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Posted on 12/12/2011 11:33:17 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Newt takes no-adultery pledge
By ALEXANDER BURNS | 12/12/11 1:09 PM EST
When the Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader unveiled a sweeping pledge on marriage and abortion over the summer, Newt Gingrich was one of the candidates who passed on signing it.
Now, Gingrich has answered the pledge with a lengthy written response, vowing to support a federal marriage amendment, reinstate the Mexico City policy -- and, per the stipulations of The Family Leader pledge, to be faithful to his wife:
I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.
Gingrich's full response after the jump ...
To Bob Vander Plaats and the Executive Board of The FAMiLY LEADER:
I appreciate the opportunity to affirm my strong support of the mission of the FAMiLY LEADER by solemnly vowing to defend and strengthen the family through the following actions I would take as President of the United States.
Defending Marriage. As President, I will vigorously enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted under my leadership as Speaker of the House, and ensure compliance with its provisions, especially in the military. I will also aggressively defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal and state courts. I will support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification. I will also oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
Do you think this will work as well as the Grover Norquist Tax Pledge?
Didn’t he do that at least 3 other times?
I won’t even say anything. There are too many people who suddenly believe Gingrich is a conservative and a saint.
I think the horse already left the barn on this one ... about 30 years ago.
Considering his age and the shape he’s in, was the pledge really necessary?
I actually believe him. He will be raked over the coals for saying it, but I do believe him. My take is that he’s seen the fruits of infidelity and he’s not likely to go there again. Of course, that is JUST an opinion!
If he wouldn’t keep his vow to his Creator, should we believe that he’d keep his vow to the voters?
You have got to be sh!tting me! I guess we can all rest assured, safely with the knowledge that this pledge will have the same effect that Bill Clinton’s spritual counseling sessions with Jesse Jackson et al (of the religiously inclined wonks) after his inappropriate Oval Office BJs had, huh?
“Read my lips! No....Newt....asses!”
Good one! Is anyone else as tired of these asinine pledges as I am? And this one is the most asinine of all.
I am however, personally insulted that Newt would attempt to explain to me (the voter) that his indiscretions arose from his love of country:
"There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate"
To me it's really no different than, "I smoked but I didn't inhale," with the exception that Clinton didn't attempt to cloak his pot smoking with his patriotism. IMHO, Newt's "explanation," is an insult to the intelligence of everybody he hoped would buy it.
I don't see adultery mentioned anywhere in his letter.
Sinners need not apply!
Eff ‘em all (’specailly dem Kathlick mofos!)
Repenting is useless!
Screw the frikkin prodigal son - we’ve been perfect all along!
No one gets a second chance!
In related headlines, Mitt took a no polygamy pledge, but refused to take a no polytheism pledge.
I would not believe Clinton if he were to take the pledge. But I’m with you about Newt.
“Read my lips ... no new lips!”
This pledge by Newt should bring about a new round of mass amnesia by conservatives around here.
In the letter, Newt pledged “personal fidelity to my spouse”.
For those in Rio Linda, that means “no adultery” (except for Mormon polygamists).
He didn’t honor his pledge 2 other times, why would anyone think he would honor this one.
But, for a golden oldie see:
During April 1980, Newt and Jackie separated. They divorced in February 1981.
The most notorious incident in Gingrichs marriage ... was when he cornered Jackie in her hospital room where she was recovering from uterine cancer surgery and insisted on discussing the terms of the divorce he was seeking. Shortly after that infamous encounter, Gingrich refused to pay his alimony and child-support payments. The First Baptist Church in his hometown had to take up a collection to support the family Gingrich had deserted. Six months after divorcing Jackie, Gingrich married a younger woman, Marianne, with whom he had been having an affair.
Source: Stephen Talbot. Newts Glass House. Salon.com. 8/28/1998.
I tend to agree with you. I think he may have had a genuine turn-around with God. I also have noticed that he frequently takes the opportunity to drive home the message that our rights come from God and not from the state. Santorum and Bachmann have doe the same, but Gingrich has the numbers right now.
For those who are opining that the new rules for this year might allow a dark-horse entry early next year...I can only say that... I have never heard any of those possible candidates proposed by the same pundits repeatedly emphasizing that message. I can’t honestly say that I’ve heard any of them talk about it at all. They may have....but I am unaware of it.
I want a presidential candidate who understand the the economy is NOT the main goal....but rather a restoration of the country from top to bottom, a country of good people who seek God and His Wisdom.
A blessed event.
Personally, I think all these ‘pledges’ are STUPID.
Irrelevant. His creator kept his promise to Newt. He died for his sin and in accepting that gift, Newt became justified in the eyes of God Almighty. That's enough for me. As the Bible passage goes: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Do you really want to go there? Everybody is fallible. Everybody has feet of clay. I'm a Calvinist, so I believe in the doctrine of universal and radical depravity of man. Even Christians sin. In my personal salvation, I did my part. I sinned. Jesus did his part, he gave his life for that sin. On that basis, I'm going to cut Newt a huge break on this topic. Remember, if you even think of the sin, it's the same as doing it. So which of you is blameless?
Newt is a sneaky devil...
My emphasis is NOT on sneaky,..
“Newt takes no-adultery pledge”
Well that’s worth what we paid for it.
flip flop...i mean evolving
Yes, he did. And thus far he has broken that pledge twice.
He wants the vote of the shareholders aka voters of USA to obtain a job as CEO, and wants me to trust his judgment. As one of the individuals who has a say in making that decision, I have to take his entire record in consideration in making that decision. Can I trust him? In most elections, I wouldn't vote for him. Luckily for Newt, he has other people interviewing that I can not support. However, I'm not on the Newt bandwagon at this time.
Maybe Newt’s schlong has now shrunk to the point of no return?
This Time For SURE!
When did my party start bowing to the bob van plaats of the world
I agree with you.
When did my party start bowing to the bob van plaats of the world
No s/ needed...
So true, the perfect Christian PLEASE throw the first stone!
Of Course OUR transgressions are covered by God’s Grace...
Which gives us the “right” to judge/condemn.....
ahhhhhh r i g h t ?
Repentance requires an admission of the Sin and to ask forgiveness from the person wronged.
If Newt were not running for the highest office in the U.S it would be none of my business.
However he has decided to place himself under public scrutiny, and we do deserve an answer on this one, doncha think.
I pledge never to say stupid.....
BTW you do know that Newt supposedly converted to Catholicism right?
I want Newt (and the other candidates) to vow that he won’t do a Viagra commercial like Bob Dole’s if they lose.
Has Newt given testimony that he has accepted Christ as Lord and Personal Savior?
If so, that is news to me. Because if he understood the true meaning of salvation (Eph 2:8-9) why would he join the Roman Catholic Church? Some Roman Catholics who understand the true meaning of salvation sometimes do remain in the Church, but not many of them because many teachings of the RCC and the Bible are in contradiction. Especially the doctrine of salvation.
(One woman’s story of conversion from RCC upon learning the real Gospel)
He could pledge to give up Viagra.
Yes, some people here have changed the name to newt idol. Grape drinking.
His own daughter says he has really changed. She ought to know.
I just hope and Pray some here will read it and receive it as the truth that it is.
I THANK GOD for HIS grace everyday.
Good point.... although there is some connection between infidelity and adultery, they are not synonyms. Amongst other things, if a spouse refuses to have sex with the one he or she is married to, that also is an act of infidelity.