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Santorum endorses profiling Muslims, council asks for repudiation
November 23rd, 2011
02:51 AM ET

Santorum endorses profiling Muslims, council asks for repudiation

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) – Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said at Tuesday's CNN National Security Debate that he would improve airport security by profiling, particularly Muslims and young men.

"Obviously Muslims would be someone you'd look at, absolutely," Santorum said. "Those are the folks who ... the radical Muslims are the people that are committing these crimes by and large, as well as younger males."

Santorum said profiling was important because the American security apparatus should strive to "find the bomber, not the bomb."

Corey Saylor, Council on American-Islamic Relations national legislative director, put out a release on Wednesday that asked for Santorum to repudiate the comments.

"Mr. Santorum’s obvious lack of appreciation for the Constitution and for the rejection of profiling by top law enforcement experts raises reasonable questions about his ability to lead our multi-faith nation," wrote CAIR in a press release.

Saylor went on to write that under Santorum's idea of profiling, Jesus "a man of Middle Eastern heritage, would fit his ‘profile.’"

Presidential contender Herman Cain said Santorum's support of profiling was "oversimplifying it." He did, though, support "targeted identification."

"We can do targeted identification," Cain said. "If you take a look at the people who are trying to kill us, it would be easy to figure out exactly what that identification profile looks like."

As was true throughout much of the debate, Congressman Ron Paul's libertarian views put him at odds with both Cain and Santorum.

"Don't be willing to be sacrifice liberty for security," said Paul. "I have a personal belief that you never have to give up liberty for security."

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Islam • Muslim • Politics • Rick Santorum

soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Hello Kitty

    The reality of the matter is 99% of the crimes committed in the U.S. alone are committed by some denomination of christianity! And if you look at it from a global perspective the number is around 90%. The few of Muslims has been manufactured by politicians, the media and jesus freaks! The real enemy to be focused and profiled are the christian/jesus extremist and purists.

    November 27, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  2. JoeB

    Muslims following the full teachings of the Qur'an have declared war on the US and Israel. Why wouldn't we profile people who could be their soldiers?

    November 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • sam

      You are definitely a zionist israeli. I'm sure hate and terrorism is in your blood. You've killed so many children and had ignorants like Santorum support you.

      November 27, 2011 at 6:49 am |
  3. JoeB

    The US should have done this before 9/11. Israel does this and it is 100% effective!

    November 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      JoeB, Jews commit more terrorist acts against the US than do Muslims, should we profile Jews?

      November 27, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  4. christian soldier

    Profile the h3ll out of any group or person who doesn't swear allegiance to God, America, and Jesus. America needs to get back to its Christian roots.

    November 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • sam

      America has never been Christian. It's the land of native Americans . Christians were just invaders and occupiers.

      November 27, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  5. William Shelton

    Santorum obviously hasn't read "The European Union (EU) Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) 2010" because, if he had, he would know that only six percent of terrorist attacks and plots foiled in Europe in recent years have been carried out or attempted by Muslims. I suspect that the numbers for the US are in that range, as well.

    November 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  6. Iqbal Khan

    Check this out.....

    http://www.realzionistnews.com/?p=238

    November 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  7. Eaton Peters

    He is saying..."Now this finger just came outa my @$$ and now its going strait up my nose..."

    November 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  8. Iqbal Khan

    Santorum and other people like you, may learn something from him!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS5HbbL4a6w&feature=related

    November 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Spam, spam, spam, spam.
      Spam, spam, spam, spam.
      Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!

      November 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  9. Iqbal Khan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFIBC4hR45E&feature=related

    November 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  10. J.J,J, Schmidt

    There have been more acts of Christian terror in America than Muslim.

    November 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  11. Iqbal Khan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wnzTU4LviI&feature=related

    November 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  12. Iqbal Khan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG-tUghf_c8&feature=relmfu

    November 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  13. Iqbal Khan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xXgsndwxD4&feature=related

    November 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  14. Iqbal Khan

    To All those who are ignorent how they can be profiled?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKPOmo7NOLE

    November 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  15. Iqbal Khan

    He is ignorent , I feel sorry for his lack of knowledge,he should get some more education in history of the world and Islam and as far as 911 goes nobody have any solid proof that who was behind that attack check and read about 911

    some good websites to start.about Islam
    http://www.Islamhouse.com---www.911bible.com--www.Whyislam.org

    and about 911 check....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pL0M5ST8jY

    November 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I don't hate Muslims, but spamming lame videos will win you no fans.

