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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/06/art.newt.jpg caption=" 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. Sean

    Obama does not consult Jesus before he makes decisions? Oh the humanity!

    April 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Chad

    This isn't the "White House advisory council on CHRISTIAN initiatives" and plus its a 25 member group. This guy will have 1/25 of a voice, which I think is a fair representation of the gay community. I disagree with a lot of Obama's policies but if anything, he seems to want a diverse group of people for this council. It shouldn't be all people of one specific religion.

    April 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. George Jefferson

    Some people seem to forget that we are supposed to have a secular government. Newt, Obama's move wasn't "anti-religious." Your reaction to it was "anti-America." And now that we're talking about it, so are our government's faith-based initiatives.

    April 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. magella

    The guy is a former Methodist minister. How exactly does that make him 'anti-religious'?

    And Obama is celebrating Passover at the White House tonight. Just because he's not a toe-tapping evangelical hypocrite like a lot of Republicans does not make him "anti-religion."

    But even if he were: ever hear of separation of church and state?

    April 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Jim

    Why shouldn't the government be secular??? Read the Constitution. Gingrich wants a theocracy – yeah, that's worked wonders in the middle East... He's a has-been and his ignorant comments prove that.

    April 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Sean

    Hey Newt, separation of Church and State. Ever hear of it? Guess not...

    April 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. IamHuman

    Last I checked the Gov't was secular and not dictated by a reglious authority. This is why we have separation of church and state. The United States of America is not a Christian nation contrary to what Newt and his buddies may think. It includes peoples from all walks of life and various religous and non-thestic backgrounds.

    April 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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