Quiz: Was it Ayatollah Khamenei or Rick Santorum?

Ayatollah or Assaholla?

OK, perhaps the latter applies to both. But in this case, we’re talking about Iran’s Supreme Islamic Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.

Foreign Policy has created this quiz, which has spread across the Internet like wildfire. Here, we’ve provided not just links to sources, but a summary for you and some quotes to offer context.

How will you do? Can you tell the difference? Which of the following eight quotes came from a sex-obsessed psychopath intent upon forcing the dictates of a deity created by Bronze Age nomads upon an apathetic populace, and which came from Ayatollah Khamenei?

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Question 1
"We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth."
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Rick Santorum
B
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
Question 1 Explanation: 
Rick Santorum said this in February, at the same time he referred to global warming as a "hoax".
“We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth's benefit,” Santorum told an audience at the Colorado School of Mines where he was a guest speaker Monday at the Colorado Energy Summit. “We are the intelligent beings that know how to manage things and through the course of science and discovery if we can be better stewards of this environment, then we should not let the vagaries of nature destroy what we have helped create,” Santorum said to applause from the conservative crowd. The former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania argued that science has been hijacked by politicians on the left, and that climate change is “an absolute travesty of scientific research that was motivated by those who, in my opinion, saw this as an opportunity to create a panic and a crisis for government to be able to step in and even more greatly control your life,” Santorum said.
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Question 2
"We believe in democracy and we also believe in freedom, but we do not believe in liberal democracy."
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Santorum
B
Khamenei
Question 2 Explanation: 
In an October 2011 speech, Khamenei shared this seemingly self-contradictory sentiment.
We believe in democracy and we also believe in freedom, but we do not believe in liberal democracy. Although the literal meaning of "liberal democracy" is freedom coupled with democracy, the term is commonly associated with certain concepts which we hate. We do not want to use the term for the immaculate, wholesome, righteous and pure concept that we have in mind. Therefore, we need to select a new name for our favorite system: "Islamic democracy" or "Islamic Republic".
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Question 3
"Although the literal meaning of socialism is equitable distribution of wealth, it is associated with other concepts which we hate. Over time, socialism has come to be associated with certain things in society that are unacceptable to us."
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Santorum
B
Khamenei
Question 3 Explanation: 
This line follows the previous quote, from Khamenei's same October 2011 speech.
Similarly, we do not want to use the term "socialism" to refer to the concept of equitable distribution of wealth among people, which is one of the lofty and essential goals of Islam. Although the literal meaning of socialism is equitable distribution of wealth, it is associated with other concepts which we hate. Over time, socialism has come to be associated with certain things in society that are unacceptable to us. Therefore, instead of the terms that are common among leftist, Marxist and similar elements, we introduced the terms "arrogance", "imposition of weakness" and "populism".
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Question 4
"The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness."
A
Santorum
B
Khamenei
Question 4 Explanation: 
The quote is from Rick Santorum's 2005 book, "It Takes a Family". Santorum denied having heard the line from his own book in February of 2012, even though the book's assertion that more women should stay at home was a point of contention in his 2006 Senate campaign.
Asked by George Stephanopoulos about that remark on ABC’s “This Week,” Mr. Santorum said that his wife, Karen, had written that section of the 2005 book — though only his name is on the cover and he does not list her, in his acknowledgements, among those “who assisted me in the writing of this book.” He said that when Ms. Santorum, a nurse and a lawyer, had quit her job to raise the couple’s children, she felt that many people “looked down their nose at that decision.” “Sadly the propaganda campaign launched in the 1960s has taken root,” Mr. Santorum, or his wife, wrote in the book. “The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.” In the interview Sunday with Mr. Stephanopoulos, Mr. Santorum pleaded unfamiliarity with the citation, saying, “I don’t know — that’s a new quote for me,” before adding that “the bottom line is that people should have equal opportunity to rise in the work force.” But criticism of his argument that more women should perhaps stay home should not have come as news to Mr. Santorum as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination. The book was sharply debated during his unsuccessful 2006 bid for re-election as a senator from Pennsylvania, drawing pointed criticism from women’s groups and Democratic officials at the time.
