Here's Newt Gingrich during the most recent Republican debate:
Now, I happen to think that none of us should rush in judgment of others in the way in which they approach God. And I think that all of us up here, I believe, would agree. But I think all of us would also agree that there's a very central part of your faith in how you approach public life. And I, frankly, would be really worried if somebody assured me that nothing in their faith would affect their judgments because then I'd wonder, where's your judgment -- how can you have judgment if you have no faith? And how can I trust you with power if you don't pray?This sounds like a clear admission that Gingrich wants a leader who would use his or her religious faith to guide their decisions, even when these decisions would affect millions of us who do not share this faith. Of course, he's also perpetuating the popular myth that those who do not share his god belief are somehow less American.
Who you pray to, how you pray, how you come close to God is between you and God. But the notion that you're endowed by your creator sets a certain boundary on what we mean by America.
The real tragedy here isn't so much that Gingrich expressed these opinions; it is that everyone else on stage seemed to agree with him. It is that the crowd cheered. It is that the corporate media does not even bother to question it.
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