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December 15th, 2011
01:32 PM ET

Gingrich vows to be faithful to wife

(CNN)–CNN's John King talked with Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in La Mesa, California and Richard Land, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's public policy arm, about morality and the role of religion in the GOP race for 2012.

Land recently wrote an open letter to Newt Gingrich calling on him to, "Promise your fellow Americans that if they are generous enough to trust you wit the presidency, you will no let them down and that there will be no moral scandals in a Gingrich White House."

You can read more about Gingrich's rise with conservative evangelicals here: Newt Gingrich’s faith journey: How a thrice-married Catholic became an evangelical darling.

And don't miss John King U.S.A tonight at 7pm EDT, live from Iowa.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Baptist • Belief • Content Partner • Ethics • Leaders • Newt Gingrich • Politics

soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Cancer Boy

    Why do I have to die, coach?

    December 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  2. Christine

    What a joke.

    Put him forward, I promise you lose the election.

    December 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  3. sharon

    the united states is referred to in a feminine sense such as "she" or "her". the united states better be careful or he'll cheat on her too.

    December 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  4. George Clifford

    Why should anyone trust Newt Gingrich's promises about anything? His track record of promise keeping, whether as a husband or Congressman, is abysmal. Unlike financial investments, past behavior is the best predictor of future performance. Gingrich, if elected president, will almost certainly be unfaithful to both his wife and his oath of office.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  5. Lake ERie

    Isn't that what he promised in his marriage vows the FIRST TWO times?!?

    December 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  6. Daniel

    Isn't a vow to be faithful to one's spouse pretty much what a marriage entails? Flaunting one's virtue is vainglorious. The only person who this vow should concern is Mrs. Gingrich. Sit down and shut up.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  7. Reality

    Going way back to see some early thinking about adu-ltery:

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/ham/ham02.htm

    The Code of Hammurabi- 1792–1750 BC

    "If she had been a bad wife, the Code allowed him to send her away, while he kept the children and her dowry; or he could degrade her to the position of a slave in his own house, where she would have food and clothing. She might bring an action against him for cruelty and neglect and, if she proved her case, obtain a judicial separation, taking with her her dowry.
    No other punishment fell on the man. If she did not prove her case, but proved to be a bad wife, she was drowned. If she were left without maintenance during her husband's involuntary absence, she could co-habit with another man, but must return to her husband if he came back, the children of the second union remaining with their own father. If she had maintenance, a breach of the marriage tie was adultery. Wilful desertion by, or exile of, the husband dissolved the marriage, and if he came back he had no claim on her property; possibly not on his own."

    Hmmm, there appears to be a lot of Judaism and Islam in this Old Code. Plagiarized? Hmmm, probably!!!

    See added comparisons at "Comparing the content of
    Hammurabi's Code, Mosaic Law, and Justinian Law"

    http://www.h-yperhistory.net/apwh/essays/comp/cw03hammurabijustinlaw.htm

    " If a man and woman were caught in adultery, Hammurabi and Moses decreed that both man and woman be put to death. (i.e. "Billy Boys" and N. Leroy G's) had short life spans in the good old days!!!!!) Each set of laws also prohibited a man from having more than one wife at a time. In addition, Justinian and Biblical law required parental consent for any marriage. "

    December 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  8. imamccon

    Sadly, in America the divorce r a t e among self- professed Christians is not markedly less than it is among non-Christians. Consider the terrible irony that the covenant of marriage, the human relationship that symbolizes Christ’s relationship with His church, is just as fragile amongst His own people as it is among those who deny Him. Perhaps our infidelity to each other stems from our infidelity to the Bridegroom. If we cannot be faithful to Christ, what is the likelihood that we will ever be able to be faithful to each other? If anything, divorce seems to be the common denominator across all faiths in the United States. Protestant, Catholic, evangelical, non- evangelical and atheist or agnostic; the statistics are virtually identical. If there were a Scriptural bias against divorce, one would never know it by looking at actions of the church. The stigma of divorce, whether it is social or religious, has all but vanished.

    Excerpted from The Four Pillars of the Kingdom by Joe Brooks

    December 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • News Flash

      As you saw in the Pew Research poll yesterday, marriage as an inti'tution is on the way out. "Perhaps our infidelity to each other stems from our infidelity to the Bridegroom". Perhaps not. Your ancient paradigm is irrelevant.

      December 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Actually, Newsflash, it's because the infidels took over the media. That too, is written aka the four kingdoms of satan.

      Amen.

      December 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  9. William Demuth

    With his money, if he isn't knocking boots with something other than Helmet Head, I would be surprised.

    December 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  10. Richard Nixongrich

    I cannot tell a lie.

    December 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • ...

      from the truth.

      December 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  11. Robert

    Did Newt make that vow to his current wife, or his next wife?

    December 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  12. William Demuth

    Did anyone actually read this sentence?

    "Promise your fellow Americans that if they are generous enough to trust you wit the presidency, you will no let them down and that there will be no moral scandals in a Gingrich White House."

    Was this a joke? SERIOUSLY?

    December 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Richard Nixongrich

      Trust me.

      December 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  13. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    Yes, because his integrity cannot be brought into question concerning his previous vows

    December 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  14. hippypoet

    this is a completely stupid article! Who cares besides him and hie wife that he made such a vow – and heres a good point, why the need for such a vow? didn't he make one close to the same principles when he got wed? And does the wife realize the amount this reflects her blind stupidity towards her husband. This vow means only that before this point he may have been doing the nasty with whoever and only NOW does he choose not to and by making the vow public its not even for his wife but the media to eat up and maybe get him some votes!!! SHAMELES!

    December 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Hippypoet watched to many shows of the Simpsons. Do you also sing Bart Simpsons' song

      I didn’t do it, nobody saw me do it, you can’t prove anything ...

      Shameless, to say the least.

      Amen.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • Grillynchmob

      Seriously hippy? Look at your own writing lately?

      December 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  15. David

    http://sightlikeaconstructionworker.blogspot.com/2011/12/playing-god-and-newt-at-same-time.html

    December 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  16. warmesTghosT

    Who in their right mind believes anything this rodent of a man has to say?

    My right wing, Republican-vocating, Roman Catholic coworker hates the man almost as much as I do and I'm a raging liberal.

    John Huntsman, Gary Johnson or Ron Paul. Those are the only three (mostly) sane options for the Repub. nomination. Anyone else is doomed to fail.

    December 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  17. Doc Vestibule

    Kind of like how the scorpion promised the the frog....

    December 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Anatomically Bombed

      it's not a frog, it's a newt...

      December 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  18. Primewonk

    Wait – he had the affair with future wife #3 because he loved America so much.

    If he's running for President now, I would hope that he loves America at least as much now, if not more. So, who is he diddling now? Some new little campaign hottie?

    December 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Primewonk
      That's gotta be my favourite excuse for infidelity.
      Why did Newt cheat? Because he loves his country.
      Anyone in a monogamous marriage must therefore be a terrorist.

      December 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Richard Nixongrich

      Doc I won't even lie about this one: I nearly spewed out my coffee laughing so hard at your post.

      December 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  19. Chuckles

    Funny, I thought that's what happened at a wedding. I didn't think you needed to clarify it after the fact

    December 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  20. Anatomically Bombed

    "Gingrich vows to be faithful to wife"... which one? He's had three...

    December 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
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