Rick Santorum or Ayatollah Khamenei?

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Reza Aslan at Foreign Policy Magazine has an excellent article in which he provides his readers with a quotation quiz to guess if it was Rick Santorum or Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who said a given quote.  Aslan’s quiz is below, with answers and a score key following.  Enjoy!

Can you guess which of the two said the following? No cheating!

1. “We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth.”

2. “We believe in democracy and we also believe in freedom, but we do not believe in liberal democracy.”

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.”

4. “The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.”

5. “This is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. This is a spiritual war.”

6. “This is a war between two willpowers: the willpower of the people and the willpower of their enemies.”

7. “Go back and read what the sirens did once you arrived on that island.… They devour you. They destroy you. They consume you.”

8. “The American people’s hatred for Iran is profound.” Oh wait, we got that one backward. Sorry. It should read:

8. “The Iranian people’s hatred for America is profound.”

Answer Key:

1. Santorum 2. Khamenei 3. Khamenei 4. Santorum 5. Santorum 6. Khomenei 7. Santorum 8. Khamenei

So, how did you score?

7-8 correct: Supreme leader

5-6 correct: Religious warrior

3-4 correct: Agnostic

1-2 correct: Radical secularist

0 correct: You make me want to throw up.

Thanks for playing!

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One Response to Rick Santorum or Ayatollah Khamenei?

  1. Dave says:

    I only got #5 wrong. I must be a good guesser!