STATEMENT: Santorum responds to Obama's Prayer Breakfast remarks

VERONA, PA - Former presidential candidate, former U.S. Senator, and Chairman of Patriot Voices Rick Santorum issued the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he argued practicing Christians cannot "get on our high horse" and stand up against the radical Islamic philosophy and actions of ISIS.

Rick Santorum said: "Today's remarks by the President were inappropriate and his choice of venue was insulting to every person of faith at a time when Christians are being crucified, beheaded, and persecuted across the Middle East."

"During my 8 years on the Senate Armed Services Committee and my four years as a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, I concentrated on learning about the history and eschatology of the enemy we face today.  While Christians of today are taught to live their lives as the reflection of Christ's love, the radicals of ISIS use their holy texts as a rationale for violence.  To insinuate modern Christians - the same Christian faith that led the abolitionist movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and global charitable efforts fighting disease and poverty - cannot stand up against the scourge we see in the Middle East is wrong," continued Santorum.

"Had the President and his advisors taken the time to learn about the history of those who are brutally killing innocent people of all faiths, he would not have made such an inappropriate statement this morning.  The President needs to understand that some Muslims were outraged when the Jordanian pilot was burned alive only because that form of execution is explicitly against their faith, while others in Jordan and elsewhere were burning copies of Jihadist writings like Ibn Taymiyyah.  One group has sat quietly by as The Islamic State uses brutal violence that is not antithetical to Islam and only objects on tactics, while the other objects to the radical interpretation that is increasingly pervasive in the Middle East," stated Santorum.

"It is critical that our next President understands the international challenges we face and what motivates our enemies. But now we must bind together as one nation to keep our President in our prayers, to live in the realities we face today, and confront the barbarism that continues to take the lives of innocent Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike," concluded Santorum.

In his remarks this morning to the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama made the following comment: "Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history.  And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.  In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.  Michelle and I returned from India -- an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity -- but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs -- acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation."

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commented 2015-02-10 17:24:50 -0500 · Flag
I think Darrell Waltrip really made up for it..I’m not a big fan of NASCAR but I am of out Constitution and preserving that, especially our rights to religion. ..praying for this country..God bless America
commented 2015-02-06 16:23:06 -0500 · Flag
Thank you, Rick, for setting the record straight. My heart sank as I heard our President’s remarks yesterday…so grieved that he did not really know what he was speaking of…sad and frightening at the same time….