Santorum rails against Maher on 'Christian madrassa' comment
March 13th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
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Santorum rails against Maher on 'Christian madrassa' comment

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum hit back against Bill Maher Monday night after the liberal talk show host criticized Santorum for home-schooling his children, calling his home a "Christian madrassa."

Responding to his comments, Santorum, a devout Catholic, said on Fox News that "folks on the left" are out there "trashing anybody who stands up for Christian conservative values, anybody who dares to actually teach their children faith in their home."

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Maher made the remarks on his show Friday, saying that Santorum was sheltering his children and educating them in the home rather than in public out of fear they "could be infected by the virus of reason."

"It's no coincidence that the type of tree which God forbade Adam and Eve eating from was the tree of knowledge. Rick Santorum home-schools his children because he does not want them eating that (audio bleep) apple," Maher said. "He wants them locked up in the Christian madrassa that is the family living room, not out in public where they could be infected by the virus of reason."

The comedian has drawn criticism from many on the right for his comments against top Republicans. In response, some conservatives, including Sarah Palin, have called on a super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's re-election bid to return Maher's $1 million donation. The group, Priorities USA, has not indicated it would give back the contribution.

But Santorum on Monday, pointing to the uproar over Rush Limbaugh's comments last month against a law student who advocated for contraception coverage, said Maher's remarks were an “absolute double standard" from the left.

"All of a sudden, if you're instilling faith and teaching them about God in your home, you're a Madrassa, according to these folks, as if reason doesn't take place in these homes," Santorum said.

The candidate then argued his son, one of seven children, could take on Maher.

"Our children will out-reason him. My 12 year-old will out-reason Bill Maher when it comes to understanding how logic works, 'cause (Maher) is completely illogical," Santorum said.


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  1. Count Boogie

    There used to be a sign in the Youth Ministers office that said " 85% of children that don't accept Christ by the age of 18...NEVER WILL" Meaning..."If we don't BRAINWASH our children while their minds are easily manipulated by FEAR...they will grow up to THINK FOR THEMSELVES and realize that christianity is a bunch of insecure, self rightous, condeming crap!!" OH...FYI...if you couldn't tell I'm an EX Christian Preacher.

    March 13, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. PP1887

    I listen to Bill Maher and he is right on Santorum. I have news for Santorum – Whether or not you like it, your kids will definitely eat the fruit of knowledge one day, and if it happens before the elections, even your own kids will not vote for you!!! Santorum will forever be in the “bubble” while Mr. Maher continues to scream loudly at the “bubble”. After listening to Santorum’s comments, I could have sworn he was home-schooled as well.

    March 13, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Can't Stand Santorum

    But I think this is a smart move on his part politically.

    March 13, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. diridi

    this idiot is a cult leader...o.k,

    March 13, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Jon

    Given the long list of insane things that Santorum believes, from human reanimation to evolution denial, he isn't exactly in a position to call anyone irrational.

    March 13, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Georgia Tee

    Be carefull what ask forSantorum, don't write a check for your son, his azz can't cash ! Maher would eat him alive....Do use dems a favor, please let that debate happen...lol

    March 13, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Don

    Santorum said that carbon dioxide isnt bad...just ask plants! I suggest that Santorum find out how breathable carbon dioxide is to humans, and he can thank his god for those plants which turn it into oxygen for the rest of us humans, considering we dont have the same biology as plants! But he wouldn't know that, would he?

    March 13, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. GI Joe.

    Does Ayatollah Santorum teach his children science? Bet not. But he'll buy their way into any college or job they want.

    March 13, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Johnny

    If the madrassa fits....

    March 13, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    WRONG! I'm one of those folks on the left and I have nothing but respect for the personal decisions that parents make when it comes to educating their children. What I do have a problem with is generalized comments and inaccurate stereotypes agains people on the left. Comparing us all to Bill Maher is like comparing all conservatives to Limbaugh.

    March 13, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Love Maher

    I love that Santorum says his home is logical. Coming from a guy who is both pro-life and pro-death. I am not religous and I don't care if anyone else is religious, just don't bring it to my home. Also I wish the Religious would stop weighing in on government issues. If you want to wiegh in pay your induction fee like everyone else in this contry. If the church starts paying taxes I will start listening to what they have to say. Until then please shut it.

    March 13, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Foreverwar

    It seems like the right is just trying to take the heat off of Rush Limpblob.

    March 13, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. WhereIsPalin

    Hey Rick.........When you mention "Christian conservative values", are you also implying that there might be "Christian liberal values"? Or is it just a slick way of separating "folks on the left" from Christianity? How about just using the term "Christian values". However, people with true "Christian values" might not recognize "Christian conservative values" as being Christian-like.

    March 13, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Lainie11

    I've come to realize that most of the comments come from the wild LEFT. Support home schooling which millions are doing around the world, or stand up for morality, and the names begin from the radical left. Their inflammatory rhetoric can't be reasonable and support another's right to do so. It's the socialist left or nothing. You lefties have a lot to learn.

    March 13, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Pat in IL

    Folks on the left" ???? So much for intelligent reasoning, Santorum. To make the teaching of Christian values a political issue is very non Christian, and not intelligent thing to do. What an idiot.

    March 13, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. GI Joe.

    Will he force all of us to take our dead babies home and play with them for a few hours? Or sleep with them in our beds? How sick can one human be?

    March 13, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Payback

    Respect is earned.
    Conservatives have been bashing Democrats and Liberals so bad,
    Most conversations include the word "libtard".
    You tried to turn Democrat into a dirty word.
    Now its your turn.
    Bunch of rabid dogs, who cry foul when they get bit.

    March 13, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Dieter Zerressen

    Call it a Madrassa, call it home schooling: its brainwashing your kids with your ignorant beliefs. I want to see a long term study on how actual home schooled children do in college and later at work. I can't believe their education can be very deep in any field – look at the parents, for heaven's sake!

    March 13, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. GOP (Got only Psychopaths)

    In a war of wits Santorum is unarmed. Maybe we can pray away the GOP.

    March 13, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. logicman

    Sanctorum would be most happy if we had a Christian government modeled after the Taliban, minus, of course, the facial hair requirement.

    March 13, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Zil Zerimar

    Responding to his comments, Santorum, a devout Catholic, said on Fox News that "folks on the left" are out there "trashing anybody who stands up for Christian conservative values, anybody who dares to actually teach their children faith in their home."

    Rick Santorum (Google the word santorum) I'm a catholic and a liberal. You are a catholic and a consevative. We have to two differences. I'm liberal but I don't lie. You are a conservative but you are a liar.

    March 13, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. me

    I can tell all of you leftists have gone through public school!!!!
    LOL

    March 13, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. p

    Keep it up, Bill Maher!

    March 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Terry

    Funny that Santorum, with all his "Christian" values wants the Obama Superpac to return Maher's $1 Mil, but does not have the guts to condem the vile comments made against Ms Fluke by mr Limbag. But he sure is anxious to start a war with Iran!!!

    March 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. M

    Mulla Santorum has to keep his kids in a bubble because he is a hypocritical B after blasting Bill Maher yet he gave Drugsta Limbahh a pass.

    March 13, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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