Yet Another Santorum Sneeze…

Screen Shot 2013-02-22 at 7.48.15 PMBy: SN

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…and I aint sayin’ bless you.

A few weeks ago, Rick Santorum said to a crowd of whooping sycophants in South Carolina that the concept of equality that this nation was founded “doesn’t come from Islam.” He continued, “It doesn’t come from the East and Eastern religion, where does it come from? It comes from the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, that’s where it comes from.” Now the immediate thought for anyone reading this would be that the God of Isaac, Jacob and Abraham is the same God in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. But unfortunately, Santorum continued to speak, and his thoughts not only reveal a lack of knowledge of Islam, but his hypocrisy and ignorance about our country’s founding fathers.

He said that since equality comes from God, people—most notably those darn liberals—should first conform to God’s laws before begging for equality:

“So don’t claim His rights, don’t claim equality as that gift from God and then go around and say, ‘well we don’t have to pay attention to what God wants us to do’….If your right comes from God, then you have an obligation to live responsibly in conforming with God’s laws, and our founders said so, right?”

It’s ironic that he points out hypocrisy he sees in other Americans, when he, by harkening back to the founding fathers while simultaneously disrespecting Islam, is displaying that same hypocrisy. He and most other republicans love to reminiscence about the good old days, when our founders had slaves, and denied Jesus (AS) was the son of God. What they are conveniently forgetting, however, is how much respect our founding fathers had for Islam.

John Adams, the second president of the US, named the Prophet Muhammad one of the world’s great truth seekers alongside Socrates and Confucius and owned a copy of the Qur’an –a 1764 English edition that he bought while studying law in Williamsburg, Va (the very same one Keith Ellison used to take his oath of office). Our nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, learned Arabic through his very own copy of the Qur’an and held the nation’s first iftar dinner. It’s funny that if Adams and Jefferson were alive today, they would definitely not have passed Herman Cain’s loyalty test, as owners of the Qur’an.

The Founding Fathers also drew upon principles from Islamic civilizations—among many others—in creating the American political and judicial system. Benjamin Franklin even stated that Native Americans would have been safer in a Muslim country, as Islam shows even prisoners more humanity than the frontiersmen had shown Native Americans. Franklin also praised the compassion of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), writing that the Prophet (SAW) had commended the soldiers who treated their captives with humanity.

What’s more, people—most notably Republicans—have forgotten how worldly the Founders were. Just like us, they lived in a convoluted and hostile global environment, dominated by religious strife, and bloody competition between empires. Yet better than us, they saw the world as it was, through a clean lens, without enlarging our enemies into monstrous demons. These days, I can’t even imagine a Republican carrying a history book, let alone a Qur’an.

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