Gingrich to headline Liberty University conference
March 16th, 2011
11:38 AM ET
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Gingrich to headline Liberty University conference

(CNN) – Newt Gingrich is slated to return to Liberty University in early April, six months after the likely presidential candidate delivered a speech at the Christian school founded by the late evangelical leader Rev. Jerry Falwell.

According to the university, Gingrich will join more than 40 conservatives for The Awakening conference, a gathering that aims to "empower a new revolution" around issues of faith and core social values.

Among the topics addressed during the two-day conference at the Lynchburg, Virginia school include "abortion, the economy, religious liberty, marriage and homosexuality, Sharia Law, the Middle East, Human Sex Trafficking, Reaching Minority Communities and Using New Media and Technology to Power a Movement."

Gingrich, who is seeking to burnish his credentials with the evangelical community as he mulls a presidential run, last appeared at the religious school in October, during which he told students and key conservative Christian activists that Americans needed to fight back against secular socialists, including President Barack Obama.

"Imagine a small secular political elite imposing its radical values on a massive majority of worshippers," he said in a passage describing Poland under communism. "You can see how strange Poland was – or maybe you can see how relevant this story is to America today."

"President Obama's secular socialist philosophy is profoundly in conflict with the heart of the American system and is a repudiation of the core lessons of American history," Gingrich added then.

Gingrich has stepped up outreach to religious conservatives in recent years, seeking to repair relationships that were tarnished after he admitted to multiple instances of marital infidelity. Last year, he founded a group called Renewing American Leadership, which aims to mobilize conservative evangelicals and Catholics and to strengthen ties between economic and religious conservatives.

Gingrich earlier this month announced an "exploratory phase" in his presidential considerations.

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  1. thomas

    Do as I say , Not as I do ,
    Newt Gingrich

    March 16, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Joey

    Faith & Social issues? These are the not the people to be discussing this. Gringich needs to disappear with Palin. I do not vote for anybody who touts faith as an issue that runs this country! WE NEED IDEAS to create jobs and keep our economy from going in the tank. Prayers are needed too, but let's keep them in the places where they need to be. Not in Politics!

    March 16, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Michael

    Shameless pandering on the part of Newt Gingrich.

    March 16, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Aren't we supposed to have a lot of fake christians in the last years on earth? Looks like this one is another like FALL Well.

    March 16, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Liberty University = Catholic Madrassa, churning out brainwashed true-believers who want to replace our Constitution, our laws and our founding traditions with dogmatic forced adherence to Church law. Thre's nothing "stealth" about the bible belt's jihad. Chew on that, fundamentalist Constitution haters. Please, on behalf of the rest of us who don't wish to live by YOUR religious tenets, tell the Pope to keep his fatwas under his vestments.

    March 16, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Ron

    This simply reveals, for everyone to see, how the religious right is very willing to sacrifice their religious principles in favor of their right wing political agenda.

    March 16, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    There's nothing worse than a *born again* pandering his soul to the first available buyer. Looks like Gingrich is fitting right in . . . and anticipates a long and very fruitful stay with his new friends.

    March 16, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. sammieb51

    Did people NOT see what this man is when he was the 3rd most powerful man in the world - you know the job he was forced to resign from in 1999? Are we really collectively this stupid that we have to endure his negativity and ego again?

    March 16, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oral Roberts and Liberty Universities are the two worst universities in the US statistically speaking (fact), as far as education goes...

    ...but that is to be expected when you put some nonsense like creationism on the same level as an actual science of evolution...

    March 16, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Imagine a small secular political elite imposing its radical values on a massive majority of worshippers"

    Imagine a small Catholic political elite imposing its radical values on a massive majority of worshippers of other religions and those who don't worship one at all.

    Of course, the "reverse discrimination" card is the GOP's/conservatives' favorite right now. Victimhood is power in American politics. These bible-thumping, social conservative, convenient and malleable GOP political tools...they want everyone to believe that being forced to accept that the rest of us may not wish to live by their rules, according to their beliefs, bent under the yoke of their fundamentalism, forced to behave according to their views of morality, subjected constantly to their attempts to indoctrinate everyone else, in a nation that has abandoned the very first and foremost principles upon which it was founded...religious freedom...why, that's just hoorible oppression of their religious faith, isn't it? Oh woe is the poor Catholics who can't point to codification of biblical law in our statutes as proof of their moral superiority to the rest of society. Pity them. Truly.

