Newt Gingrich, pagan hypocrite
As Think Progress is reporting, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, and Oliver North -- and what a three-man tag-team of right-wing extremism that is -- appeared yesterday at the Rock Church in Hampton Roads, Virginia, to speak on "Rediscovering God in America."
As you might expect, there's simply too much material to cram into a single post (and I have no intention of giving any more of my time to such nonsense), but one of the lowlights was Huckabee comparing the anti-gay victory in California's Prop 8 last November to the colonists' victory in the American Revolutionary War. (And it is the right that accuses the left of not respecting the American Founding?! Like Washington was just the leader of a gang of bigots. And no word on whether Huckabee knows that the pro-Prop. 8 side was heavily funded by the Mormon Church. To him, it all came "from God's hand.")
And then there was Newt, who said this:
I am not a citizen of the world. I am a citizen of the United States because only in the United States does citizenship start with our creator... I think this is one of the most critical moments in American history. We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism.
What the hell does "only in the United States does citizenship start with our creator" mean? That America is oh-so-special because it's fundamentally a Christian nation? Well, I suspect that Locke and Jefferson, among others, would take issue which such a ridiculous claim. America was built on a philosophical foundation of natural rights, not a theocratical foundation of Christian dogma.
And then there's the "surrounded by paganism" claim. Of course, it should go without saying that non-religiosity, including secular humanism, is not "paganism," which is, broadly speaking, a religion itself -- sorry, but I'm not a polytheist -- but such a simple truth just can't go without saying when it comes to the lies, deceptions, delusions, and ignorantly ideological utterances of Newt and his ilk.
Besides, I'm not sure Newt was being so Christian when he was getting blown by his various mistresses (but not, he claimed, committing adultery, because oral sex apparently doesn't count) -- or when he demanded a divorce from his first wife Jackie in her hospital room, where she was recovering from uterine cancer surgery -- or when he refused to pay alimony and child support after their divorce -- etc., etc., etc.
How all very... pagan of him.
And how all very typical.