Newt complains of "gay and secular fascism"

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Newt Gingrich is at it again. He was bloviating about Prop 8 last week on BillO's "Spin Zone" show:

I think 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. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion. [...] ...these secular extremists are determined to impose on you acceptance of a series of values that are antithetical, they're the opposite, of what you're taught in Sunday school.

Newt, you're full of shit.

Are "secular extremists" barring Christianists from serving in the military? Are we proposing constitutional amendments to annul their marriages? Or forcing them into same-sex unions?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

The only things we want are liberty and justice, which are hardly "impositions" on anyone else. We want the fourteenth amendment to be observed; we want the Constitution's "full faith and credit" clause to apply to everyone; we want civil equality for our LGBT brothers and sisters. Repealing DADT and DOMA would be good first steps. Passing ENDA would be another. The idea that any of these things is a "dangerous threat" to anyone is as credibility-straining as...well...a lot of Newt's voluminous verbiage.

People who can't keep their own marriages together (Newt has had three marriages and two divorces so far) shouldn't have any input into revoking the marriage rights of anyone else. You know what isn't "traditional," Newt? Adultery and divorce--but, as usual, it's OK when a Republican does it. (The irony that Newt is discussing "values" with sexual harasser Bill O'Reilly should not be lost on anyone...)

In a sense, though, Newt is correct that the equality agenda is "a series of values that are antithetical [to] what you're taught in Sunday school." Many of our nation's founding principles are indeed opposed to Judeo-Christian religious doctrines and their theocratic monarchical authority. (Compare the Bill of Rights to the Ten Commandments sometime; it should be an eye-opening experience for anyone who believes in the "Christian nation" myth.) Many biblical edicts are countermanded by our (secular) Constitution, and we are a better nation for it. (I'm thinking of our Greco-Roman and Enlightenment heritage: representative government, separation of powers, and the myriad individual freedoms that are--or should be--protected from mob rule.)

If Newt and his fellow fundies want to establish a Christian nation somewhere else, they're welcome to do so. Their desire to force our country to observe bigoted Iron Age dogma is unacceptable.


more commentary on Newt:
Steve Benen at Washington Monthly
Priscilla at News Hounds

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I do have to give props to ol' Newty for packing ALL the buzz words into one paragraph, though. It must have taken all night, workin' at it like a puzzle.
gay
secular
fascism
impose
the rest of us
violence
harassment
government
control
dangerous
threat
believes
traditional
religion
extremists
determined
acceptance
values
antithetical
(opposite)
Sunday School.

Yikes. Scares the bejesus out of me.

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