Santorum Calls For More Bible Reading To Cure Public School Ills

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) claimed recently that the Uni­ted States is in serious trouble, but there’s a solution: Public schools should compel students to read from the Bible.

“We have an obligation to educate, to form, within our churches to preach, within our families to educate, and to fight within our schools,” Santorum said March 14 during a Religious Right conference. “Why are Bibles no longer in public schools? Don’t give me the Supreme Court. The reason Bibles are no longer in the public schools is because we let [the Left] take them out of the public schools.”

Santorum, a one-time failed presidential candidate who now runs a Christian movie production company, still has his eye on the White House and may launch another bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Since Santorum’s base consists exclusively of far-right voters, he has been pandering to that crowd with statements about his desire to infuse America with more of that old-time religion. A few months earlier, he spread another common lie in which he linked the principle of church-state separation to the Soviet Constitution.