The GOP gets Newt-ered.

Ladies and gentlemen . . . . NEWT GINGRICH <crowd roars>:

“I have two grandchildren: Maggie is 11; Robert is 9,” Gingrich said at Cornerstone Church here. “I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.”

He pre-empts the word “atheist” with “secular”, making certain everyone know what he is talking about, then pre-empts “Islamists” with “radical” indicating how extremely religious these people are.  A bit oxymoronic if you ask me.  Oddly, I’m not really a Gingrich-hater, he seems to be a pretty smart guy who, in his 20s, didn’t associate with any religion, until this (from Wikipedia):

While at Tulane <getting his PhD in the 70s>, Gingrich, who at the time belonged to no religious group, began attending the St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church to pursue an interest in the effect of religion on political theory (!); he was soon baptized (!) by Rev. G. Avery Lee. [9]

Again, an insane juxtaposition.

What annoys me here is WHY he said this.  He was talking in front of a megachurch in San Antonio whose leader is John Hagee – remember him? – attempting to gain approval of those people.  But he is doing it by seemingly mindlessly pandering to their greatest shared fears – atheism and radical Islam.  What’s funny is that Gingrich himself recently converted to Catholicism and the leader of this church is known as a recently reformed Catholic-hater. 


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