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Santorum: Equality ‘doesn’t come from Islam’ but from ‘God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob’

23 January 2012 General 16 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
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Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum provoked an angry response from the Council on American-Islamic Relations Saturday for saying equality “doesn’t come from Islam“ but ”from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

“I get a kick out of folks who call for equality now, the people on the left, ‘Well, equality, we want equality.’ Where do you think this concept of equality comes from?” Santorum said during a South Carolina campaign stop Friday, ABC News reported. “It doesn’t come from Islam. It doesn’t come from the East and Eastern religions, where does it come from? It comes from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that’s where it comes from.”

The former Pennsylvania senator, a Catholic, has spoken openly about faith on the campaign trail.

“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. We don’t have to pay attention to God’s moral laws.’ If your rights come from God, then you have an obligation to live responsibly in conforming with God’s laws, and our founders said so, right?” Santorum asked.

In a statement, CAIR communications director Ibrahim Hooper called Santorum’s remarks “inaccurate and offensive,“ and said the organization was sending the candidate a copy of the Quran so he could ”educate himself.”

“The Quran, Islam’s revealed text, is the best refutation of Mr. Santorum’s inaccurate and offensive remarks, which are unbecoming of anyone who hopes to hold our nation’s highest office. Christians, Jews and Muslims all worship the same God and share religious traditions that promote justice and equality,” Hooper said. “We suggest that Mr. Santorum educate himself about Islam and the American Muslim community by reading the Quran that we will send to his campaign headquarters next week.”

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  1. How more ignorant can he ( Rick Santorum) be? I don’t expect everyone to be an expert on everything, but, please, before one makes statements about religion(s), especially what rights, freedoms, and limitations are given or required, one should make oneself knowledgeable about that religion. Besides those that believe in God or our Creator, what about atheists? No matter what one believes, one must abide by our U.S. Constitution, which affords each of us rights, liberty, freedom as well as responsibilities. What is the matter with people in this country? So many bigots, so many racists who would deny others from living their lives here, the land of the freedom. Why do so many have to show their ignorance and malice towards others who just want to raise their families, earn a living, and be happy with their neighbors? If one believes in God, the God of Abraham, as do the Christians, Jews and Muslims, we all are here in this life to worship Him that gives us all in our lives. I truly believe that no matter what religion or set of beliefs one has, one will always be tempted to treat others unjustly at times to serve their own self-purpose or need. Jealousy, greed, suspicion, the need for superiority all can tempt those in a position that can influence others. I just pray that God keeps my heart and mind open and I pray the same for those who wish to serve God’s people.

  2. Santorum is an idiot & a religious fanatic. He’s right up
    there with Bachman in historical knowledge.

  3. this made me lol. Just another ignorant GOP candidate.

  4. The silly people at CAIR assume he can even read. The man is just pandering to the right.

  5. another gop fool

  6. Reading the first paragraph of any article on Islam would have taught him that Islam and Christianity both worship the same God and both are Abrahamic religions. Apparently Mr Santorum can’t see past his own religion.

  7. Separation of church and state anyone? The scary thing is that this man could become our president anyway. Sigh. Can’t fix stupid…

  8. Wtf our whole basis of islam is abraham isaac and jacob, we believe abraham n ishmael built the kaaba, we believe in them we love them we name our kids after them! My grandfathers name was yacob yosef, aka jacob jpseph, ummm hello?! Idiot

  9. What a fool.

    All religions deserve equal representation, Abrahamic or otherwise. Consequently, we need separation of church and state, not Santorum’s Christianized Shariah Law. As for Muslims and Christians not worshipping the same God:

    “Say (O Muslims), “We believe in Allah and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma’il (Ishmael), Ishaque (Isaac), Ya’qub (Jacob), and to Al-Asbat [the twelve sons of Ya’qub (Jacob)], and that which has been given to Musa (Moses) and ‘Iesa (Jesus), and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islam).”- Qur’an 2:136

    EPIC FAIL rick.

  10. CAIR states “that we all worship the SAME god”?? That is a falsehood. This is pure takiyya. Why do the muslims in for instance Indonesia forbid the christians to call god Allah? Because they know that Allah is NOT JAHWEH. If you analyze the islamic scriptures (sira, sunna, hadith and qu’ran) is becomes crystal clear that allah is an ancient moongod, who was a originally a godess, a female deity.

  11. Technically, the founding fathers referred to “the Creator”. This was so that the text could fit both the views of more traditional Christians believing in the God of the Old and New Testaments as well as those of men influenced by the enlightenment, who believed in a Creator, Divine Architect, etc, as well as any other concept of the divine that might be held in this country. People have already posted enough that yes, Islam DOES revere the God of Abraham. I just thought I’d also point out that it wasn’t just the Christian or even the Abrahamic God whose name was invoked in the founding texts of America, but just the general concept of the divine which can be interpreted however one wishes. Equality can come from Huitzilopochtli for all the founding fathers cared, so long as it’s still equality

  12. Dear Kafir Harby, I don’t know what Quran you are reading but I don’t believe that my Quran does not say any of this nonsense. Yes, what nonsense!

  13. Kafir (lol) harby

    The name kafir was used to describe Arab pagans in early mekka. Your not from the Quraysh, your probably not Arab, you werent born over 1400 years ago. Americans arent kufaar. There are believing americans, (aka muslims n christians n jews) and there are atheists and buddhists and the like. If you wanna call yourself american to spite muslims lol its not gonna work. America isnt a problem to anyone, if you believe we call americans kufar or infidels like the media says than your right up there with Santorum.

    Thats actually ARABIC pagan scriptures. Old pagan rituals, the believed in Al Uzza, their arab versian of the Roman goddess Venus. And they, like native americans, believed in a supreme one being (allah is only the arabic word for god) who distributed their powers to nature and statues. Islam believes in the God of Abraham and Joseph, and every biblical prophet. Theres no moon God. They believed in Lat, another god statue thing. They despised the idea of monotheism because it clashed with the belief of their ancestors. Its like saying hispanic Roman Catholics dont believe in Jesus because they call him in a way pronounced differently. (hey-zoos) and they say dios as God, do they also believe in moon gods, mayan or incan gods maybe. I highly doubt that you read the quran or hhadith. Or ever spoke to a muslim. Islam is the exact opposite of poltheism. And takiyyah? I believe thats a shiite thing where your allowed to lie abt yoyr religion if your threatened for it. Im not shiite. Im sunni. Thats a political division btw

  14. Oh by “they despised” i mean the Quraysh, particularly abu lahab, abu jahal, and abu sufyan, who im sure youve never heard of.

  15. @ Kafir Harby:

    Again with the trite “Moon God myth”! My response? From the Qur’an itself:

    “Among His Signs are the Night and the Day and the Sun and Moon. Prostrate (adore) not to the Sun and the Moon but prostrate to Allah, Who created them, if it is Him ye wish to serve.” -Qur’an 41:37

    Try again.

  16. “Where do you think this concept of equality comes from… It doesn’t come from Islam. It doesn’t come from the East and Eastern religions.”

    Erm, Rick, Christianity itself is from the same region as Islam (the Middle East). And Islam is not an Eastern religion anyway, the likes Hinduism and Buddhism are:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_religions

    He must think Jesus (alaihi as-salaam) spoke English and all.

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