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Newt Gingrich Attacks Fashionable Anti-Catholic Bigotry
The American Catholic ^ | Sunday, January 8, 2012 A.D | Donald R. McClarey

Posted on 01/22/2012 12:37:06 PM PST by narses

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I assume that only hard core political junkies like me watched the New Hampshire Republican presidential debate last night which is a shame.  All of the candidates acquitted themselves well, including Ron Paul who came across as avuncular Uncle Ron, instead of crazy Uncle Ron.  Go here for a first rate overview of the debate.  It was a debate heavy on substance and each of the candidates dealt with the questions adequately.  I think Rick Santorum, who had quite a bit more air time last night than he did in previous debates, did himself a lot of good.   However, the standout moment of the debate came when Newt Gingrich dealt with a question about gay marriage.  The question was phrased as one would expect by denizens of the mainstream press, asking the candidates how they would talk to a gay couple who wanted to get married.  When Gingrich’s turn came, he was having none of it.

“I just want to raise the point about the news media bias,” Gingrich said. “You don’t hear the opposite question asked.

“Should the Catholic church be forced to close its adoption services in Massachusetts because it won’t accept gay couples, which is exactly what the state has done? Should the Catholic church be driven out of providing charitable services in the District of Columbia because it won’t give in to secular bigotry? Should the Catholic church find itself discriminated against by the Obama administration on key delivery of services because of the bias and the bigotry of the administration?” Mr. Gingrich asked.

Mr. Gingrich finished his comments by criticizing the media for not covering “anti-Christian bigotry.”

“The bigotry question goes both ways and there’s a lot more anti-Christian bigotry today than there is concerning the other side, and none of it gets covered by the news media,” said Mr. Gingrich.

Mr. Gingrich’s remarks drew a loud round of applause from the audience at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Mitt Romney and Rick Perry chimed in, echoing Gingrich’s attack on the Obama discrimination against the Catholic Church,  Go here to see a video of Newt’s statement.  Some people have doubted the authenticity of the conversion of Gingrich to the Faith.  I think it is clear that his statement came from his heart, and there is no nobler calling for any Catholic in public life than to speak out in defense of the Church when the Bride of Christ is under bigoted assault.  Bravo to Newt Gingrich!



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1 posted on 01/22/2012 12:37:11 PM PST by narses
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2 posted on 01/22/2012 12:39:00 PM PST by narses
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To: narses

Thats encouraging. Someone defending Catholics...and he is running for office....
Newt just went up a few points in my book.


3 posted on 01/22/2012 12:43:18 PM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: narses

Too many Catholics and Christians asked for it by yanking the democrat lever over the years

They are going to wake up to reality too late once the Fascist dictatorship is entrenched


4 posted on 01/22/2012 12:48:48 PM PST by uncbob
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To: Yorlik803

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5 posted on 01/22/2012 12:48:53 PM PST by narses
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To: uncbob

America is waking up.


6 posted on 01/22/2012 12:49:56 PM PST by narses
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To: narses; All
Narses, you could have at least updated this so-called "anti-Catholic bigotry" post with the latest in exit polls in your comments.

ALL: If you go to EXIT POLLS: South Carolina Republicans, what will you find there?

You'll see that...
...almost 2/3rds of Evangelicals/Born-Agains (65%) voted for two Catholic candidates (Santorum & Gingrich).
...Of the Protestants, 59% voted for the two Catholic candidates.

By comparison, do you want to know what percentage of South Carolina Catholics voted for those two Catholic candidates? 52%

No, it's not the in-and-of-itself "bigotry" by some Catholics who like to ignorantly accuse Protestants/Evangelicals of "anti-Catholic bigotry," that we need to worry about...as the South Carolina exit-poll data shows...

Nope...it's the reality that at least 29% of Catholics in South Carolina voted for Romney...and that the Catholic vote for Santorum and Gingrich in South Carolina was SIGNIFICANTLY less than the Evangelical (& even overall Protestant) vote for those two.

ALL: Now I invite other posters to slam South Carolina Catholics for showing the world how...(fill-in-the-blank) they were for the above showing Saturday!

