Gingrich: Americans ‘surrounded by paganism.’

On Friday, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, and Oliver North visited Rock Church in Hampton Roads, Virginia to give a three-hour long lecture on “Rediscovering God in America.” The speakers warned the audience about the “continuing availability of abortion, the spread of gay rights, and attempts to remove religion from American public life and school history books.” The Virginia-Pilot reported that Gingrich argued that, while Christianity is the foundation of American citizenship, Americans are experiencing a period where they are being “surrounded by paganism”:

GINGRICH: 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.

Huckabee also equated America’s victory against the British in the Revolutionary War with the right-wing’s success in the Proposition 8 fight in California as being miracles “from God’s hand.” Via

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I truly don't understand how these people are given any street credibility at all. Especially Palin.

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Comment by noisician on June 7, 2009 at 6:35pm
it's scary how much power complete asses like this have.

good thing "God" saved America from those damned British and their pagan religion... what was it again they're into over there? oh yeah: Christianity... their official state religion. and i seem to remember their kings being *selected by god*... divine right and all that.

weird stuff, huh, Newt?
Comment by Cara Coleen on June 7, 2009 at 7:24pm
The English suppressed its people with religion!!! That's what they were escaping... and they're trying to impose it on people... again!!

Just so everyone knows, they're not saying anything new. They've been preaching that stuff since before I was in diapers. Only those who already agree will be stimulated. I really think people's brains are finally coming on and that they're losing traction. *crosses fingers to be sure*
Comment by James on June 8, 2009 at 12:51am
Wow, this news if funny and scary on multiple levels. It's amazing that people can take them seriously. First, he's in politics and obviously does not know his American history.

Second, how is the majority (Christians) in American being surrounded? 'Surrounded' suggests that his group (Christians) is the minority.

Third, he doesn't even know what pagan means or is just daft. A pagan is someone who follows a poly-theistic religion or pre-Biblical religion. However he probably meant heathen; anyone who follows a different God than yours or none at all (Atheist). Perhaps that's splitting hairs. But this guy is a very visible public and political figure with quite a following.
Comment by Dave G on June 8, 2009 at 3:10pm
He's pretty daft on all levels, James.

As sad as it is, very few of our politicians seem to have actually studied history. Their preferred areas of study seem to be law (specialty in the bypassing thereof) and public speaking (crowds, the swaying thereof).

And the 'persecution complex' is a core aspect of Christianity. Jesus says that those who are persecuted in his name are blessed, so naturally they see everything in the light of being persecuted. They are particularly bad at assuming that any attempted removal of special privilege is actually persecution.

And by 'pagan', he means 'non-Christian', yes. Of course, these are the same people who insist that 'atheist' means 'worshiper of Satan'.
Comment by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on June 9, 2009 at 11:10am
[cringe]
Comment by Frank on June 10, 2009 at 4:32am
Are they being surrounded by Catholics? The are Poly-theistic. You have God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, The Virgin Mary, and all them Saints.
Comment by SabreNation on June 10, 2009 at 9:27am
Why is the Republican party even getting attention anymore? They are a has-been political party that has swung so far to the right that the only base supporters they have anymore are religious fanatics and paranoid delusional nutbags that are convinced Al Qaeda is going to invade and take the US over tomorrow. I say keep the religious fanaticism and hate speak coming - it's keeping them right on track to becoming a meaningless regional and/or defunct political party. Stay right on that road to becoming the next Whig Party or Federalist Party Republicans, you've got my full backing in your quest to destroy a corrupt, outdated, and idea-less party from within. Once the Republican Party completes it's downward spiral into insignificance it can then be replaced on the national scene with a new party that hasn't had time to corrupt itself into ineptitude and actually has some new ideas such as the Libertarians or Green Party.

George W. Bush's one great success was proving to the world that conservative ideology as it exists in America today (which is a disgrace to and really has no connection with REAL conservatism) is a failure that has no place in the modern world. I'm loving every minute of this grand national soap opera, we're watching a politcal party implode before our very eyes.

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