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January 22, 2013 10:05 AM Rick Santorum Continues Weird War on College

By Daniel Luzer


Former Republican senator and, well, longtime education opponent Rick Santorum has lobbed another criticism at American academia. According to a piece in the Huffington Post:

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… [said] 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.’”

It’s true that Americans have become less religious in the last 50 years, but about 75 percent of college students still identify as Christian.

A Christian affiliation, however, does not necessarily indicate hostility toward gay marriage, abortion, or pornography. Many Christian churches do not oppose same-sex marriage and take pro-choice positions. Most mainline protestant churches have nothing whatsoever to say about pornography. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer