Rick Santorum: White Supremacist Was Attacking Religion, Not Black People (AUDIO)

Right-wing domestic terrorists exist in this country and white supremacists are part of the pack, but you wouldn’t know it the way conservative “Christian” Rick Santorum talks.

During a radio interview with Joe Piscopo, Santorum made remarks about the South Carolina mass shooting that left nine people dead at an historical black church.

Even though right-wing terrorist Dylann Roof has been identified as a white supremacist who purposefully walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday to kill African-Americans in attendance, Santorum claimed that the terrorist attack is all about waging war on Christianity and further stated that Roof chose his victims “indiscriminately.”

“It’s obviously a crime of hate. We don’t know the rationale, but what other rationale could there be? You’re sort of lost that someone would walk into a Bible study at a church and indiscriminately kill people. This is one of those situations where you have to take a step a back and say — you talk about the importance of prayer at this time, and we’re now seeing assaults on religious liberty we’ve never seen before. So, it’s a time for deeper reflection even beyond this horrible situation.”

Here’s the audio via Raw Story.

Conservatives like Rick Santorum are desperately trying the deflect the fact that Dylann Roof is a racist white supremacist who holds conservative views. Instead, conservatives want us all to believe that this is an attack on Christianity so they can continue to push their false claim that liberals are persecuting Christians and churches in America.

But they are lying.

According to the Washington Post, Roof entered the church and observed the service for an hour before he stood up, yelled racial epithets and shot and killed nine churchgoers, all of whom had black skin. Law enforcement, witnesses, and his Facebook page all indicate that Roof had a deep hatred of African-Americans and wanted them dead, not because they were Christians or religious, but because they are black.

Further adding fuel to the racist attack is the fact that South Carolina continues to fly the Confederate flag at full mast as if as a salute to Roof attacking a black church like the KKK used to do throughout the post-Civil War South. The American flag and South Carolina flag in contrast, are flown at half mast.

The fact is that Dylann Roof went on a racist rampage and conservative media and Republicans are racing each other to see who can spin this incident of domestic right-wing terrorism the fastest. It’s despicable, yet they wonder why minority voters refuse to vote for them, and they complain as the number of Americans who identify as Christian continues to drop.

Of course, we really shouldn’t expect Santorum to stand up for the black community. After all, he did once say that he isn’t interested in making the lives of African-Americans better.

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