WATCH: Rick Santorum OWNED By College Student Over His Sharia Law Stupidity (VIDEO)


Rick Santorum is a man of many qualifications, and among them is being a self-styled expert of Islam. Now, like most self-styled autodidacts, Santorum knows less than he thinks he does about the topic, and that ignorance caught up with him when a college student took Santorum on after yet another speech — destroying him in the process.

“Only You and ISIS Believe That”

Santorum knows very little about Islam. However, in true right-wing form, it’s not what you know that matters, but the certainty that you project when you say it. For instance, Santorum, who, as I noted in the lede is a self-styled expert of Islam, once referred to the language of the Quran as “Islamic.”

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That hasn’t stopped Santorum from pontificating on Islam before, declaring that “Islam is different” when it comes to freedom of speech in 2015, and pretending that ISIS speaks for the vast majority of Muslims.

However, during his most recent speech, Santorum was caught off-guard when he was confronted by AlterNet writer Hamzah Raza over the issue of his claims regarding Sharia law. Raza cornered Santorum on the five foundations of Sharia law, asking Santorum to list them — which Santorum was unable to do.

And when they were enumerated for him, Santorum attempted to wiggle out by claiming that words like “liberty” have different interpretations for different groups. And this is very true. It’s a shame that he doesn’t realize that applies to his own interpretation of the word, too.

When Santorum attempted to hold to his position that Daesh’s interpretation of sharia law was the correct one, Raza hammered him, saying, “Only you and ISIS believe that.”

Raza described it as such:

After his talk, I asked Santorum to name the 5 foundations of Sharia, which he was unable to do. It was also difficult for him to fathom the fact that Muslim scholars across the religious spectrum have all condemned ISIS. And that ISIS does follow not a legitimate interpretation of Sharia, according to basically every Muslim in the world. Although he could not name a single Muslim scholar who supports ISIS, he still insisted that ISIS is very popular (a claim that is statistically untrue). Santorum also found it difficult to fathom the fact that religion is up to interpretation.

I can explain why that is: Santorum has the empathy of a toadstool and assumes that because he feels a certain way about religious texts, everyone must feel that way. He believes the Bible is 100% absolutely correct and all other interpretations of it are wrong, and therefore, only a real Muslim would come at the Quran in the same manner.

Now, I dislike sharia law. I dislike any religious law, and I don’t care how it’s interpreted. But it’s very important to remember that there are different interpretations, and while liberals like to lump Christian extremism with Islamic sharia law, it’s important to remember one very big difference: Sharia can co-exist with democracy, whereas Mosaic law — the law followed by American Christians like Ted Cruz, R. J. Rushdoony, Gary North, and others — can’t.

Islamic Democracies exist in Iran, Malaysia, and Pakistan. Furthermore, most interpretations of Islamic jurisprudence incorporate elements of religious pluralism into their framework, awarding rights to Christians, Jews, and Hindus.

Those are not liberal democracies, but not all democracies are liberal democracies. Islamic Democracies tend to be conservative democracies, socially speaking. The only problem the right-wing has with Islamic Democracies it that they’re Islamic and not Christian.

Well, that and the fact the American right-wing doesn’t adhere to Burkean Conservatism anymore. They’ve detached completely and morphed into something new: revanchist reactionaries, who want to turn the clock back. Which explains why they get along so well with Daesh — who are also revanchist reactionaries.

Watch the video below:

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Feature image via Think Progress

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