During a recent discussion about Common Core, a set of educational standards created by the states, former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum declared that the Bible should be taught in public schools.

Santorum was appearing on conservative radio host Lars Larson's show last week when he said the "majority of people" should demand the Bible be taught in classrooms, noted RightWingWatch.org (audio below).

“We are the majority, the people who believe in the [conservative] values you were just talking about are the majority of people in this country, but we’ve allowed the elite, the academic progressive elitist left to ram all this stuff down our throat and we just take it,” complained Santorum.

“We need to take it back," added Santorum. "We need to say, 'Why is the Bible not taught in schools?' They’ll say, ‘Oh Lars this is terrible.’ The Bible is the basis of Western Civilization."

Santorum later insisted, “We need to give parents control of the education system in this country.”

However, Santorum failed to mention that the "majority" does not always set the rule of law. In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public schools could not force students to read the Bible.

Santorum, who may run for president in 2016, has also insisted that states have the right to ban birth control, even though that was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1965.

“The state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that," Santorum told ABC News in 2012. "It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statues they have. That is the thing I have said about the activism of the Supreme Court, they are creating rights, and they should be left up to the people to decide."

Sources: ABC News, Wikipedia, RightWingWatch.org