Rick Santorum is doubling down on his anti-Obama religious rhetoric. After claiming the President believed in a “phony theology,” yesterday Santorum said the President is apart of a secular plot to strip believers of their faith.

During an interview with Glenn Beck, Santorum explained why he thought President Obama wants to encourage more people to go to college.

“I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely,” he said. “The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country.”

Never mind that college-educated people out-earn their less educated counterparts or that increasingly more jobs require a degree, Rick Santorum thinks the President is trying to turn you into a satanic pawn.

To back up his hypothesis, Santorum quoted some faulty statistics, citing that “62 percent of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it.”

While it’s true that higher education levels sometimes leads some to questioning religious beliefs, this is probably due in part to the individual’s ability to think critically about the faith they grew up with. However, a study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologist Philip Schwadel found the opposite to be true.

Santorum’s rhetoric comes just as questions about the church’s role in government (and vice versa) reached a fevered pitch.

After the Obama Administration mandated that all health care providers would have cover contraception without a co-pay, many in the Catholic church cried foul. After concessions by the Administration were made to ensure that religious organizations would not have to pay for contraception if it violates their religious teachings, many on the Right continued to argue that the government was overreaching.

Throughout this election cycle Sen. Santorum has continued to bring up religion and Santorum’s wife has even said that God wants her husband to run for president to save the country from President Obama.

While the founding fathers explicitly stated, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust,” it seems like many in the Republican party are attempting to do just that.

What do you think? Does religion have a place in political discourse? 

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    No, religion should NOT have a part in political discourse. As is, politics is about manipulation and lies that are made to appear to be truths. Why complicate it further by bringing religion into the picture?!

    -This Santorum fellow is crazy. Next, he is going to be blaming Obama for his whiteness and sheer stupidity.

  • E.M.S.

    Santorum just keeps proving over and over that he’s a world class moron. Education does not take place of religion, it simply provokes the educated to think more deeply about what religion means to them personally and what it does for them. This could either lead them to abandon it or strengthen their beliefs.

    And I think many people stop bothering with religion because as children they were not given a choice. They were told they HAD be of a particularly one, had to go to church, had to pray, etc. etc. They weren’t given a chance to explore religion for themselves and at that age you don’t really understand what it’s about. You’re just doing what you were told.

  • Leo the Yardie Chick

    “Does religion have a place in political discourse?”

    Will they accept feedback from all religious practitioners? So far, the only religion that seems acceptable in this current race is Christianity – their brand of it. To answer the question directly, I say no. Not everyone in the U.S. is a Christian, or even religious; either hear everyone’s faith out, or keep politics secular.

    I’d dismiss Santorum as a nut-job, but the off-kilter ones are often the most dangerous. They have nothing to lose.

  • Greg

    Santorum is correct.

    Complain about the man-hating doctrine of Feminism, against Climate Change, against Affirmative Action and see what you get on a college campus from ADMINISTRATORS let alone students.

    Meanwhile, I ‘ve never sen so much open hatred of white males ANYWHERE. here attacked in the very coursework. It’s ridiculous and I didn’t notice it for a long time.

    Go to any women’s studies class and see what they say about white males. They don’t even speak well of black men in the black female feminist classes. They pretend to be allies but this is false. They merely USE black men to strengthen their own case while putting them down as “beneficiaries of privilege in the form of Patriarchy” and if they don’t admit it (I’m benefitting?..where?) they’re sexists.

    Catholic Universities are the best places to go for black males especially if they intersect w/the STEM studies.
    It’s truly insane. Most higher institutions have become High School University!

  • theMuseintheMirror

    That’s interesting…the more and more I hear and see what these politicians are saying and doing…the more I lose faith in our political system, not God. These guys are nut cases…they are not Christian, by any means…ugh! It just irritates me!

    I think that if someone was to lose their faith or religion once they got to college, they obvisously wasn’t strong in it in the first place.

    As for me personally, I think going to college to get more knowledge (as the saying goes…) helped me develop a closer relationship to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Plus, there are tons of great Christian organizations that students could get involved in to fellowship with those like-minded. I am just sick and tired of all these old white men blaming all the world’s problems and what not on President Barack Obama.

    When will they realize that they started all of this mess? And by “mess” I mean most (if not all) the world’s problems. Think about it…

  • E.M.S.

    For me this has nothing to do with Santorum being white or male. I don’t care what color he is or what gender he is, it’s the ideas I have an issue with.

    And as for you assumption in women’s studies classes, I’ve taken one. Mine was never about targeting men whatsoever. We discussed gender issues of both sexes and how both sexes are met with unfairness in certain arenas. The goal was to teach students to recognize these issues and help society understand, address and rise above them. That’s what true equality is about.

    Do not make such blanket assumptions about these classes. Unless you’ve personally been to every single one currently offered and has assessed each individual curriculum, you cannot make that claim.

  • WhatIThink

    In the last week the rhetoric in American politics has been reaching a feverish level. At almost every turn someone is trying to turn something into an example of “black racism”. On some sites they have been saying that “African Americans For Obama” is racist. Then of course you have the supreme court case on affirmative action and the university of texas as another example of “black racism”.

