March 28th, 2011
02:11 PM ET
Gingrich fears 'atheist country ... dominated by radical Islamists'
By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
Hours after declaring Sunday that he expects to be running for president within a month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he's worried the United States could be “a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists,” in the foreseeable future, according to Politico.
Gingrich was addressing Cornerstone Church, a megachurch in San Antonio, Texas, led by the Rev. John Hagee, an influential leader among American evangelicals. Hagee's endorsement of then-presidential candidate John McCain in 2008 was plagued by controversy.
McCain ultimately rejected the endorsement over remarks Hagee had made about the Holocaust, in which he appeared to say that Adolf Hitler had been fulfilling God's will by hastening the desire of Jews to return to Israel, in accordance with biblical prophecy.
"God says in Jeremiah 16: 'Behold, I will bring them the Jewish people again unto their land that I gave to their fathers. ... Behold, I will send for many fishers, and after will I send for many hunters. And they the hunters shall hunt them.' That would be the Jews,” Hagee had said in an earlier sermon.
“Then God sent a hunter,” his sermon continued. “A hunter is someone who comes with a gun, and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter."
McCain rejected Hagee’s endorsement of his campaign after learning about the comments in May 2008. "Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them,” McCain said at the time.
Hagee then withdrew his endorsement of the Arizona senator, which he had offered three months earlier.
One irony of McCain rejecting Hagee’s endorsement over his Holocaust remarks is that the Texas evangelist leads the Christian Zionist movement. Hagee is founder and national chairman of Christians United for Israel, which features Elie Wiesel and other Holocaust survivors at its events.
Here’s what Gingrich said at Cornerstone Church on Sunday evening, according to Politico:
Gingrich’s church appearance comes amid a broader campaign to court religious conservatives.
On Monday, Hagee released a statement praising Gingrich's appearance at Cornerstone. “It was such a great honor to welcome Mr. Gingrich to our church, and hear him describe the centrality of faith in our nation,” he said.
The statement also included praise for Hagee and his wife, Diana, from Gingrich.
“It was truly an honor to be with John and Diana at Cornerstone," Gingrich said. "Their dedication to serve is inspirational.”
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Newt and his ilk give God a bad name.
How shocking! A Republican campaigning by using fear tactics! Once again, the Grand Old Party focuses on capturing the Dumb Vote.
If Newt Gingrich and the Republican party become the face of Christianity in America, then our country will lean toward
non belief because of such 'rotten' examples. Mr. Gingrich, with your track record, run on your own merits, don't bring God into your campaign. This will only serve to weaken and undermine the Christian faith in America. We see right through the
Republican rhetoric of "Fear" "Fear" "Fear". My "fear" is of people like you.
How does not being catholic equal not being American? That is the stupidest comment I've heard.
Yeah, he is a perfect "Catholic gentleman". I thought getting divorced wasn't allowed? Oh, I guess he only converted 2 years ago...The republicans better come up with someone better than him if they think they have a shot
Which does he fear, an atheist country or a radical islamist country? What a moron.
This from the man who abandons his wife in a hospital recovery room after he announces his divorce while she is still recovering from surgery. He is a FALSE Christian. A sheep in wolves clothing preying on the unsuspecting.
You just described the entire GOP.
In August 1985, when he visited Morocco at the invitation of King Hassan II, he became the first pope to visit an officially Islamic country at the invitation of its religious leader.
There, at a historic meeting with thousands of Muslim youths in Casablanca Stadium, he emphasized that "we believe in the same God, the one God, the living God."
If radical Islamists are going to be running the show, the country will hardly be either secular OR atheist. Does Newt even know what these big words mean? More importantly, do voters understand how full of #$%@ he is?
When did Muslims become atheists? That's a new one on me, Newt. And you actually teach history at a college somewhere in Georgia? That thought truly boggles the mind.
Lemme see here, a country dominated by godless atheism or by a bunch of wack-job evangelical aswipes? Mmmm, I think I'll take the former, thanks.
I want to see his birth certificate.....
He doesn't know us atheists very well if he thinks we have even the slightest tolerance for fundamentalist islam.
A secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists
Thats just what America needs. A leader who sees nothing wrong with contradicting himself in the same sentence. Brilliant.
"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,...'
He does realize that's an oxymoron, right? You can't be a "secular atheist" country and be dominated by Islamists. That's like being a Buddhist country dominated by Jews.
An "atheist country"......... dominated by radical islamists......... am I the only person who sees something wrong here?
I thought the exact same thing! What an idiot. He and his kind are the last thing this country needs.
Religious Radical islams are athietist and newt i thought you were smarter.
Newt your a catholic:
A very different discussion, obviously, is the one that leads us to the synagogues and mosques, where those who worship the One God assemble. Yes, certainly it is a different case when we come to these great monotheistic religions, beginning with Islam. In the Declaration Nostra Aetate we read: "The Church also has a high regard for the Muslims, who worship one God, living and subsistent, merciful and omnipotent, the Creator of heaven and earth" (Nostra Aetate 3). As a result of their monotheism, believers in Allah are particularly close to us.
Pope John Paul II in "Crossing the Threshold of Hope"
CROOK AND CORRUPT Politicians WORLDWIDE share same common traits.........
THEY always TALK about RELIGIONS, MORALITY dan NON SENSE their don't DO .........
and dare to judge others' sins.......
NO to THEORACY,
NO to ISLAMIC SHARIA nor Christian, Catholic ones.......
NO to HYPOCRISY
Can this guy talk about JOBS, Economy, real solution for Health Care and education, SANE BUDGET policy ?
If he has nothing else to talk about then kick him out from Presidential campaign......
Why don't we just get rid of religion altogether so we can have a nice, sane, world? We will have no rest until the idiots quit believing this myth.
The problem isn't religion, it's what man does with religion.
Gingrich started off, "I have two grandchildren ..., whoa, how coincidental is that? I mean look, this will be my 2nd attempt at running for President, Catholicism is my second attempt at religion, I lied twice this week on how I would have handled the Libyan crisis, I am a two time serial adulterer, and on and on it goes. Anyway, what was I saying?
Glad to hear someone calling it like it is - this nation is loaded with the trolls that live on this Liberal CNN Board - atheists all of you! You will fall into the hands of a living God friends when you die and He will have no mercy on your soul. Glad that ingrich has the stones to step up and call out the CNN pikers and all the Liberals who rely on their own strength instead of on the Father. Shame on all who haven't accepted Jesus Christ as Savior.