The current primary contest is in South Carolina (Primary to be held on Saturday 1/21/12…. it’s an OPEN primary – anyone can vote… WHY are the first three Republican Primaries open to non-Republicans? We actually allow these three to eliminate candidates – most of whom are conservatives….!!!)
While there, Newt was asked if he would ever endorse a Muslim running for president. Now right there, I wonder where the hell that question ever came from? But to go on….
“It would depend entirely on whether they would commit in public to give up Shariah,” Gingrich said.
“A truly modern person who happened to worship Allah would not be a threat; a person who belonged to any kind of belief in Shariah, any effort to impose it on the rest of us, would be a mortal threat,” Gingrich told the crowd, adding that he’s “totally opposed” to Shariah law being applied in American courts and favors a federal law that “preempts” its use.
Okay – Newt’s still a bit confused, repeating the blather about the Myth of the Moderate Muslim. “A person who happened to worship Allah” sounds like a person who does the minimum of actual worship, that is, the daily prayers, and then goes about his daily, American business.
But a person who says those prayers is doing islamic yoga while thinking about Hell, 17 times a day! That kind of concentrated thinking will twist a brain. That’s not a person I will trust.
Now, there’s more on Newt’s opinion of Sharia:
“… rising Islamization of Turkeyhas been accompanied by a 1,400 percent increase in women being killed.”
“When you look at the application of Shariah in places like Iran, when you look at churches being burned in Nigeria and Egypt, and that the decline of Christians in Iraq from a million, 200 thousand when the Americans arrived to about 500,000 today, I think it depends entirely on the person,” he said.
Back to the endorsing-a-muslim question:
“If they are a modern person integrated in the modern world and they are prepared to recognize all religions, that’s one thing. On the other hand, if they’re Saudis, who demand that we respect them while they refuse to allow Christians to worship in Saudi Arabia, that’s something different,” he continued.
And, just in case you thought he was limited on islamic issues….
Later in the day during a question and answer session in Aiken, S.C., Gingrich also called the Ground Zero mosque “a deliberate and willful insult to the people of the United States who suffered an attack by people who are motivated by the same thing.”
“I think the time has come for us to have an honest conversation about Islamic radicalism. I don’t think we should be intimidated by our political elites, and I don’t think we should be intimidated by universities who have been accepting money from the Saudis and who, therefore, now have people who are apologists for the very people who want to kill us,” he said.