LaBarbera Award: Newt Gingrich

Jim Burroway

November 17th, 2008

More than three hundred cities were host to remarkably peaceful protests Saturday as people demonstrated against the passage of California’s Prop 8. Protesters were polite, calm, law-abiding. That’s quite an accomplishment.

Not one that Newt Gingrich is willing to acknowledge. He seems to think that ambling down the boulevard, holding signs in front of a Temple or gathering in front of city hall constitutes a violent act. The sight of homosexuals on the streets, parading openly in their, you know, street clothes was just too much for him. American citizens exercising their First Amendment right to free speech and lawful assembly, well that’s just downright fascist! —

Look, I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion. And I think if you believe in historic Christianity, you have to confront the fact. And, frank — for that matter, if you believe in the historic version of Islam or the historic version of Judaism, you have to confront the reality that these secular extremists are determined to impose on you acceptance of a series of values that are antithetical, they’re the opposite, of what you’re taught in Sunday school.

Well at least he acknowledged that we brought “historic versions” of Christians, Muslims and Jews together. Maybe there’s hope for peace in the Middle East after all.

cognitive dissident

November 17th, 2008

Newt, you’re full of shit.

Are “secular extremists” barring Christianists from serving in the military? Are we proposing constitutional amendments to annul their marriages? Or forcing them into same-sex unions?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

The only things we want are liberty and justice, which are hardly “impositions” on anyone else. We want the fourteenth amendment to be observed; we want the Constitution’s “full faith and credit” clause to apply to everyone; we want civil equality for our LGBT brothers and sisters. Repealing DADT and DOMA would be good first steps. Passing ENDA would be another. The idea that any of these things is a “dangerous threat” to anyone is as credibility-straining as…well…a lot of Newt’s voluminous verbiage.

Amanda

November 17th, 2008

It’s a shame that Candace Gingrich has to be related to Newt Gingrich. I had to pleasure of hearing her speak at a No on 4 and 8 at my school. What a wonderful speaker and activist.
It’s also a shame that Newt has had such a sordid past such as marrying his ex-geometry teacher, divorcing her after her battle with cancer, and later cheating on his second wife with who would become his third wife but still has a “holier than thou” attitude about everyone else! Wow. What a Christian.

David

November 17th, 2008

Since the largest GLBTQ organization is still a Christian religious one (UFMCC), Newt’s “secular extremists” are neither – most GLBTQ people in the U.S. are either Christians, or were at least raised Christian even if they no longer identify as such.

Timothy Kincaid

November 17th, 2008

Newt shares Bill O’Reily’s definition of secular: Those who don’t wish for my religion to dictate civil law.

In California, “secular” includes Episcopalians, Methodists, Quakers, Unitarians, UCC, MCC, Reform Jews, and a whole lot of lay Catholics.

Emily K

November 17th, 2008

A lot of conservative and believe it or not Orthodox Jews believe this too.

homer

November 18th, 2008

I don’t need a slut like Newt telling me I am a fascist.

BaxterJ

November 18th, 2008

I can’t believe Gingrich is still out there and people are still listening.

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