Saturday, May 19, 2007

Gingrich Panders to Liberty Grads

Gingrich is spreading lies. Again. Here's an excerpt from an AP report on his commencement address at Liberty University:
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich challenged Liberty University's graduating class Saturday to honor the spirit of school founder Jerry Falwell by confronting "the growing culture of radical secularism" with Christian ideals.
Gingrich, a Republican considering a 2008 presidential run, repeatedly quoted Bible passages to a mournful crowd of about 17,000 packed into the university's football stadium four days after Falwell's death.
"A growing culture of radical secularism declares that the nation can not profess the truths on which it was founded," Gingrich said. "We are told that our public schools can no longer invoke the creator, nor proclaim the natural law nor profess the God-given quality of human rights.
"In hostility to American history, the radical secularists insist that religious belief is inherently divisive and that public debate can only proceed on secular terms," he said.
There's no such thing as "radical secularism." There is, however, a growing number of rational individuals who resist oppression by the Christin Right. Gingrich's views are exactly what Christopher Hitchens was talking about when I blogged about it here: On Bullshit. Newt is free to believe in whatever god he pleases; but the Constitution guaranties that he can't make me agree with him. I also blogged about the Affirmations of Humanism. I know Gingrich was just pandering, but talk about divisive. That's Newt all right.

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