Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the 2012 Primary

Monday, January 23, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum arrives for a press conference on January 19, 2012 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. According to certified results released, he won the Iowa caucus. (John Moore/Getty)

While political mud-slinging is de riguer in primary races, 2012 has brought several not-so-thinly-veiled anti-Muslim soundbytes from its frontrunning candidates. Last week, Newt Gingrich said that he would not support a Muslim president unless they would "commit in public to giv[ing] up Sharia." Rick Santorum also expressed his thoughts on Islam, saying that the concept of equality "doesn’t come from Islam" or "Eastern Religions." Instead, he said, "it comes from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."

Nezar Hamze is executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations in South Florida, and is a Republican. Hussein Rashid is professor of religion at Hofstra University.


Nezar Hamze and Hussein Rashid

Comments [1]


"it comes from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."

Sounds like somebody needs to do a bit more research on the history of Islam...

Jan. 23 2012 11:08 AM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.