Target: Former Senator and likely presidential candidate Rick Santorum
Goal: Apologize for advocating that the Bible be taught in public school classrooms once again.
The Christian Bible must be put back in American public schools as soon as possible, according to presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. That a man who wishes to become president some day chooses to ignore the separation of church and state is abominable. Demand Santorum apologize for his remarks.
Santorum made his outrageous comments during a recent talk he was giving at the Liberty Counsel’s far-right Awakening conference. In the tone and cadence of an evangelical church preacher rather than that of a respectful public servant, Santorum laid out to the audience the same conservative argument so often heard from the Christian nationalist fringe.
Saying that America was at a “crossroads” and that it needed to be saved by the church and “believers” to return to its former glory, Santorum explained that educating children was a fundamental component of the mission. Yelling “Don’t give me the Supreme Court!”—referring to the Court’s multiple reaffirmations that the Bible cannot be taught in public schools—Santorum said that Bibles needed to be brought back and taught in public schools, to shouts of “Amen!” from the crowd.
While such remarks are not uncommon in today’s charged political climate, they are still patently wrong. People who want to be president should be held to a higher standard. Sign the petition below to tell Santorum that it’s unconstitutional for the Bible to return to America’s public school system and demand that he apologize for suggesting otherwise.
Dear Mr. Santorum,
I am writing you today regarding comments you made at the Awakening conference. While political observers knew that this conference was going to produce some absurd conservative political commentary, your remarks have stood out to many as especially heinous.
I am referring specifically to your contention that the Bible must return to public schools. In saying this, you are displaying either a profound ignorance of the Constitution, or an alarming willingness to completely ignore it—and I can’t decide which is more inappropriate for a person with presidential aspirations. The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause states explicitly that no level of government in the United States can establish an official or preferred religion.
Public schools are a service provided by the government, so by extension, they also cannot establish an official or preferred religion. This is not a difficult concept to grasp. Indeed, the Supreme Court has explained it time and time again. Apparently that doesn’t matter to you, but the good thing about Supreme Court rulings is that they stand whether or not you agree with them.
Your comments are nothing short of dangerous and are entirely unacceptable in a potential president. I demand that you apologize for your remarks at once.
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