7 posted on 01/22/2012 12:52:30 PM PST by Colofornian (If 94% of LDS repeat voting for Romney, then such RINO-voting reveals a liberal Mormon bent)
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To: Colofornian

8 posted on 01/22/2012 1:03:51 PM PST by narses
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To: Colofornian

Unfortunately, South Carolina Catholics aren’t alone. We’ve been just about 5 years behind the PC code since Vatican II. Irish Catholics, of which I’m one, more than most. A disgrace.


9 posted on 01/22/2012 1:34:12 PM PST by Mach9
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To: narses

Catholics are sometimes the bad guys to the media and Hollywood, but they are often the good guys in both, our second largest church, the Southern Baptists, are never the good guy, no Hollywood for them, and no interest from the news shows and news media.

The media and the left truly hate Evangelicals as the Christians that are too hard nosed, too unyielding, too conservative, and too overwhelmingly Republican to be anything other than knuckle dragging, old fashioned Americans from the dark ages before the enlightened 1960s.


10 posted on 01/22/2012 2:00:57 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: narses

Conservative politics and electoral victories bores you?


11 posted on 01/22/2012 2:06:39 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: uncbob

“Too many Catholics and Christians asked for it by yanking the democrat lever over the years”

Bullseye, uncbob!


12 posted on 01/22/2012 2:10:29 PM PST by Cyman
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To: narses

Very good. I hope he keeps it up. A moral compass is an important foundation for a leader to build on, and he was somewhat lacking—or confused—in some of his earlier dealings. He has the drive and the force, as long as he keeps himself pointed in the right direction.


13 posted on 01/22/2012 2:11:15 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Colofornian

Did you read the article?

It’s not about Protestants.

It’s about anti-Catholicism by liberals, including those in the Obama administration.


14 posted on 01/22/2012 2:17:57 PM PST by WPaCon
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To: Cicero

Assuming everything is as it seems, Gingrich could become a huge national learning experience (or reminder) for Christian salvation and it’s ability to change a person.

Gingrich could turn out to be something very, very helpful for the Christian message and even the Republican brand, when contrasted to say a Clinton, or a JFK or the unrepentant image of the indifferent Democrat Christians.


15 posted on 01/22/2012 2:18:53 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: WPaCon

Liberals do a good job with handling Catholics evidently, because they win their support and their vote, liberals must be much more openly hostile to Evangelicals since Evangelicals are so massively anti-liberal and vote against them by 75 and 80%..


16 posted on 01/22/2012 2:22:39 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ansel12

What Protestants do and how they are treated by liberals is irrelevant to the fact that there are many anti-Catholic liberals.

The fact that many Catholics are dumb, are uninformed, are misinformed, ignore church teaching, or can accurately be described as some combination of those does not negate that fact.


17 posted on 01/22/2012 2:34:33 PM PST by WPaCon
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To: WPaCon

Being a liberal voting block indicates that Catholics find a comfortable home with the left, and they evidently make up a large share of the left, the left evidently is not so hard on Catholics that it drives them away, is what I am saying.


18 posted on 01/22/2012 2:52:21 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ansel12

The left is often anti-Catholic. Some Catholics are just not bothered by that. My previous post gave some reasons. “The fact that many Catholics are dumb, are uninformed, are misinformed, ignore church teaching, or can accurately be described as some combination of those” is why they still vote Democrat in spite of the anti-Catholicism.

If you would like more Catholics to be conservative, it doesn’t help when you overstate how liberal they are.


19 posted on 01/22/2012 3:15:17 PM PST by WPaCon
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To: WPaCon

The left really, really, really hate Evangelicals, they are ALWAYS anti-Evangelical, and Southern Baptist ministers or any religious figure without a collar ever gets to be the good guy in the movies, or the troubled detectives religious adviser, or confidant, or the hero against the evil monster from Satans realm.


20 posted on 01/22/2012 3:22:00 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: WPaCon

I think the point is that the left dislikes Christianity, and sees it as the enemy, but for all the anti-Catholic stuff from the left, they also find more comfort with Catholics, interact more with and seek out Catholic leadership, confer with and seek out opinions from them, and often portray them positively and powerfully in news, media, and movies.

Evangelicals are merely mocked, marginalized, and attacked by the media.

