I only have time for quick blogging today, but we ought to tak a quick look this account, from The Washington Post, about Newt Gingrich’s speech to the graduates at Liberty University:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich decried a “growing culture of radical secularism” Saturday morning as he hailed the life of Liberty University’s late founder, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, in an address to the school’s 2007 graduating class.
In a speech heavy with religious allusions but devoid of hints about his presidential ambitions, Gingrich drew applause from the graduates and their families in the school’s 12,000-seat football stadium when he demanded: “This anti-religious bias must end.”
“In hostility to American history, the radical secularists insist that religious belief is inherently divisive,” Gingrich said, deriding what he called the “contorted logic” and “false principles” of advocates of secularism in American society.
Of course, by religious belief Gingrich means Christian religious belief.
Well, clearly Gingrich has a point here. I mean, you’d have to be some sort of fool to think that a religion that separates people in to the saved and the hellbound, or that talks shamelessly about the kingdom of heaven on the one side vs. the kingdom of the cults on the other, could be divisive. I suppose Gingrich thinks this is a force for unification.
“Basic fairness demands that religious beliefs deserve a chance to be heard,” he said during his 26-minute speech. &dquo;It is wrong to single out those who believe in God for discrimination. Yet, today, it is impossible to miss the discrimination against religious believers.”
Preach it, brother. It’s about time someone stood up for those poor, discirminated against religious believers.
Feel free to read the rest of the article, but you might want to turn off your irony meter before doing so. After all, the article describes how Gingrich wants to bring seriousness and dignity back to the presidential race.