    March 16, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Shawn

    Newt Gingrich is a disgusting, immoral, dishonest and wildly hypocritical individual. It's really gross that some people LIKE him. Yuck. And why haven't most of the Republican hopefuls had actual jobs for years and years and years? Obama is looking pretty darn good against all of them.

    March 16, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Seriously?

    Newt and a Preacher . . . Enough said!

    March 16, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. LouAZ

    When Facism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag carrying a cross. – Sinclair Lewis

    March 16, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. ja

    america need a leader of high moral values, i belieive in redemption, but, campaigns have been suspended for lesser offences, this says a lot about hypocrisy in america and liberty university, the foul statement about being passionate for his country, being the reason for marital infidelity:), another hall pass

    March 16, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Seriously?

    I find it amazing that this moron is talking "faith" and "core social values". Neither of which he has, based on his past actions. I'm not saying God won't forgive Newt for all the lying, cheating and whoring around he has done. But asking those of us old enough to remember his soap box drama while doing exactly what he was going after Clinton for? Sorry, Newt. I'm not judging you, but I sure as hell do not want you leading my country!! Especially if you want to push YOUR moral judgments down my throat. I've never cheated on any one, so I guess that already puts me far ahead of you.

    March 16, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. LouAZ

    "Imagine a small religious political elite imposing its radical values on a massive majority of citizens," he said in a passage describing America under Christianity.

    March 16, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't know how Gingrich can keep getting this wrong. This is a secular country based on the first amendment. There may be many people who have the same/similar religious views; Christians in one group; Jews in another because there isn't any Judeo-Christian ideal because there are different ideas in each of the religions.

    The Founding Fathers had their own faith which wasn't necessarily Christian. Some did believe in the Divine, but not always the Christian one. The core of America is that we can do it if we try. We also know that everyone must play fair which corporations aren't always willing to do without being proded by government.

    March 16, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Joseph-Ohio

    Since when has Gingrich understood or was ever aware of what is in conflict with the "The Heart of America". Please go back home Newt! Your time is over! Who is telling you that you have a shot at becoming President? What brand of kool-aid is this guys drinking!! All is well that ends well. If Newt gets the knod (yes there are enough "do as we tell you to do" minded Republicans out there to get it done), we know President Obama will remain in office.... Keep it up Newt! Obama could use an easy slide back into office, and you are just the idiot to get it done.

    March 16, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Because nothing says christian morethan a thrice married and two time cheater. Then again he is a rethug and they pick and choose what their so called sins are. Not everything sticks to them!

    March 16, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Mark

    ""empower a new revolution" around issues of faith and core social values" yeah, just what we need, more factious fringe politics. These people would have our goverment become the Christian version of Iran's clerical government, where anyone who doesn't agree with their right wing fundamentalism beliefs would be burned at the stake as a heretic.

    March 16, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Russ

    And what does all this religious crap have to do with being a President? It sure doesn't pertain you and your fellow Repubilcans personal lives. We don't need a preacher for our President. We need someone that will listen to all of America not just the bible thumping south. You can brainwash the poor and needy southerners into thinking you'll help them and then turn around and suck up to all the rich lobbyests, but the rest of us don't buy it.

    March 16, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. AEK

    Liberty for all! Well, with the exception of all those folks with whom we disagree. It's the Republican way!

    March 16, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. NVa Native

    Perfect platform for an arrogant self-righteous creep who craves to be idolized by crowd of ignorrance.

    March 16, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. SayWhat

    "Gingrich will join more than 40 conservatives for The Awakening conference, a gathering that aims to "empower a new revolution" around issues of faith and core social values."

    Yes, Newt you mean your faith and your values. The basic irony of the position of Republican Conservatives is that they pretend to honorthe Constitution and the Bill of Rights (to the letter) and the concepts of liberty and freedom, except when other Americans use those rights, liberties and freedoms to follow faiths and lifestayles other than those espoused (and not necessarily followed) by them. You can't have it both ways, though everyday you embrace and chant this hypocrisy and get away with it.

    March 16, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    that's all the Republicans have left..... a 3rd tier law school. PATHETIC.
    (More pathetic is how "W" tried to fill the Justice Dept. with graduates from this "college")

    March 16, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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