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Gingrich Staffer Fired Over “Cult Of Mormonism” Comment

Gingrich Staffer Fired Over “Cult Of Mormonism” Comment

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has made a pledge recently in his campaign for president — no negative attacks.  He has said publicly that he will neither launch a negative attack himself, nor will he allow any surrogates to do so on his behalf.

Lots of politicians make this claim.  But how serious is Gingrich?  Yesterday, he fired a staffer over it.

In this case, it was a new hire.  According to the Des Moines Register, Craig Bergman, the political director for his Iowa campaign, said that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will never get support because of his religion. “‘A lot of the evangelicals believe God would give us four more years of Obama just for the opportunity to expose the cult of Mormon,’ Bergman said during the focus group, according to The Iowa Republican. ‘There’s a thousand pastors ready to do that.’”

By the end of the day, Bergman was gone“‘Craig Bergman agreed to step away from his role with Newt 2012 today,’ Gingrich spokesman RC Hammond said in a statement. ‘He made a comment to a focus group prior to becoming an employee that is inconsistent with Newt 2012′s pledge to run a positive and solutions orientated campaign.’”

Ironically, in that exact same focus group, which was done before he was hired on to the campaign, Bergman also called Gingrich “the smartest unwise man in America. Because unwise means making bad choices.”

Perhaps Bergman was right, there.  He should have done a google search on his new hire first.


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11:43AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

So the little fat piggy throws out his staff member. And who is silly enough to believe one word he says? Oh, he'll clothe all is garbage in lovely rhetoric that will have the Repugs eating out of his hand, but that man is a crook with the morals of a cockroach. BEWARE, all ye who have a modicum of sense. .

10:09AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Deborah V. Technically, you are right. All religions are "cults", but here is where the word gets abused. In colloquial context, the word cult is used to indicate harmful cults, not religions in general and there are guidelines that define those kinds of cults. Even militant Atheists can meet that criteria, if you look at it hard enough.

You seem to be one of those Atheists and that is your right to do so, but do not condemn ALL religious people for their belief systems, just condemn the extremists. Me; I am a Wiccan and I live in the mysteries every day, celebrating them and seeking them in ways that many (far right wingers in particular) think are at least a little odd. I love real science and what it teaches us, secular history as well.

I don't look at the world with religious blinders and neither should you look at the world with anti-religious blinders. Extremism of any kind denies one access to those mysteries that you mentioned.

9:22AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Let's be honest....ALL RELIGIONS ARE CULTS. All religions are fairy tales. All religions are based on men's interpretation on the ideas of the "religion".

We don't know. That is the absolute truth. We don't know why we are here or what this live and planet are about. Perhaps that is the "mystery" and we should celebrate that, rather than believing in fairy tales.

9:07AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

If they call Mormonism a cult, what does it say for Christianity? The Same!

8:57AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

But Mormonism IS a cult and so is Islam, Christian and Catholic.

8:56AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Here's one instance when I'll say "way to go Newt !" and mean it. Because my opposition to Mitt has nothing to do with his religion,since I've known and liked a number of Mormons very much ,even when I was being raised in the Catholic Church that a Romney ad criticized Newt for converting to; because I have plenty of reason other than either ones' religion for not supporting them for President.

7:41AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Gingrich Staffer Fired Over “Cult Of Mormonism” comment

Good job, Gingrich.

If the headline read Gingrich Staffer Fired Over “Cult Of Islam” comment , we'd all be singing Gingrich's praises -- oh wait we couldn't do that -- he's on the "other team".

7:00AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Here we go again. A person fired for telling the truth, is seems to me another case of bad training, 
didn't any one were tell him that no one in Washington DC tells the truth.



They are suppose to use to use Fox Fascist to do their dirty work, after all, thats what their paid to do.



One more time, America Bless God, did I get that right.

6:59AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Here we go again. I person fired for telling the truth, is seems to me another case of bad training,
didn't any one were tell him that no one in Washington DC tells the truth.

They are suppose to use to use Fox Fascist to do their dirty work, after all, thats what their paid to do.

One more time, America Bless God, did I get that right.

6:03AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Newt Gingrinch's pledges are worth what exactly ? His marriage vows weren't worth shit. Lets see how many more he makes and breaks. anybody wanna keep a tally?

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