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Rick Santorum: “Schools indoctrinate our children”

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After apparently being bullied into leaving gay people alone for the time being by Dan Savage, Rick Santorum has a new pet topic: schools, and how they "indoctrinate our children."

During a town hall meeting at the Orange City Public Library in Iowa, Santorum mentioned that earlier this week, he was criticized for saying that "schools indoctrinate our children," but took the opportunity to stand by his statement: "I said 'indoctrination' and I meant it."

"You wonder why young people can vote and flock for a guy like Barack Obama and say, if you look at the surveys, that socialism is better than capitalism — well, that's because they don't understand America," Santorum said. "They haven't been taught."

Ignoring the fact that I have no idea what surveys are showing that Americans think socialism is better than capitalism (a quick Google search turns up one from over a year ago that indicates the opposite, albeit by a small margin), why does it matter? Isn't this America, land of the diverging beliefs and reasonable discourse?

Anyway, he continued, this time turning to religion:

"Sixty-two percent of incoming freshmen come into college with a faith conviction and leave without it… I suspect if you took a control group of kids who don't go to college, that doesn't happen… We see this humanism and secularism being pushed on our children."

Actually, "Contrary to expectations, emerging adults that avoid college exhibit the most extensive patterns of religious decline."  So, as it turns out, your suspicions are, well, wrong, Rick — I would have thought someone who home-schooled his seven children through eighth grade would have known more about indoctrination.