Gingrich tells evangelicals: 'We need to stand up for ourselves'
February 27th, 2012
05:38 AM ET

Gingrich tells evangelicals: 'We need to stand up for ourselves'

By Shawna Shepherd, CNN Political Producer

Cumming, Georgia (CNN) – Vying for evangelical support in the GOP primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum appeared at the same Georgia church on consecutive Sundays.

Gingrich, a former Georgia congressman, is favored to win Georgia on Super Tuesday, March 6, but Santorum, who appears to be gaining ground in other early nominating states, poses a threat to the former House speaker.

Gingrich spoke for about 40 minutes during a regularly scheduled service Sunday morning at First Redeemer Church with about 2,300 people in the audience. The former Pennsylvania senator drew a much larger crowd when he spoke there in the evening a week ago.

Founding Pastor Dr. Richard Lee, a Gingrich supporter, introduced Gingrich as a "true American," with more veiled references to President Barack Obama in his opening remarks.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Georgia • Newt Gingrich • Politics

soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Iqbal Khan

    Watch this expert...


    February 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • Reality

      Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:29 am |
    • Suzi Static Shrill

      I believe everyone needs to find the Truth not BS and then learn from it and live in Truth not in a fog. Appreciate life. Hollywood writer and director James Cameron thinks Atheist are great and he believes in it. Nothing wrong with staying with the facts ma'am just the facts not the mythological comic book dreams which are not a true foundation for wisdom or logic. Build a house foundation on the quick sand of religion with nothing True under it and you have a false foundation and your house is lost. We have education in the world to get people using their heads for something more than to break walnut shells. Physics, biology, medical science not modern witchcraft or whatever you call todays form of religion.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  3. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Funny how I can post with so little effort. Like before my fingers even move. All right. What soft parts do I get?

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Poor little troll. You really must stop this hero-worship. I'm just a person like anyone else.

      Don't kneel at my feet. I know you feel inferior, but you'll be able to ride a two-wheeler someday, too.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  4. Santorum

    It hardly matters what you believe or don't believe when soon strength will be feasting on weakness.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The quick ones can always dart in and get at the soft parts, right?

      February 27, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
  5. FlaPete

    There goes seperation of church and state again..If you want it stopped tell IRS to audit ANY RELIGIOUS GROUP,that will put a damper on their HOLYWAR.The ministers,priests need money for golf,women, living exspenses,ya know ,some for unmentionables..These republican cross dressing hypocrites will stop at nothing to get a vote,they're really pushing the envelope on this one.Next thing a pulpit will be erected next to the voting booths,so they can get the last word in,bingo as you go out the door,what a deal....

    February 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Observer2

      Our polling place, last election, was a Baptist church surrounded by Republican signage – very disturbing. The poll watchers got a bit hostile when I said that the signs were less than 100 feet from the door, in violation of law.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  6. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  7. PrimeNumber

    Whoever takes office will swear to defend an.......

    February 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • PrimeNumber

      ...obsolete idea; that all men are created equal.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • PrimeNumber

      ...because as we know, all men evolved unequally.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • PrimeNumber

      There's more than one way to sneak an idea past the CNN censors. They do love freedom of speech, though.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      Well, he (or she...I guess its possible) wouldn't have to swear. They could affirm. And it wouldn't have to be on a bible. It could be on a book of law, like John Quincy Adams. There is nothing necessarily religious about the presidential oath of office

      February 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      The constitution says nothing about all men being created equal. The president does not take an oath regarding the declaration of independence.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • CNN Moderator

      I'm a robot. I few lines of code. I don't care what your personal beliefs are. I'm not out to get you. Get over your paranoid self.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  8. Doc Vestibule

    Yes! Evangelicals must speak up!
    White, Christian men have never been properly represented in government.
    There has never been a more downtrodden, suppressed minority in America than white, Christian, land owning males.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • And who else could hold back those who would make us weak?

      February 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • matt in saginaw

      Well put!

      February 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • captain america

      The poster is an imposter it is not an American, it does not vote or have a legitimate voice in our politics. It is pretending to be one of Us when in fact it is nothing but a bottom feeding canadian. American dog sh it is of greater value to Us than Doc Vestibules opinion. There's your sign

      February 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • I'm as American as you are, and then some, "captain".

      February 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • MaryLand

      captain america, I'm as american as they come, and I'm ashamed of you and everything you represent.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  9. Godspeople

    Gingrich needs to step out of the race. He's a pile of steamy crap.

