Student Confronts Rick Santorum On His Misunderstanding Of Islam

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The former GOP presidential candidate claimed Muslims support ISIS when he couldn’t even name one cleric who had spoken in favor of the extremist group.

While it is not particularly hard to humiliate a person like Rick Santorum, considering his penchant to criticize things he barely understands, it is still rather gratifying to witness someone take a stand against his blatant ignorance and hate-mongering rhetoric.

Recently, the former presidential candidate — who entered the field for the Republican nomination in both 2012 and 2016  was at an event where he reportedly talked about how “Sharia law is inherently oppressive and monolithic in interpretation.”

Since Santorum has talked about how “Islam is different” and that freedom of religion does not extend to Sharia law in the past, his latest comments do not come as surprising.

However, what’s surprising was the fact that the former Pennsylvania senator, who insisted that ISIS is very popular among Muslims, could not name one Muslims scholar who supported the extremist group when a student attending the event asked him about it.

“I asked Santorum to name the five foundations of Sharia, which he was unable to do,” Vanderbilt University student Hamzah Raza wrote at AlterNet. “It was also difficult for him to fathom the fact that Muslim scholars across the religious spectrum have all condemned ISIS.”

The footage of the incident shows Santorum struggling for an answer when Raza tests him on his knowledge about Shariah law and ISIS. Unsurprisingly, he soon returns to his Islamophobic rhetoric even after the student explains how Muslims all across the world have criticized the Islamic State.

Watch the complete conversation between Rick Santorum and Hamzah Raza in the video above.

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