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Santorum bristles over Bush administration guidelines against using the term ‘Islamo-fascism.’

By Matt Corley on May 8, 2008 at 12:55 pm

"Santorum bristles over Bush administration guidelines against using the term ‘Islamo-fascism.’"

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Last month, the AP reported on new government guidelines advising against the use of terms like “jihadists,” “mujahedeen” and “Islamo-fascism” because “such words may actually boost support for radicals among Arab and Muslim audiences by giving them a veneer of religious credibility.” But former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) is having none of it. In his Philadelphia Inquirer column today, Santorum defends his desire to “abandon the word terror and replace it with Islamic fascism.” He also lashes out at the idea that “democracy and Islam are compatible,” saying that it is “a politically correct version of the truth“:

Our government in this memo is teaching us a politically correct version of the truth. For example, it tells us that democracy and Islam are compatible. But Islam is less compatible with democracy than is Christianity. Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” There was from the beginning a recognition of two realms – the sacred and the secular. From Islam’s inception there has been one realm. Islamic law (sharia) is the law of the government.

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