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. Concerned Voter

    One of the main teachings in the Bible is....judge not, that you be not judged....guess Newt missed that part of the Bible!

    April 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Brandon in MN

    No Newt,

    What he's doing is moving us back to the Center, away from the right-wing nut jobs that have dominated politics with their greedy, self-serving interests. Finally, someone in charge actually CARES about people, and I see it's driving all the "Christians" nuts.

    Ironic indeed.

    April 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Sue

    Everyone in this country is entitled to the same rights as anyone else. People should be judged by their character, actions and abilities, not their race, religion, gender or sexual preference. This is in law and Newt should know better.

    April 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Michael M. Noonan

    this is undeniable. Obama wants to replace deferenc e to God with deference to the state.

    April 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Vince

    A government founded on principles of separation of church and state pursuing secular policies? Oh the horror. Vocabulary lesson: Secular does not mean anti-religious.

    Yet another example of the "my way or the highway" attitude of right-wing religious zealots.

    April 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Lisa

    Yes, the Obama administration is secular. It's called "separation of church and state" and it is so refreshing after eight years of religious zealots trying to codify their extremist beliefs.

    April 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Steve In California

    Newt is very much like Palin. He keeps making alarmist, outrageous statements to keep his name in the news. And a tidbit of news for you Newt. There is supposed to be separation of church and state in this country. The government should not be driven by religion, nor should it mandate any activities. Freedom of religion means that the government stays out of it.

    Why not move to Alaska, Newt? You and Sarah, and the others who are a little vague on the way government is supposed to run can have a great time together.

    April 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. David in Houston

    Just when you thought the GOP coundn't possibly become less relevant...

    April 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Gene

    No Newt... he's not "Anti-Religious".. he's exactly the opposite.. he shows respect to all religions and bases his policies on common sense instead of the bible.

    He is exactly what Christianity preaches.. he follows his beliefs himself and shows respect to others, rather than pushing his beliefs down other people's throats.

    April 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. AB in MN

    I love seeing the Republicans going NUTS over gay marriage! I mean this is hilarious!! What does this tell you? If Republicans can't tell you what to do in your own bedroom they'll lose a talking point for getting nuts to the voting booth.

    April 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. P King

    Get over the anti secular comments..... it is the religious fanatics that purport to be good christians that got this country in this mess. If any group or person is anti secular it is the Evangelicals with their narrow mind set instead of the Christ mind set.

    April 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Calv1n

    Newt Gingrich needs to go back to teaching history. His day has come and gone.

    April 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. jbs

    Why in the world do we care what this has-been thinks?

    April 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Real American

    I love it! Let's put all of these religious zelots in their place.

    April 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. JAZ

    Because the LGBT community isn't religous? Newt is frightening. Shame on Newt and anyone else that wants to cotinue to disavow people their rights. This is why Republicans will be the minority and lose more and more people in their party. DISGUSTING

    From a straight, white supporter of EQUALITY FOR ALL American!s

    April 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Just Sayin...

    People like Gingrich should be exiled...They think america is so much different then it really is. Gingrich, Limbaugh, Hannity, and O'Reilly are stuck in the 90s. Welcome to the 21st century folks. Its time to invest in sciene and follow a more secular path when it comes to governing. Religious belief should remain with the individual and should not be used in politics AT ALL...

    April 8, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Hans

    I guess Republicans can't understand the phrase "separation between Church and State"

    April 8, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Jake S

    Funny, I see this as a compliment

    April 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. jane

    Since when is open-mindedness confused with being "anti-religion"?

    April 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. hozo2006

    Government supposed to be separate from religion you moron! Separation of church and state ... don't you people ever read in the South?

    April 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Sean

    anti-religious? Isn't there supposed to be a separation of church and state?

    April 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    That's good. There should be no mention or recognition of religion in politics and our government!

    April 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Kristi

    Good! I hope Newt is right. Religion has overstayed its welcome in this country's government, as it is.

    April 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Grog in Ohio

    Gay bashing never grows old for the GOP.

    April 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. SJ in SJ

    Many, many Christians support gay rights, including marriage. God made us all the way we are, and He doesn't make mistakes.

    April 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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