    Those things should be taken as insults and not lightly. Why? Because it promotes a lynch mob mentality. Historically it has always been used as a way of diverting the attention of the people who are struggling to reconcile the promises of America with reality to a common foe or enemy, the boogie man, the black man.

    And right now this is a dangerous time, not because of Barack Obama, but because the nation is undergoing tremendous changes and the system needs a way to divert attention from the fact that it is the people at the top causing most of the problems. And the easiest way to do that is to cry “racism”, implying that black people are conspiring to stop someone from doing something in this country because of their race. Blacks don’t control jack and have tremendous issues of their own but of course that does not stop people from pulling this crap as a way of appealing to fake morality.

  • Dalili

    Does religion have a place in political discourse?

    No. Religion doesn’t have a place in the political arena because it’s subjective and open to interpretation. Given that mankind has used it to rationalize some of the most atrocious catastrophes’ of our time, I think it’s best to leave government matters to the law where there is little room for ambiguity. I believe in God; it’s the people who claim Him SOLELY for themselves that I take issue with.

    Rick Santorum has made some strange assertions before, but this one in my opinion takes the cake.

  • Greg

    “And as for you assumption in women’s studies classes, I’ve taken one. Mine was never about targeting men whatsoever. We discussed gender issues of both sexes and how both sexes are met with unfairness in certain arenas. The goal was to teach students to recognize these issues and help society understand, address and rise above them. That’s what true equality is about.

    Do not make such blanket assumptions about these classes. Unless you’ve personally been to every single one currently offered and has assessed each individual curriculum, you cannot make that claim.”

    Dear E.M.S.:

    Unless you’ve been to ALL of MINE (really dumb setting yourself up like that), you have no idea of the amount of abuse and scorned heaped upon men/boys/fathers and Patriarchy. That’s what they call true equality: maligning men. You know better don’t you? Men are spoken about as the enemy and I DECIDE WHAT HURTS ME IN SOCIETY not a bunch of man-haters who want to penalize more American businesses w/ mandatory paternity leave to serve their own anti-capitalistic needs. Indoctrinating men into believing they are a PROBLEM.

    We know EXACTLY what ya’ll have been doing in those classes and several suits are already forthcoming. BEST PART? Feminist wrote all the stuff down..,

    Idiots.

    Back to you-

    And GO SANTORUM!!!

  • E.M.S.

    Greg, I’m very disappointed this is how you think all women behave. And I’m disappointed that you have judged me without even knowing me. You’ve already decided you know my views and we’ve barely discussed anything, that is unfair. So is putting all women in the same box.

    Here’s a little lesson: the term feminist applies to a person who believes in equality of the genders, regardless of whether they are male or female. The term just comes from the word “feminine” because it was started by women. And of course it was, because historically society has treated us as second class citizens, and still does very much today. What you’re speaking of is a Feminazi, a woman who outwardly hates all men period. Me? I don’t hate men, I love the good ones, but despise the bad ones.

    You should’ve clarified that in your experience that is how the classes are, but you did not. That is why I called you on your false claim.

    And you seemed to have completely ignored my other statement, I don’t dislike people because of their skin color or gender, I dislike their views only.

    I must also wonder how old you are using caps and being so narrow minded like this.

  • Srenda

    @Greg Wow, I just read these words at the end of your post: “Go Santorum” and I spit my Lipton tea all over my computer. Are you serious? Rick “drag a woman by her hair and throw her over your shoulder Santorum?” That one!?! L…O…L…, W…T…F…?

  • Greg

    “Greg, I’m very disappointed this is how you think all women behave. And I’m disappointed that you have judged me without even knowing me. You’ve already decided you know my views and we’ve barely discussed anything, that is unfair. So is putting all women in the same box.”

    Don’t wilt like a flower now . You wanted it with me and caught it. Andddd???? Since Feminist decided to address us men en total, you’ll be BOXED as I SEE FIT. Moving on…

    “Here’s a little lesson: the term feminist applies to a person who believes in equality of the genders, regardless of whether they are male or female. The term just comes from the word “feminine” because it was started by women. And of course it was, because historically society has treated us as second class citizens, and still does very much today. What you’re speaking of is a Feminazi, a woman who outwardly hates all men period. Me? I don’t hate men, I love the good ones, but despise the bad ones.”

    Theory VS. Application.
    It’s a Hate Movement targeting Men, Boys. Fathers and Patriarchy. I’ve studied the movement madam “ONE-CLASS” and I know it better than you. Anything that attacks me I TEND TO STUDY UP ON. And you feminist have nothing NICE to say about Men at all unless their Gay, support your hate movement against them or wish to indulge in your YOUR VENTURES (did you notice the CAPS?)

    “You should’ve clarified that in your experience that is how the classes are, but you did not. That is why I called you on your false claim.”

    How dumb you sound. “Blanket Assumptions” from Madam ONE-CLASS. LOL. That’s my experience in those classes and independent study. What of it chump?

