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

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."

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

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.


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum
soundoff (761 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Hey, Maher is just a comedian, so what's the problem? Lighten up, righties.

    March 13, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Ron C

    Disappointing that people decide to follow the teachings of Bill Maher ,someone whose outlook toward Christians is helping to lead others straight into the bowels of hell. Sounds like Santorum is the one following "reason" in my book. Actually, I'd like to see Maher come around and accept Jesus before he perishes. Unlikely, but miracles do happen.

    March 13, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. AZ_Lyn

    I am neither a radical leftist nor rightest. Just a garden-variety Christian American woman interested in the well-being of all Americans. I find both Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher equally offensive and lacking in basic human decency. This just can't be what our founding fathers meant when they constructed the first amendment.

    March 13, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. SillyIdols

    Bill Maher is a joke.His followers are even funnier.His stand ups are about as funny as watching rabbits hop in my yard.

    March 13, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Ian

    Introduce Neil deGrasse Tyson to the Santorums, problem solved.

    March 13, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Robert J. Navin

    Bill Mahar objects to the concept of instilling an ethical concept in young children because his success is based upon the reality of preaching without having any such concepts. He is referred to as a comedian by his defenders, as though that explained his verbal meanness. Clearly his career as a comic had crashed long ago. I think he can make a buck by spouting mean and demeaning statements, and so he does.

    March 13, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. DrScott622

    Well, if the Press is Liberal you can only thank Richard Nixon and his Watergate clowns for that! Google the name "Jennifer Fitzgerald" and see what comes up!

    March 13, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. EddyL

    AH SHUT UP.... How do you home school kids if you're never home?

    March 13, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Sirned

    Someone needs to ask Santorum how is Christian based home schooling any different than a Madrassa?

    March 13, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Sparko

    Yeah, its ok for Rush to do a total character assignation on a woman he doesn't even know-Santorum's reaction was mild to say the least. BUT let another entertainer slam his own life choices and boy is he mad.....(.I am not in anyway defending Maher-I'd say his remarks were way past nasty, ), but rather pointing out Santorum Big Old Double Standard. I expect Ms. Fluke might comment that she would have " used different words"........

    March 13, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Is Maher just being absurd?

    March 13, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. kransky

    @Joe and others... Obama cannot control the price of gas or oil. You laugh at "liberals" for being naive, when you have clearly got a republican-sponsored BS education on economics via FOX... who's the naive one now?

    March 13, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. C Cole

    Santorum vs. Maher on Monday Night IQ Challenge. I'd watch a show like that. I wonder just which one would score the highest on the "reasoning" part of the test? Not to mention the test itself. Perhaps, like their personal finances, all people who seek public office must submit to an IQ test that would be made available to the public. This way would know who's not the sharpest tool in the shed and who is long before we voted.

    March 13, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Shortyboy

    Just one tinsey winsey little bit of difference between Rush and Maher-Rush is on the public airwaves and Maher is on HBO-duh! you have to pay to hear him. Just a small bit of logic.

    March 13, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. cigarman

    Santorum is a Religious nut. I feel sorry for his children, he has legally BRAIN WASHED his own children. People like Santorum need Psycological help, and then some Prison time for his transgressions against his children.

    March 13, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. iTALIAN NONNO

    Santorum is a hypocrite,.. he labels Obama a snob, for urging everyone to go to college,.. yet Sanctimonius,.. feels his kids are too good to be exposed to the school system,.. public or private,.. so he has his children brainwashed at home.

    March 13, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. George

    @Greg s: You were home schooled, weren't you?
    There, their, they're.... are all different words..... you didn't use one correctly.
    Who is Nichol the plug?
    I never listen to Rush or Bill, but I feel Slick Rick is a fanatic and extremist that could be a member of a cult or sect that promotes and attempts violence in the name of their radical beliefs..... I am from PA and had to put up with this political hack for years. He is not a leader, but a follower. If elected, he will not be the one making decisions, that will fall to his backers and handlers.

    March 13, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Maher vs Limbaugh

    The big difference between Maher and Limpbulb is that Maher is a comedian and Limpbulb is a joke. Not only that Rush Limburger smells like some old moldy cheese which has been in the refrigerator too long.

    March 13, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. arkieron

    Who is teaching homeschool while Rick and his wife are out campaigning?

    March 13, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Brojimbo

    "Logic" and "Santorum" used in the same sentence is a joke in itself. Conservative Republicans live on a different planet than reasonable people. I don't care about the Republitrolls anymore - they're consistently wrong, stupid, annoying, dumb, bigoted, (and most likely white males). Their kind will most likely die off in less than a century. Good riddance.

    March 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. jzipp

    Sounds like a double standard on the righties, Rush is funny but and just an entertainer but Maher is evil. I guess they can dish it out but cant take it in return.

    March 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Wanderer

    ... anybody who dares NOT to at all teach their children faith in their home."

    Let your children grow as they will

    March 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Jake

    Robert J. Navin – He is against instilling RELIGION into children when they're too young to know better. He's not against instilling ethics into children. Major difference. It can easily be argued that child indoctrination is a form of mental abuse. And it is undeniably a form of brain-washing. Maher is against that and so should any decent human being be.

    March 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. John

    @ Joe- you are a moron. You think Maher is a leader of the left? I don't think so. He's an entertainer. Now to gas prices...I bet no one heard a peep out of you when GWB was in the white house and prices were sky high. Surely you're smart enough to know that the POTUS has nothing to do with oil prices- it's speculation. If you don't know that, maybe you need to go back to 6th grade government class.

    March 13, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. jo an

    Thanks God I did not grow up in a Santorum MADRASSA....Can you think of a worse school???

    March 13, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31