Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum has joined a conservative Washington think tank where he will found and direct a program called “America’s Enemies.”

The program will study “threats posed to America and the West from a growing array of anti-Western forces that are increasingly casting a shadow over our future and violating religious liberty around the world,” according to a statement from the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where Mr. Santorum will be a senior fellow. . .

Mr. Santorum is a good fit for the center, said its president, M. Edward Whelan III.

“Our mission is to explore how the Judeo-Christian moral tradition applies to public policy. And there is no issue more pressing than that which radical Islam poses,” he said.

Mr. Santorum has spoken frequently on what he calls “Islamic fascism” as the primary threat to the United States. In an article for Crisis magazine, he defined it as “a radical, perverted form of Islam” that seeks world domination. . .

Corey Saylor, national legislative director for the Council on American Islamic Relations, expressed concern about the program, and criticized Mr. Santorum’s prior discussion of radical Islam.

The term “Islamic fascism” is “a ridiculous attempt to link Islam with one of the worst horrors of the 20th century. Islam had nothing to do with fascism,” he said.

“It’s a rhetorical term that doesn’t define any problems or solve any problems.”

Mr. Saylor said he hoped Mr. Santorum would engage with American Muslim organizations and their constituencies.

“That way he can learn more about the faith from the people who are practicing it and who represent large groups of Muslims,” he said.

“We think that might help reshape some of his ideas, particularly in the viability of the term Islamic fascism.”


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