    “And you seemed to have completely ignored my other statement, I don’t dislike people because of their skin color or gender, I dislike their views only.

    I must also wonder how old you are using caps and being so narrow minded like this.”

    THE CAPS WERE READABLE were they not? Please stop it. LOL. Your embarrassing yourselve.

    I don’t really give a DAMN WHO YOU DISLIKE. But know this, you address me without knowing much of anything (by your own admission) and you can ADD me to that empty list.

    Now run along.
    or come w/ something better than that.
    EAGERLY WAITING……

  • Greg

    Srenda?

    Care to fill us in on something NICE that Obama has said about Black Men?
    I’d love to hear it.

    Anybody against women and their excesses (baby-Killing extraordinaire) I’m FOR.

    Just following the example that Feminist laid for me.

  • Srenda

    @Greg Whaaaat? You want Obama in a “nice” voice to reassure you that black men are good? Where’d that come from? Do you need him to do that? Are you a black man? And is this some kind of Tavis Smiley/Cornel West type resentment thing. Please tell me it is. Otherwise…I’m not so sure what you are on about. And of course, we all know that Rick Santorum has tons of positive things to say about BLAH men.

  • Greg

    I’ll be right back in 30 Srenda. Gotta take care of something…..

  • Greg

    “@Greg Whaaaat? You want Obama in a “nice” voice to reassure you that black men are good? Where’d that come from? Do you need him to do that? Are you a black man?”

    Which is WHY I didn’t vote for his Misandrist @ss when he spoke so negatively about Black Men on Father’s Day twice. I don’t support nay-sayers of black men. Are you a black women? Obviously you are cos’ YOU DO! He’s said nice things about YOU ALL. You’re not in our shoes being condemned so don’t tell me who I should respect or not.

    “And is this some kind of Tavis Smiley/Cornel West type resentment thing. Please tell me it is.”

    I don’t listen to any idiots who are black and don’t address the damage caused by Black Feminist and The state. They’re Liberals so avoiding them keeps my IQ from being insulted.

    “Otherwise…I’m not so sure what you are on about. And of course, we all know that Rick Santorum has tons of positive things to say about BLAH men.”

    He has a lot of nice things to say about FAMILY and RELIGION, previously cornerstones of the Black Community prior to feminist destroying both. By that measure of my concern I’d say I’m Blacker THAN YOU. LOL.

    Or does Santorum have to speak “nice” reassuring things to Baby killers and matriarchal Family Destroyers like black women to reassure YOU?

  • Rastaman

    If these utterances does not affirm for every person of color out here how people like this “frothy mix” view us then nothing short of actual shackles will awake you from your stupor. Knowledge is power folks and be aware of anyone who seeks to limit our ability to know. A college education is not necessary for every career endeavor but college level courses are so much more than preparing us for careers. More than anything it trains us to think critically. That is the real concern being expressed here, not to create enough critical thinkers who will challenge the fact challenged proclamations that spew from that orifice he considers a mouth. He thinks we should be a nation of “Home Schooled” nimrods out here who are convinced humans walked the earth with dinosaurs and the planet is only 10,000 years old. Sanitorium has no choice but to oppose higher education, without higher education he would likely be able to get more people to gobble up the “frothy” pabulum that comes out of his mouth on a daily basis.
    Wake up people! Be very, very vigilant against those who would wish to censor our access to information they only to seek to control your thinking.

  • Jen

    Easily the stupidest person in global politics today that is not living in West Africa.

  • Greg

    I prefer home-schooling and it’s picking up alot of steam. Why anyone would choose to let incompetent liberals educate their children is beyond me. However Black Parents are catching on to these racist. The “Higher Education Bubble” is indeed happening and has been the talk of conservative media the last 5 yrs. It’s quickly approaching and snobby Obama is trying to head it off w/ more tax-payer aid which in turn makes Universities RAISE TUITIONS. that’s why Obama and Acadenia truly “have feelings for one another” outside of his origin in the “Indoctrinate Me” institutions.

    Obama is a slave to Teacher’s Unions and it’s Liberal, SNOBBY incompetent education that relishes in hating boys and in particular minority boys that it chooses to DRUG with Ritalin (teachers get kickbacks from the medical establishment) rather than educate our boys. This has been going on for YEARS and they do nothing about it because it’s planned that way. Liberals hate men and boys in preference for Women and girls.

    —”Despite giving lip service to education reform, the Obama administration has decided to put an end to the very successful D.C. school voucher program. This despite a United States Department of Education report that found students in the nation’s capital that were provided with vouchers allowing them to attend private school through the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program had made statistically significant gains in reading achievement.

    According to the department’s evaluation of the three-year-old program, “those offered a scholarship were performing at statistically higher levels in reading—equivalent to 3.1 months of additional learning,” something very much in line with previous findings concerning the program’s effectiveness.

    Columnist Juan Williams, who can often be found providing the liberal perspective on the Fox News Channel, called the decision to end the program, “Obama’s outrageous sin against our kids.”

  • Jen

    or the Middle East.

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