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. Joe G

    meow. CAT FIGHT!

    March 13, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Whatsthematterwithus

    Did Ricky say "reason" ? He doesn't know anything about reason. And his poor kids, well christian home school ,madrassa, educated kids aren't taught reason just dogma.

    March 13, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Snow

    so, calling an educated young woman a $lut and a pros.ti.tute is the same as calling a mans house a christian school? wow! what an analogy..

    March 13, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Ricky L

    I'd love to see a debate between Santorum and Maher.

    March 13, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Amused Canadian

    Chapter One in the Santorum Science Lesson: "The Earth is 6,000 years old"

    March 13, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. libs suck

    Libs hate it when they know the far right is correct

    March 13, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. sqeptiq

    trashing anyone who stands up for christian values, eh? Well, Ricky, why is the right always trashing anyone who does not SHARE their Christian values? Sauce for the goose, you know.

    March 13, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Ryan

    Religion of any variety, has no real foundation in logic. Religion is faith, not evidence.

    No one alive has ever seen what happened 2k years ago, heard the words, or spoke with any actual witnesses. It has all been handed down in stories that can get changed in time and misconstrued in translation. There isn't logic in belief without question.

    Questioning a guy who doesn't believe in evolution, climate change, and who is sheltering his children from what goes on in the real world, is fair to question.

    March 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. AgrippaMT

    Bill Maher is right on the mark in saying Santorum runs a "christian" madrassa in his home. Let Santorum and his fellow bible thumpers choke on it.

    March 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Ian: It's impossible to get behind republicans when they so eagerly display that they don't use the scientific method.
    ----------------------------------------------

    Who said anything about scientific method? Both Santorum and Maher are referring to logic and reason, which, as you know I'm sure, has very little to do with empiricism.

    By the way, did you use the scientific method to make your ill-informed statement?

    Conservatives, Christians, and home-schoolers alike all use the scientific method; however most of the time they recognize that it doesn't answer all questions in life, and therefore don't rely on it to do so.

    March 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. sal

    Maher,
    I can just imagine what little Bill M. was like in high school. Just a little un popular midget, and a clown to get attention.
    Talk about no brains!! Let see, where did Bill go to school???

    March 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Pedro

    Santorm is a comedian's dream come true. He's practically the second coming of Bush.

    March 13, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Matt

    "anybody who dares to actually teach their children faith in their home."

    LOL, exactly! We're worried that you're ONLY teaching them "faith" at home. As opposed to things that are, you know, USEFUL!

    And what a stupid comment about his 12 year old "out-reasoning" Maher when it comes to logic. That is a completely nonsensical statement.

    March 13, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. c

    non believers are so nasty and rude. I dont get mad when you dont believe why do you get mad when I believe.

    March 13, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Derek

    Good for you Mr. Santorum. Stand up to that insidious Maher fool. Please remain vigilant and stand up against all those that spew commentary that is an affront to Christian values and morals. Unfortunately this means the Limbaughs of the world too. Don't sell your soul to the devil just because the devil is syndicated.

    March 13, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. pubah

    I'm a huge fan of Bill's but I want to point out that, in the story of Adam and Eve, God forbade them to eat from "The Tree of Knowledge" not to be kept stupid, but so that they did not try to put themselves on the same level as God. Because, actually, whenever man thinks they know it all, they end up horrifically dangerous, creating atomic/nuclear bombs, invasive technology, etc. Then, all it takes is a left punch from Mother Nature to humble us once again and realize how insignificant we really are...we're not capable of handling such knowledge without filling it with greed, danger and corruption for self profit.

    March 13, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. cecilia

    this is so predictable – the Right Response – give it a rest Santorum – what Bill Maher does cannot compare to the rush, who is the mouth piece for your party
    you guys will find that we Democrats are not quite so gullible and willing to stay quiet and just shake our heads anymore

    March 13, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. pubah

    And home schooled kids are pretty darned bright. Seems like every Jr Jeopardy champ is always so home schooled kid!

    March 13, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Borat

    Ritchie Cunningham crossed with jerry Falwell= Ricky Jesus

    March 13, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. mikaman3000

    to SOS..............While you watch Game of Thrones, our government is making sure that we know who our king is. While you waste your life on a couch watching your !diot Box, our government is busy removing rights and freedoms that you so obviously take for granted. Your moniker could not be anymore appropriate. What a lemming

    March 13, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. commonbonds

    Poor Baby, Rick Santorum. Can dish but can't take. If we lay out his gay bashing comments through the years, one sentence after the other, there wouldn't be enough territory between Maine and Calfornia to hold them.

    March 13, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. pubah

    One last thing: Bill, btw, is half Catholic and half Jewish. He did the whole Catholic thing as a kid. Probably why he is now an atheist.

    March 13, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. NewYorkGeorge

    Will Rogers never met Bill Maher

    March 13, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Jeremy

    I agree with Maher.

    March 13, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. SF

    I thought this was about the economy Santorum? and i do feel sorry for your kids...they're being fed your ignorance at home..caged, and brainwashed. And look at that ugly daughter of yours...she looks like you in a wig! screw these right wing nutjobs..i'm sick of them!

    March 13, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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