Newt Gingrich, moron

Newt Gingrich, who is possibly going to run for President, had this to say the other day:
"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."
Let's ignore for a second the irony of a dude who's had multiple affairs acting like a leader in America's march toward moral fortitude. Muslims running an atheist country? That doesn't even make sense. But then, nothing rallies the sheep like a healthy dose of bigoted fear-mongering. Muslims and the religiously unaffiliated (not necessary atheists) make up close to 40 million Americans who apparently have no idea what it means to be an American.

I'm not sure what Newt means by the "nature of America", but since he was giving this speech to the congregation of the ultra-loony Zionism-preaching Cornerstone Church (the one headed by John Hagee)  and lambasting Muslims and atheists in the process – and all us good, God-fearin' 'mericans know that those scary people are the ones to blame for our spiral toward socialism – I can only assume it has to do with stuff like forcing kids to pray in school regardless of their religious affiliation, teaching creationism alongside evilution, giving Christian beliefs special value in American culture above all others, and, of course, giving rich people shitloads of tax breaks. O'er the laaaaand of the freeeeeeeeeeeee.....

This kind of divisive, fear-mongering crap reminds me of an old Richard Dawkins quote: "My point is not that religion itself is the motivation for wars, murders and terrorist attacks, but that religion is the principal label, and the most dangerous one, by which a 'they' as opposed to a 'we' can be identified at all."

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