Anti-gay group endorses Gingrich

Newt Gingrich

As former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich struggles to resurrect his faltering Presidential campaign, he gets an endorsement from the homophobic American Family Association — an organization labeled as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center but one also funded by one of Gingrich’s funding groups.

“Newt Gingrich recognizes the threat to our country posed by judges and lawyers imposing values upon the country inconsistent with our religious heritage, and has proposed constitutional steps to bring the courts back in balance under the constitution,” says Donald Wildmon, head of the AFA.

Wildmon may be paying Gingrich back for the $125,000 he received from ReAL Action — a group that is part of The Gingrich Group.  Public records show the money from ReAL Action went to American Family Association Action, the activist arm of the AFA.

AFA’s outspoken policy director, Bryan Fischer, has in the past proposed criminalizing homosexual activity and advocated laws that require court-imposed therapy for gays.

Gingrich, like many Republicans, is stridently anti-gay and said in one televised interview that if he is elected president he will “slow down the homosexual agenda in America.”

“Newt is homophobic, there’s no doubt about that,” a former Gingrich political operative tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “He hates gays.”

In 2008, Gingrich told Fox News that “there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us is prepared to use violence, to use harassment.”

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7 Responses to "Anti-gay group endorses Gingrich"

  1. Keith  December 21, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Newt Gingrich recognizes the threat to our country posed by judges and lawyers imposing values upon the country inconsistent with our religious heritage

    But what about those who attempt to “impose (their) values on the country” that are “inconsistent” with what someone else believes?

    Finally…FINALLY…. the rest of the country is starting to understand just how out of touch with the rest of society (and our Constitution) the so-called “rabid religious right” really is.

    Maybe that’s because the religious right’s grand strategy to turn our nation into a despotic theocracy is also now falling down around their ears as more and more of the rest of us witness the sheer, blatant hypocrisy (if not the outright fraud) now being perpetuated by many of the so-called “leaders” of these “holier than thou” types.

    In that narrow sense, the Presidency of George W. Bush was an absolute Godsend because the true nature of th9is crowd’s plans have now been revealed (and personified) for all to see.

    Clearly, the hypocrisy of such “Christian” behavior (purported to be founded on principles of love, inclusiveness and acceptance, but which all too often manifests itself as narrow intolerance for the beliefs and behavior of others) is now blatantly on display for the rest of the world to see.

    As a result, it’s becoming ever harder for even so-called “mainstream” Christians (even many who, for example, still call themselves Roman Catholic) to blindly accept lectures from the pulpit on what is “abnormal” sexual behavior from an institution that, in the case of the Roman Catholic Church, still firmly considers celibacy for its priests to be “normal”.

    Our Founding Fathers very carefully crafted our Constitution so as to firmly prohibit the establishment of a “state religion” all the while guaranteeing every citizen the right to freely express their own religious beliefs. And I certainly have no qualm with someone expressing their religious beliefs in their own, private way.

    But those of us who still firmly believe in the full separation of Church and State should recognize such chicanery for what it is…a desperate, last-ditch attempt to salvage what’s left of religion’s once complete (but now shrinking) power (often aided and abetted by “government”) to control people’s money, thoughts and lives.

    Thankfully, I (and most others) are now firmly drawing the line when the “holy rollers” attempt to cram their highly intolerant and horrifically narrow religious beliefs down the rest of our throats via the legislative process.

    Maybe that’s because we have now learned that their so-called “Moral Majority” wasn’t so “moral” (nor was it ever a “majority”) after all.

    • Bill Cravener  December 21, 2011 at 9:26 am

      “Maybe that’s because the religious right’s grand strategy to turn our nation into a despotic theocracy is also now falling down around their ears. . .”

      I do very much hope so.

      Good read Keith!

      • Keith  December 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

        I do very much hope so.

        So do I.

        Indeed, Newt Gingrich (and his evangelical Christian endorsers) would do well to remember that Satan wasn’t kicked out of heaven for being gay: It was pride. The people who REALLY ticked Jesus off were the Pharisees, who were self-righteous and hypocritical, which I believe, fairly describes many of today’s evangelical Christians.

        Many of these so-called “Christians” often insist that they aren’t anti-gay, they just oppose same-sex marriage because the Bible, they say, defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

        Yet, we don’t (yet) live in a theocracy. And the Bible is not (yet) the governing legal document of the United States. The Constitution is.

        On the other hand, if these people REALLY want to use the Bible as our governing legal document, then we’ll need MANY new constitutional amendments, including one that (gasp!) bans divorce except in the very narrow circumstances where the Bible permits it.

        Clearly, this would be a tough one for the evangelicals (including Newt Gingrich and his ilk who have divorced their wives not once, but several times) to swallow since the divorce rate for evangelical Christians is almost identical to that of atheists and agnostics.

        This might also explain why you don’t see any of these Bible-thumping evangelical leaders pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into campaigns to keep the government from providing divorce.

        Why does this double standard and selective morality matter? Maybe that’s because it reinforces the idea among Christians that gay people are morally inferior and don’t deserve to be treated fairly. Indeed, if this movement ISN’T driven by anti-gay bigotry, then where is the outrage over heterosexuals who engage in sex outside of marriage?

        Again, why aren’t Christians running around confronting their sexually active heterosexual co-workers and friends about their “lifestyle”?

        Could it simply be that there’s no “ick factor” to such behavior (to borrow a phrase that former presidential candidate and Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee uses to describe gay men and lesbians.)

        As I’ve said, this glaring double standard might also have something to do with the fact that many Christians violate the Bible’s condemnation about sex outside of marriage with impunity. So, again, why isn’t this crowd actively proposing a constitutional amendment banning extramarital sex?

        Perhaps that’s because, among many evangelical Christians, there seems to be this special little area carved out where the Bible’s teachings must be enshrined in U.S. law, but ONLY when it applies to others (i.e. gay people?)

        The bottom line here is that it seems to me that evangelical Christians have enough issues to deal with in their own community simply with the issue of promoting the sanctity of heterosexual marriage.

        Perhaps these “holier than thou” types should now spend less time trying to prevent a tiny percentage of the population from also having the same Constitutionally guaranteed rights and privileges the rest of us enjoy, and more time helping their own flock get their hypocrisy-laden houses in order.

  2. Sandune  December 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    When one is a self-proclaimed Christian, they are free to sin on all ways mentioned in their bible. Their secret is to beg for forgiveness and their slate is then clean. This is a terrible example and the reason I pulled my kids out of Christian school.

    It is the ultimate hypocrisy but it is part of the Christian foundation. Millions of Christians live among us as friends and neighbors and they accept us if we live within their moral laws.

    I came to the conclusion, they do not live within my moral laws and I spent years warning Americans about this Christian attitude when President Bush was elected in 2000. Nobody listened then and maybe, just maybe the voters are finally seeing through this sin and repent group who are taking over our politics.

    Christians always win which is why we should not elect any candidate who claims to be driven by God.

  3. Carl Nemo **==  December 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    This is one endorsement that Gingrich just might feel is like having dog crap on his shoe in the final analysis. Having homophobes publicly endorse you is like the ‘kiss of death’ in terms of getting nominated, much less elected to the presidency.

    Gingrich’s campaign is kaput, the same as Herman Cain’s a few weeks back. Byebye Newt…! : ))

    Good riddance too.

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. th  December 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Fools of a feather flock together.

  5. Figaro  December 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Thank God this arrogant slob is on his way to becoming a footnote in American history. Good riddance to him and his goblin wife both of whom have no more
    place in the White House than Bonny and Clyde.

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