In recent days, as reported in the Huffington Post, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has encouraged promotion of the blissful ignorance of the American public. He has suggested that going to college causes secularization–that is, it causes students to lose their faith:
“I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely,” the candidate told noted scholar Glenn Beck. “The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country.”
Santorum also says that if he is elected, he will home-school his own Seven Little Santorums (or is the plural “Santora”? excuse my obsession with words: too many English classes) after arriving in D.C., apparently to protect them from the secularizing influence of public school teachers.
Seems it’s education’s encouragement of “critical thinking” skills that bugs Santorum. Indeed, why learn how to think in school when you can learn what to think in church? All that yabber-jabber about questioning and reasoning just leads to the rise of troublemakers like Galileo and Louis Pasteur. I mean, if Our Lord had wanted our milk to be bacteria free, wouldn’t He have created a built-in filter mechanism on Holsteins’ udders?
And, by the by…. Seven kids? When was the last time a U.S. president had a brood like that? After the election are we going to have to build a new wing on the White House to accomodate the anti-birth-control president’s First Family?