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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soundoff (761 Responses)
  1. johnny popper

    Maher is to late night TV what Limbaugh is to daytime radio. Entertainment for those who like thier politics. i am sure they both pretty wierd, selfish dudes away from their empires. Maher is to pot what Limbaugh is to oxycotton.

    March 13, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Cleareye

    When I hear a real Christian like Jimmy Carter complain about too much free speech I'll pay attention.

    March 13, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. angel916

    Hey Nick I guess you never have checked out other limbaugh shows and right wing radio station. You people hate everybody. Please come up with some facts beacuse you sound like one of Santorums home schooled children

    March 13, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. WireweirdinSF

    He can't do that he will have the dope heads attacking him about "freedom of speech." And according to them that does not apply to Republicans. You see democrat liberals are hypocritical, dope smoking, welfare frauds and if a Republican says something he shouldn't, there will be hell to pay. If a democrat liberal says something inappropriate, especially if he has just contributed a million dollars to the most inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president in our history, it is called "free speech." Do you all see the difference?

    March 13, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    The reichwing are spineless cowards that regularly criticize other religions except for Christianity Why is that wingnuts? It's because you are little weasels? Go crawl back into your holes and never come out.

    March 13, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. steven harnack

    Hey Nick, your post just shows how badly conservatives are itching to be what we know they are. You know that old saying that in wine is truth? Well in your pique you may have revealed more than you wanted to.

    March 13, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Nathan

    Maher is a liability and an asset for Democrats. He plays a kind of Rush Limbaugh role–contemptuous of those who disagree with him, superior and smug, self-aggrandizing. On the one hand, if this bleeds over into what people believe about Obama and Democrats in general, then it's destructive. On the other, if it just establishes a far-out wing to the left of Obama and most Democrats, then it makes them seem more moderate/conservative, an advantage in an election. It's too bad that we need the Limbaughs and Mahers to play these roles, but it is what it is.

    March 13, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Lolo

    Ask Sarah did she return those millions she collected from her base that belittled the President at every turn? This lady needs to go away. Also the republican party is just plain goofy. These people really need a reality check. How can you run for president and you can not articulate your message to people.. Ms. Palin and Joe the Plumber just keep dumming down the republican party. It is true because what they have running for president just proves it. You don't have to be stupid to run for president. I want a smart and knowlegable person in that seat and from what I see of the republican party they really need to wait until 2016.

    March 13, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. steven harnack

    Hey Nick, your post just shows how badly conservatives are itching to be what we know they are. You know that old saying that in whine is truth? Well in your pique you may have revealed more than you wanted to.

    March 13, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Maher's right...

    ...and his is the optimistic view. If it were just intolerance and indoctrination that would be one thing. But "home schooling" is all too often a euphemism for parents on drugs and/or child molesters who don't want their kids to have access to adults who will tattle on them. "Values" my a$$.

    March 13, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    Nick

    I've come to the conclusion that all the calls for civility that come from the left are simply posturing – there are dozens of examples of left-wing media commentators referring to conservatives as terrorists, mullahs, issuing fatwas, etc.

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    Care to provide a link to your claim Nick? No? Didn't think so.

    March 13, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. starman

    This wack job spews his absolutely bat nuts crazy American Taliban rhetoric every night on the news... hes gonna get it right back in his face by sane rational people.

    March 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Doug

    For the Nazis it was the Jews, for the Democrats it is the Christians. National Socialists are the worst mankind has to offer.

    March 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Cedar Rapids

    "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. "

    As is the double standard you are applying towards condemning the left considering the weak condemnation you had for Limbaugh. How strong was it now? I think you said it was 'absurd' but that he was just being an entertainer.

    March 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Louis in Wisc.

    Go Bill we need more people thinking like this otherwise we we will be just like the taliban.

    March 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Richard Miller - Sorry, but this time Bill is 100% correct. Just look at where this country is headed with the proliferation of home schooled children being turned out into a society where they have no social skills.
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    No social skills??? Have you seen the drop outs, dummies and criminals in training the public schools are churning out by the tens of thousands? Get grip on reality.

    March 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. WMoonFox

    There goes that Christian persecution complex again. "The left" is out to get all God-fearing Americans, so vote Republican!

    March 13, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. Joe

    Since slick Rick is not linving in his old PA school district, which paid for his kids cyber school while living in DC, wanted to save a few bucks to run for priesident. Rick needs to crawl back into his cave and convene his madrassa.

    March 13, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Why cannot Libs ever mind their own business? There is absolutely NO WAY that a Conserv. would presume to criticize anyone about something like this!

    March 13, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Scott

    Bill Maher is a jerk, but he's dead on with his point, here. No, no, Mr. Santorum, no one's criticizing your decision to educate your children in the ways of your religion; they're pointing out that the reason you keep them out of other schools is because you're afraid of competing points of view. You think your 12-year-old can defend his beliefs with reason? Then let him attend public schools where he'll have to.

    March 13, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. adrifter

    eric... So, it appears you are one of those people who comment without knowing what you are talking about. You say Bill Maher criticizes all relgions, except Islam. Obviously, you have never seen his movie 'Religulous', never seem his TV show, and never seen his stand-up act. Get informed before you talk. You know, arguments are always a little stronger with facts. However, you don't really like facts, do you?

    March 13, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Joe

    Santorum seems to be a crybaby. He can dish it out but he can't take it.

    March 13, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. jj

    What is Santorum upset about? He needs to look up the meaning of madrassa. It is a perfect description of a Christian home school.

    March 13, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. ronmac2

    The liberal minded agenda that is forced fed to our school children throughout school and college is wrong. But luckily, once most of our kids get older and have to start paying the bills, they tend to lean towards fiscal conservatism. For me, it has nothing to do with religion at all....

    March 13, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. ick

    @ SLP
    you're right. it is an attack on religious fascism. YES BILL MAHER!

    March 13, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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