read a religious book is not a violation, what would be?

If they forced them to read any other holy book, you can be damn sure Santorum would throw a fit of epic proportions (which is what distinguishes us from them — we would object in both cases because we are opposed to government forcing any religion on students with our tax dollars, while they only object if it’s a religion other than theirs).


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