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Who Supports Newt Gingrich for a Non-Secular America?
Guest Post by Brianna Davis
Perhaps it’s stupid to base your entire campaign on an anti-secular drive, but that’s just what Newt Gingrich seems to be doing. The erstwhile Speaker of the House who succeeded in removing the stranglehold that the Democrats had over the House of Representatives for four long decades and ushering in an era of Republican reign in 1995, is now throwing in his hat for the Presidential race in 2012.
Conservative Republicans are known for their hardcore views on religion and issues like abortion, divorce and extra-marital relationships, so it’s a wonder that Gingrich seems to think he can win their votes if he is chosen as the Republican candidate, considering the fact that is twice divorced and had been caught with his pants down with a woman 23 years his junior and a staff member of the House of Representatives (who is now his third and current wife) when he was on his second marriage (at about the same time that he wagged an accusatory finger at Bill Clinton for his Lewinsky affair).
Perhaps that’s why he has chosen the anti-secular rhetoric, in a bid to woo the conservatives with his rigid stance on religion and his fiery statements on how America is becoming a secularized society where God is being driven out of public life. But if you look closer at Gingrich’s personal life, he took to Christianity pretty late in the day, as late as 2009 at the urging of his once-mistress and now wife Callista Beck. The couple has tried all kinds of tricks to garner publicity for Gingrich’s conversion to the Catholic faith, including making a movie about Pope John Paul II and how he was one of the major reasons for the end of communism in Poland.
It’s sad in a way that someone as knowledgeable and intellectual as Gingrich has to rely on religious rhetoric to win the hearts of the hardcore Republicans; with his savvy ways and knowledge of government, he would probably make a good President, if only he wasn’t so dogmatic in his religious views – after all, the forefathers of our country believed that the best way to protect every American’s right to believe as they chose was to create a secular government that recognized all religious opinions equally, by keeping them out of government, says Sean Faircloth, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, and if we endorse a presidential candidate who preaches otherwise, we are ultimately going to usher in a reign of chaos and anarchy.
This guest post is contributed by Brianna Davis, who writes on the topic of online bachelor of arts degree . Brianna welcomes your comments at her email id: briannadavis9-AT-gmail [Dot] com