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Rick Santorum Was in Jewish Frat

Strongly Catholic GOP candidate pledged Penn State TEP

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Rick Santorum campaigning in New Hampshire today.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Image)

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who had an extremely strong second-place showing in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses and thus heads into next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary with a lot of momentum, is a strict Catholic whose politics (pro-life, anti-gay marriage) are profoundly informed by his faith; he constantly references and credits God for his success. His backers may stress that his opposition to “violent Islamic extremism” will help him with the Jewish vote, but all of Santorum’s cultural cues come off as not-so-Jewish.

Except! Eagle-eyed reader A.A. notes (via Wikipedia) that while an undergraduate at Penn State, Santorum was a member of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity—it’s TEP, one of the Jewish frats. The Website of TEP’s Alpha chapter—the organization was founded at Columbia in 1910 by a group of Jewish men who were not allowed entry into the existing frats—confirms that Santorum joins Red Auerbach, Larry King, Jonas Salk, and Benny Goodman, as well as non-Jews including Dwight Eisenhower, as a TEP alum. One of us, one of us?

The History of Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity [TEP]
Related: After a Child’s Death, a Religious Politician Became a Culture Warrior [NYT]
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We are all goyim says:

Are Jews pathological narcissists ? Why do you always have to search, in a maladif manner, if something is “jewish” ?

When you masturbate, do you look at yourself in the mirror or do you think to yourself ?

This Guy says:

I also joined the same fraternity at Penn State (though many years later). I am not Jewish, nor was being Jewish a requirement to join.

Anne Treadwell says:

So he was in a predomitably Jewish fraternity! Big deal. Is there evidence he abused anyone? I bet he learned a lot that is valuable to him today. I am in the same category. He and his fraternity brothers both benefited.

Jules says:

This guy Santorum should I think change his surname to Sanitarium because he direly needs some intensive therapy and psychiatric help.

http://www.salon.com/2012/01/06/from_texas_to_israel_santorums_twisted_history/

Vulcan Alex says:

Gee this really makes a differnce??? Seems like he was a take no prisioners type of Senator and lost his last election in PA.

Not really what you might want if Obama is not your cup of tea.

Joe Schwartz says:

Unless Dwight Eisenhower was an honorary member of TEPhi, it is unlikely he was, indeed, a member. Eisenhower attended West Point and graduated in 1915. TEPhi never had a chapter at West Point.

Yes, Eisenhower was an honorary member inthe 1950s. Certainly he wasn’t a member in his teen (and probably wouldn’t have been admitted… lol).

Obviously he was hoping to schtupp some Jewish girls … that horndog.

What’s the beef?? So what, if Rick Santorum was in a Jewish fraternity, it shows his ability to recognize different religions, without the bigotry of some posters. By the way, Our Savior Jesus Christ, was a Jew, in case you have forgotten.

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