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'Yes We Can!': Rick Santorum Advocates Putting Bibles In Public Schools

| by Tony Tran

Former Republican presidential candidate and Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum called upon the American public with a message on Saturday at a convention for religious social conservatives: he wants Bibles in public schools.

Appearing in Orlando, Florida, for the convention (called The Awakening), the former presidential candidate spoke on several social issues, one of which seems to ignore the constitutional idea of the separation of church and state.

“The left cannot be successful in a country of God-given rights,” Santorum said to the crowd of religious right-wing supporters. “It can’t. Because they want to be the purveyor of rights, and if God is the purveyor of rights, then they lose. We have an obligation to educate, to form, within our churches to preach, within our families to educate, and to fight within our schools. 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 them take them out of the public schools.”

"You say, ‘Well, we can’t get them back in?,'" Santorum continued. "Yes we can! Yes we can!"

Trouble might arise for the former senator if he ever wants to see this implemented, as reading Bibles in public schools was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in the Abington School District v. Schempp case of 1963. The case ended in an 8 to 1 decision against Bibles in schools.

"How much are you willing to sacrifice?" Santorum said. "One person got the Bibles out of the schools. We have more than one person here! But you’ve got to have the same passion in preserving our country as they do to transform it."

Source: Talking Points Memo

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