That Word Doesn't Mean What He Thinks It Means

Newt Gingrich fears that America might turn into an “secular atheist country… dominated by radical Islamists”. Unlike most of the bloviators on the Right, I always thought that Gingrich, while having the moral fortitude of pond scum, was at least a little more clever. In other words, he’s no George W. Bush. That’s why I can only assume that Gingrich knew how ridiculous his statement was before he said it, but he assumed that his audience — a church full of fundamentalists, used to listening to John Hagee preach — were not intelligent enough to catch the contradiction.


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Comment by Ashleigh Carter on March 29, 2011 at 8:20pm
One could definitely hope, but if it really came down to it, which is the lesser of two evils to a christian? Muslims or apostates? If Islamic fundamentalism started to come into power in America my money would be on a civil war by the end of the week.
Comment by Jedi Wanderer on March 29, 2011 at 8:05pm
I think afterwards he amended this statement (perhaps through a spokesperson) to mean that the good ol' US of A would turn into either a secularist state or an Islamic fundamentalist state, apparently if Christians didn't stand up and keep this country for themselves. Yeah, its gotta be either one or the other, Newt! Hah, well, I'm sure none of us would mind if it turned into a secular state, but in the extremely unlikely case that Islamic fundamentalists begin to take over our country (in what universe, I don't know), I bet the Christians would start coming to us and begging us to keep the country as it was always meant to be by the Founders, a secular country based on Enlightenment ideals!
Comment by David Anam on March 29, 2011 at 2:47pm

Having not read into the context of what he said, I would hazard a guess that he means that one day we might be in a similar situation as England, where they are giving into a lot of Islamic demands in the name of respecting their religion. He blames secularism (and atheism, as we are often the most vocal supporters of secularism) for what is happening there.


That's just a guess though, I could be totally off.



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