    February 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  10. ricky

    there is no such thing as the supernatural and supernatural based ideas have no place in our government, law and civil rights.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  11. ricky

    given newt is a catholic now (his THIRD religion) he should have been telling them they are going to h.e.l.l. for not being catholic.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  12. Loserville, Population = You

    What a surprise, the typical clowns are on the comments section again. Don't you 5 atheists feel like complete losers for coming to a belief blog and posting ignorant comments everyday? You people sure seem obsessed with something you don't believe in. We all know that your "rational, intelligent, logical" belief is so frail that you come here everyday to try and prop yourself up, have fun denying it though. Quite comical really.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Bob

      It's partly because stupid jerks like you also get to vote.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Tallulah13

      What's funny is how so many christians on this blog resort to insults and flat-out lies to insult fellow Americans exercising their right to free speech.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • sam stone

      We are not obsessed with beings in which we do not believe. We are amused at the pompous rantings of those who claim to have the TRUTH.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      There is nothing quite as comical, or as sad, as supposed grown ups believing in any god. Things become hilarious when Newt "The Fornicator" Gingrich becomes a leader with "values"...

      There are no gods, and Gringrich and Santorun are going to get thousands of innocent American youths killed when/if they unleash their foreign policy religious wars. I hope Obama gets re-elected. If people must vote for a religious right winger, I hope it's for Ron Paul – anyone else would be a huge step towards a US theocracy.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Right, those who don't want a theocracy should just shut up and let morons like you elect some cheating scoundrel to be the next Commander in Chief. Why should anyone who doesn't believe what you do have a say?

      Get bent. It's a free country and I'll comment on this or any other topic as much as I wish. Don't like it? Don't read the posts. Don't come here. Who's holding a gun to your head?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • boocat

      Guess you're another one of those judgmental Jesus freaks that call themselves "christian." Get in line.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • *facepalm*

      Defense of one's constitutional liberties is sad to you? Wow.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Loserville, Population = You. Me? Yes, you, there, believing in gravity; Honestly!


      February 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • matt in saginaw

      Yet, you're the one attacking people's right of speech...hmmm?

      February 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • *facepalm*


      If that was a reply to me, please explain how I am attempting to infringe on anyone's right to free speech. I just don't want to pay for religious instruction in science class or religious displays on public property.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • captain america

      hotairace is a butt in canadian its opinion on our politics and politicians are totally useless as it has no say or vote in our country. Go screw up your own country hot, we don't need you or want you, you F'n phony. There's your sign

      February 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Loserville is about to offer proof of god...any time now...just wait...waiting. While we do, lets just ponder the amount of money that all religions have cost the world, and think that rather than feed the myth, we put that money, which must have run it to trillions, into medical research instead. and we could feed the world instead of praying for it, But that would involve folks thinking and a majority of our population is stuck in the same mindset as loser.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  13. momoya

    And by "stand up for ourselves" he means "Vote for meeeee!!!!"

    February 27, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Bob

      And ditch the "life partner" that you committed yourself to for life, while she's deathly ill in hospital, just like I Newt did. What a shining example for similar "people of faith".

      Can't believe anyone would vote for Gingrich, for any office whatsoever, let alone make him a candidate for POTUS.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  14. Anon


    February 27, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  15. boocat

    Man...I thought Romney was a panderer. This lying hypocritical megalomaniac wrote the book on it.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  16. hippypoet

    does anyone else find it ironic that he is saying this in a church!?!??

    "Now is the time, we can stand, right after we kneel!"

    Not saying that his message is a bad one but his forum sends a different message along with his...

    February 27, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  17. Reality

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Mitt Romney, Newton Leroy Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And the irony:

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:10 am |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 27, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • Nope

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • AGuest9

      Not to mention the 2006 Harvard Prayer Study. It showed that faith and prayer are delusions

      February 27, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • nope


      February 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Sally



      Exactly, prayer doesn't work, nope it really doesn't..nope....nope...nope...

      February 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • nope


      February 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  19. Uncouth Swain

    You know he is desperate when he is kissing up to the religious Right.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You'll know the Religious Right is completely devoid of any intelligence if they fall for it.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • MarcTTF

      No further proof is required that the Religious Right is completely devoid of any intelligence. The book on that has been closed for a while now.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • AGuest9

      You're giving them an awful lot of credit there, Tom Tom.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It was early. I hadn't had but one cup of coffee. You're right, A. They will fall for it, just as they always do. Gingrich will wave the abortion banana and all the th umping monkeys will start screeching.

      And no matter the outcome of the election, the president will cease to even mention the wing-nuts and their issues.

      Four years after that, lather, rinse, repeat.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  20. Rational Libertarian

    The President should not bow to anyone, man or deity. Gingrich and Santorum really are two buffoons. I find it difficult to believe that, in this day and age, anybody could believe in all that Jeezo bible garbage, let alone people seeking to run for the presidency.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:29 am |
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