CNN recently posted a piece about Newt Gingrich’s appearance at John Hagee’s Cornerstone Church in San Antonio. Gingrich made some inane comments about Islamists running a secular atheist state. (lol) Here is the text of his statement.
“I have two grandchildren: Maggie is 11; Robert is 9,” Gingrich said at Cornerstone Church here. “I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.”
Now this is just an incredibly dumb statement and more worthy of being uttered by Michele Bachmann or the other ditz (she who will no longer be referred to on this blog.) A secular atheist country dominated by radical Islamists. (I have to LOL again) Newt speaks in oxymorons. But let’s just set that inanity aside for a moment shall we?
Newt and the lizard-like amphibian he is named for, both have the ability to use regeneration. The actual newt can regenerate nearly any part of itself while Newt seems able to regenerate his political career.
Newt (the man) and John Hagee also have something in common. Issues with ethics and divorce. So it was no small wonder that Newt made an appearance Sunday at Hagee’s megachurch and announced his intention to make an announcement about his plans to run for the White House.
Gingrich is trying to reinvent and ingratiate himself with the “Tea Party” movement, it is pretty much the only group left with which he can get a foothold. While Gingrich, Bachmann, Beck and the rest of the new historical revisionists try to claim that this country was founded on Christianity, Gingrich is also trying to revise his own political and personal history too. His multiple marriages (talk about family values conflicting with self-gratification) are an issue with the Christian electorate.
But his political history is an issue to the rest of us or should be. For example: Newt goes down in history as the first House Speaker to be disciplined for ethics violations. (Of 84 charges against him all but one were dropped in a negotiated deal. After all, politicians love to protect their own. But he was still ordered to pay $300K for the cost of the investigation so I’d say the rest of the ethics charges also had some weight.)
I also find Newt’s religiosity to be somewhat, well, disingenuous. After all he didn’t become a baptist until graduate school (he was previously non-religious) as part of his study of politics and religion. He then went on to use religion as a campaign tool in his following elections as well as his engineering of the rise of the “New Republican Party”. A few years ago he again did a conversion, this time to catholicism. He’s making good money at writing books and making documentaries catering to the religious set. Stumping at the Christian Zionist‘s church should come as no surprise. Gingrich is now catholic and is using religion to relaunch his political career and Hagee is still trying to mend fences with catholics.
Let’s set Newt aside for a moment. He doesn’t have a snowball’s chance during summer in Death Valley at winning the presidential race much less the party’s nomination and should be relegated to the defective pile along with Michele Bachmann.
So let’s turn our attention to Hagee. Now Hagee made a point of endorsing John McCain‘s campaign a couple of years ago. McCain of course went on to reject it due to the anti-Jewish and anti-Catholic statements that Hagee made. And Hagee has opened his doors to other politicians in the past. Now he gives the pulpit over to Gingrich to make his political statements.
Isn’t Hagee and his megachurch of 19,000 members violating part of the IRS rules regarding religion and political activism?
Hagee and his ministries (includiing of course the “non-profit” Global Evangelism Television) should be seriously looked at. Hagee stumps as a political activist from his pulpit, so yank his exemption. It’s time we start making examples of these tax exempt cons known as megachurches.
Any small wonder that the rise in megachurches in this country also happened to coincide with the rise of the New Republican movement? The two go hand in hand. One finds the other useful. Both want to bully from the pulpit. Both fully embrace greed.
But that’s just my opinion.