Now here is something I didn't know: Rick Santorum is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta.
The Rondel of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
That Order is the oldest living chivalric order in the world; to be admitted is a very high honor indeed. There are some consequences to it, however, for the direction of US foreign policy at a time when relations between the West and the Islamic World are at a delicate moment.
In general, Muslims respect deep faith in Christians as with others. George W. Bush, for all his cowboy image, enjoyed the respect if not the trust of much of the Islamic world on just these grounds. We can also reasonably observe that President Obama, for all that he was supposed to be more acceptable to Muslim world because of his Indonesian upbringing and Muslim stepfather, has not demonstrated much success in leveraging that supposed advantage to obtain improved relations.
I obviously cannot hold it against a man that he should belong to an Order that I greatly admire, and whose history inspires the highest respect. Still, I wanted to put it out there for our discussion. What do you think?