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Newt Gingrich: I’m Pro-Classical Christianity, I’d Stop Gay Rights Progress

Newt Gingrich: I’m Pro-Classical Christianity, I’d Stop Gay Rights Progress

Over the weekend Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker and potential candidate for the GOP presidential ticket, told Bryan Fischer of the anti-gay American Family Association that he would stop what Fischer had already characterized as the “homosexual agenda” by being “pro-classical Christianity,” values he says the majority of Americans share — a sentiment likely to dismay many moderate and liberal Christians who find themselves burdened by association with the right’s rhetoric.

Gingrich went on to say that he was troubled by Catholic adoption agencies being “forced” to close because of gay rights protections that overrule religious rights.

Over the past few years religious institutions have decided to close affiliated adoption and fostering agencies due to their unwillingness to comply with local gay-inclusive nondiscrimination laws. In the case of the Archdiocese of Washington, for instance, the diocese refused to comply with the import of the District of Columbia’s legalization of same-sex marriage which meant that married same-sex couples wanting to adopt had to be treated the same as their straight counterparts. The agency cited its right to religious freedom of conscience and expression being infringed. Gay rights supporters cited that such agencies enjoy public funds and therein should comply with legislation dealing with how adoption proceedings are governed in the public sphere.

Gingrich also touched on the Obama Administration’s decision to no longer defend Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in court because, when circumstances forced a review of the law, the Administration determined Section 3, that prevents federal recognition of married same-sex couples, to be unconstitutional.

On this Gingrich said:  “If there is a rule of law, it means that if the congress passes a bill and the president signs it, the president has the obligation to support and sustain the laws of the United States.”

This is an argument that has, at this point, been well traveled but in short precedent is firmly on the Administration’s side. The president must enforce laws that Congress has passed and, in this case, will continue to do so until DOMA is repealed by Congress or overturned by the courts. An administration can, however, use its discretion on whether to defend laws it finds constitutionally suspect, as is the case here.

Gingrich also clarified statements that many had taken to mean he believed Obama’s declining to defend DOMA Section 3 was an impeachable offense — not so, Gingrich now claims.

Watch the video below:

The American Family Association (AFA) has been labeled a hate-group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) which highlights the AFA’s misinformation over LGBT rights. On its site, SPLC writes:

The AFA seeks to support “traditional moral values,” but in recent years it has seemed to specialize in “combating the homosexual agenda.” In 2009, it hired Bryan Fischer, the former executive director of the Idaho Values Alliance, as its director of analysis for government and policy. Taking a page from the anti-gay fabulist Scott Lively (see Abiding Truth Ministries, above), Fischer claimed in a blog post last May 27 that “[h]omosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews.” (Ironically, the elder Wildmon was widely denounced as an anti-Semite after suggesting that Jews control the media, which the AFA says “shows a genuine hostility towards Christians.”) Fischer has described Hitler as “an active homosexual” who sought out gays “because he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough.” He proposed criminalizing homosexual behavior in another 2010 blog post and has advocated forcing gays into “reparative” therapy. In a 2010 “action alert,” the AFA warned that if homosexuals are allowed to openly serve in the military, “your son or daughter may be forced to share military showers and barracks with active and open homosexuals.”

That a potential presidential nominee would even grant the AFA an interview would seem to suggest at least a willingness to engage with that kind of rhetoric, which is in itself a disturbing portent. It was recently revealed that Gingrich has also supported other anti-gay groups to the tune of $350,000, another red flag for many.

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3:37AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Colleen S., Where have you been lady! Christians have been killing people around the world since they first came on the seen only 2011 years ago! Christians priest bend little alter boys over in the church and you forgive them! Evangelist rape 12 old girls in the name of Jesus and you forgive them. So much for being a Christian, duh!

3:30AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

How can any American even think about voting for this creep of a man Newt Gingrich! He is a walking garbage can full of scum and slim and ignorance! What is wrong with this country? Why don’t you pundits talk about what he is rather than his pathetic perverted aspersions to be President of the United States of America! What kind of Christian would even vote for this scum bag! So much for Christians! Duh

8:06AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Rob and Jay...you have it 100% right I would love to see Jesus sit at that table with those two and let them tell him how a Christian should act...There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.. Those without sin may cast the first stone!!!

6:51AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Tana-

"Christianity is a kind peaceful loving religion and they would never invade a country to push their religion, not like those nasty old Muslims do."

Exactly which part of this statement is kind, peaceful, or loving...?

Are you really that ignorant? Do you even realize just how similar Islam and Christianity are? How does this statement make you any better than Gingrich?

8:57PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Archaic hypocrite that can't practice what he "preaches." Let him keep expounding his ignorant beliefs, let Americans get a dose of the dictatorship that will come about if they screw up and vote Republican.These narrow minded little demigods have shown just exactly who they are and what they are devoted to doing to this Nation. BEWARE-If we don't get it correct in this next election and keep out or vote out these hyper-extremist,lying elitist sacks of dog dung just watch us dissolve into hyper rich vs barely making a living and they will also be right there in your personal life and bedrooms.The power of God I believe in lives in the Golden Rule, has compassion, tolerance and caring, not self-righteous, hypocritical intolerance and condemnation for anything or anyone that walks a different path. Just say NO to Repubs and let's set our Country on the path of individual freedoms, rights and protection and privacy in our personal lives. If we let them chip away at our lives and rights, we might as well be living in communist China. Shut their ignorant rhetoric down at the polls and show Washington that the American people are smart enough not to drive off the cliff again.The hateful and hate driven fear-mongering right wing wouldn't know the truth if it hit them RIGHT square in the head.This particular set of repubs think THEY are the "chosen ones" and only the underlings (all the rest of us) have to play by the rules AND THEY want to DICTATE ALL the rules.

9:51AM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

let him keep talking!!! he will do to him self what Sarah palin did to her self ruin his own image by what he says, He is just showing his true colors, it's the best thing for Obama to win re-election

9:24AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Christianity is a kind peaceful loving religion and they would never invade a country to push their religion, not like those nasty old Muslims do. Just ask the victims on both sides of the Crusades, or the pagans. And you can ask the native populations of just about every country how kind this religion is. And let's not forget the Burning Times, ask the 300,000 people put to death during the Inquisition. Christianity makes me so proud to be a pagan

5:27PM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

The AFA appears to have an over-active imagination ... perhaps there's medication for that?
That aside, I'm so glad to see Gingrich is being recycled (I'm all in favour of recycling .. for ecological reasons).
Sadly, it's not quite the end product that I had in mind.
And, it's worth remembering ... "You can't make a silk purse out of a pig's ear."
There are limits to recycling, apparently.

12:29PM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

And this comes from a man who sleeps with a woman which is not his wife! Classical x-tianity denounces divorces too, Newt...

11:28AM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

And Newt stands for moral values. Just ask his ex-wives!!!!!

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