Sen. Tim Scott: ‘Foundation of the American Dream’ Is ‘Judeo-Christian’

By Penny Starr | May 27, 2014 | 11:05 AM EDT

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen on the Wall event on Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Washington, D.C. ( Starr)

( - Speaking at a pastors’ retreat last week in Washington, D.C., Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said the foundation of the American dream is Judeo-Christian, and part of that dream is school choice.

“I believe in school choice, because if we are going to have a way to make sure that our kids are properly educated, including a biblical worldview, we should be able to use our resources that go to the government in the way that best suits the American dream,” Scott said at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event on Thursday.

“And the foundation of the American dream is the Judeo-Christian foundation,” he said.

Scott shared with the audience of hundreds of pastors from across the country that he grew up in a single-parent home and struggled in school but was able to achieve his success because of his mother’s encouragement that he could be whatever he wanted to be through education.

Scott, who said he considered becoming a pastor before beginning his political career, said his Christian beliefs shape his work as a U.S. senator.

“So I have to craft legislation consistent with the word of God, but that reflects a national perspective regardless of whether they understand Galatians 6:7 and 6:5,” Scott said, referring to the New Testament biblical scripture (NRSV) that reads: “For all must carry their own loads. Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow.”

“So when I talk about the fact that education’s a powerful weapon towards the American dream, I think about the necessity of delayed gratification,” Scott said. “And so what I want to do is make sure that parents have the opportunity to choose the path of education for their kids.”

Scott is in his second year in the Senate after being appointed by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the vacancy left when Republican Sen. Jim DeMint left his seat to lead the Heritage Foundation.