From — who else? — Newt Gingrich:
“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.”
A secular atheist country dominated by radical Islamists? Of course. And after that we’ll be a vegetarian country dominated by carnivores. Either of which would be preferable to being ruled by this shallow demagogue. It’s like they can’t decide which group is scarier, atheists or Muslims. So they just combine them together into one big oxymoron — and their followers are too stupid to notice the obvious contradiction.
And then there’s this attempt to strike the “I didn’t want to have to run for president but I just couldn’t stand the injustice anymore” pose:
Gingrich said he hadn’t intended to fight another political battle, and was looking forward to relaxing in private life after leaving public office. But in 2002, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the phrase “under God” in the pledge of allegiance was unconstitutional (the ruling was later overturned).
“I had been watching the courts grow steadily more secular and steadily more anti-religious starting with the 1963 school prayer decision,” he said. “But for some reason this particular decision struck me as so blindingly stupid, so profoundly un-American.”
The decision banning government-sponsored and composed prayers in public schools was not anti-religious, it was anti-authoritarian. From the standpoint of anyone other than Christians — and even from the standpoint of many of those too — it was actually pro-religious. What could be more anti-religious than having the government write a prayer and force children to read it, even those children who have a different faith?
When Newt calls that ruling “anti-religious” what he means is that it is opposed to Christian theocracy and hegemony. Which is one of the primary things our constitution was written to prevent. It’s kinda like when Newt criticizes Obama for being opposed to British colonialism — he’s on the absolutely wrong side of history while declaring that he is the protector of everything he despises.
All of this took place at John Hagee’s church, by the way. Anyone remember the 2008 election, when John McCain had to disavow Hagee after the preacher said that Hitler was sent by God to scare Jews back to Israel? Two years later, Gingrich is kissing Hagee’s ring in the runup to the 2012 election.