Look at every story about Mormonism and Christianity, the media always reports it as ‘some Evangelicals do not consider Mormons Christians’ hinting that it is a backwards, fundamentalist, absurdity, you never see Catholics mentioned in that context.


21 posted on 01/22/2012 3:34:01 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: narses

**Mr. Gingrich finished his comments by criticizing the media for not covering “anti-Christian bigotry.”**

And the anti-Catholic bigotry here on FR is also given notice. Thank you, Candidate Gingrich!

Why does such anti-Catholic bigotry even exist?


22 posted on 01/22/2012 3:35:45 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ansel12

I don’t disagree with you when you say the left and Media hates Evangelicals and Southern Baptists.

The left is capable of holding multiple prejudices and hating multiple groups of people at once. It’s what the left does.


23 posted on 01/22/2012 3:36:55 PM PST by WPaCon
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To: ansel12

Funny thing is I see a lot of anti-Catholic threads here and very seldom media sourced anti-evangelical threads.

Go figure that one out.


24 posted on 01/22/2012 3:38:50 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: narses
Newt has changed dramatically. Here are some FR links about his conversion.

Newt Gingrich Attacks Fashionable Anti-Catholic Bigotry
Newt Gingrich: What Kind of Catholic Is He? [Born Lutheran, Turned Baptist, Now Catholic]
Newt Gingrich: America’s Next Catholic President?
Clemson Palmetto Poll finds Gingrich (38%) momentum growing, most S.C. GOP voters still uncommitted
Gingrich Threatens GOP's Chance to Nab Independents

The Evangelical Case for Newt Gingrich
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics [ecumenical}
Newt Gingrich on Catholicism and JPII
Why Newt Gingrich Converted to Catholicism
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Opens Up on Catholic Conversion and Embracing 'Overt Christianity'
Newt Gingrich on his conversion to Catholicism
Gingrich Keeps Quiet on Catholic Conversion (received into Church over the past weekend)
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich conversion details; plans release of JP2 documentary
Gingrich to Become Catholic During Easter Season
The Newt Evangelization: Gingrich to become Catholic

25 posted on 01/22/2012 3:39:37 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Search for threads related to media accusations of anti-Mormon bigotry for example.


26 posted on 01/22/2012 3:45:36 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: WPaCon

It is a matter of degree, Evangelicals are the truly hated by the left, for them, there is never a break in the attacks.

Even in the their own GOP primary, the media saturates us with tales that the Evangelicals will hurt Romney, and they don’t mean that to be positive.


27 posted on 01/22/2012 3:49:18 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ansel12

The left will interact positively with liberals and negatively with conservatives. It will portray conservative Catholics poorly and conservative Protestants (Evangelicals) poorly. It will interact with liberal Catholics and liberal Protestants (such as Episcopalians) positively.

I don’t necessarily disagree with you that the left portrays Evangelicals worse than Catholics. That’s because Evangelicals are essentially conservative Protestants. but, while Catholics should be all conservative, there are still many liberals who identify as Catholic.

If all Catholics actually lived their faith and liberals were intelligent enough to notice, they would probably be hated worse than Evangelicals. While liberals like to mock how many Evangelicals hold the view of creationism, they would have an absolute field day with the Catholic belief in the Eucharist and the Catholic Church’s rejection of contraception.


28 posted on 01/22/2012 4:31:52 PM PST by WPaCon
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To: WPaCon

They know that Evangelicals are their polar opposites in politics and in the voting booth.

It would be interesting to see the action figure/hero/leading man/woman reveal that he grew up in, and still retains ties to America’s second largest church, instead of him always going into a Catholic church, but the left has zero use for the second largest church which they see as right-wing and conservatively Christian.


29 posted on 01/22/2012 4:55:10 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: Colofornian
Exit Polls? Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Unscientific exit polls showed Bush losing to both Gore and Kerry. Exit polls are crutches for the illiterate.

30 posted on 01/22/2012 9:59:18 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: narses; stylecouncilor; windcliff

Thanks for posting, narses.

s, w...main article´s lower part...´the conversion of Gingrich to the Faith´ I thought interesting & thought you might too.


31 posted on 01/23/2012 5:56:21 PM PST by onedoug
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