      November 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  16. Grant

    Santorum referred to Africa as a country. That's right, a COUNTRY. Why is the media silent on this? Santorum seems to hold racist views, seems to be an extreme statist, and doesn't seem to know his geography.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  17. John Richardson

    Santorum is a disgrace. Fortunately, his campaign is nothing but an ego trip. In terms of him actually getting elected, it's a joke.

    Profiling is nothing new. As a guy with long hair and a beard, I've been singled out for searches many times, including in the supposedly oh so liberal and enlightened Amsterdam in their airport. The confiscated my backpack, but I got it back when I guess they figured that a bit of spilled white powder in it was tooth powder, not cocaine.

    Both left and right have been cheerfully chipping away at civil liberties for a long, long time. I myself would rather die by a terrorist's bomb than by slow suffocation by the Mommy state of the left or Daddy state of the right. The country is being brought way down by weepy hand-wringers. Rick Santorum is a crybaby who hopes to lead a nation of crybabies.

    November 24, 2011 at 8:08 am |
    • Iqbal Khan

      You said it, so true! they all want to get elected to be the president and they are all unqulified for any public office! except Ron Paul who is the wisest and most qulified to lead this nation at this critical time.

      November 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  18. BigJ

    Can you imagine the outrage if someone said that about Christians? It really is shameful that such outright bigotry is so acceptable, after all the struggles this country has had with civil rights.

    November 24, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • Caveman Cliff

      And still has....this show ain't over yet!

      November 24, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  19. Russ

    Following Santorum's logic, he should be profiled for being a pedophile or child molester, since he is a devout catholic.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Trystan

      Only if he's a priest.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Caveman Cliff

      No, just being a Catholic pretty much puts you in the running.

      November 24, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • Caveman Cliff

      And for the record, I am the most devout Catholic on the planet.

      November 24, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • Passive Aggressive

      No, I am all the time touching my ass! Me! Me!

      November 24, 2011 at 1:38 am |
    • hippypoet

      P A, thats because your head has been stuck up there for some time now....that at least explains the sh!tty att!tude, but not the complete moronic @ss backwards nature... too bad, i thought it was going well for your 0 ring.

      November 24, 2011 at 1:44 am |
  20. Ali

    America has bases in over 100 countries around the world. Has killed more innocent people than any country in the last 50 years. Why are you people blind to these facts. You can talk about how evil Muslims are but reality is different. As for racial profiling go ahead and do it. It already happens and I don't mind it to keep us all safe. As for this republican candidates and all the others, they are people who signed up to fail. Put their name out there, make some money with book deals but don't have a chance to win. Are these the best republican candidates? I highly doubt it. Obama is guaranteed a second term even though he has failed.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • aha

      A Muslim! Get him!

      November 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • allison

      Ali,
      Salaams! Santorum is not saying anything new. We Muslims are already profiled in America. When they see us coming, get ready for a double check. I remember holding my baby at the airport and I had to hand my son to my sister in law so they could check me out from top to bottom.

      There is nothing new here. It is just more Israeli, oh, sorry, Jewish-American, propaganda.

      My mother in law was on the flight to England when they found the shoe bomber. We couldn't figure out why it took so long for her to get to England. Finally, we heard. You must believe in prayers, right? Well, my mother in law, when she gets on a plane, she starts praying and she doesn't stop until she gets there. She says Darood a thousand or more times. I believe it was her prayers that saved them that day.

      This is just a little snews drama. PAMELA GELLER would probably be so happy that SANTORAN is for profiling...

      November 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
    • Trystan

      Oh yeah. Because 9/11 was just, you know, Jewish-American propaganda.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
      M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..Religions/Groups involved*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      November 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
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