Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Confused political statement of the week: Gingrich warns of atheist Islamist threat

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Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the US House of Representatives who is said to be considering entering the race to be the Republicans' presidential candidate next year, used a speech at an evangelical church last weekend to warn of the greatest threat facing America in the coming decades – atheist Muslim extremists. Speaking at Pastor John Hagee's Texas megachurch (for a little sense of Hagee's credentials, see this piece), Gingrich told the congregation:
"I have two grandchildren - Maggie is 11, Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American."
An interesting notion, I'm sure you'll agree. By all means discuss it in the comments – I'd hang around myself, but we have a Caliphate Strategy Meeting in the New Humanist boardroom in half an hour.
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