“Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances.” [US Constitution, 1st Amendment]
Former House Speaker and loudmouth Newt Gingrich spouted off on the Hannity Show yesterday commenting about the terror attack in Nice, France that left at least 80 dead and many wounded. Of course, Gingrich is a neo-con and we all know neo-cons like nothing better than war unless it is the persecution of certain segments of people they don’t like.
His comments yesterday on Hannity centered around Muslims as he called for a “religious test” for Muslims in the US and if they are found to believe in Sharia (Islamic Law) then they should be deported. He went on to say, “Western civilization is at war! We should frankly test every person here who is of Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia, glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door.”
But Gingrich wasn’t finished yet! He went on to say that he thinks anyone who goes to any website that supports ISIS or al-Qaeda or any other terrorist group should be charged with a felony. He added that any organization that hosts such a website should be charged with felonies and the website shut down immediately. He also referred to the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution saying the Constitution protects against “an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” NOT EXACTLY Mr Gingrich!!
So if we have such a test for Muslims and their personal beliefs then where does it end? Do we next test radical Christian fundamentalists such as those belonging to the Westboro Baptist Church? And after that do we test fundamentalist Jews and their beliefs in Old Testament law? And what about people who believe in the laws of Leviticus in the Old Testament, in which, virtually every “punishment” is death be a person gay or an adulterer? And do we also shut down their “radical” websites out of fear that they might inspire domestic terrorism? Where does this all end Mr Gingrich? Obviously, Gingrich hasn’t really thought this through and that is NOT surprising as he typically has a tendency to run his mouth before he thinks!
And then there is the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution he referred to on Hannity yesterday…. he said that this amendment “protects against “an establishment of religion, prohibiting free exercise thereof” which is not exactly the case! In FACT, what Gingrich tried to do with this statement is to SPIN IT!! The 1st Amendment was adopted by our forefathers because they feared the new government of the US might one day declare one single religion as the official State Religion. England had made the Church of England the official state religion during the time of the American Revolution and our forefathers did not want that to happen in their newly found country. So they adopted the 1st Amendment and made it part of the Bill of Rights. Further, England had persecuted people of faiths other than the Anglican faith and our forefathers did not want this to happen here. So the 1st Amendment was adopted to PROTECT ALL RELIGIONS and to PROHIBIT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM ONE DAY INSTITUTING A STATE RELIGION!! But, Gingrich yesterday made it sound like the 1st Amendment forbids ANY RELIGION from being established ! He also made it sound like the 1st Amendment was adopted to “protect” us against any and all religions when in FACT it was adopted to prohibit the STATE from IMPOSING a STATE RELIGION on us!! Gingrich damned well knows that BUT he’s a neo-con like Bush and Cheney and neo-cons love SPINNING THE TRUTH so it fits THEIR agenda! Shame on you Gingrich!!
And then there is the desire of Gingrich to charge anyone who looks at a “radical” website with a felony or anyone who hosts such a website. So what constitutes “radical”? Does a website that promotes the Christian belief of the Apocalypse with its obviously massive human death constitute “radical” in Gingrich’s mind? Does a website that advocates “sacrifice” constitute a “radical website”? Or what about a website that advocates the imprisonment of all homosexuals and their “re-education” or “extermination”? And what next Mr Gingrich? Do we go back to giving literacy tests before we allow people to vote? Or perhaps we go back to forbidding women and blacks from voting? Like I said, where does this all end Gingrich?
What Gingrich also FAILED to mention yesterday was the FACT that MOST MUSLIMS LIVING IN THE US DO NOT SUPPORT SHARIA! That’s one of the reasons they are living in the USA! Many of them have been VICTIMS OF SHARIA not supporters of it! But, Gingrich failed to mention that little detail as he so often fails to mention many other little FACTS when he spouts off!!!
He wants such a test for anyone of Muslim background. How far back? Do we go one generation back or 50 generations back in a persons ancestry? Beginning to realize just how ignorant Gingrich’s statements are?
Finally, as if he didn’t run his mouth enough Gingrich then told Hannity that he is “sick and tired of being told that the wealthiest, most powerful civilization in history, all of Western civilization, is helpless in the face of a group of Medieval barbarians!” This was likely the ONLY thing Gingrich said yesterday on Hannity that made any sense because, frankly, the rest of his comments and calling for a “religious test” for Muslims were all RADICAL statement!
Gingrich added, “We’re told to be reasonable, to be passive, to not judge…..this is the FAULT OF WESTERN ELITES who lack the GUTS to do what is right, to do what is necessary, and to tell us the truth, and that starts with Barack Obama.”
Well Gingrich has his moments of accuracy when he’s not trying to spin things for the neo-cons and this was one of those moments because he’s right. The global elites ARE SPINELESS! And the reason these terrorists keep stepping up their terrorism is because THEY KNOW that! They know we are not going to go bomb the hell out of them! They know if captured we are not going to sentence them to death! They know Western civilization is WEAK AND IN DECLINE thank you to the GROSS compromising of our values and LACK of MORALS!! And he’s absolutely RIGHT about the elites LYING to us! Oh BUT wait a minute……isn’t Gingrich one of those ELITES? He sure as hell isn’t one of the working POOR common folk on Main Street! In fact, come to think of it Gingrich’s comments on Hannity yesterday are a bit like the pot calling the kettle black! He’s a neo-con and the neo-cons comprise a large portion of the elites! I suspect Gingrich was trying to play the American people for DUMB as those neo-cons so often do!! It’s time for the People in this country to wake up to the GAME played by the Elites and New-cons!! These people are manipulating the masses, lying to the masses, playing the masses for FOOLS. EDUCATE YOURSELF AMERICA!! And the GAME of the ELITES will become rather obvious very, very quickly!
IF we take Gingrich’s demands seriously then they would move us ever so closer to a POLICE STATE (think Nazi Germany)! Think about it!!