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Rick Santorum In 2008: Mainstream Protestantism Fell Out Of 'World Of Christianity'

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Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum once said Protestantism left the
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum once said Protestantism left the "world of Christianity."

As far as Rick Santorum is concerned, mainstream Protestantism "is gone from the world of Christianity." That's what he told students at Florida's Ave Maria University, founded by Domino's Pizza mogul Tom Monaghan, during a 2008 lecture.

The clip was unearthed by People for the American Way and played on Saturday's "Up With Chris Hayes" on MSNBC.

"We all know that this country was founded on a Judeo-Christian ethic. But the Judeo-Christian ethic -- sure the Catholics had some influence -- but this was a Protestant country," said Santorum. "And the Protestant ethic, mainstream, mainline Protestantism, and of course we look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country and it is a shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it."

Watch the video from MSNBC above.

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