Santorum Accuses Colleges of Anti-Religious "Indoctrination" But Gingrich Said it First
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Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 11:09:32 AM EST
CBS and other media outlets have pounced on a Rick Santorum claim, that America's colleges and universities are hotbeds of anti-religious "indoctrination", but Newt Gingrich has been saying that for years.

As Santorum declared in a January 25, 2011 church appearance in Naples, Florida, "If they taught Judeo-Christian principles in those colleges and universities, they would be stripped of every dollar. If they teach radical secular ideology, they get all the government support that they can possibly give them. Because you know 62 percent of children who enter college with a faith conviction leave without it."

But in a speech Newt Gingrich made last October 2011, at a secretive gathering in Naples, FL, before hundreds of assembled Florida pastors, former House Speaker Gingrich made extremely similar charges (video link) :

"I for one am tired of the long trend towards a secular, atheist system of thought dominating our colleges, dominating our media...

...half of what is taught in American colleges and universities is false, it is a lie and I think we ought to take it head on... I'm talking about the academic left, which dominates American history, dominates American social studies, and is determined to propagandize our children with values and ideas alien to the American tradition and alien to American civilization."

[below: video excerpts from the Champion The Vote / United In Prayer 2-hour voter registration video "One Nation Under God, featuring candidate Newt Gingrich]

While mainstream media has identified lagging Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum as the current favorite of the evangelical right, evangelical and born-again voters opted for Newt Gingrich over Santorum in the South Carolina primary, by a 2:1 margin.

Why? The reality is that Newt Gingrich has deep and longstanding alliances with some of the most influential figures on the religious right, especially new, rising leaders who are supplanting the old guard leadership, the Dobsons, LaHayes, Robertsons, and Wildmons who helped lead evangelicals into politics and who played major roles building the movement.

As Talk To Action contributor Rachel Tabachnick describes, there are at least eight major reasons why Gingrich is attractive to conservative evangelical voters.

One of those areas Gingrich has focused on with especial intensity is Christian nationalist revisionist American history.

In a January 26, 2011 Alternet story, I detail Gingrich's involvement with this pervasive genre of pseudo-history, including his appearance in a voter registration video along with leading history falsificationist David Barton, who claims in the video that key concepts in the United States Constitution were derived from the Old Testament books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy.

Barton made that claim at the same October 20-21, 2001 pastors gathering in Orlando, Florida, at which Gingrich claimed that America's secular colleges and universities "propagandize our children with values and ideas alien to the American tradition and alien to American civilization."  




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I work at a Catholic university. There's plenty of federal dollars around here, in the form of research grants, student loans, and such. All undergraduate students are required to take a theology and a philosophy course. You can do an advanced degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) in Religion or Biblical studies (Arts and Sciences College) on a federally backed student loan. You cannot do a professional ministerial terminal degree on a federally backed loan.

by NancyP on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 01:20:23 PM EST
Our end of Canada has no Catholic Universities. Do you have only "orthodox" Catholic Theology and Philosophy professors, conventional "academic freedom", or something in between?

by arachne646 on Mon Feb 06, 2012 at 01:00:27 PM EST
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Most Catholic Universities in the US have professors from other traditions.  It is not unusual, for example, to have a rabbi, and Protestant professors in the religion departments.  With that, however, comes the caveat that religion professors DO have to meet whatever standards the faculties have.  It would be very unusual, for example, to have a Protestant professor who openly teaches that the Pope is the antiChrist.  

Pr Chris

by CalSailor on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 10:37:23 PM EST
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