Former Sen. Rick Santorum joined Steve Doocy on "Fox and Friends" this morning to weigh in on several topics, including the controversy surrounding Indiana's new religious freedom law.

The state has drawn a fierce backlash, with critics arguing that the law allows discrimination against gay people.

"It's never been used for that purpose," Santorum said. "We believe that the First Amendment actually should be in practice in America, that people should have religious liberty, the free exercise of religion."

Santorum explained that the bill prohibits state and local governments from infringing on a person's religious beliefs without a "compelling" interest.

He said this doesn't mean that anyone who claims a religious exemption or cause automatically wins the debate, but it makes the court consider the legitimacy of a person's religious objection.

"That's all it does," Santorum said. "It allows for the discussion to be had."

"We have come to the point in America where religion is considered so unimportant that corporate America can stand up and exercise its economic muscle to make sure that people of faith have no say in exercising their faith in the public square. That's a very dangerous thing."

Watch more from Santorum in the "Fox and Friends" clip above.


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