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Santorum rails against Maher on 'Christian madrassa' comment

10:30 pm - 03/13/2012
(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."

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.


Both Maher and Santorum are pretty full of fail here, seeing as "madrassa" doesn't mean what EITHER of them think it means...
endlos_schleife 14th-Mar-2012 04:30 am (UTC)
and I've always learnt madrassa just meant school. Guess I need to question my Arabic education then.
ladypolitik 14th-Mar-2012 05:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, but it's Maher; he was deliberately going for the modern-day politicized/sensationalist characterization of what is essentially just Islam-centric education. (And of course, Santorum, being a blithering idiot to begin with, lost his shit over it.)
endlos_schleife 14th-Mar-2012 12:28 pm (UTC)
oh I gathered that much. Without actually knowing too much about who Maher is I understood that he seems to be a giant troll. Just like Santorum.
harumi 14th-Mar-2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Lol, course not. Because to these idiots' eyes anything to do with Islam/Arabic (they are one and the same doncha know?) creates terrorists. Never mind that madrassa could be compared to any catholic school christian private school or even Sunday school. But no, it's ISLAM!!!!!one11eleventy

The hypocrisy of Christians never cease to amaze and disgust me.

Edited at 2012-03-14 08:19 pm (UTC)
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