On Sunday, former House speaker Newt Gingrich actually stood up in front of a large congregation at a church in San Antonio TX and said that, “I have two grandchildren … 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.” The man has lost it.
What is up with Newt Gingrich? Here’s a man whose career ended in 1998 after Republicans were slammed in the midterm elections that year and his fellow GOP members helped him to the door; he “resigned” as house speaker and gave up his Congressional seat. Gingrich waits a few years and now he comes back ready to “lead” again.
One thing is consistent about Gingrich, it was difficult to follow his brand of leadership in the 1990s and its equally difficult to follow where he stands on the issues today; he flip-flops on everything — sometimes within a 24-hour period!
At first I’m thinking just move on and ignore Gingrich; he’s not worth taking seriously. After reading Newt Fears Islamist-atheists on Salon.com this morning, I’m not so sure we should “ignore” the man. While he’s definitely not presidential material, his view of American life for the future is down right scary. Everyone is guaranteed freedom of speech in this country. But if Gingrich continues down this path of blatant hate, fear and bigotry, he’s definitely one to “watch” as we do other hate groups and individuals.
Gingrich has produced documentaries about both the secular atheist threat (“Rediscovering God in America”) as well as the radical Muslim threat (“America at Risk”), but usually he talks about them separately.