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? 

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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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    • 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.”

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

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