April 8th, 2009
05:48 PM ET
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Obama administration 'anti-religious,' Gingrich says

 Gingrich says the Obama administration is 'anti religious'.

Gingrich says the Obama administration is 'anti religious'.

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich said Tuesday the Obama administration is "intensely secular" and "anti-religious," the former House Speaker's second hard-hitting criticism of the new administration this week.

In an interview with FOX News, Gingrich said he strongly disagreed with Obama's choice of Harry Knox - an outspoken activist for gay rights - to the White House advisory council on faith-based initiatives.

"I think their goal is to have a very secular America in which government dominates everything," he said. "Why wouldn't you put an anti-religious, left-wing zealot on a faith-based group? It's a perfect pattern for this administration."

Since 2005, Knox has served as the director of the Human Rights Campaign, a national organization that advocates on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. He is also a former Methodist pastor.

Obama formally named Knox to the 25-member advisory council on Monday, a move that has not sat well with some Christian conservatives. The conservative Catholic League called him "unfit to serve," especially taking issue with Knox's recent comment characterizing Pope Benedict XVI as a "discredited leader" because of his opposition to gay marriage.

In a statement released earlier this week, Knox said, "The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is eager to help the administration achieve its goals around economic recovery and fighting poverty; fatherhood and healthy families; inter-religious dialogue; care for the environment; and global poverty, health and development."

But Gingrich said the Knox appointment, along with some other moves, proves the administration is trying to "go down in history as a consistently anti-religious, secular group of people who are consciously trying to drive things out."

Two days ago, Gingrich told Politico former Vice President Dick Cheney was "clearly right" when he asserted the Obama administration's national security policies have left the country more vulnerable to a terrorist attack.

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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. WhoCares?

    And Gingrich and the entire republican Party are Anti-American.

    April 8, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. perrylhall

    way it's supposed to be separation of church and state...church shouldn't be dictating state as it has been last few years...glad it is finally going the way it was meant to be....

    April 8, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Jeez

    Yes – separation of church and state – read your history books, pal. Not everyone in this country is a Christian – or wants their stupid ideas ruling our lives.

    April 8, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Gingrich is irrelevant. He's the only one who hasn't gotten the word that no one gives a hoot about his opinions anymore. Over and out...exit stage left.

    April 8, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Len

    This man is really insane and anti-american in every sense of the word....And so is Fox News!

    April 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Anastacia

    Live and let live!!! When will this debate be over?! Why is the happiness of other people such an issue for us???

    April 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Billy

    Anyone remember the phrase:

    Separation of Church and State.

    Why does the extreme right hate American values?

    April 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. ExDemocrat

    He's not anti-religious maybe anti-christian. For the first time the world had witnessed a President of USA bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia. That is EMBARASSING!

    April 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. suzy

    explain to me exactly how being gay and anti-religious are connected??? I'm gay and I believe in God.
    I thought God loved us all???? What does that make you?

    April 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. jake

    he is not anti-religious....but he recognizes that MANY religions make up this great country (not just one!) and he seperates religion from government (as our founding fathers did)...that's why many of us voted for him!

    April 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Alex

    I only wish Obama were as anti-religious as all the right-wingers fear. There is a separation of church and state for a reason, and we should actively prevent those who would let their faiths interfere with public policy from serving in the government.

    April 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. joe

    Good, the government should be anti-religious.

    April 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Bevin

    I'm not a Christian–in fact, I'm an atheist. Articles like this about the Republican-Christian alliance send chills down my spine. We are a pluralistic society, one best served by a secular government.

    April 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Michael in Seattle

    How come just because we are gay makes us not religous?

    April 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Some guy

    Iran has a religious government. Good for them.
    -Frank Zappa

    April 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Eat the Press

    Newt and his generation are fading away. In the coming years, their generation will die away and these backward thinking neanderthals will be off the planet at last.

    The GOP wants a culture war, because they have lost everything. They cant win on the ecomony or healthcare or any other issue America has rejected them over. They have no ideas and no plans...all they have is NO

    When times get despearate, the GOP starts a culture war.

    April 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Robin

    I agree that President Obama is anti-religious.

    Matthew 7:15 (New International Version)
    Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

    April 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Megan from San Diego

    More hate language and fear mongering from the Conservatives. Pretty pathetic!

    April 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Mary Ellen


    Secular does not mean "anti-religious".

    Newt is just trying to con the republican base into positioning him as the new Front Runner.

    He's so obvious. Oh, and did you know, he recently converted to Roman Catholicism?

    April 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Doug from Cali

    Gingrich & his GOP followers exemplify in their philosophy the epitome of anti-religion, why is this loser given a platform??

    April 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. JG

    Why is there so much talk about religion and government? I thought this country was built on religious freedom and the government was not supposed to promote any particular religion over another. Doesn't that mean that the government SHOULD be secular?

    April 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Chi Town

    Come On Newt

    He's having passover at the Whitehouse and attended a church in Chicago for twenty years.

    April 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Barbara

    American government needs to attain higher moral values or we will all fail. This is not a good 100 days for this adm.

    April 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Cynthia

    Government should be secular. There is more than one religion in the United States- although some don't acknowledge this fact.

    Separation of Church and State is essential- a lesson learned in the Middle Ages.

    April 8, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Don

    Go get them Newt. Tell it like it is. For those of you who do not believe in the bible maybe its time that you pick it up and read it. Obama should never appoint someone with these credentials. God Bless America.

    April 8, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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