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Question 5
"This is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. This is a spiritual war."
A
Santorum
B
Khamenei
Question 5 Explanation: 
Santorum it is! This is from a 2008 speech Santorum gave at Ave Maria University, a Catholic university.
In a speech at Ave Maria University in Florida in 2008, Santorum asserted that the Evil One is intent on the destruction of the United States. Promoting a variant of the American exceptionalism theory, the former Republican senator told the students:
This is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country—the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age. There is no one else to go after other than the United States, and that has been the case now for almost two hundred years, once America's preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers.
Note Santorum's use of the phrase "spiritual war." This was a reference to the fundamentalist Christian notion of spiritual warfare—usually associated with evangelicals, not Catholics—which holds that everything that takes place before us is a reflection of the titanic confrontation between God and the Antichrist. That is, what occurs in the world of the flesh is a manifestation of this ongoing deeper clash. Consequently, as Santorum told the students, the fight over abortion is not a political matter or a cultural conflict. It stems from the face-off between the King of Kings and Beelzebub. And Lucifer is wily, Santorum said in this speech: "He attacks all of us, and he attacks all of our institutions." The devil, Santorum asserted, has step-by-step claimed the soul of the most important institutions of American society. He began his attack on the United States, naturally, by seizing control of academia.
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Question 6
"This is a war between two willpowers: the willpower of the people and the willpower of their enemies."
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Santorum
B
Khamenei
Question 6 Explanation: 
In February 2011, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said this in a speech at Tehran University.
Speaking amid heightened security during the Friday sermon at Tehran University, Khamenei went on to draw comparisons between Iran's Islamic Revolution and the recent Arab protest movements, characterizing the protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and around the region as an "Islamic awakening." He also accused the United States of propping up corrupt leaders in the region in order to protect its own interests and those of its ally Israel. "This is a war between two willpowers: the willpower of the people and the willpower of their enemies," he said. "The Israelis and the U.S. are more concerned about what would happen to their interests in post-Mubarak regime."
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Question 7
"Go back and read what the sirens did once you arrived on that island.… They devour you. They destroy you. They consume you."
A
Santorum
B
Khamenei
Question 7 Explanation: 
In early February 2012, Santorum invoked ancient Greek mythology to warn against the "siren song" of health care reform. No, really.
Rick Santorum's campaign slogan could very well be one word: doomsday. To hear him tell it, the United States will collapse under the weight of its health care system and basic freedoms will be history. Iran will annihilate Israel and then South Carolina if Iran isn't blocked from building a nuclear weapon. And divorce will yield higher taxes for all Americans. Unless, of course, Republicans pick Santorum as the party's presidential nominee and he goes on to defeat President Barack Obama. "Go back and read what the sirens did once you arrived on that island," Santorum warned students at Colorado Christian University this week, invoking mythology. "They devour you. They destroy you. They consume you." "Ladies and gentleman we cannot listen to the siren song," he added. "We cannot listen to President Obama and we can't listen to those in our party who want to be just a little bit less than what the Democrats and the left is doing to our country."
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Question 8
"The Iranian people's hatred for America is profound."
A
Santorum
B
Khamenei
Question 8 Explanation: 
Surprise! This one was Khamenei. He made the comment in a 2008 speech on Iranian state television. Source
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8 Responses to Quiz: Was it Ayatollah Khamenei or Rick Santorum?

  1. Rats. Only 6 correct out of eight. Should have known Santorum wouldn’t use big words like “profound”. But my aged Internet Explorer worked just fine with the quiz. Do I get a bonus for that?

    • Um . . . sure! You get one bonus point! And thanks for the info about the workingness of the quiz feature. :)

  2. Admittedly, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference.

  3. Eww. 6/8. Btw the quiz works well on an android phone.

  4. Works with Opera. I only got 5 right, but then I never listen to either of those clowns.

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