Rick Santorum: You Don’t See Baptists ‘Going On Jihad’

Rick Santorum targeted ISIS and radical Islam in a recent interview with The Daily Beast. Even so, some commenters were still unimpressed and took the opportunity to denigrate Santorum instead of a movement that is beheading innocent civilians every day.

The comments that Santorum made were seemingly uncontroversial on the surface. He simply stated that you “don’t see Baptist ministers going on Jihad” when discussing radical Islam.

To that point, he sounds quite a bit like Bill Maher, who recently tore down the entire Islamic religion when comparing it to Christianity.

Maher drew parallels between the ISIS beheading groups and the Islamic-led government of Saudi Arabia that also conducts beheadings for perceived wrongdoing.

“Right, okay, so we’re upset that ISIS is beheading people which we should be upset about but Saudi Arabia does it and they’re our good friends because they have oil. Okay. But they do it too. This is the center of the religion,” Maher said in comments to Charlie Rose.

Maher added that “vast numbers” of Christians are not like vast numbers of Muslims in several ways.

“Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the Christian religion you should be killed for it. Vast numbers of Christians do not treat women as second class citizens. Vast numbers of Christians … do not believe if you draw a picture of Jesus Christ you should get killed for it. So yes, does ISIS do Khmer Rouge-like activities where they just kill people indiscriminately who aren’t just like them? Yes. And would most Muslim people in the world do that or condone that? No…. But most Muslim people in the world do condone violence just for what you think.”

Compared to the comments of Rick Santorum, Maher’s tirade was significantly more damning. However, it became clear at the Beast that many Americans won’t like the Republican no matter what.

“Baptist ministers are constantly on a Christian jihad,” said one commenter, adding, “‘Jihad’ means ‘a war or struggle against unbelievers.’ Most jihads don’t have anything to do with death. Missionary of any religion are on a holy war against unbelievers. Santorum’s own church conducted a ‘jihad’ against Muslims, Jews, and Protestants for hundreds of years. So I would suggest that Santorum study a history along with his Bible.”

“No ‘baptist’ jihadis?” said another. “Ask families in the south who have been denied rights to their own kids or partners in the hospital what they think about the ‘baptists’ and their politics.”

Sites like Wonkette have also taken the radical Islam atrocities as a chance to hit back at Christianity as seen in this piece on the Oklahoma beheading.

What do you think, readers? Were the comments of Rick Santorum right on the money, or are Christians and Muslims not that different? Share your thoughts in our comments section.

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