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Santorum Defends Christians in Egypt

By on 10.10.11 | 12:29PM

All credit to Rick Santorum for making this statement:

Verona, PA - Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) made the following statement in reaction to violence against Christians in Egypt.

Senator Santorum said: "New Egyptian Prime Minister Sharaf has blamed a 'dirty conspiracy' by foreigners who meddle in Egypt's business as a cause for the anti-Christian violence we are witnessing in the streets of Cairo, but it is clear that his regime had absolutely no regard for religious liberties and human rights from its inception. President Obama helped break Egypt when he abandoned our imperfect ally Hosni Mubarak, and now he's witnessing the results. President Obama needs to make a clear and strong stand against this religious persecution, and stand tall for the foundational liberties America has exemplified. We need to be a world leader in ending such persecution because it was this belief in free people that made America not just a revolutionary nation, but a revolutionary ideal."

I myself have been doing lots of research lately into the Iranian Revolution of the late 1970s. It has seemed to me that the situation in Egypt has developed along very similar lines. Granted, Egypt under Mubarak was worse, more repressive, than Iran was under the Shah. But if anything, its strategic importance is even greater than was the tremendous strategic importance of Iran back then. And the potential for long-lasting disaster is just as great.

But I digress. For now, it is essential that Christians be protected. Santorum is right to speak up.  It's a job the president should be doing, but our president is AWOL -- if not worse than AWOL.

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